African Americans have made some crucial contributions to art and culture. The Colorado Black Arts Festival is proof. Live African drum and bass, blues, gospel, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, soul and world beat music fills the air. Multiple mediums, from fiber to photography, are displayed by notable and up and coming African American artists. Might want to have an appetite when you come, it’ll be tough to walk past the food court without stopping.
I’ve been taking a break from blogging for a while. I am far more visual than I am wordy, so at times, I just focus on the images. There are some new ones I want to share with you, but first, I have something to tell you about. I recently applied for a small business grant.
FedEx is offering to award $25,000 to the small business with the most votes. With that kind of money, I could create some great new products for you guys. I have some ideas for my Women Behaving Badly series that would help women and girls everywhere learn more about their place in history. So many women have contributed to the building of this country and our way of life. We should know who they are.
To that end, I want to print posters, informative postcards, collectible card decks (like baseball cards with stats and all), basically beautiful educational tools. Ideally, some would be for sale while others will be distributed to school aged kids. I want to inspire our young people, especially our young girls to enter high power, high paying fields like STEM, politics, business… fields in which the feminine touch is in short supply.
I am asking for your help. Please vote for me so that I can make my plans a reality.
UPDATE: The ballots have been cast and unfortunately, I have not been chosen this time around. Thank you to everyone who took time to vote (and help me troubleshoot my buttons). I will let you all know about any future opportunities that arise.
If you happen to be at Common Grounds Coffeehouse on Wazee this month, you may notice some art on the walls that looks a little familiar. That is because I have hung some of my pieces from the past year. If you have missed my last few shows and haven’t had a chance to see my work in person, now is a great time to check it out. I have a good mix of original pieces, as well as prints mounted on wooden boards.
My work is accompanied by that of three other talented artists: Keith Oelschlager, Sarah Paz Hyde and Zoe Hopkins. Our art will bean the walls for the remainder of May and all of June. Come the 9th of June, around the halfway point, and watch as I create a brand new painting before your eyes. Bring yourself, bring your friends, (bring your wallet), and let’s have a good time.