2012 Featured ARTcetra Artist

"For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to be an artist", remarks James E. Murphy Jr. as he recalls his 4th year in grade school, a pivotal point in his life where he decided to pursue his passion for Art.

Later, James attended the Baltimore School for the Arts High School and afterwards the Maryland Institute college of Arts where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Communication. After college, James began his art career as a freelance illustrator completing illustrations and designs for numerous clientele including Physical Therapy Today Magazine and Umoja Children Greeting Cards; but today James focus is on his fine art drawings, paintings and reproductions which he distributes through his own company, Something For Your Soul Fine Arts.

James' lists of accomplishments continues to grow as his art has been featured in various exhibits, numerous art shows & festivals and also on Baltimore's WJZ-TV Channel 13. James sums up his work by simply stating, "I am a Husband and a Father, a man of Faith as well as a man of Color; Its these experiences that I seek to explore and express in my Art."


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Hailing from The City of Bridges (Pittsburgh, Pa) where floating houses ("Falling Water" by Frank Lloyd Wright) and pop-art (Andy Warhol) re-emerge into a fantastic display of originality, C. Alexander brings the base to thoughtful art.

Providing fresh insight into today's biggest issues with a subtly of acute beauty, it's no wonder having spent 2.5 years in Pre-Revolutionary Egypt would come out so well! C. Alexander obtained his B.A. in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University (2008) before receiving a Presidential Scholarship to live, work, & teach in Egypt. After two years as an Office Manager at The American University in Cairo, C. Alexander went on to receive 3 Artist Residencies in less than one year. Documenting the only international web-performance-collaborative between Egypt and American artists before the Arab Spring (http://fireflytunnels.net), C. Alexander returned to Post-Revolutionary Egypt to study photographic-web journalism before nesting home in Pittsburgh. Here, C. Alexander was granted a one-year residency in Wall, Pa where his imaginatively real style was finally born. Six notebooks full of ideas later, the chance for a web-development internship was packed into settling in Baltimore.


My love for art began at nine years of age as I decided nothing could ever be more important. I knew I wanted to be an artist by the drive and passion I had for it - constantly drawing - night and day. I drew so much that my fourth grade teacher alerted my mother to my two notebooks. One notebook had a portrait of my mother I had drawn on it, the person sitting in front of me, the tree out the window, chairs from various perspectives, etc., etc., etc. The other notebook had no math, science, spelling, social studies or reading. My mother changed all of that for next several years. However, in high school, I was allowed to pursue commercial art at Carver Vocational Technical High School. A Mecca and infrastructure for sign painters, designers, illustrators, cartoonists, display men and painters. Then I was off to the Maryland Institute College of Art to polish my skills.

I spent twenty eight years teaching commercial art at Carver and these years were the highlight of my life. To meet and teach so many talented and dynamic students - one in particular was Mr. Larry "Poncho" Brown. He was one of my most brilliant stars. Fortunately, we both have been elected to Carver's Hall of Fame.

Art Bacon is known by many as an artist, educator, and scientist. However, art has always been his passion. He was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, but lived in several places in and out of the state. His talent for art was recognized early and won him many prizes and awards before he graduated from high school.

Bacon went to Talladega College where he earned an A.B. in biology-art became a strongly competing interest. Although a science major, Bacon enhanced his artistic skills by enrolling in art courses, taught by David C. Driskell. They helped earn him the College's Armstrong Award for Creativity Ability. In graduate school, Bacon's involvement in his passion was limited to illustrations for scientific papers. He had little time for other things and received the M.S. and Ph.D., in protozoology, from Howard University in 1963 and 1967, respectively.

Following a year of postdoctoral research at the University of Miami, Bacon returned to his alma mater, initially as a science administrator and member of the biology faculty. He also immediately resumed painting and drawing, and exhibiting his work. In his first major art competition and sale, he won second prize and sold thirty paintings. Since that show, he has exhibited many places and won many prizes. A number of collectors and many others own his works. Now retired from academe, he is painting and exhibiting as much as ever.

Art Bacon has had exhibits in Atlanta, New York, Berkeley, Birmingham, Washington (DC) and many other places. The long list of owners of his paintings and drawings includes Bill Cosby and U.S. congressman John Lewis. He has also been featured in Southern Living Magazine and other publications.

LaShun Beal was born January 28, 1962. He's a native of Detroit, Who now resides in the Houston area. Although he's taken a few classes, he has no formal art training and really considers himself to be a self-taught artist. Beal's subject matter seems to revolve around female characters. His style depicts the many differences of African American women. Over the last few years he's developed his signature Universal Women character which has came to be associated with his name. Lashun participated in the Creative Quarantine of 2009.


Charles Bibbs is an accomplished Fine Artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist that has always believed that we are the keepers of our culture, and as such, has spent much of his time working towards developing a cohesive, energized African American Community. Charles Bibbs' artwork manages to fuse African American and Native American cultural themes that make powerful cross cultural statements. His work is thought provoking and capable of arousing strong emotions that cross ethnic, gender and generational barriers. His artistic renderings convey a deep sense of spirituality, majesty, dignity, strength and grace. It is sufficient to say that however his works are viewed or whatever individual emotions they may evoke, they remain characteristically and recognizably Bibbs. "My most important goal is to make profound aesthetic statements, that are ethnically rooted, and at the same time arouse spiritual emotions within us." Charles has also founded a number of organizations and businesses to help in the growth of African American artistic expression such as: Art 2000, Art on Tour, Images Magazine and the Inland Empire Music and Arts Foundation. Charles Bibbs' own corporation, B Graphics and Fine Arts, Inc., is recognized as one of the leading publishers and distributors of beautiful African American images. For many years, we have introduced nothing but the best quality and technically advanced prints to our customers.


Maurice Bradford Jr. better known as MOE. is a native of Baltimore, Maryland who researches historical and modern art from different countries to create masterpieces of creativity. Using oil paints, acrylic, gouache, charcoal and other mediums, Maurice continues to build a portfolio of fine and commercial artwork.

His art explores mature topics based on man vs. God, men vs. women, life vs. death and other themes involving the adversities and pleasures in life. From elementary school to his adult college career, Maurice Bradford has shown the Baltimore community that art is a beautiful creation when practiced and perfected.

In 1994, his parents enrolled him into the Super Saturday Art Program at The Baltimore City College High School. During his Saturday visits, Maurice met and befriended his mentor Mr. Larry "Poncho" Brown. Poncho continues to teach Maurice the basics of creating artwork, which lead to many awards and recognitions.

While attending Carver Center for Arts and Technology High School, Maurice was able to participate in several art competitions. In 1997, Maurice was awarded two prizes, the grand prize for the Artistic Legacy African American Youth Art Exhibition and a medal for his submission in the NAACP/ACT-SO competition. Again in 1999 and 2000, Maurice received the award-winning medal from the NAACP-ACT-SO competition.

By 2002, Maurice was a well-known, award-winning artist. In 2002, Maurice was acknowledged as Youth Artist of the Year by the African American Visual Arts Association (AAVAA). This award was a prophecy that Maurice was destined to conquer the art world with his ultimate creativity and eye for beauty.

Maurice continued his art education by pursing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. With a concentration in painting and web design, Maurice is learning how to apply art to the needs of society. As an entrepreneur and profound artist, Maurice is only at the beginning of his journey in the art world.

"I love the versatility in the creative process of making art," says Maurice Bradford, Jr.


Finding my way as an artist has allowed me to try many paths. Collage brings together, for me, the paths I have been and where I am going. By organically letting the work be, and with a conscientious distinction between form, colors, composition and personal associations all come together in themes of mythmaking, story, politics, and beauty. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, an artist who I greatly admire, put it simply "Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that's why I made works of art."

