Artist Lex Lumiere Returns to Carnegie Hall: A Triumph of Art, and Overcoming The Odds

 

United States, 23rd Feb 2024, King NewsWire – Texas born artist Lexie ‘Lex’ Lumiere, the granddaughter of former United Nations Award recipient Frank Cricchio and his wife Beatrice ‘Bea’ Cricchio, an award winning Professional Photographer Association (PPA) portrait painter sponsored by Kodak and Fuji. Built their careers during a time when the Klu Klux Klan would throw bricks through their minority owned photography company, Cricchio Studios as they built their American Dream. When their studio was relocated in 2006, it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and the world renowned artists retired. Lex was already an award winning artist herself and protege of Italian painter Remo Trentini, part of Mark Cuban’s collection. They encouraged Lex to relocate to NYC. She moved and worked as a Senior Recruiter for PPR, the largest luxury retailer in the world, parent company of Gucci, and as a Regional Recruiting Manager for Juicy Couture building out the flagship stores from NYC to Miami because of her expertise in luxury apparel. Shooting photography projects as her side hustle in the big apple, Lex became one of two female photographers for NYFW while also exhibiting art at Sikkema Jenkins & Co, for the Annual Visual Aids Benefit, and beautifying the city by helping paint a children’s mural with Habitat for Humanity; ‘Brush with Kindness’ project at the P.S. 329 Surfside School.

During this time Lex broke off an engagement with Williams, her fiance who got caught up in the party scene; started using drugs and became physically abusive. Lex would find herself at the Brooklyn: Domestic Violence Center, creating an emergency escape plan with their help. She was forced to leave everything behind as her ex robbed their flat attempting to steal her safe, money, computers and camera equipment to sabotage her financially. Few people knew what was happening behind the scenes of her smile. In the midst of it all, Lex’s final exhibit would be at the Chelsea Hotel for The Art of Fashion hosted by legendary Herbert Fox Productions of Studio 54 and John McMullen of Black Book Inc, benefiting the Japan SocietyTsunami Relief Fund before the doors closed for renovations until the Summer of 2023.

Lex Lumiere would relocate back to Texas to help her grandmother complete chemo and partner with popular Sak’s Fifth Avenue hairstylist Scott Childress, who was custom building her a photography studio as an edition to his hair salon. When Childress was unexpectedly murdered in January 2012. Lex Lumiere would return to NYFW using creativity to put the past behind her, shooting for Moroccanoil for; Rochambeau, GenArt, Carolina Herrera, Mandy Coon, Badgley Mischka, Jeremy Scott, while riding the same elevator with Paris Hilton, and meeting Kim Kardashian as she was dating Kanye West at MILK Studios after The Blonds fashion show by day. While shooting for Alexander McQueen’s protege Soojin Lee by evening and at night hosting her own solo exhibit at the former Whiskey Parc owned by Trump (before his presidential run) titled NYFW Art Premier, ‘Haunted Hollywood’ and also auctioning a painting created during the passing storm of her New York experience titled, ‘Oracle of Enlightenment,’ for Art for Life: Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) founded by Danny, Russell and Joseph Simmons of the hip-hop group Run-DMC.

In the Summer of 2015, Lex would finally tier at her grandparents level in the arts by exhibiting at The Louvre Museum in Paris. However, the morning after Thanksgiving, Lex was working in Houston with a marketing agency doing promotions for FW1 million dollar advance donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She was a passenger in a colleague’s car when they were struck head on by a drug impaired driver that totaled 3 cars. Lex spent 6 months in rehabilitation for her injuries that damaged her vision and was prescribed ‘rose colored glasses.’ When Attorney Donalson exposed Judge Elliott presiding over her case as a KKK Grand Wizard, it revealed corruption within the Department of Justice. Although she is an advocate for Mothers Against Drunk DriversFort Bend County 268th District Court is still holding her settlement funds for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. because Jim Adler & Assoc law firm quit her case in Nov 2018 and refuses to honor their contract which states he claims no fees.

In 2016 her art would become part of the permanent Stonewall National Museum: Orlando 49 collection. In August of 2017, Lex survived Hurricane Harvey, be involved in search and rescue with the Houston Fire Department to help others while losing her own home in forty feet of water. The entire block would eventually be demolished and her experience would become part of the Hurricane Harvey – Houston Flood Museum. During the pandemic, in 2020 Lex was nominated by the Houston Texans NFL team for their Community Champion Award and for the 2-D Texas State Artist award for 2023-24 along with Kelly Clarkson. She continued to rise and became a Citizen Artist & Cultural Partner with the USDAC and Artist for the Art In Embassies registry with the US Dept of State. Winning an award for Pfizer’s; Science Will Win collection. Defeating the odds, Lex Lumiere returns to NYC, with Houston’s First Choir to sing at Carnegie Hall on February 25, 2024 at 7PM with Kari Jobe

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