"One Big Step" November 3rd & 4th 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Before healing, one must recognize what it is to heal.

Few families have a personal ten-acre, hand-crafted, exquisite sculpture park sitting in their backyard to artfully relate to the world around.

Ten years ago after running a well-publicized gallery, Bayo Gallery, in Iowa City, renown Iowa/international artists Olabayo David and Reena Olaniyi bought a thickly wooded plot of land surrounded by farms in Jefferson County, Iowa. The artists’ goal was to create an artful space for a “living peace” mostly to raise their beautiful and talented five children in community. For ten years the artists prepped the earth as a canvas, replacing brush and dead wood with artful gardens and mammoth architectural sculptures to create a unique and sacred space of genuine and original creativity for all children, people, and community to inspire artful dialogue.

The vision for the park grew out of the philosophy “Life is a Performance” which Executive Director Olabayo Olaniyi taught at the University of Michigan. The power of performative art differs from what art is commonly taught to be. For years the artists researched the power of art through performance while the two crisscrossed the country not only in the art world but in settings not traditionally known for the arts, bringing artful performance to the court rooms, precinct police, street vendors, soccer fields, even Walmart customers and Des Moines Register. Their artful travels have taken them from the University of Michigan to Europe, Nigeria, Washington DC, Seattle, New York’s Gagosian Gallery, Site Santa Fe, Lensic, Detroit’s N’Namdi Gallery, Aspen’s Casterline Goodman Gallery, Forre & Co Gallery, Florida, North Dakota etc, with the idea of understanding the power of object arts, people included relative to our daily experience. Bayo Park & Galleries is an acreage of art, housing these unique art forms.

Upon entering the ten acre ground of Bayo Park & Galleries, one gets a sense that the park has a story to tell. The weaving roads narrate an artistic journey. Each stick is a thought woven together in time over the past ten years. The artists relate to the world and life with their art form.

Annually, the grounds are transformed anew for a fall exhibition open to the public. This year, Bayo Park & Galleries opens with “One Big Step” on November 3 and 4 from 6-8pm. The installation will incorporates a “stepping” soccer challenge based on the family’s experience with the local soccer community and how soccer relates to life and art as a whole. Visitors can choose to engage in various artful soccer activities such as soccer golf, throw soccer, walk-the-park soccer, and cage soccer, etc. Soccer as art, the art of soccer, bring your own soccer ball or use an on-site hedge apple! Performative artful soccer.

The park is a vision of a new world - an artfully-altered reality where the trees are paintings, interacting with the natural colors, the buildings are organically hand-crafted, and floors are hand-formed. It is a ten-acre inspiring work of art. There is no place on Earth like it - art relativity of Bayo World. This year, the artists are taking a heaven’s step in creativity, infusing their year-long artistic journey into stone/wood carving, contemporary and metaphorical interpretations of their life experiences. Visitors to “One Big Step” will be allowed to walk and mingle through the ten-acres, viewing the progress of the park’s permanent on-site sculptures, in addition to the multi-media, “never-before seen” installation that will be on display for the event.

The artists are grateful for those that visited their event last year. “But this year is different. Today rests on yesterday,” Olabayo says. “And when tomorrow comes, today will be a thing of the past. In fact, what I just said is already in the past. Last year’s artful experience differs from this year. This year, the show is a cumulation of our year’s artful experiential journey from Fairfield to the world and back to Fairfield. It is designed energetically for the participating viewer to experience artful “growth,” “longevity,” “experience,” “difference,” and “possibilities.” Audiences will mesmerize as they will question and wonder. By the time they go from the setting of “Promise,” to that of “Wish” before “Vision” they will experience the magical transformative power of earth art, nestled in between fields of corn and soy, a “walking creek.” This is an artful promise. Viewers will see the artists' shared-journey through fire-art, and children’s creativity as art the way the community has never seen art before.

See more information about the lightbox installations from "One Big Step"

"Earth Canvas" October 28th & 29th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Nine years ago artists Olabayo and Reena Olaniyi moved to Jefferson County, Iowa from Iowa City where they owned and operated Bayo Gallery with a dedicated vision to build a unique sculpture park for the arts. On October 28th and 29th from 6-8pm, Bayo Park & Galleries opens with “Earth Canvas” on their ten-acre grounds in Batavia, IA at 1610 230th St.

“Earth Canvas” the coverage of the Earth is the cumulative of nine years of prepping the 10-acre earth as a canvas for annual artful presentations and experiences. The grounds of Bayo Park & Galleries are swept with winding weaving paths leading to various “earth”ganic mammoth sculptural structures the two artists created out of found material within the 10-acre grounds and material common in rural Iowa setting. Bayo Park & Galleries is an open canvas and stage where annually the grounds are transformed anew for artful reasoning and expression. For nine years the artists have prepped the earth as a canvas to create a unique and sacred space of genuine and original creativity for all children, people, and community - a place where art and its definition could be dialogued relative to our natural state of accepted norms.

One truth for these two artists - Art is life without boundaries. Art is the source of all with artists as the designers of all cherished human reality. At Bayo Park & Galleries the continuing conversation of what art is in its fullness through dedicated artists will be expressed and experienced by the host community and those that admire thoughtfulness or not. The notion of experiencing art beyond art school, galleries, and museum will be explored at Bayo Park & Galleries by placing art, in this case, in society and farmland. Bayo Park & Galleries is an art farm where creative ideas are seeded, planted, nurtured, weeded and harvested into industries turning civilized society.

On October 28 & 29th, visitors at Bayo Park & Galleries will see and experience art in four different realities - sacred, physical, old and new. A special musical performance by Iowa "phenom" Dustin Louis Blank on an earth-carved, hand-crafted stage starts at 7pm.

Special attendees include world renown artist Nike Davies Okundaye who owns the largest art gallery in Africa and was recently honored at the Detroit Institute of Arts with an Art Recognition Award. The invitation has been extended to the most prestigious gallery owners, museum directors and curators, artists, and collectors across the nation and world that the two artists have met and worked with throughout their extensive careers in the arts.

Hotel accommodations for artists/musicians participating in “Earth Canvas” are sponsored by The Raj and The BEST WESTERN Fairfield Inn, in Fairfield, Iowa.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have an artful park in Jefferson County, state of Iowa in the United States of America/world. Bayo Park & Galleries is the first of its kind. “Earth Canvas” is the celebratory opening of the park, the first of Bayo Park & Galleries annual fall events designed to treat the community to a blossoming artful experience. “We are gently bringing fresh eggs out of our pocket introducing our artful selves,” Executive Director Olabayo David Olaniyi speaks metaphorically. It has been an artful journey for the artists to create a ten-acre ever-transforming world of artistry. Admission is free and open to all.