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Larry "Poncho" Brown a native of Baltimore, MD was born December 19, 1962. He started his first business at the age of 17 as a signwriter and he has been a full time artist ever since. Poncho received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. His art, both fine and commercial, has been published nationally in Upscale, Ebony, Ebony Man, Essence, and Jet magazines. In February '99 his art was featured in the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Textile Series No. 2 book entitled "Wrapped In Pride". His most popular artwork titled "Black is Black" and works from "Egyptian Queens" series has been featured on the former hit TV show "A Different World." "Sidesteppin" was featured on the HBO miniseries "Laurel Avenue", and "One Love" has been featured on "In The House". His work adorns the walls of the likes of Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Anita Baker, Susan Taylor, and Bernard Bronner just to name a few.

In pursuing his philanthropic goals, he founded "The African American Youth Art Exhibition" which recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary. He also co-founded Artistic Legacy, a not for profit organization that sponsors art workshops for youth.

Admirers often site rhythm, movement, and unity, 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 contemporary paintings are a reflection of his personal values and pay homage to ongoing themes of family, community and spirituality.


Karen Y. Buster, native Baltimorean, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1981. She is a graphic artist who's unusual style of hand cutting originated while silkscreening for Bustertizin' Designs. During the ten years Karen resided in Louisiana, she developed her own "style of flavor" within her work. Karen has become a skilled artist who has mastered a unique cutting technique using an X-acto Knife. For over twenty years, Karen has perfected her precision with the knife along with a keen eye of perception. She loves the strong statements that negative and positive spaces project.

Karen's work has the ability to intrigue the viewer's eye through simplistic, repetitive, rhythmic, geometric shapes. Karen's work has been received by such celebrities such as Queen Latifa, Denzel Washington, Cheryl Lee Ralph, Toni Braxton, Jada Pinkett, Charles "Roc" Dutton and a host of others. Both the Beverly Hills and Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce have adorned their walls with her work. The Artist was recently presented an award for "Favorite Emerging Artist" for 2002 by the Black Heritage Visual Arts Association. She was also presented the Arts and Culture Award by The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Karen says, "God has given me a gift, that I love to share with others".


Ursula Cain-Jordan is a retired social worker. At a retirement planning workshop in the early 1990s, a long buried desire to draw was rekindled when it was suggested that you do something in retirement that you have always wanted to do, but never did. In preparation for the transition, Ursula began taking classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore in 1996. She found drawing to be a relaxing departure from child welfare work. The first retirement occurred in 1997. Ursula retired for the second time in 2005 in order to devote more time to art.

Ursula has worked in all mediums. However, the goal in all of Ursula's work is to capture an essence of life that will touch the viewer. Much of her work includes women rejoicing, men, politics, culture and the human and/or social struggles.

"There is also some movement in my work. This is influenced by the call and response and layering format of African-American gospel music. I have been greatly influenced by three artists: the densely layered complex collages of Romare Bearden, portraits by Alex Powers and by Dean Mitchell. I love to create art. At long last I have found my heart's work."


I am a self-taught artist reared by two cities rich in African American culture. I was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised in New York City.

My work is an extension of my roots and takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues of the African American life. Though many of my subjects are depicted living out their daily routine, my focus is on the celebration of the human spirit, and the pursuit of the American dreams.

I am inspired, first and foremost by my experiences and what I see. But I am also moved by the images of the South depicted by Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence's capture of the history and struggle of African Americans. It was after viewing Bearden's work in 1987 that I began incorporating a three dimensional element which gave me the ability to create rawness and tension on a two dimensional medium.

Today I use a variety of materials to enhance the intensity of my artistic expression My most recent work, The Newspaper Series, features historical news print as its most dominant feature, and serves as a time capsule that details the perseverance and the intense, unwavering strength of African American people. Fusing the newspaper articles in to my work evokes an unexpected range of emotions.

My life is rewarded by creating art. The process takes me on an edifying voyage that is both healing and empowering. My work will always advocate unity & diversity, and my hope is that it also educates.


Devan Clapp captures the moment in a square. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland. At a young age, he had a keen interest in the arts. Devan's use of unconventional thinking permeates random shots. It was Gordon Parks who said, "Enthusiasm is the electricity of life." Although a trained videographer, it was the moment when he took a photo of his friend’s son that amplified his desire for photography. His passion for photography was ignited. For a brief time, Devan moved to California and there he was exposed to various landscapes and sunsets. With the support from family and friends, Devan continued his photography career. Devan continues to build upon the values of life. He believes that as long as he has a camera he is never poor. His clientele includes family, friends, politicians, celebrities, universities, organizations, small businesses, and corporations such as Toyota and Pompeian Oil Company.

Sylvia Cohen-Rundles, born in Brooklyn, New York is a widely recognized innovative artist whose beautiful one of a kind, custom handbags are sought after by women across the country. Through her genius and originality comes the brain child behind the ever popular Gbaby Artwear line, a collection of wearable art in denim, cotton hand painted handbags, skirts, hats and tees.

Sylvia earned a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in business from State University of Binghamton, New York. She has numerous business certificates and awards including the Mega Camp Marketing School Certificate in Los Angeles and Women of the Year Award in San Diego.

After college, she worked for two years at the San Diego Monitor News as a graphic artist under the direction of Albert Fennell. Realizing that her gifts could never be appreciated, she left the Monitor to start her first business Another Sylvia Original (ASO). She hand painted tees and sold them to stores around the country for four years. Then she opened Unique Fashion Gallery in San Diego which housed 7 artist and designers under one roof.

Utilizing all of her education and experience, she created a successful shop which became a cornerstone in the San Diego area for seven years.

Sylvia and her children later moved to Los Angeles for her daughter Giovonnie Samuels' to pursue an acting career. Her first job was on Nickelodeons "All That". Mother and daughter are partners in Gbaby Artwear, the name coming from the nick-name "Gbaby" that was given to Giovonnie on the set of "All That".

Gbaby handbags define the beauty and pride of black women finally having positive, strong women of color represented on wearable art. Wearing Gbaby Artwear makes women look and feel good because they are wearing something that represents them in a positive way. Her client list includes the life coach, author and speaker Lisa Nicholas, motional speaker Jewel Diamond Taylor, Lisa Rey, Jamie Spears.

Gbaby believes one should find out what it is you want to do in life and give it your all. Her favorite slogan is "Never let fear become the boundaries of your success."


Kevin Cole received his B.S. from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, an M.A. in Art Education, University of Illinois at Urbana, and a M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University. Within the last twenty five years, he has received over seventy-four awards for his art work and his teaching, 18 Grants, 12 Fellowships, 44 awards in art, and 21 teaching awards. His awards include Nominated for the 2008 National Secondary Art Educator of the Year, Selected a 2007 History Makers, Chicago Il. 2006 Honorary Chairman Youth Art Month, Georgia Art Education Association, Merit Award, 2005 The Morgan National Juried Exhibition, 2004 Southeastern Region Secondary Art Educator of the Year , National Art Education Association, 2003 Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the Georgia Art Education Association, 11 Alive Class, Outstanding Georgia Educators, 2000 Knight Foundation Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA, 2000 Marie Walsh Sharpe Fellowship in Colorado Springs, Visiting Artist Fellowship, The Brandywine Workshop, 1997 Super Teacher by the Turner Broadcasting Systems, 1996 Georgia State Artist of the Year, an NEA Public Art Grant from Washington, DC, two Award for Excellence for Public Art by the Urban Design Commission, a Mellon Foundation Fellowship from New York, and Artist Grants from the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and Georgia Council for the Arts.

His art work has been featured in over 450 exhibitions throughout the United States within the last five years; these include 52 Solo Exhibitions, 96 Group Exhibitions, 98 Juried Exhibitions, and 99 Invitational Exhibitions. Some of the exhibitions include, "Spiritual Sources", Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, "Surviving Another Beat", Porter/Troupe Gallery, San Diego, CA, "Sculptural Prints" Kevin Cole, Frank Stella, Sam Gilliam, Robert Rauchensberg, etc., "Brandywine Workshop", Philadelphia, PA, "The Second Annual National Black Art Exhibition", New York, and "Dallas African American Art Museum", Dallas, TX, and "The Bomani Gallery", San Francisco, CA.

