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Meet the Celebrity Judges for the 2016 3rd Annual Emanuel Project National Art Contest

Louisa Craft Jornayvaz

Louisa Craft Jornayvaz is a professional portrait artist who recently unveiled a portrait of President Jimmy Carter for President and Mrs. Carter and a large contingent of Georgia residents in Plains, Georgia. She has painted dozens of commissioned portraits that now hang in private homes and education institutions throughout the country.

For four years, Louisa served as the Ambassador from Colorado for The Portrait Society of America, and studied, not only with master artist Emanuel Martinez, but also with the National Association of Portrait Artists at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Colorado Academy of Art in Boulder Colorado, and at The Arts Student’s League in Denver.

Prior to pursuing her passion for art, Louisa was a broadcast journalist for 18 years; covering politics and anchoring the news at the NBC station in Denver, as well as at network affiliate stations in several other cities. She created ‘Louisa Craft’s News for Families, a company that produced nationally syndicated news stories on family and parenting issues, as well as magazine length stories on parenting for CNN. Louisa has hosted and emceed dozens of events, as well as being a keynote speaker on women’s issues and working in the media. During the past 25 years, Louisa has been Vice President of The Denver Children’s Home Board, a residential treatment facility for youth with emotional and behavioral issues and has chaired a myriad of events and served on many boards that serve at-risk children. Louisa received the Graland School President’s Award as the most outstanding parent volunteer for 14 years of service. She has also been honored by the Governor of Colorado for her commitment to family issues.

A native Texan, Louisa graduated with a Masters Degree in Performance and Sport Psychology from University of Denver, a Journalism Degree from The University of Texas in Austin, and has taken graduate courses in Child and Family Studies at The University of Denver. She is a graduate of Leadership Denver.

In addition, Louisa has been a committed athlete her entire life and is married and has three children.

Emanuel Martinez

Emanuel began his career as an artist at the age of 13, when he painted his first mural at the Lookout Mountain School for Boys, a facility for juvenile offenders. Two years later, after being incarcerated three times and winning statewide art competitions, Emanuel established a reputation as a exceptionally talented artist.

This notoriety got the attention of Bill Longley, a prominent artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, who was implementing an arts apprenticeship program for troubled youth. Through Bill’s two year mentorship and commitment to helping Emanuel, he was successful in getting him back in school, graduating and winning two art scholarships.

By the age of 22, Emanuel had worked with the most significant muralist in the world, David A. Siquieros and had done three art works that are now in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Art Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

As a muralist, painter and sculptor, Emanuel occupies an outstanding status among national and internationally known artists. Since establishing a studio in 1968, Martinez has received national acclaim as a forerunner of the contemporary mural movement in the U.S. He has received prestigious awards for his design capabilities and for engaging young people into art projects requiring high standards of workmanship.

Emanuel is known for personalizing compositions for clients and doing more than 70 public works of art for site-specific environments. He has been featured in over 250 newspaper/magazine articles and 30 published books, including a book written on his art career entitled: “Emanuel Martinez: A Retrospective”.

For a number of years, Emanuel served as a mentor to artist Loisa Jornayvaz, founder of The Art for Kids Emanuel Project and presently works under her sponsorship and leadership. As a professional muralist, Emanuel designs and paints murals with incarcerated young people on walls in facilities throughout the United States. This program provides the youth with creative learning materials and a hands on art experience with a master muralist.

CJ Fletcher

C. J. Fletcher a native of Nashville, TN. now residing in Louisville, KY graduated with distinction in Fine Arts and continued to study art appreciation at the University of Louisville. Some of her thoughts and statements are:

My paintings are results of what I was feeling and thinking at that given moment. When the initial thought enters my mind for a particular piece of artwork and it becomes reality on canvas, that painting is not complete until I can feel my soul in it. The thought of wanting to express calmness, peacefulness and thankfulness was a result of my painting Giving Thanks. Here my thoughts were connected to my spiritual attributes in the creation of this painting and since it was so popular, I did a similar one called Still Giving Thanks. In this painting, I again used the seven images, in which seven symbolizes the number of completion and still added the ambiance of the universe and the earth. In a totally different state of mind, I paint an on-going series of paintings called the Color of Music. The concept of my mosaic images, using many different colors of paint, represent all ethnic groups in which they all play all types of musical instrument. They were created with the thought of being like our society, integrated colors working together in an effort to create harmony.

