Global Atlanta, By Phil Bolton, February 8, 2020
For Gandy Thomas his return to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Jan. 30 was a kind of homecoming.
“I have been dreaming of this ever since I first arrived in Atlanta,” Mr. Thomas, the former consul general of Haiti and dean of the Consular Corps, told Global Atlanta while touring the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal’s E Concourse.
Mr. Thomas, who currently is posted in New York, served in Atlanta from February 2011 to June 2015. On this visit he was accompanied by Herve Denis, Haiti’s ambassador to Washington. Both were at the airport for the official opening of the “Transcendent: More to Haiti Than You Know” art show featuring 25 works by Haitian artists.
The paintings include market genre painting, landscapes displaying Haiti’s everyday life and natural beauty, dream-like works highlighting the interweaving of Catholic imagery in Vodou practices as well as remarkable sculptures beaten out of 55-gallon steel drums.
In addition to the support it received from the airport, the exhibition was realized by the Atlanta-based Haitian Consulate General and the Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce.
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