Mr. Cole's artwork is included in over 1000 public, private, and corporate collections throughout the United States. Public Collections include the William Jefferson Clinton Library , Little Rock AR. Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock AR, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, The David C Driskell Center University of Maryland, at College Park, Dayton Institute of Art, Dayton Ohio, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia PA The Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA, the City of Charleston, Charleston, SC, Northern Illinois University, and Harriet Tubman Museum in Macon, GA., Corcoran Museum in Washington, DC, and the Tampa Museum in Tampa, FL. Corporate Collections includes Atlanta, Gas Light, Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, GA, Gink, Mark, Inc., St. Louis, MO, Bank of America, Charlotte, NC; IBM, New York, King and Spaulding Law Firm, Atlanta, GA. Private Collectors include Michael Jordan, formerly of the Washington Wizards, Monica Kaufman, Anchor Woman WSB-TV, and Dallas Austin of Film & Records Producer, Brad Sellers, formerly of the Chicago Bulls Darrell Walker, former Head Coach Toronto Raptors, and Bernard King, former NBA basketball player.

He has created over thirty public art works. Public Art Works can be found in the new Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta City Hall, Georgia State University, the United Way, and the Forest Avenue Public Library in Des Moines, IA and The Coca-Cola Centennial Olympic Mural for the 1996 Olympic Games. Recently, he finished a commission for the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport in Charlottesville, Virginia and for ESPN Zone in Atlanta. His artwork has been featured in over 96 publications, recently in Scholastic Art with Dale Chihuly as well as The Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, The Union Tribune in San Diego, CA, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta, GA, Upscale Magazine, and City Papers in Baltimore, MD. He and his art work have appeared on the NBA Inside Stuff, NBC TV, TBS's "Between the Lines", and "Good Day Atlanta" CBS TV.


Patricia Coleman-Cobb is the award-winning designer and creator of The Cobblestone Collection, a collection of handmade, sculpted, and soft sculptured figures. The collection also includes many other works of art including sculpted busts, framed art, and beautifully sculpted faces encased in exquisitely framed shadow boxes. Ms Coleman-Cobb has personally hand crafted each and every detail of her collection. You won't help but be amazed at how soulful and expressive the characters in her artwork are. By simply looking at them, you will be able to imagine what they may be thinking, or feel their emotion.

The collection has received an enthusiastic response from the public. Serious collectors from across the globe have collected these one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces. The figures have won numerous prizes and awards over the years. Her work has also been featured in galleries, magazines, newspapers, books, traveling exhibits, and television.

Ms Cobb has now added another title to her resume. She is the author of her first book, "Angels in the Mud". This talented artist takes you on a soulful voyage intertwining her life and her art with a common thread. "Angels In The Mud" is a wonderful conversation piece and it would be a lovely addition to your coffee table collection. This is a 148-page book with pictures of Ms Cobb's characters and stories about her life that caress the mind and soothe the spirit.

Ms Cobb was born in Philadelphia, and is a graduate of Cheyney University. There she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clothing and Textiles. Before evolving into a full time artist, she taught at The Art Institute of Philadelphia for twelve years.


Bryan Collier grew up in Pocomoke, Maryland, on the lower Eastern Shore of the state, the youngest of six children. His interest in art started early. "At home and at school, I was encouraged to read. I remember the first books with pictures that I read by myself were The Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. I liked the stories, but I really liked the pictures." As a teenager he began to paint the world around him - the bay, ducks, water, and marshland.

His interest in art was always encouraged both at home and at school. He began to develop a unique style of painting that incorporated both watercolors and collage.

"Collage is more than just an art style. Collage is all about bringing different elements together. Once you form a sensibility about connection, how different elements relate to each other, you deepen your understanding of yourself and others."

In 1985 Bryan won first place in a Congressional Competition, and his art was displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Later that year he was awarded a scholarship to Pratt Institute in New York City through their national talent competition. In 1989 Bryan graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a bachelor of fine arts degree.


Donald Cox studied at the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, Atlanta College of Art, Corocoran School of Art, and USDA Graduate School. His love for art began at a young age. Mr. Cox has exhibited throughout the nation, including Parish Gallery, Atlanta Blacks Arts Festival, and the Smith Mason Gallery.

Harry L. Davis, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, has emerged dramatically among the ranks of accomplished artists. Thousands have been captivated by the power and brilliance of his original paintings and limited edition prints. His vivid and lifelike portrayals of rural Africa and its people, as well as his images depicting life in the rural American South have enthralled viewers at exhibitions throughout the United States.

In 1968, one year after graduation from high school, Harry entered the military. While serving as a military policeman with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC, he was severely injured when a fellow MP's gun accidentally discharged. The injury left hem a paraplegic. Harry turned to oil painting as a means of artistic expression after that accident in 1970. Despite his busy career as an artist, Harry is an avid fisherman, a dedicated weight lifter and wheelchair athlete and a student of the martial arts. He is also deeply interested in African and American history, and teachers a class in African American history at his church.

"I am not going to say anything profound or philosophical in my paintings, there is no message, but if anyone who views my artwork perceives a message or statement, then at least I know they have been affected in some way. That's all an artist can ask for. I have tried to show in my paintings the strength, dignity and beauty of Black people throughout the world. As a man, I feel very fortunate to be an artist, since creating a work of art on what was originally a blank, white canvas, is as close as a man can come to giving birth." Harry's work is owned by noted celebrities such as Mr. Bill Cosby, Mr. Denzel Washington, Ms. Nell Carter, and Ms. Gloria Naylor.

Harlan Dean is a freelance artist who specializes in still life, gesture drawings and portrait design using primarily pen, pencil, charcoal and mixed media. Growing up in Southern California he was most strongly influenced and encouraged by his father to pursue his artistic talent. After moving to mid-Missouri at age 17, he was encouraged to continue his artistic pursuits by high school and college art teachers. He finds inspiration for many of his still life and gesture drawings in the sawdust images he sees while working nights on a production line at a local wine barrel factory and derives great satisfaction from bring to life portraits of family and friends, many of whom have passed on.

His works have been featured since 2006 in several art gallery exhibits including the Columbia Art League and have been commissioned for advertising campaigns, design logos, murals for area businesses and tattoo art. Some of Harlan's most recent work is showcased on his website at hjdgraphics.com.

Harlan resides with his wife in Columbia, MO and after graduating from Art Instruction School in 1999 he decided to further his education in the area of graphic design which he is currently pursuing at a local community college.

James Denmark was born in Winter Haven, Florida on March 23, 1936 into a family of Artists. He was exposed to color and form at an early age by his grandmother, a wire sculptor and quilt artist, by his grandfather, a bricklayer noted for his unique custom design molds and his mother who was gifted with an intuitive feeling for design and a fastidiousness for detail which she expressed in all aspects of her daily life. This rich beginning is the root of James Denmark's creative expression.

He attended Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida on a sports scholarship. While pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at FAMU, Denmark came under the tutelage of the artist and acclaimed African-American art historian, Dr. Samella Lewis, who exposed him to the great traditions and accomplishments of the African-American art movement. After graduating from FAMU, Denmark moved to Brooklyn, New York and began a career as an art teacher in the public school system.

From 1973 to 1976, Denmark earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree at the prestigious Pratt Institute of Fine Arts in New York. While at Pratt, Denmark met and was nurtured by an immensely talented community of artists.

During this period he was heavily influenced by the abstract expressionists and admired such mainstream artists as Jackson Pollock, Clifford Still, William deKooning. The African-American masters Norman Lewis, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Ernest Crichlow instilled in him an appreciation of African/American artistic heritage. "So much richness reinforced my natural talents," Denmark says of his growth at Pratt. He likens it to picking up a baton and carrying it to the next leg-his collages. Denmark's work underwent a stylistic transition at this time. He began experimenting with collage. Prior to this period, he worked primarily in watercolors and charcoal.

Denmark has a natural affinity for the difficult and largely improvisational medium of collage and quickly developed his own unique and easily identifiable style. With brightly handcolored papers, fabric and objects, Denmark creates compositions that go beyond the superficial and transitory and focuses, instead, on what is eternal and universal.

