May 2010 Blog Posts (11)


A great friend turned me onto this site. I am anxious to see more art from others in the community and hope some enjoy the works I have posted.
I think as a woman, I forget to forge out into newness. I reside in my world of being a mother...a daughter...a sister....a friend....and sometimes only remember I'm an artist when I see other fabulous creative entities at work. Well, here I am newness! I welcome you with open arms.

Added by Kristina Vallery on May 29, 2010 at 7:12pm — 2 Comments

Art Advice for the Obamas from an art advisor

Art advice for the Obamas

Life has an interesting way of forcing us to sometimes either reversing what we once thought were final positions, and other times life offers us a chance of defending both sides of a position.

I have been generally against the segregation of artists by race (black, white, Asian or native American) or by ethnicity (Hispanic, Semitic, etc.), and yet sometimes a void or need is so egregious that the solution is very clear and may… Continue

Added by Florencio Lennox Campello on May 28, 2010 at 4:07pm — 2 Comments

Vividly Alive Holiday

My father bought the first Najee Dorsey painting of anyone in my family, and as soon as he did, he took a photo and sent it to me. He knew that the jazz theme would appeal to me, but as my taste in art veered towards more abstract works, he wasn’t sure whether the style would touch me as much as it had him. The paint was thick enough that the photo didn’t do the piece justice, yet I told him that it would look great in his house, and that Najee seemed… Continue

Added by Matthew Putman on May 28, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Chukes and Ruth Tunstall Grant

CROSSROADS Sculpture and Paintings

The dynamics of collaboration by two exceptional and highly skilled artists – Chukes and Ruth Tunstall Grant will be on view & glimmering at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland 406 14th St (at 12th St Bart Station) from May 7 to June 28, 2010.

Genesis-Sanctuary-Celebration & Inspiration…

These are the words present in the cathartic synergy of Sculptor, Chukes and Painter, Ruth Tunstall… Continue

Added by Patanisha on May 16, 2010 at 11:45pm — No Comments

The Art of Collecting Fine Art

This article was written by Ken Joslin and has been edited and published with permission of the author.

Collecting fine art isn’t all that hard. For example, you don’t have to be an art history expert or art critic to become an art collector. Anyone can collect art.

And yes, buying art for fun can occasionally be much more costly than other hobbies—but then again, it doesn’t always have to be.

Here are just a few suggestions for new art… Continue

Added by Ken Joslin on May 15, 2010 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

Glad to be here!

How exciting! An interactive forum for black art enthusiasts in America.....I almost don't believe it yet! Just kidding because it is here alive and thriving. I am an artist of Jamaican descent working primarily in photography based mixed media works and also dabbling in the world of original accessory designs. Don't you worry your pretty little head, I will be adding content to this wonderful site on a regular basis so be well until next time BAIA and have a phenomenal day.…


Added by Tracy Ann on May 12, 2010 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Aaron Henderson's "Harmonic Inspirations" on display at the BSCC

By Ann Nichols

Aaron Henderson creates jazz-inspired narratives in his gouache-on-paper and oil-on-canvas paintings.

An exhibition of his work, titled "Harmonic Inspirations," is on view at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center through May 21.

Mr. Henderson's paintings are mostly figurative and representational, although a few border on abstraction. He describes himself as a narrative artist whose images depict his life… Continue

Added by Carmen Davis on May 11, 2010 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

Making Her Own Way: The Female Artist.

Society hasn't made it easy for a women with talent to make her own way in the visual arts.

I'd like to believe that what appears to be the silencing of the world's female voices wasn't partially intentional, but unfortunately history doesn't seem to bear that one out. Prejudice in any form is common to the human race. When taken as simple historical fact, female history isn't all that dissimilar to those of the Native American or other culturally disenfranchised peoples. We're rather…


Added by Julie Stoker on May 10, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Manuelita Brown: Capturing the Human Spirit in Bronze

I will never forget the day I was introduced to Manuelita Brown, a bronze sculptor from San Diego, California. I met Ms. Brown at the first Southwest Black Fine Art Show at the African American Museum in Dallas, TX, where she had a wonderful display of bronze sculptures. I was immediately captured by the graceful nature of her sculptures and found myself drawn into the minds of her subjects. As an African American woman, I had a feeling of deep connection as I looked at some of her bronze… Continue

Added by Myesha Francis on May 5, 2010 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Keepers of the Culture

April 15, 2010


"What a collector you are," are words I often hear after someone views my art collection. I reply with the customary, "thank you." I must not let this suffice, for I would be remiss if I did not explain the role and responsibility of the African American fine art collector as I see it. It is my belief that I am the keeper of the culture. Those who collect art are not merely amassing wonderful works of art, we are preserving a legacy.… Continue

Added by Daniel T. Parker on May 4, 2010 at 4:59pm — 2 Comments

Through the Lens of an American In Paris

In July of last year my wife, daughter and I moved from Brooklyn, New York to Paris, France for one year. Many of you may have visited foreign countries, and some of you have lived in them, and for all of you that haven’t I would recommend it. One thing that has happened to me, not intentionally, was that living abroad has made me more self analytical, especially in terms of my identity as an American, than I thought it would. The reason I didn’t expect this, is because I don’t tend to think of… Continue

Added by Matthew Putman on May 1, 2010 at 7:27am — 5 Comments

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