September 2010 Blog Posts (31)

Hip Hop "Art" to Rock Children's Programming

We occasionally need to check in on our cousins--the performing artists. I came across this great article on a hop-hop artist who will be teaching "beats" to kids and touring for the YO GABBA GABBA show on Nick. While many people, even in our own culture, can't reconcile with the idea of ANY redeemable qualities in Hip Hop, apparently white tv producers "get it." We need to appreciate and cash in on our own culture, people! :-)…


Added by Christine McCray Bethea on September 30, 2010 at 10:26am — No Comments

Broad Strokes in a Recession

Thought I'd reprint this article that I wrote while we were in the sudden, steep decline of all world markets. Interesting to look back a couple of years - then take a fresh look around....



Added by D. Edward Dyer on September 29, 2010 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

"Come on Baby"

I've been a lover of the art's my entire life. I feel such joy and relaxation while painting. We all live in such a busy world, this is my way of clocking out for the day. It's a true blessing to have this talent and be able to share it with others. My dream is to one day share my works with the entire world.

Added by Angela K. Crockett on September 27, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Technique and Application

Is Black Art, paintings in particular, devalued in terms of technique and application compared to traditional European ways?

Added by Julian E. Williams on September 26, 2010 at 7:08pm — 2 Comments

Elsa Gebreyesus, Artist's Talk at Galerie Myrtis

Join us, as Artist/Activist…


Added by Myrtis Bedolla on September 25, 2010 at 3:25pm — No Comments

A Tip for Your Art Business

You are an artist and a very talented one. The florist with the shop on the corner is a very talented florist. So what is the possible difference between the two of you? The florist on the corner realizes that she is also a business person.

Many artists, as creative people, don’t view themselves as business people in the same sense. For the florist to be successful, she can’t just set-up shop and wait for someone to discover her and hope that the sales will pour in. She has to be… Continue

Added by AA on September 25, 2010 at 12:02pm — 2 Comments

Art Collectors' Home Tour by Diasporal Rhythms

Diasporal Rhythms is presenting its 2010 Art Collectors' Home Tour on October 17, 2010 from Noon to 5:00pm. This Tour offers insights into each Collector's collection, method of collecting and artistic rationale for their collection. Ten (10) collectors have their homes open on October 17th and there are two (2) Routes of 5 homes each. Details and tickets are available at

In addition, Diasporal…


Added by Peter N Gray on September 25, 2010 at 11:10am — No Comments

A Letter of Advice to Art Promoters

Just recently, I received an email soliciting my participation in an art show, this promoter has been very successful in the past, planning and staging art platforms for African-American artists to showcase and sell their art. The email was asking artists to participate in their next annual art show, once again. I was troubled that the location had changed from indoor to outdoor, and I knew that this presented a lot of new problems, potentially inclimate weather, the logistics of…

Added by Ted Ellis on September 24, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Blog By Doreen Bolger Director Baltimore Museum of Art "So Much More than a Haircut"

Troy Stanton explains his mission with humility and charm, beginning with “I am a barber” and quickly expanding to “I build bridges and fill gaps.” His goal is to bring the arts to his community, especially the young men and women who may never find their way to a museum or library on their own.

Art fills the walls of Troy’s barbershop/art centerin…


Added by Troy Staton on September 23, 2010 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

The Ironies of Diversity, or the Disappearing Black Artist

Greetings BAIA,

The following link is an article titled: The Ironies of Diversity, or the Disappearing Black Artist by photographer DAWOUD BEY. Here is the link:…


Added by Najjar Abdul-Musawwir on September 22, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

What price? this the country I have been seeking? A few years back, I was in a valley of despair, isolated and rejected, I turned to the wordlessness of visual art to express what I could not articulate in words spoken or written. And now in a 'newness' of vision and life via a facade of reality; faces, who have ever seen their own in reality, much less anyone else's, yet I find within this BAIA, an oasis of wealth.Rich beyond my dreams...yes it affords a fee, but what…


Added by Marian Hayes on September 20, 2010 at 6:28pm — No Comments


After attending the S.O.S. exhibit at the Bridgeport Art Center—I began a quest to research ‘oil’. It seems oil is always coupled with another word; oil can, oil cloth, olive oil. With me, I am starting off examining it like this; 2 words, 3 letters each, both addressing an issues; one a problem, the other a solution. The words; oil and ash. Ash as it pertains to the skin condition that develops after taking bath. Oil, pertaining to the remedy for ash. Ash…


Added by Marian Hayes on September 20, 2010 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Design Quote

"When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls." -----Ted Grant

Added by Shandra Ward on September 20, 2010 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

How To Structure A Win-Win-Win Situation Re: Benefit/Charity Auction by Patric McCoy

Greetings BAIA Family,

Patric McCoy,s essay on "How To Structure A Win-Win-Win Situation Re: Benefit/Charityh Auction" is a must re-read-re-read-re-read document.

"This is a subject that I have had a lot of discussion about. Joyce Owens and I have had numerous discussions on it but my first serious introduction to the subject was with the artist Jonathan Green (now in Charleston, SC). He has given me a whole new insight.... even as a collector..... that could…


Added by Najjar Abdul-Musawwir on September 19, 2010 at 10:21pm — No Comments

We must teach others to value what we do as ARTIST.


Added by Lloyd G. Wade on September 18, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments


I will be researching 'oil', its meaning, value, effect, etc on the lives of humans and the planet. Years ago, oil was something my Mom 'greased' by scalp with, and demanded that I 'oil up' my 'rusty' elbows and knees with Petroleum jelly. Oil was the 'lard' Mom used to fry chicken, create dough for the crust of fried or sweet potato pies. Oil was something I began to put in my bath water to ween me away from the thick petroleum jelly, but the dirty greasy ring it left around the bathtub…


Added by Marian Hayes on September 18, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Opening Reception for Faith Ringgold at ACA gallery on Thursday, September 16, 2010

Faith Ringgold: Coming to Jones Road,

Part II & Other Story Quilts

September 9, 2010 through October 9, 2010

Please join Faith Ringgold at the reception

on September 16, 2010…

Added by Grace Matthews on September 15, 2010 at 2:54pm — No Comments


Reflections - a documentary accompanied by black and white images of

personal living spaces of over sixty renowned individuals.

Reflections began as a labor of love in 1991, documenting the lives

and careers of our icons who have addressed the political and

socio-economic realities of the 20th century and 21st century.

Reflections includes a network of luminaries such as legendary

photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks; the talented… Continue

Added by Terrence A. Reese on September 15, 2010 at 2:58am — No Comments

Funeral Services / Celebration of Life for Varnette P. Honeywood

the viewing will be on thursday 9/23/10 and the funeral will be on friday 9/24/10

Celebration of Life for Varnette P. Honeywood (viewing)

Where: Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary

When: Thursday, September 23 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Celebration of Life for Varnette P. Honeywood

Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary

3801 W. Manchester Blvd.

Inglewood, CA 90305

Funeral Services for Varnette P. Honeywood

Where: Messiah Baptist Church

When:… Continue

Added by Michael Massenburg on September 15, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

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