Denmark's collages, watercolors, woodcuts and reproductions are consistently and eagerly sought by galleries and collectors worldwide. He has had over 60 one-man exhibitions and has participated in a number of group shows. His level of acclaim is reflected in the number of prestigious collections in which his works are represented, most notable that of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Denmark's works are a part of well recognized private and corporate collections in this country, as well as in Mexico, South Africa, Europe, Japan and Africa.

James Denmark continues to live and work in Brooklyn, New York.

Ted Ellis is a passionate man. He is passionate about his family… passionate about his heritage and passionate about his art. Just ask him and he proudly declares, "I paint Subjects that are representative of the many facets of American life as I know it. I like to think of myself as a creative historian. I was put here to record history...all aspects of American culture and heritage. My sole purpose has always been to educate through my art."

Ellis grew up and was educated in New Orleans, a city known for its history, style, and artistic exuberance. This backdrop inspired Ellis to capture the essence of the subjects of his childhood in the glory of their rich cultural heritage. Extremely dedicated to his craft, this artist draws on a style that was born in his childhood from impressions of his native city. Ellis is self-taught and boldly blends realism and impressionism in his work, evoking nostalgia and inspiration. The art of this man both reveres and celebrates the traditional values of his culture. Ted Ellis, the man, lives the life he paints about.

He generously contributes time and artwork to various causes: United Way, ICLS, African American Visual Arts Association, Jack and Jill, Incorporated, United Negro College Fund, Heritage Christian Academy, and Public school districts around the globe.

Ellis' involvement in the community as an art advocate and educator has earned him recognition from numerous organizations and city officials. Ellis' latest exhibit entitled, "Capturing Our Culture And Heritage" encompasses the diversity and cultural similarities of all Americans. This exhibit will travel across the country, visiting Chicago, New York, Mississippi, and New Orleans, in the next few months. Some of Ellis' previous national exhibits include: "The Civil Rights Movement", "Buffalo Soldiers", and "Born In The Spirit".

Ellis, who currently resides in Friendswood, Texas, has been recognized as one of the most celebrated artists of the 21st century. In a mere ten years, T. Ellis Art, Inc. has sold over 1,500,000 prints and posters nationwide. Ellis' private collectors are many and scattered throughout the globe. Major corporations have commissioned Ellis; A few of which include: Walt Disney Studios, The Minute Maid Company, Coca-Cola, Phillip Morris, and Avon, Incorporated.

He has also been featured on local and regional television programs, in magazines such as Upscale, Southern Living, and Newsweek, and is frequently featured in newspaper articles throughout the country. His artwork may also be found on CDs and books.

"Unite A Man With Conviction And Something Powerful Happens." In the case of Ted Ellis, that something is the gift of knowledge.


Frank Frazier's art career spans over 50 years of perseverance and inspiration. He is a self-taught artist who attributes his talent as a blessing from the Creator. With this talent, Frank Frazier has composed numerous masterpieces. These works of genius have dictated everything from the civil rights movement to jovial jazz concerts. This native of Harlem has pioneered the way for other minority artists. His activism and dedication to his family and community has resulted in a global fan base.

Frank Frazier heart and soul revolves around giving. Frank travels the world and with each stop he manages to give a part of himself back. Over the years Frank has commissioned artist in various countries in Africa to create masks to use in his Aisha series. He works with the local HBCU Paul Quinn University, by giving donations and/or providing tips on being an entrepreneur. Although Frank did not graduate from a Historical Black College and University (HBCU) he is devoted to raising monies for the Tom Joyner Foundation scholarship efforts. Frank created a Tom Joyner HBCU piece for the 2007 Tom Joyner Cruise. Today the piece has raised over $20,000 in proceeds for the foundation. "I am a Black artist first. My concerns will always be about the movement of Black artists. I am in no way trying to blend in with society or be part of a mainstream. I love being what I am, a Black artist in America."


GA Gardner began his professional art career in New York, USA creating and exhibiting large format 3D computer fine art in 1996. His work has been exhibited in various museums and galleries worldwide including the following venues:James E. Lewis Museum of Art; Paterson Museum, New Jersey; Nanjing College of Art, China; Corridor Gallery, New York; Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, St Croix, USVI, Bergen Museum, New Jersey. Gardner studied fine art at San Francisco State University where he received both his Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s of Art degrees. 1997-2007 Gardner authored 14 books on the subject of Art Education; under his industry leading publishing trademarks Gardner's Guide and Career Diary, he has published over 70 books that are used in colleges and universities in various countries including the United Kingdom and Korea. In 2008 Gardner created "Elements of Hope" a collage piece on Barack Obama. His art has been seen on CNN's Larry King Live, in the New York Times, featured on Universal Records pop culture album covers such as Rakim: The 18th Letter, 1997, and in numerous international publications. His 2010 "Haiti: Hope for the Children," was created to raise funds for the country following the earthquake. GA Gardner lives in Washington, DC and creates in Brooklyn, New York.


Kenneth Gatewood was born December 18,1959 in Los Angeles, California. Positive images, a return to the past, and the spirit of innocence are the trademarks of watercolor artist Kenneth Gatewood. Gatewood's delicate focus on the innocence and spontaneity of children provides him with his greatest satisfaction and acclaim. "I want to capture the special moments, the innocent expressions, and the impulsiveness of children", said Gatewood. His art reflects a continuous evolution of personal growth.

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles Gatewood graduated from Dorsey High School. Upon graduation, Gatewood received a summer school scholarship to the Otis Parson Art Institute at Los Angeles Trade Tech College where he studied life drawing, oil painting and still life painting. He later studied watercolor painting under a private tutor.

Gatewood's artwork has been commissioned by major motion picture studios, television and music production companies, and various corporations, as well as by individual collectors.

As the original creator of "baby sports" artwork, Gatewood took the sports licensing world by storm. At one point, Gatewood became the only artist in the world to be officially licensed with the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. The world embraced images of such greats as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Shaquille O'Neal, Joe Montana, Wayne Gretsky, Larry Bird, John Elway, Jack Nicholas, Cal Ripken and others. Classic originals like "Baby Dream Team" and "Let's Play commanded sales prices of $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.

Gatewood boasts an incredible collection of autographed fine art sports paintings including Jordan, Ali, Stockton, Malone and many others. In addition, Gatewood's artwork has been featured in SPORT Magazine, Sports Collectors Digest, Trading Cards Magazine, the Encyclopedia of Sports Memorabilia, KABC Channel 7 News and on the hit show "My Wife and Kids", "Boomtown" and the nationally syndicated television show, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". Commissions include Naismith Foundation, Black Enterprise Magazine, Keyshawn Johnson Foundation, UCLA, University of Michigan, and others.

Gatewood possesses an unyielding commitment to the inner city and frequently reaches out to the community to nurture the talents and aspirations of others. His volunteer work with schools across the country offers guidance and hope to children. "I want children to know the importance of education, respect and self-expression." Gatewood works with battered women and children and is currently a volunteer with the Naismith Foundation helping disadvantaged children in the Caribbean. He has also garnered recognition for his volunteer work with a large AIDS organization (NAESM) in Atlanta, Georgia.

With each delicate stroke, Gatewood empowers the viewer with a visual slice of the human spirit. In doing so, Gatewood captures the spirit within all of us.


Art transforms and engages lives, it inspires conversation and connections. Art celebrates life and heals the soul. Art is my passion.

My style is figurative and expressionistic. I am interested in the impact of color, creating movement; and the relation between form and space.

My current work is exploring the spontaneity and improvisational qualities of mixed-media collage art. Working without boundaries and restrictions, my challenge is finding the pulse, the beat of the unfolding concept, and going with the flow.

I want my artwork to engender an emotional response that is uplifting, restorative, and engaging. Throughout the creative process, I want to stay connected to the child within me.


Paul Goodnight's vibrant and emotional work has often been a reflection of his life--from the demons he faced during the Vietnam War to the time he was incarcerated "I've learned that art is making me, rather than me creating it." His creative efforts are nurtured and inspired by several local artists, like Allan Rohan Crite and Dana Chandler. Goodnight had a close relationship with Master African-American artist and mentor John Biggers (1924-2001), who carved the path many contemporary black artists now travel.

