VISUAL ARTISTS & PERFORMING ARTISTS
Larry Poncho Brown is a native of Baltimore, MD and a world traveler. Rhythm, movement, and unity are sited as favorite elements in his work. He primarily works in acrylic, although he uses a variety of mediums and styles to express his interests in Afrocentric themes, Ancient Egyptology and dance. Poncho’s unique style combines past and present art stylizations to create a sense of realism, mysticism, and beauty, which gives his art universal appeal. His creations are a reflection of his personal values and pay homage to ongoing themes of unity, family, and spirituality.
Carren Clarke-McAdoo is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She utilizes clay as her medium and is drawn to ceramics as to the oldest art form in the world. Carren births her creations by the artistic influences from African, Asian and Greek architecture, earth tones related to iron and steel, along with hues of honey, greens and blues. Intermingling of the colors produce one of a kind, handmade pieces that are simplistically beautiful. She has a strong focus on geometric designs and engages in a broad spectrum of research to create her art emphasizing the beauty found randomly in imperfections and natural formations.
Karen Y. Buster received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1981. She loves the strong statements that negative and positive spaces project. Karen’s technique is to literally draw with a knife and her work has the ability to intrigue the viewer’s eye through simplistic, repetitive, hythmic, geometric shapes. Her work features strong and bold African infused content, and gives prompts about indigo dyed cloth and how it has been historically used by Yoruba People in Nigeria, West Africa.
Maurice Evans’ creative focus was first realized through the lens of music. Born in Smyrna, Tennessee, his father was a military man who was also a gifted drummer and singer in a gospel choir. Exposure to the music of Al Green, Chaka Khan, and Marvin Gaye, inspired my early creative growth and became the backdrop for works that have an Afrocentric futuristic feel.
Ursula Cain-Jordan presents work in mixed media collage that portrays themes of personal experiences, social struggles or politics. Influenced by Romare Bearden, She may layer paint, various papers, gels and/or words. The layering process is spontaneous. It is also a reflection of
the call and response format of African-American gospel music. Images in acrylics are painted on top of the layers. The mix of colors and textures produces work that is abstract and figurative, symbolic and realistic. The goal of Ursula’s work is to capture an essence of life that will touch the viewer.
Maria Theresa Fernandez uses travel as a main source of inspiration and that has influenced the direction of her work over the years. Some countries, it's people and the landscape have contributed to the imagery, concepts in her work, while investigation of new materials and technology allowed for experimentation. Earlier works showed the use of paint and stitchery as mark making, recent work has involved the density of population in East London and its rich cultural diversity. Place and living in the surroundings is an important element in the work.
Espi Frazier is inspired by African, Caribbean, Egyptian, and Japanese Art, Frazier’s creative themes include both the female as goddess/life/giver and the integral beauty of African people. Frazier’s media is mainly illustration and some wood carving. Her work speaks to the universal quest to understand who people are beyond race, age, and gender.
LaToya Hobbs is a native of North Little Rock, AR. LaToya’s work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty and cultural identity. Visual images influence the psychological frame work upon which identity is established; particularly the images that one sees of him or herself or those that are representative of their community. With this sensitivity to the importance of visual images in mind, Hobbs uses the female figure to challenge past notions of identity concerning the black female body, deconstruct them, and resurrect an ideology grounded in positivity. Her work is an investigation of the point where the notions of race, identity, and beauty intersect concerning women of African descent. In this exploration, women play a role that is paramount, making them the source of inspiration and an integral part of the creative process.
Theresa Reuter draws beauty from the world surrounding her. She artist that is as comfortable with pencil on paper as works in sculpture. Reuter delves into the esoteric and says, “The vital beauty of diversity with painting to bring awareness of the sacredness of social & natural environments for peoples of the earth.”
Valerie Smith has a true love for Surrealism. Her inspirations come from everyday objects, nature, people and events seen during a drive, a visit to a jazz show or a Theater. Smith, through her daydreams and can envision the mundane becoming something different and beautiful, so she shares her visions with others. Smith’s artist name, Utopian Dreamer means that that she is a peaceful utopian asleep or awake she can dream. Smith love to paint with bright colors and shades, consequently using these colors and hues to assist in conveying the messages she wants to share.
