Two years ago Brooklyn teacher Jennifer Mack asked her art class to create collages. One student held a picture of New Jersey artist Kurtis Watkins from the ESSENCE 2008 Do Right Men feature. Just before he cut the image, Jennifer grabbed the page. She sent an e-mail to Kurtis and soon the eligible bachelor was gladly off the market.
The two artists and animal lovers nibbled strawberries and sipped champagne while gazing at exotic wildlife in an enclosure that mimics the African savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kidani Village. Back when he was single, Kurtis created a romantic painting collection of a couple enjoying many of the same animals.