Goodnight has developed his own unique aesthetic philosophy to document the humanity of people around the world. He often incorporates African themes and symbols to provide depths of history and culture. He has studied and traveled extensively to different parts of the world, living among the people of Russia, China, Haiti, Nicaragua, Africa and Brazil.

Goodnight's images have appeared in television and film since 1984: Seinfeld, Arliss, Jackie Brown, The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and the Hughleys to name a few. Paul has been featured in numerous publications such as Architectural Digest, Ebony, Essence, People Magazine and the Boston Globe. His works are amongst the collections of such notables as Maya Angelou, Wesley Snipes, Samuel Jackson, Angela Basset, Judith Jamison, Victoria Rowell, and NBA hall-of-famer Isaiah Thomas. His work has been exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of the National Center of African American Artists and the Smithsonian. He has been the recipient of many achievements and awards such as receiving a commission for the 1996 Olympics, The U.S. Sports Academy Artist of the Year Award in 1997, and the World Cup Soccer Poster of 1998.


Carol Grant holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in art education from Towson University. She minored in Psychology and has additional training in transactional analysis and art therapy. She holds a masters degree in Fine Art from the University of Wales Cardiff in Great Britain where she concentrated on the architectural application of ceramic art. She has twenty five years of experience as a ceramic sculptor, teacher and art therapist.

Her sculpture ranges from abstract figurative work to metaphorical vessels to architectural niches and architraves and has been exhibited consistently in galleries across the United States. She is an associate artist at both Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore Maryland and McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville Virginia.

Her teaching experiences are extensive, ranging from elementary to graduate school. She is an active member of the National Council of Educators in the Ceramic Arts. She maintains affiliations with art institutions and organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan area, creating and supervising internships for CSU's visual art students.

Her experiences as a teacher are complemented by her experiences as a therapist. She worked as an art therapist for the National Institute on Drug Abuse for fifteen years and continues to research the connection between art and healing. She sees both creative processes and products as valuable resources for medical communities and has several ceramic sculptures installed at Saint Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland.

Mr. Grayson has had the desire to be an artist at an early age. One of Grayson’s most celebrated series of work is his “Revelations Series”, a dedication to Alvin Ailey’s signature dance piece. One of the pieces in the collection entitled, “Dance of August” can be seen in the HBO production of Terri McMillan’s novel Disappearing Acts, starring Sanaa Lathan and Wesley Snipes, which premiered December 2000. Just Recently Grayson's work was commissioned for the McDonald’s 365 Black History poster to salute Black Media Legends. Poster was distributed throughout the tri-state area.

He works with oils, acrylics, watercolors, collage and other mixed mediums. He uses bold, brilliant and bright hues, which display power and energy with each brush stroke. His paintings are filled with strong emotion and feeling.

Mr. Grayson was born in Montclair, New Jersey, but experienced his education in East Orange and Newark. In 1987 he graduated from the prestigious Arts High School of Newark. Furthering his education, he attended William Paterson College and in 1993 received a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies. A need to incorporate the arts on another level lead Grayson in 1995 to create his company called Kemetic Expressions. Grayson’s work has been exhibited at various shows across the country

When he is not painting, he enjoys spending time with his wife Daneen and 3 sons Burnett, IV and Andrew and Carlton. Grayson is an active member of New Hope Baptist Church where Reverend Joe A. Carter is the Pastor. He is also an active brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and is currently working toward his MFA.

"My life's passion is creation. We are all artists, and when we are in a space of creation we are co-existing in the purest essence of the moment in the universe."

Living across Europe, I was intensely intrigued with stained glass windows, more importantly, how the natural light illuminated the glass' brilliant colors to cast vibrant tones. In 1988, I took my first course while living in Dallas and found a great artistic passion. I still find this intricate balance today in my creation with glass.

While there are creative artists who chronicle life through the eye of a camera, others paint scenes that impress them on canvas, but I create stained glass pieces that reflect my love of the art form whether its nature through flowers and leaves in natural settings; or abstracts windows with a host of colors and shapes; or traditional windows built in the soft shades of pastels in textured glasses for Victorian or Art Nouveau themes. I find an inner peace working with these subjects that were probably inspired and nurtured during my youth abroad visiting the cathedrals, and botanical gardens in Europe, and early twentieth century homes in America. When I transfer that spirit of appreciation through my glass to those who view or buy it, I have achieved my goal.

My work is influenced by my intuition, instincts and general rebelliousness. While my subconscious impacts my glass profoundly, my inspiration for shapes, colors, forms, texture, and space comes from a variety of places; architecture, interior design, people, art, textiles, the environment, moods, and everyday objects. I am also deeply drawn to images that are playful, peculiar, and impulsive.

While growing up in Washington, D.C., Pamela Hilliard had two major interests which she wanted to pursue-writing and drawing. For her, these were the things that created joy, fed the spirit, and provided a sense of accomplishment. Although she pursued an education in writing, earning a BA degree in English from the University of Maryland, art remained a preoccupation. As a result, Pamela began producing a unique body of work focusing on expression through body language. Using pen & ink with a particular concentration in pointillism, Pamela creates black and white images that are elongated, fluid, and visually delicate. With the integration of color in her work, through acrylics, Pamela presents a bolder effect without loosing the delicate style. "In working with acrylics, I have a broader range to create fresh and new designs and this presents an enjoyable challenge." Collectively, the themes of her work celebrate love, music, dance, fashion, a liberated spirit, and a positive sense of self.

Many of Pamela's images are quite whimsical-displaying a lot of attitude. "These are always a lot of fun to do, and I can think of no better place where one can get away with so much attitude than through visual imaging." She is a past recipient of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Arts & Culture Award.


Artist Tim Hinton was born in Chicago, IL and spent most of his childhood in Orlando, Florida. Self-taught, he started drawing at a very early age. Upon graduation from high school, Hinton enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. For being wounded in action, he received two Purple Hearts. After being honorably discharged, he was employed as an illustrator with the Naval Ship Engineering Center, where he served for several years.

Since 1973 Tim Hinton has been professionally recognized nationwide. His works have been exhibited extensively including: the Museum of African Art, Smithsonian, Anacostia Museum, Kennedy Center, US Naval Museum (permanent collection), Frederick Douglas Home, Howard University, University of Maryland, Pentagon, Naval Annex (permanent collection), The Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Bethune-Cookman College, New York International Art Expo, Décor Expo (Atlanta, GA), The Art Expo (New York City), and the McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans (permanent collection).

Mr. Hinton designed the official poster for the signing of the Martin Luther King Holiday Legislation in 1983 at the White House. This and other historical art prints by Tim Hinton are displayed at many national monuments in the Washington, DC area. Tim Hinton's paintings are also included in the private collections of many professionals and dignitaries in the US and internationally, including the Honorable Doug Wilder, Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali, Judge Iralene Barnes, Judge Damon Keith and Judge Glenda Hatchett.

In addition to painting, Mr. Hinton periodically teaches watercolor classes, and does architectural renderings and medical illustrations. He was the illustrator for a children's book by Albert Whitman Publishing Company and for an international book on newborn health by Save the Children. His works have been used in several publications: Architectural Digest, Reader's Digest, Washingtonian, Regardie's Magazine, Museum and Arts, Florida Business Southwest, Southwestern Art, American Indian Art, The Washington Post, Orlando Sentinel and the Tampa Tribune. Working with interior decorators, interior designers and program coordinators, Tim Hinton has been a part of several projects for both commercial and residential properties. His works in these projects have included murals, creating paintings from designers' concepts and full servicing framing. Mr. Hinton's art spans several styles and mediums including abstract, realism, and neo-impressionism in watercolor, oils, acrylics and mixed media. Though he primarily does commissioned work, he also paints subjects of personal interest such as landscapes, sports figures and various African tribes.


Sam Christian Holmes was born on the east end of Long Island, New York, and currently resides in Baltimore. He received both bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) and master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees from MICA. In working with metal, Holmes attempts to access his cultural and personal history on several levels. He said, "It's more the issues of recycling of materials (tin used in earlier works) or the utilitarian nature of the gate form (in later works) that suggest boundaries of symbolic communities and storytellers of folklore and personal memory."

