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Nigerian-born artist Chris Damola knows that when you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. So spending days perfecting his paintings isn’t enough: When he’s through with that, he fills his nights by writing invitations and catching public transportation to mail them. Damola has no agent and no manager, and his friends are unreliable assistants, but his love of expressing himself through his art is plenty of incentive to keep going. The fervor is in preparation for his latest exhibition, at which Damola will introduce a limited-edition piece, The Red Snapper, along with new works depicting the gods and deities of Yorubaland: Yemoja, goddess of the ocean; Oya, wife of Shango, god of thunder; and Orumila, god of wisdom. Damola’s fluid brush strokes and earthy palette make his work appealing and engaging. (Music Makers is pictured.) Two years ago, when NBC featured the artist and his paintings live at the annual Taste of D.C., the tight-pantsed, high-topped lead singer of funk group Cameo, Larry Blackmon, saw the segment and sent his brother to buy one of Damola’s paintings. Damola has more stories where that came from, plus more celebrity collectors, and he makes more than paintings. He also has his own line of clothing, which he plans to showcase in the near future. Damola’s exhibit, hosted by Miss D.C., Toyia Taylor, includes a short fashion show and begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at Zanzibar on the Waterfront, 700 Water St. SW. For reservations call (202) 554-9100. (Ayesha Morris)