Thank you from Okeeba Jubalo

Finding the right words can be complicated, but I will start with saying thank you. There is a great deal of work that goes into producing our exhibitions and an even greater deal of work that goes into building an art scene from the ground-up.

It is impossible to do this alone. Without our NobleSol Art Group team, the artists we represent, the guests and our Real Estate partners at Ten Mile on Rivers Avenue this would not be possible. 

I believe in the Arts, our artists and the City of North Charleston. We have the power to become the changes needed in our community.

We are navigating some very difficult times and can take creative approaches to resolving our issues.

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I am humbled by your support and honored to serve the City of North Charleston in this capacity.

Okeeba Jubalo

Okeeba Jubalo Gallery

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Support Black Men Artists!

Young Black Entrepreneur (YBE) Magazine highlights six remarkable Black men who are also pioneering creative artists. These six Black men are dominant within their respective career industries and in the art world. Their artwork is making waves throughout the Atlanta area and will now start a movement throughout the rest of the Southeast region. 

These six artists include Vando Davis, John Glover, Hopeton Hibbert, Damon Mescudi, Darrien West, and Daniel Wingo. 

YBE Magazine highlights these talented men in the following art installation titled, Masculinity, where the featured artists will sell their fine art pieces at the Okeeba Jubalo Fine Art Gallery, located in North Charleston, South Carolina. 

"We are building an entire Arts scene from the ground-up in Charleston. This is a historic moment,” Gallery owner Okeeba Jubalo said. “Most times, people miss it because they are too near it to appreciate and see it. This is our Harlem Renaissance moment in Charleston."

Learn more about each of the artists below.


Vando Davis picked up a paintbrush less than five years ago and is now one of the most sought-after artists in Atlanta, Georgia. His career background includes working in the hospitality industry as a long-time culinary chef, where he graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 1993. His talent propelled him to participate in several art festivals and exhibitions. Finally, he became a full-time artist in 2018.

Although Davis is relatively new to the art scene compared to his artistic colleagues, the depth and vitality of his artwork speak for itself. Now his artwork is being exhibited in the influential Okeeba Jubalo Fine Art Gallery.

“This is my first time showing with Okeeba. I am excited about it because he’s doing some nice stuff. I am from the old school, and he’s a good person, and that holds a lot of weight,” Davis said. “That’s who you want to surround yourself with, especially when you're trying to move forward.”

Davis does a stellar job surrounding himself with talented artists and industry leaders. He is all about unifying artists to achieve a common goal, which is why he is one of six people apart of the Obisidian Collektive. This unification mindset also drives him toward more significant plans for the betterment of the Atlanta art scene in the future.

“I got one goal and one goal only. I plan to turn Atlanta into the Black [art] basel. Plain and simple. I will unite the artists, and we will turn this city into what it's supposed to be.”

Speak to Davis at the grand opening of the Masculinity exhibition on Saturday, July 2.

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John Glover is a multi-disciplinary artist who has exceeded his reputation. He has cultivated his artistry skills for over 30 years and exhibited his artwork in numerous galleries. An Augusta, Georgia native, he chose to study at the American College of Fine Arts and Georgia State University, both in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I am a full-time professional artist. I have created everything from landscape to abstract and figurative works. I played a bit with sculpture too. So I create several types of art,” Glover said. “Currently, I am working on a concept that contains abstractions. It's a concept that contains abstract patterns inside recognizable forms and organic figures.”

Glover isn’t shy about using a range of mediums to create his artwork. He most notably uses acrylic, charcoal, ink, oil, and pencil. He will be displaying several of his most famous pieces at the Okeeba Jubalo Fine Art gallery.

“I am excited to work with Okeeba again. Being a part of this [Masculinity] installation feels like I am a part of something great,” Glover said. “I told him I felt the energy he was creating when I met him and that I would love to be part of it.”

A burgeoning international artist, Glover wants art goers and collectors to find and embrace their authentic selves while viewing his work.

“I am a storyteller,” Glover said. “I want people to be able to find their stories in my work.”

Speak to Glover at the grand opening of the Masculinity exhibition on

Saturday, July 2. 

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Hopeton St. Clair Hibbert is a culinary chef and abstract artist specializing in fine art, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Hibbert has been practicing his art for the last five years while being a photographer for nearly 20 years.

“My art career starts in the culinary world. I attended Johnson & Wales University - Culinary Arts School in Charleston, South Carolina, and graduated in 1998. While being a chef, I was also a photographer,” Hibbert said. “Recently, I started to develop my photography skills more, which led me to mixed media art and sculpture. My art is based on heavily textured photography images and 3D hanging sculptures.”

Hibbert’s artwork is a sight to behold. Whether Hibbert’s sculpture pieces or other texture pieces that may include cotton, wood, or metals, he can flawlessly weave together materials to make a beautifully subjective piece. One of his more outstanding texture art is the “Cotton Ghosts” series, which will be featured in the Okeeba Jubalo Fine Art Gallery this summer. 

“I am excited to work with Okeeba again. This will be my second event with him. Since we met, I’ve been a fan of the brother’s [artwork]. It’s exciting to see him in this new lane. The brother said he was going to Charleston with a plan, and he did just that,” Hibbert said. “I respect people who put their words into action. I am excited to be a part of this [installation], and I trust that he will do it to the best of his ability. I am excited for the people he curated for this event.”

Included in the Masculinity installation and a part of the artist group, Obsidian Collektive is Hibbert and his three peers: Vando Davis, Damon Mescudi, and Darrien West.

“I want to be known in Atlanta, Georgia, as one of the sharper abstract artists in the city and then eventually worldwide. I want my sculptures in a museum one day, and it’s going to happen. 