Laurence Hurst, a self-taught multi-talented artist. A prolific artist, Hurst was born in Suffolk, Virginia and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He was educated in the Baltimore City public education system and in Gilman, a private school, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Anne Arundel Community College, and the Smithsonian Institution. Hurst has been painting and drawing all of his life. In 1976, he was named to the post as the first Artist-in Residence at the State’s Baltimore Afro-American Study Center, sponsored by the Governor’s Commission “Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, Inc. (The Commission). The Commission, created in 1969, was America’s first government organization serving as a clearinghouse for preserving African American history and culture. It specialized in research assistance and collection of historical materials – art objects, memorabilia, manuscripts, photographs, and other articles of significance to African-American history and culture. Prior to 1975, the young commission had mainly concentrated its energies in the area of historical research and exhibitions. Through Laurence’s many talented, visual and plastic art were added, greatly enhancing a cultural program designed to serve the people of Maryland.

As the State’s African American Art-in-Residence, Laurence was given the challenge of using paintings and sculpture to enliven history in the Commissions first major exhibit. When ‘Roots’ premiered, his exhibit was the first stop on Author Alex Haley’s world tour. Hurst assisted for many years with the development of Banneker-Douglass Museum and became Exhibit Specialist for the museum for nearly twenty years.

In 1976, Laurence Hurst designed a memorial placed in Oella, Maryland honoring Benjamin Bannneker. The monument is the State of Maryland’s official tribute to America’s first African American man of science. Laurence Hurst was also one of the founding Board Members of the Banneker Museum located in Baltimore County.

Laurence Hurst's artwork has been shown and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe, Japan, Africa and in America His artwork appeared as ‘cover art’ on several International Art Journals and has been published in a variety of publications including “Afro-American Art, 1986, published by the Visions Foundation of Washington, D.C. Hurst has also illustrated and co-authored several critical acclaimed publications, to include “Interpreting Archeology: African American Archeology in Annapolis, Maryland", and Seeking Freedom: The History of the Underground Railroad in Howard County, Maryland.

In 1998, Laurence Hurst was inducted, by Ivana Trump, into "International Who’s Who of Professionals", on May 21, 1997 LAURENCE HURST DAY was proclaimed by Baltimore’s Mayor Kurt Schmoke, and in 2007, My24 WUTB (Fox Television) celebrated Black History Month by honoring Laurence Hurst for the his fine art and community service.

Laurence Hurst Co-Founder of the Alex Haley-Kunta Kinte Memorial Foundation.

Lonnie Q. Ingram, originally from Washington, D.C., currently resides in Baltimore, MD, where he established Lonnetrix, his art and design business. As a child, he created any and everything in a variety of mediums, but his passion is and has always been wire. Inspired by Alexander Calder, he embraced his artistic education at Luke C. Moore Academy and later at Howard University. Afterwards, he set out to help and inspire children’s lives in his hometown, serving as an assistant coordinator and mentor with the Urban Artists Coalition.

Mr. Ingram created a new style of wire sculpture, which he dubbed “Lonnetrix.” Self-taught, he uses 28-gauge steel wire to re-create form, by combining everyday shapes and guiding lines. Wire is the most formless of all mediums and his wish is to re-introduce that blank slate as a work of art. Using his technique, he can re-create anything imaginable.

Merryl Jaye's renowned work is undoubtedly contemporary. Her subjects, however, bring whimsy, pathos and Americana reminiscent of the style of Norman Rockwell. Her beautiful, scenic vistas and depictions of the American landscape have their own distinctive look evoking a romance and majesty of nature as if seen through the eye of a free-spirited impressionist. She manages to capture an innate understanding and sensibility of light. Her love of brilliant color and unedited brushstrokes seem as if she could have daubed them onto her canvas on the avenues of Montemartre. Merryl's unparalleled portraiture is equally executed with an unrestrained, modern approach, yet her subjects, regardless of social strata, appear to have been painted as if they were nobility. She recreates an uncanny likeness of her models, and even more importantly, captures their true essence.

Raised In Southern California, Merryl Jaye began painting at age twelve. Fascinated by the performing arts, she also studied and sang light opera, winning multiple scholarships. In her late teens, Merryl served her country by entertaining the troops in Vietnam with the USO. After a successful career as a songwriter, recording artist, and having appeared on stage and television, she chose to follow her true passion - painting.

Like her gift of music, Merryl's art has a harmony of composition like a fine musical score and a "melody" that stays with you. Her subject matter consists of people or places you feel you've known before. They appear timeless. Whether it's her enchanting cottages, her ethereal landscapes, her heartfelt images of children and animals, or her multi-dimensional portraits of both men and women, she paints from truth. Her provocative depictions of women of every ethnicity combine the qualities of sensuality and dignity. "It goes beyond surface beauty," she says. "It's a certain mystery and depth of character in their being that inspires me to celebrate their womanhood."


Mirlande Jean-Gilles is a Haitian-American writer and visual artist born and raised in Queens, New York.

Her vibrant collages have been shown at galleries, libraries and cafes in New York City and Maryland including in the group show, “A Choice of Weapons: The New Renaissance Artists” and for Caribbean History Month at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. She has recently been selected to become a “Bearden 100”in collaboration with The Romare Bearden Foundation.

Her award winning fiction has been published in various literary magazines including: African Voices Magazine, New Millennium Writings, The Caribbean Writer and recently the anthology entitled Chorus. Mirlande is finishing up writing and illustrating her first children's picture book.

"A lot of my artwork is inspired by my grandmothers who both became widows early in their lives and they had to work, manage households and take care of their large families in a very challenging environment without partners. It is their tenacity and entrepreneurship that allowed their families to thrive.

I am also inspired by the Haiti’s natural beauty. It is an island surrounded by a shimmering, turquoise sea. There are tall, ancient mountains that reach the sky. There are gardens that bloom bounties of hibiscus and bougainvillea flowers."


James Edward Jones was born in Paducah, Kentucky in 1937. Educated at Philadelphia College of Art, and the University of Pennsylvania receiving his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in 1962. Since 1989, Jones has been the founder and director of the Senoje Consortium in Baltimore, MD. He is a retired professor of fine arts, at Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 1993. He was recently featured at an exhibition entitled "Sand Paintings 2004-2008: The Art of James Edward Jones" at the James E. Lewis Museum of Fine Art in Baltimore, MD.

Many of his relief prints are in color and were hand pulled by the artist whose subjects include visual themes from Nigeria, the most populous nation of West Africa. His prints often use inks with a water base and are lithographs, serigraphs and mixed media techniques including etchings aquatint and engraving. According to the current national listing in "Who's Who In American Art", James E. Jones has had a number of exhibitions of his work including those at The University of Pennsylvania and Maryland plus The Baltimore Museum of Art and his awards include a Fellowship at The Philadelphia College of Art.

Both creating and experiencing art is a ritual as old as any among humanity. As an artist, nature is my greatest inspiration, life in all of it’s variety and process, and this includes the processes and struggles of humanity to become free and whole in the face of oppressive actions perpetrated by the most fearful and greedy among us. We live in a society with powerful institutions that seek to turn all of nature (including people) into a commodity, so it is important for me to create art that reminds us of our natural selves, our natural interconnection to each other and nature, and also resurrect indigenous communal sensibilities in the wake of colonial onslaught.

Dirk Joseph is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work ranges from painting, to sculptures, to animation, to puppetry, to theatre props. His work has exhibited in NY, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Canada. Dirk’s graphic design and animation skills have drawn numerous commercial clients locally and international. Cultivating the creative capacity in youth is also something that Dirk is passionate about. In addition to his own workshops, he has taught in the public school system in NY and MD. And was recently a middle school art teacher in Baltimore City. Dirk Joseph was born in Trinidad and grew up in NY. For the last 8 years he has been living in Baltimore with his family, the artist and writer Mirlande Jean Gilles and their two daughters.


