Gullah artist creates sign | News | The Press and Standard

by | August 23, 2016 6:00 am

Last Updated: August 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

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NEW PAINTING AT LIBRARY. Hollywood Gullah artist Nizar Ahbir created this new sign for the Colleton County Memorial Library’s Children’s Department.

The Children’s Department at the Colleton County Memorial Library has a new sign — donated by Gullah interpretive realism painter Brother Nizar Ahbir.

“It was my Divine pleasure to paint the sign for the children’s Department.  I have five granddaughters and I enjoy reading to them. Reading exposes them to new words.  Those words create thought and those thoughts when energized, brings forth substance.  This society is a byproduct of the books and thoughts consumed by previous generations. If we want to create a better world we have to give the children better books and better guidance. And if they are to have better books, it’s imperative that those who share this belief write the books to provide the proper guidance out of the turmoil that persists in this society,” Nizar said.

Nizar (Kelvin Blufton Sr.) and his wife Tiesha Blufton operate the Gullah Heritage Museum of Art in Hollywood, featuring 21 years of paintings by Nizar of history and contemporary Gullah people, events and issues.

A graduate of Baptist Hill High School and the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, Nizar served in the Army and works in code enforcement for the City of Charleston.

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