My wonderful gift from God, has enabled me teach art appreciation to young at-risk children at local community centers, as well as assist in coordinating art related community activities. This talent has also allowed me to monetarily give to charitable community organizations by donating many of my limited edition prints for their fundraisers. I’ve completed many commissioned pieces, one for the National Presbyterian Center Headquarters 2001. Whenever commissioned to do a piece at first it becomes a challenge, and if we look at challenges in a positive way, they can be used as stepping stones to produce the enter product of ourselves which wants to be better. I love to paint and will always strive to enhance what I do in an effort to make our community a better place to live.

Awards, Honorable Mention and Projects

  • 2016 Juror for the 2016 St. James Art Festival
  • 2016 Continue coordination for the “Blight Out & Brighten Up Project for Metro Government
  • 2014 Today’s Woman Magazine – Most Admired in the Arts Category
  • 2014 Barnetta Cosby Award – Outstanding Dedication & Services to the Community
  • 2013 One Hundred Fascinating Women – Louisville Women – Book
  • 2013 Proclamation from Mayor Grey Fischer – Outstanding Community Services
  • 2012 Who’s Who Louisville African American Profiles
  • 2011 Salute to Women Entrepreneurs – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • 2006 Spirit Award – Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Served on the Board for six years.
  • 2005 Community Service Award – Louisville Chapter of the LINKS
  • 2001 Black Achievers Award
  • 2001 Artist Enrichment Grant for $5,000 – Kentucky Foundation for Women
  • 2000 Arts and Cultural Award – National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Pennsylvania Chapter
  • 1998 Outstanding Contribution Award – Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer
  • 1989 Merit Award – Louisville Visual Arts Association – “The Color of Music”
  • 1996 Featured artist at the Art Expo Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1996 One Woman Art Show Floyd county museum, Jeffersonville IN

Janssen Robinson

image1Drawing inspiration from the improvisational swing of Louis Armstrong, the optics of Paul Klee, the naturalism of Caravaggio, and the frenetic energy of Basquiat, Atlanta native Janssen Robinson has created a unique visual approach that has developed over the past twenty years within the southern metro community that he embraces.

Janssen’s NOW Paintings capture viewers with an intriguing visual immediacy from the first brush stroke, while still reflecting and respecting classical technique. The result is a signature style, combining elements of impressionism, cubism, and abstraction, which unfolds and develops in totality within the time constraints of a single event.

His work currently can be seen in Establishment Buckhead, adorning the 175 year-old wooden walls of the hottest lounge in Atlanta and the location for painting events involving Spanx, future NFL Hall of Fame member Tony Gonzalez and multiple Grammy Award winner CeeLo Green. Janssen was commissioned by Paramount Pictures in 2014 to produce several paintings for the Oscar-winning film, Selma, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt. In the film, he created a striking portrait of the actor, David Oyelowo, posed as Martin Luther King Jr., on his Time Magazine cover for Man of the Year. Janssen also has painted a commemorative portrait of UGA coach Vince Dooley, titled “Sugar from the Sky,” which is now on display in the coaching legend’s “Bulldog Room” at his home in Athens, Georgia.

In 2015, Janssen was commissioned by the Arthur Blank Family Foundation to paint a commemorative community mural near the new Falcons’ stadium in Atlanta. Stretching the length on both sides of a city block, the mural showcases Atlanta’s history and heritage while emphasizing Vine City, one of the city’s oldest inner city neighborhoods. The mural represents a partnership of community and corporate leadership and volunteers, including local youth from the neighborhood and DJJ.