I am self-taught. My style is based upon what I call Curved Space Geometry. I focus on the face. I engineer a constructed scaffolding of lines and colors to perfect features, and expression. Having studied the history of images more intensely than that of words, I like to think of my work as a mix of daVinci, Van Gogh and Basquiat. Presently, I am working on my doctorate at Morgan State University in Urban Education. I also instruct K-12 Baltimore City Public School programs incorporating STEM into painting developed through a project with The James E. Lewis Museum of Art and The School of Education at MSU.


Garry A. Knox is a collector of art bottles that are used for his created exotic oil scents. His sharp eye for the unique assures that each scent is matched with a divine art bottle. Feel complete with a special scent created just for you to display your art bottle with pride.

Renee D. Knox was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and educated within the Philadelphia school system. Her early interest in art was apparent by the time she entered high school. While attending classes at Moore College of Art, Renee's passion for art grew. Her natural talent and hard work were rewarded by the School District of Philadelphia and Gimbels Department Store (Philadelphia) when she received an award for recognition of excellence in the Young Artists 1966 Exhibit. From that point in her life, Renee knew she wanted to be an artist.

A desire to serve others, however, led Renee in a different direction. She pursued a career in social work after receiving her MSW from Howard University. In March 2009, when downsizing took place at the agency where Renee worked, she turned adversity into opportunity by returning to her first career choice. The following year, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Women selected Renee as a 2010/2011 "Professional Woman of the Year."

"The exhibit, Passion Emerge is the fruit that has been rebirthed through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This work emerged after a dormant 45 years. It spans seven years through an inner wilderness experience; pauses to reflect; and blossoms in divine joy. These abstract compositions spring from the immediacy of the process rendered in spontaneous expression. As an abstract artist, my process varies with each piece as I'm led by the Spirit. I often work with an assemblage of diverse elements and objects such as oil and acrylic paintings with beaded/jewel collage; linoleum block prints on abstract collage arrangements; and abstract drawings overlaid with semi-precious beads and gems."

Currently, Renee resides in Pikesville, MD with her husband, Garry. She has learned to be content in each present moment. Her wish is that each viewer experiences the beauty of the soul of her work.


Although Alvin Ferris Kofi is a designer by trade, he is first and foremost an Artist. From a very early age he was interested in art. This developed throughout his educational years - from pre-school through high school - and it culminated as he pursued a degree in Graphic Design at Richmon School of Art. Here he was able to broaden his knowledge of all art forms and enhance existing design, fine art and three dimensional application skills.

Upon leaving art school in 1982, he joined the Battersea Art Centre as Resident Artist where he participated in the Centres outreach projects in the community via teaching and working with the area's Black youth.

He then worked with several design companies, joined the first Black advertising agency in London, WMRB, as a designer and visualizer, and then moved to Collett Dickenson Pearce, one of London's top advertising agencies.

While at Collett Dickenson Pearce, Alvin continued to pursue his interest in fine art by studying under well-known trompe l'oeil muralist, Roy Alderson, and other established British muralists. He also had several one-man shows, and participated in a number of mixed exhibitions in various media.

In 1991, he established his own company, Ferris Thompson, which encompassed corporate design, murals and interior design for both the commercial and private markets. The following year he founded Bushmen, his second company.

Wiz Kudowor, born in Ghana in 1957, attended the College of Art at the University of Science & Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, where he gained a first class honours in painting. His work reflects the modern African environment and the continuous search for fulfilment and identity. African symbols are reference points from which Wiz visualises a whole world of imagery. Wiz is a member of the Artists Alliance Gallery. He is one of Ghana's most favourite artists and has won many prizes including the Osaka Triennale Bronze Prize and the Ghana Airways Silver Jubilee Art Contest. His work is present in a number of international collections including the Ministry of Culture, Peoples Republic of China, African-American National Museum, Texas, USA and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Accra Ghana.

His work explores elements of his cultural background using visual language inspired by African symbolic imagery and mythology dating back to the ancient Egypt.

Wiz's art defies easy categorization. Since his graduation from Ghana's College of Art at the University of Science and Technology in 1981 with first class honours in Arts, he has steadily generated a formidable corpus of work, the majority of which have featured and sold in group and solo exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The accolades gathered from collectors and peers are reverential and understandably so. At first glance, his paintings have the unmistakable stamp of Africa. For some pieces the stamp is overt: they depict everyday social and cultural practices (see "Drum Rhythm") or call explicitly on ancient continental philosophy. Others reveal Africa in subtle ways through the cubist lines and angles that characterise much historical and contemporary African sculpture (see "Poets and Poetry II). The browns and blacks of skin tone, the swirl of symbolic fabric (kente or adinkra) draped round figures, the mundane or extraordinary activities captured, whether in imagined still-life or abstract, leave no doubt about the specificity of place or people. The first glance may hold for a while, fixed as you might be by the richness and unusual juxtaposition of colour, the solidity of form or the sheer intricacy of technique. This in itself yields adequate aesthetic pleasure, without need for further engagement. However, the second, more studied gaze reveals a more arresting complex subtext. Here, what appeared to be a collage of sculpted masks, say, becomes both figure and ground for social commentary about time and chance (see "Thinkers II"); or voracious flames take altered form as lovers in embrace (see "Flaming Passions").

Painter and decorative artist, Annie Lee is well known for her realistic and humorous portrayals of contemporary and historical African American family life. "My paintings are of everyday life. I try to paint things that people can identify with," Lee told Contemporary Black Biography (CBB). Identify they did. Since her first gallery show in 1985, during which her paintings sold out in the first four hours of the show, Lee has enjoyed resounding success. In particular, her paintings "Blue Monday" and "Six No Uptown" struck a chord with viewers. They have been consistent best sellers and a spring board to Lee's wide-ranging artistic endeavors.

Lee was born in Gadsden, Alabama in 1935 and raised in Chicago. She grew up in a family that expected girls and boys alike to learn survival skills, so her mother, a seamstress, taught her and her older brother Tony to cook, wash, clean, and sew. While listening to the popular radio shows of the time, like The Lone Ranger and The Shadow, Annie also learned to knit, crochet, and draw. At age ten, she took up painting. Immediately she demonstrated talent, winning recognition at art contests and several free semesters of lessons at the Art Institute of Chicago.

On Sundays Lee and her family often went to church. They then enjoyed eggnog ice cream at the corner drug store and sometimes a movie matinee. While a high school student, the energetic Lee both honed her artistic skills and urged on the Wendell Phillips High School football team as part of the cheerleading squad. Although she was offered a four-year scholarship to study art at Northwestern University, Lee opted to marry and raise a family. "At the time, it wasn't a hard decision to make," .


A former Maryland Institute College of Art graduate, Belle Massey says she ironically never took formal training in portraiture, as she intentionally avoided such courses, not wanting the stigma of being labeled a 'fine artist'. However, in hindsight, she boldly wears the fine art title and feels married to the task of capturing the essence of persons on canvas and captivating passers-by with a message.

"I enjoy stepping back a few feet from an image to see the anointing of God in each paint stroke. I give Him the glory and credit for what I'm able to do. I don't find it ordinary - nor do I take it for granted. Praise Him!"

Belle feels blessed to capture the 'essence of her faith' and interpret scripture whenever possible - her first aim - to give God glory for the 'coming together of each piece.' Oftentimes, feeling guilt for not having the time to paint more, Belle says, "I'd like to think that during the non-productive times, I'm working a painting out in my head months before applying the actual brush to canvas."


At age 83, artist Cal Massey has been busy drawing or painting for 79 years. "I've been drawing every since I was 4 years old," said the esteemed illustrator from his Moorestown, N.J. home and studio. "I paint almost every. I'm still very active. It's a labor of love and it's one of those things that with this kind of blessing when God gives it to you and you don't use it with great respect then God take it away from you. I've been using it ever since I discovered it when I was 4 years old."

Massey started drawing by tracing newspaper comic strips held up to the window of his childhood home in Upper Darby. When he graduated from the Hussain School of Art in Philadelphia in 1950 he immediately landed a job with Marvel Comics. "When I came out of school, I supported myself illustrating comic books for three different publishing companies," recalled Massey. "That's where I met Stan Lee."