Of course, I want to make a lot of money eventually. But, as full-time artists, we are looking to support our families. People act like you shouldn’t talk about the money aspect, but it’s a very real aspect that I am not going to shy away from,” Hibbert said. “With Obsidian Collektive, we are real artists pushing high-quality work that can contend on a [worldwide] stage. I appreciate Okeeba for recognizing that and including us in this show because I [believe] he understands the group mentality and how powerful that is. We want to make sure our names are etched in global history.”

Speak to Hibbert at the grand opening of the Masculinity exhibition on Saturday, July 2.

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Damon Mescudi is a seasoned abstract artist with over 30 years of experience in the art field. Mescudi graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 1980, where he studied Visual Communication and Art History. His biggest influences include the famous Jean-Michel Basquiat, Norman Lewis, and Pablo Picasso.

Mescudi’s knowledge of art history allows him to thoroughly investigate past and present cultural and social events. In addition, he often explores contemporary ideology, which aids him in creating vibrant and emotionally expressive pieces. 

“I want my artwork to be a world voice,” Mescudi said. “I want to create artwork that is synonymous with everyone. Moreso as a human being than a cultural individual.”

Mescudi succeeds in his craft because of his dexterity with his art utensils. Furthermore, his artwork empowers him to become more visible with Atlanta's Fine Arts community and beyond the Georgia state lines. While flourishing in Atlanta, Mescudi joined the artist group Obsidian Collektive, where the artists continually uplift one another through supportive showcases, business marketing conversations, and promoting each other’s artwork. Mescudi and his three colleagues, Vando Davis, Hopeton Hibbert, and Darrien West, will be exhibiting their work at the Okeeba Jubalo Fine Art Gallery.

“Okeeba is exuberant, and he's trying to break the mold. I am trying to stand in the stream that he's pushing forward. He is innovating Black artists in how we are being represented while helping us to [monetize] our products.”

Mescudi consistently creates artwork that can be described in three words: captivating, breathtaking, and thought-provoking. He is always intentional about his message and how it can raise the conscientious levels of those who eye and buys his pieces. His more notable pieces include “Dem Folk Urban Diaspora” and “Chaos,” which will be displayed for the Masculinity art installation.

“I want to be a full-time artist in the next few years. I want my art to resonate on its own accord,” Mescudi said. “Of course, I want to make a living creating art, but I also want to make a difference in how artists express themselves. Whether I am making 10 cents or 10 million dollars, I need to paint.”

Speak to Mescudi at the grand opening of the Masculinity exhibition on Saturday, July 2.

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Darrien West is a self-taught artist from Lincolnton, Georgia. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2012 to start showcasing his work. West is an abstract collage and mixed media artist who creates artwork based on current events and worldly political, racial, social, and economic issues. 

Currently, West works in the finance industry as a stockbroker. He often references numbers and mathematical concepts within his art pieces to evoke a deeper thought from viewers. 

“My goal is to become a full-time artist who is financially stable. I want to wake up every day to create what I want and not have to worry about selling my work to make a means,” West said. “Selling the artwork is a part of it, but I don’t want it to be the end goal. I’d rather be working to enjoy my life. Selling my paintings is a byproduct of it.”

West’s artwork receives praise and attention due to its realism and rawness. His pieces have been included in private collections and exhibited across Atlanta. However, he is branching beyond the confines of Georgia and is represented by the Okeeba Jubalo Fine Art Gallery in North Charleston, South Carolina.

“This will be my fourth time showing [artwork] with Okeeba. He’s been a pleasure to work with, and he’s a straightforward guy. If he says he's going to do something, then he does it,” West said. “It’s a pleasure working with him, and I look forward to continuing working with him.”

West continues to push the needle forward regarding his style of art. Soon, West will try his hand at sculptures. He refuses to restrict his creativity while encouraging others to do the same. 

“I want to change the narrative for kids who grow up, and people tell them that they can’t do anything with art. I want kids to see me showing my artwork in different places. I am an example because I am doing shows in Charleston now. That’s the whole reason behind my work,” West said. “I create work to ask the questions that need to be asked of people. There are some discussions that people won’t have, but you can put [the question] into art and force people to have that conversation.”

Speak to West at the grand opening of the Masculinity exhibition on Saturday, July 2.

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Daniel Wingo is an interdisciplinary artist and abstract expressionist. His artwork is versatile, but he specializes in painting and abstract photography. 

Currently, Wingo works in the Visual Web Design department for Admissions at Georgia State University (GSU) to provide support to Enrollment Services. Outside of ensuring GSU is well taken care of with its web asset design needs, Wingo carefully creates his own showpiece. His most recent piece, “Tapestry I” will be exhibited in the Okeeba Jubalo Fine Art Gallery.

“This will be my first time working with Okeeba and displaying with this caliber of artists. This is quite an honor to me,” Wingo said. “This is a high-quality platform where I am showing my work. This is something that I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time, and I am honored by the opportunity.”

Wingo is modest about his resume, but his work speaks for itself. Along with working for one of the world's top universities and creating in several capacities, including software, UI/UX design, abstract photography, and painting, Wingo’s talent is superb. 

“My goal is to have another avenue of self-expression and to create full-time. Also, not having to wake up and express a client’s vision but instead express my own vision,” Wingo said. “This year, I realized a lot of ways that I have disconnected from letting the world get to know me. Producing physical art is letting the world get to know me. One day I hope to go full time with my art and wake up and create.”

Speak to Wingo at the grand opening of the Masculinity exhibition on Saturday, July 2.

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