One Life to Live’s Terrell Tilford Talks About Art Group Exhibition!
Terrell & Victoria Pre-Oscar Party/Black Ent. Mag
Fans may not know this, but One Life to Live actor Terrell Tilford (Greg Evans) is the Director/Curator for the Tilford Art Group, which is dedicated to promoting emerging artists from all over the world, while designating a space for them to promote their work, engage in artistic discussions, education and celebrations, and he took some time to give Soaps.com a little more insight into his fine art group, their upcoming exhibition and how everything came to be. Terrell made it very clear that he didn’t start the gallery to showcase his own art work, never uses the gallery to show his work, and that it’s a completely separate entity from his work as an actor.
From February 12th through the 14th, the Tilford Art Group will be hosting a new exhibition in Midtown Manhattan. “We will be showcasing five different artists, two from New York, two from Los Angeles and one from Atlanta. There will be a number of actors from New York, as well as some of my supportive One Life to Live cast mates, in attendance. We may have some stars from “Law & Order ” and “Rescue Me” there too, but we’ll see.”
Knowing these exhibits must take a lot of time to prepare for, Terrell explained the in-depth process. “I have a system and create a timeline for myself. The staging for the invites are designed, go to the printer then are sent out to around 2500 people. I take a week to hang the work and figure out where everything fits, print up a price list, order the wine, get the DJ, etc. It’s a team of us who work to pull everything together.”
Most events in the gallery run over a month’s time, but there’s a reason that the February event is taking place over a weekend – a weekend that would normally mark an annual affair in New York. “The weekend of the event represents the historical National Black Fine Arts Show, which is usually held in New York, and led by Josh Wainwright, during that weekend. The NBFAS decided to take a break this year, due to the economy, but plans to return next year. In the past, the event has brought together 125 to 200 galleries and artists to the area. Artists from the fine art show called me and suggested we have an exhibit. We had a short amount of time, no time to get together with other galleries, but I decided to go ahead with it. We’ll be donating a portion of the profits to a local theatre company, the New Perspectives Theatre Company. With every exhibit we hold, we always donate a portion of the proceeds to non-profit organizations.” Over the years not only have actors Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett visited the gallery, Entertainment Tonight Magazine did a profile on Angela, who named the Tilford Art Group as one of her top 5 indulgences!
Included in the team at the Tilford Art Group is Terrell's wife, actress Victoria Platt (ex-Vicky Spaulding, Guiding Light). "I drive her crazy during this time, but she's really an active part in it all and enjoys seeing how much joy it brings to me. I took her to her first art exhibit, the Impressionists at the Brooklyn Art Museum, which was her first real experience. She was apprehensive, at first, not knowing about art, but we talked about the different pieces, and I asked her how she responded to them. I try to convey that to everyone who comes to the gallery. I want to break down those barriers, the ideas that some think it's always a red carpet production and that they have to dress fancy… It's simpler than that, rather everyone should go to galleries to experience the work, and I always encourage people to bring their kids, to let them have that experience as well."
Though Terrell hasn't had a lot of time for his own art, which consists of primarily mixed media, collage work and abstract, which he's created through life experiences, he's been fortunate to receive so much support as an actor and wanted to return the favor through the gallery. "I want others to know whatever you want to do in life, it's possible to make a living doing it. I've been collecting art since I was 16, and from the love of collecting, I started painting. After collecting from friends and artists, the group started on a fluke, after co-producing a showing in Los Angeles. We had so much art in our house, and wanted to support our artist friends, so we got about 40 to 50 pieces together, invited five artists and had a show in our house to see what would happen. Around 150 people came and over the weekend, we sold over half the works. We then refined it, called some more exposed artists, invited them to ship their work, did another show for four weekends out of a month and decided it was a good thing. Victoria wondered what we were going to do next. Actress CCH Ponder got in touch with me about a space located three doors down from her and said, "You're going to open up a gallery." I had no interest at all, it was just a fantasy, but after ten minutes of looking at the space, I said, 'Where's the lease?' We produced 23 art shows over four years then closed up the space and moved it to where it is today."
Soaps.com always likes seeing Daytime actors extending a helping hand to those up and coming in the world of entertainment, and we praise Terrell, his wife Victoria and everyone involved in his organization for doing so - and if Victoria has anything to say about it, Terrell will be taking some time to work on some creations of his own, again, in the near future. Please note, the art group does not take random submissions.
If you missed last week's interview with Terrell, you can still find out what he told us about his Daytime role in One Life to Live's Terrell Tilford Chats With Soaps.com!
- Amy Mistretta
Header Photo Credit: John Skalicky