Paintings, fabric art by John and Yemaya Jones coming to the Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Thursday, 20 June 2013

MONTGOMERY — The jazz and blues inspired paintings of John Obafemi Jones and the vibrant fabric art of Yemaya Jones will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum.

For 35 years, this talented and dynamic married couple have lived and worked at their studio home on the Caribbean Island of Saint Croix. The Rosa Parks Museum will feature the couple's art inside the exhibit hall from July 3 to Aug. 29.

Working with jazz and blues as principle elements of inspiration, John's paintings explore tones, moods and improvisation in vivid colors and expressive compositions.

"I frequently use jazz themes and icons because jazz and the blues are very much reflective of my environment, but more importantly because music as a whole has a complementary relationship with the visual arts," he said.

John has exhibited nationally and internationally over the past 40 years and his work is in numerous public and private collections.

Yemaya is a pioneering artist in the field of fabric art design, particularly itajime (clamp resist) and batik. Her work has been featured in "Essence," "Panache," "Caribbean World" and "She" magazine, and has been exhibited in numerous galleries across the country including the Studio Museum of Harlem.

Her art has been a staple in fashion shows, including creating an entire collection for the Annual Congressional Black Caucus fashion show, Atlanta Style (a retrospective of African-American style) and the Sunstyle Show held on the island of Barbados . Yemaya's work has also been included in the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers' private collection.

A gallery talk by both artists will be held on July 13 at the museum at 11 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on this exhibit or other upcoming events, contact curator Daniel Neil at (334) 241-8701.

The painting "Janet's Song" is among several paintings by John Obafemi Jones, along with fabric art by Yemaya Jones, that will be on display starting in July at the Rosa Parks Museum. The husband and wife duo's art will be featured in the exhibit hall through Aug. 29. (Photo from