Winston Harris presents a printmaking process that involves modifying his artwork by introducing two or more disciplines into one format, transforming two-dimensional prints into three-dimensional forms, combining of mediums, reinventing images by recycling past artwork into new identities. An example of this progression would be to integrate a traditional printmaking technique with a digital process, creating a hybrid and/or structural print, combining (lithographs, photo lithographs, silkscreen, etching, monotype and monoprint) and/or digital prints with hand-colored processes and/or surfaces like watercolors, colored pencils, pens, charcoal, and paints.
Jimi King was born into 3rd generation of artist from both Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Both maternal grand parents were seamstress and bespoke tailor. Paternal grand parents were textile artists in renounced Itoku market in Abeokuta Nigeria and fashion designers. In Africa masks are associated with spirits or/and ancestors, who either help to protect the community from negative forces or diseases. In some tribes as masquerades they are believed to accompany the spirits of the dead to ascend to the land of the ancestors. The base fabric is vintage hand spun and hand woven (Aso Oke) cotton fabric from 1940s Abeokuta Yoruba Land south west Nigeria. The masks are appliqués from several kinds of hand dyed cotton brocade fabric using different traditional resist techniques like starch stencil resist, hand stitch resist, tie resist and fold resist.
Ernest Shaw, Jr. Artist Ernest Shaw, Jr. was born and has lived most of his life in Baltimore, Maryland. Shaw comes from a family of visual and performing artists. As a youngster growing up in West Baltimore, there was never an absence of influence, or inspiration. Shaw’s work defines the duality of the African American experience. His artwork exhibits this dichotomy through an array of media and concepts. The most prevalent aspect of the artist’s work is his use and understanding of color and the figure. The figure in his work is a continuation of a rich history of African and African American figurative art. His use of color demonstrates a deep level of understanding of rhythm taught to him by several West African drum instructors.
Jeffery Weatherford creates in a variety of media from painting, scratchboard and encaustic to mixed media and digital collage. He gravitates toward abstract and abstract expressionism. His abstract encaustic works reflect a deep spirituality and the influence of ancient philosophies, such as Kemetism, which explores the Egyptian origins of Christianity. Weatherford says about his work, “Since ancient times, descendants of Africa have had a belief in the existence of a spirit world. This faith in something larger than themselves strengthened my ancestors in the face of adversity and oppression. In all of nature, they saw the Creator’s hand.”
E. Lyle Henderson was intensely intrigued with stained glass windows while traveling across Europe. He was impacted by how the natural light illuminated the glass’ brilliant colors to cast vibrant tones. While there are creative artists who chronicle life through the lens of a camera, others paint scenes that are imprinted on canvas, Lyle creates stained glass pieces that reflect his love of the art form sometimes as nature through flowers and leaves in natural settings; or abstracts windows with a host of shades and shapes; or traditional windows built in the soft tints of pastels in textured glasses for Victorian or Art Nouveau themes.
Grace Kisa challenges the idea of identity specifically as it pertains to “third culture kids”. Third culture kid is a term used to refer to children who were raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture for a significant part of their developmental years.
Drawing from her experiences of growing up in international communities, Kisa’s sculpture reflects the relationship between herself and the world around her. Grace is compelled by the notion of recycling and repurposing, adapting ordinary things using some traditional crafting techniques that are drawn from my Kenyan roots. Her process is a combination of creative play and problem solving. By taking what is familiar and making it new, she creates a narrative that considers the universal, while engaging history, folklore, social awareness, the idea of timelessness, and the complexity of identity.
Sherry Shine has always loved to draw. She created her first mural (a huge drawing of her whole family and some friends from the neighborhood) at the age of three. Then one day a friend who was a long arm quilter offered to teach Sherry how to quilt and she was hooked! Shine learned all about traditional quilting, cutting and piecing of fabrics together. Shine attended a lecture on the dyeing of fabrics and how to make the fabric an art quilt, and that helped her to understand what she needed to do. ”My creativity and curiosity were ignited and my passion for art quilts was formed” recalls Shine.
Jerome White’s passion for art stems from the endless possibilities that God places in his mind. He feels that the act of creating art is liberating; his senses work in concert, molding together dreams, questions, and curiosities that visit my thoughts. As his painting evolves, Jerome plans to continue using similar themes but looks forward to taking a different direction in his presentation. “Over the past few years, I have used texture and monochromatic color schemes. Presently, I use mixed media, acrylics, and oil painting. I believe that blending different styles together will produce a harmonious balance with my design ideas. I like to compare it to making Gumbo. I want to create a visual experience that will stick to your soul”.
Joyce J. Scott
Gary Richardson & Trio
Cloud Kickers International
Sankofa Dance Theater
Safi & The Baltimore Girls