North Texas Performing Arts proudly presents

Diversity in Artistry: Deaf Art Showcase

Free reception to meet the artists
Saturday, April 15, 5-7 PM

at Neiman Marcus Welcome Center inside the Willow Bend Center of the Arts

The art will be on public display April 1-30.

North Texas Performing Arts Diversity in Artistry series continues with an exhibit by four local Deaf Artists – Richard Wrzesinski, Daymond Junior, Michael De Jacimo, and Rebekah Covington.

NTPA will host an art reception free to the public on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 5-7 pm and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. The reception will be held at the Nieman Marcus Welcome Center, located inside the Willow Bend Center of the Arts at 6121 West Park Blvd, Suite B216, Plano, Texas 75093.

Daymond Junior

Daymond was born and raised in Dallas, TX. He is a freelance photographer for 15 years, a party planner, and the owner of the television show Click Click crop which aired on Facebook and YouTube. He loves what he does because he can bring out my creative mind and share the world. “You see what I see through my eyes” is my favorite quote because he wants to share his passion with the world. He is just turning fantasy into reality.

Michael De Jacimo

Michael was born and raised in Washington State. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Graphic Design at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. He loves doing wood arts and painting. His specific arts are creative in wood and painting most of the time.

Richard Wrzesinski

Currently, I am living in Texas and running my art business since 2015. It all started when I had a job interviewer asked me to send some of my hand sketches. After that, I decided to draw some new sketches just for fun, so I dug into the closet to get out my old high school art kit. In one of my sketching tools were an old watercolor paint tray, a couple of brushes, and a few tubes of paint. I thought, “I might as well do some painting.” As I was working with the watercolors, I began to feel as though I was reaching my true self. It felt so right that I wanted to keep going and explore my talent. So, I decided to buy some new paint and brushes as well as some better equipment and see where it led me. As I continued to paint more, the smell of wet paper, the brushes, and the colorful paints all got to me. I was hooked!

Rebekah Covington

I am born completely Deaf. I have a Master’s Degree from University of Northern Colorado in Teaching American Sign Language. I am an adjunct ASL instructor at Tarrant County Community College. I have a passion for art and own an art business called Peacock Hand Studio on the side. I truly love creating many different art pieces. I am currently married to William Covington and we have a beautiful baby girl, Ellie. I am very passionate about the Deaf Community and have a strong desire to advocate Deaf people and ensure Deaf people have a place to be represented.

Drew Anne Allen

Author of “The Adventures of Sam & Dak: A Story of True Friendship” (which is illustrated by Rebekah Convington). Drew Anne Allen met a girl named Sam years ago at her very first job at a School for the Deaf. She was earning her master’s degree in Deafness at the time, and this led her on to work at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York. Later, she worked with Deaf people at the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia. Drew loves the playful feel of rhyme, the value of life lessons learned in everyday life, and, of course, the joys and lessons she’s learned from the many Deaf friends she’s known along the way.

The Neiman Marcus Welcome Center inside Willow Bend Center of the Arts is available for artists exhibits and is an initiative of NTPA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

North Texas Performing Arts is committed to acknowledging diversity and promoting equity and inclusion in all programs. The NTPA Governing Board of Directors, Management Boards, and NTPA Staff strive to create performing art spaces that are positive, safe and inclusive regardless of one’s race, creed, gender, religion, orientation, communication differences or abilities. We encourage our families and patrons to exhibit our “Ten Characters” taught at NTPA including integrity, leadership, respect, and more importantly, to love one another.