"Art is frozen music"- Ibiyinka himself was quoted as saying during his presentation at Martz Hall for local fifth graders.

On Thursday, March 1, local students were treated to a presentation by the United Nations Art Diplomat for Nigeria, Ibiyinka Alao. "Ibi" has become well known throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania for his work with schools and because he won the Scholastic "Kids are Authors" Award for his book, "Ibi's Fireflies."

He spoke about his work which included audience participation. The first school that RSVP'd for the event was Blue Mountain, and they were treated to a watercolor painting class with Ibi after the assembly. He joked with students frequently, often saying things like, "if you're looking at me you better be smiling."

Later in the evening, The Walk In Art Center hosted his Opening Reception entitled, "The New Move is Rising" which was well attended. WIAC Executive Director Lisa Robinson and Ambassador Tijani from the United Nations gave opening remarks, led by Ibi who welcomed the general public, Walk In Art Center artists, friends and family.

It was an evening of light and movement, large art pieces that filled the Main Gallery, music and performances that were accompanied by Tamaqua Area High School students. 

The Walk In Art Center would like to thank all of our artists, volunteers, students and Ibiyinka Alao for making the event such a success. "The New Move is Rising" is on display at the Walk In Art Center now through the end of April.

Ibiyinka addresses fifth grade students at Martz Hall

Ibiyinka shows Blue Mountain fifth graders watercolor techniques.

"Ibi" welcomes guests to his show, "The New Move is Rising"

Ibi with Tamaqua Area High School students and their teacher (WIAC Studio Artist) Lori Remmel.