Here Are the Fantastic Artists of the 2018 Fantastic Voyage


Charles Bibbs is an internationally acclaimed artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is most recognized for his exquisite artistic renderings that convey deep senses of spirituality, majesty, dignity, strength and grace. Although self-taught, Bibbs attended Los Angeles Harbor College, Long Beach City College, Cal State Dominquez Hills, and California State University of Long Beach, where he studied in cross-disciplinary media and studio arts.






Bibbs’ work displays a unique, strong and stylized quality done in a combination of abstract and realistic interpretations of contemporary subjects that are beautifully fused into multifaceted ethnicity, larger-than-life images. His technique can be distinguished from most artists by the way in which he combines the complicated and intricate ink cross-hatch technique with layers of acrylic paints to obtain rich undertones of line textures.









The medium is everything in Lobyn Hamilton’s style of art. He recreates the icons he grew up listening to and resurrects political activists and iconic heroes using musical artists. “There is such an ease and calm when creating. I don’t plan my next piece on canvas; there is no forethought other than completing the piece and starting another as soon as possible. Upgrading with each piece and pushing the limit to what I think I have the ability to create, is my main focus.” Walter Lobyn Hamilton.







Walter has been drawing since he was young. He was extremely proficient at shading with pencil, creating meticulous images that took months to finish. He is also proficient in painting and using color charcoal was learned. The art of Walter Lobyn is taking the country by storm and he has achieved so much in just 4 short years, including taking home first place in BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® 2013 Artisan Series to now having his work appear on the set of the popular new hit TV series, Empire.







E&S Gallery, Inc. (E&S) was established in Louisville, KY in 1989 by Walter Shannon. Today, E&S is operated by Shannon and wife, Cathy. Over the course of 25 years, E&S grew from a 2,500 square foot strip mall location, to it’s current location – an 11,000+ square foot gallery, custom framing and art publishing company.

E&S is an award winning gallery with a reputation of providing clients with exquisite, award winning custom framing and collectible artwork. In 2015, E&S was named “Best Gallery in Kentucky” and one of the “Top 25 Galleries in The U.S.” by American Art Awards. E&S specializes in original and limited edition fine art graphics, prints, and sculpture by African American artists ranging from prominent old master like Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Mayhew, to highly sought after contemporary masters like Dean Mitchell, Twin, and Charles Bibbs to hot up and comers like Walter Lobyn, Sherry Shine, and Tammie Demessie.




E&S clients list includes corporations like Brown & Williamson Corp., Pepsico, PNC Bank, the Tom Joyner Foundation and the National Urban League, as well as private collectors including Earl Graves, singer/songwriter Kem, Angela Bassett, Bob Johnson, the late Dr. Donda West, (mother of Kanye), Alonzo & Tracy Mourning, congressman C. Watts, Yolanda Adams and Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali to name just a few.









Deborah Shedrick


Deborah Shedrick ‘s art exudes the aura of simplistic beauty. Having a passion for art since childhood and completing both a BS and MS in Psychology, she returned to her first love art as an adult. Focused and determined with the goal of becoming a successful professional artist, Shedrick honed her artistic skills and sensibilities through workshops and study with prominent instructors and accomplished artists.






Deborah’s work is vibrant, colorful and full of texture. Utilizing a palette knife, rollers and assorted objects, she shapes color and builds texture in rhythmic patterns and brilliant eruptions. Stylistically she combines realism and abstraction as she forges a unique and distinctive expression that has found tremendous resonance with her audience. She lets the vivid tints take over, leaving her figures elongated and suggested, in her vertical canvases with some collaged materials.

She defines her paintings as free-style, uniquely her own. She captures the nuance of a moment, with the celebration of color and energy. Her artwork strikes a harmonious cord from a universal perspective and she is part of collections throughout the United States and abroad.


Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.

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