In addition to advertising agencies in Philadelphia and New York, Massey created illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post. Eventually, he joined the Franklin Mint as a designer and sculptor creating over 200 designs including the Mint's first commemorative medal honoring General Arthur MacArthur. Massey joined a world league of 13 artists to design the 1966 commemorative medal for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta titled, "The High Jump." The medal remains the only medal that feature an athlete of color.

Throughout his career, Massey has focused on representing the African-American community with inner strength, pride and determination. One of Massey’s most popular works, "Angel Heart," was inspired by the lack of Black angels in traditional artwork. Another of his popular paintings is called "Patriots of African Descent" which depicts the continued feeling of nobility and spirituality in Massey’s work.

"It's very rare to find a Black artist that made his living entirely through his gift," explained Massey. "I've met so many artists that are struggling all the time. There are groups of artist out there that have their own little categories, and they would put you down and try to separate fine art from commercial art. There is no difference: Art is art. You can’t give it name and claim one is not art and one is art. Even a little baby that picks up something and makes a mark on a two dimensional surface makes a piece of fine art. The gift is creative. The whole function of life itself is to change — Obama proved that — so in art, music, performing arts and visual art is changing all the time. Everything is being recreated into a new kind of way of looking at thing and doing things."

Massey also credits his longtime marriage to fellow artist Iris Massey as a source of inspiration. "Art is an expression of how I feel," said Iris. "I like to reflect hopefulness, joy and color in my work and I always hope that on seeing it, others will feel this also."

Rosalind Mcgary's work has evolved over an art career spanning nineteen years. her signature beaded work, watercolors on silk, and paintings on tree bark and other natural fibers have earned her acclaim as one of the premier artists of her generation.

Rosalind has exhibited nationally, at the Los Angeles Museum of African American Art, in Atlanta's National Black Arts Festival, New York's Art Expo and National Black Fine Art Show, and the Los Angeles National Artists' Salute to Black History Month. She has lectured and exhibited at Sonoma State University, and at the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in History of Art. Rosalind's work is on the cover of books We are the Young Magicians, and Renaissance, both by Ruth Forman. Her illustrations and paintings have been featured in both Honey and Code magazines.

Rosalind's work is shown in galleries across the country. She currently lives and works in Pasadena, California.


Derek McGowan was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Largely self-taught and drawing since childhood, he used what ever materials he could find to continue to express himself. Once he reached high school he made extra spending money by drawing portraits of his fellow classmates and his teachers' children. During his 11th grade year, at the suggestion of his high school counselor, Derek entered the regional Aspiring Artist Competition, where he placed second and preceded to use his entire $700 prize on art supplies. Derek then enrolled in Towson University's fine art program and studied under professors Michael Weiss, Nora Sturges, and Tonia Matthews. A chance meeting with veteran local artist, Jeremiah Stermer, opened his eyes to the possibility of pursuing fine art full time. Several Years after graduating he took matters into his own hands by quitting his day job and acquiring an outside studio. A rising star on the art scene his clients have included: leading afro-american artist, John Holyfield, CBS news anchor, Vic Carter, Dean of Art at Towson University, Christopher Spicer, and Maryland Chess Champion, William Morrison. Derek also holds membership with the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and International Guild of Realism.


Jennifer McIntosh

The artist Jennifer McIntosh, formally known as Jennifer Jackson, was born on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Jamaica, and now resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. As a child, Jennifer's favorite past time was drawing and painting. She attended primary school in St. Catherine, Jamaica; and upon entering the United States as a young teen; she attended schools in Washington, DC and Maryland. Jennifer studied art throughout her high school years and also studied at Prince Georges Community College, in Largo, Maryland. Jennifer's artwork is primarily done in oils and acrylics. She uses variety of styles to express her wide view of the world of art.

Jennifer has dedicated her time and energy creating exciting art for children and adults. Her first self-published painting is "Learning Young", a fine piece of art displaying cultural awareness at a young age, created especially for a child's heart and to awake the senses of who we are. Her art was featured in a 2003/2004 issue of the Caribbean Pride Magazine. Her wide range of art was exhibited at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Maryland in May 2004. Her art adorns the wall of Trinidad & Tobago's Ambassador, Marina A. Valere and she has acquired customers such as nationally renowned entertainer, Roberta Flack.

Jennifer operates a Home Gallery in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She also specializes in creating beautiful portraits for families and individuals.


In a typical day, one would usually find aspiring artist, Brad Talley, whipping together creative masterpieces for NFL icons, reality stars or entertainment artists. However, just recently and in recognition of the Presidents Birthday, the “Celebrity Artist” spreads his artistic talent to the White House by creating an Obama Masterpiece! The humble, yet creatively loud artist, Brad, began his art education at Super Saturday Art School at City College and Morgan State University, both located in Baltimore, Maryland. He is one of Baltimore's popular young artist in the nightlife scene giving surprise presentations to celebrity figures such as NFL super stars, Ray Rice and Michael Vick, Tyler Perry's House of Payne's actor Lance Gross, Actor Guy Torry, Comedian Mike Epps and a host of other local and national icons. When Brad is not working on portraits, he is painting art decor in homes, finding new art pursuits and opportunities and spending time with his wife Tyrika Talley.

Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Raised and educated in New York City. Experienced adult years in many states and cultures.

I love expressing myself as an artist. Most of my current efforts are with acrylics and oils, and occasional water color sketches. My work is expressive and mostly figurative. I want a viewer to have a pleasant experience with my work and be inspired to create their own stories.

Patricia Obletz, from Buffalo, Manhattan, Chicago, now Milwaukee, studied life drawing and painting at Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League, as well as painting her impressions of Manhattan.

Obletz' day jobs include assisting the sales promotion creative director on MGM's 2001: A Space Odyssey, staff writer, Seventeen; Modern Bride; copy supervisor, Helene Curtis; founding editor, New York State funded Mental Health World, 1992-98. She began to paint full time again in 1999 and to exhibit in juried museum and gallery shows in 2000, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Collectors Gallery; Museum of Wisconsin Artists; John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Sharon Lynne Wilson Arts Center. Details available at www.OilsByObletz.com.

Obletz says, "As a 21st Century Expressionist, I paint what I cannot photograph, turning internal/external complexities into tangible visions. Color inspires my compositions, the energy of them, and their depth. Each new work begins with random marks, each new layer urging evolution until one turn of the support reveals one subject that dominates the whole. Every new work thrills me with its unexpected presence and the challenge of its evolution."

Jerry Prettyman studied Applied Art & Design at Catonsville Community College and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Fine Art at Morgan State University. He was employed as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for thirty-nine years. Mr. Prettyman has been a guest speaker on numerous radio and television programs. He has also given numerous lectures and presentations of his works to private groups, schools and organizations and been a guest juror and curator for many exhibits.

His work has been exhibited in many galleries, museums and public buildings across the country. Some of the more selected exhibitions include: the Smith/Mason Gallery and Museum of Washington, D.C., the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park & Museum, Baltimore, MD, the Banneker Douglas Museum, Annapolis, MD, the Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, D.C., the JVC Jazz Exhibition New York, NY, The Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, Delaware Museum of Contemporary Arts, Duke University and many more.

His works are also in the collections of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company of Los Angeles, Mr. Joseph Haller of the Jesuits Residents of Georgetown University, the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture at the University of Maryland College Park, and of Mr. Paul Pierce, 2008 Most Valuable Player of the NBA World Champion Boston Celtics, legendary actress Ms. Ruby Dee.

He has numerous commissions to his credit, the most significant being a commission (after an exhaustive nationwide search) by the firm of Joseph A. Wetzel Associates, Inc. of Boston, MA, to create and design an eighteen foot Italian tile floor mural honoring legendary tenor saxophonist Lester "Prez" Young for the Jazz Plaza at the Jazz Museum, of Kansas City, MO. Jerry has always had a love for art and cannot remember when he has not sketched or painted. As an artist he has never gotten locked into a single style. Instead, much like the jazz musicians who inspire him, he describes himself as a vehicle through which the work emerges.


Jeanine Primm Jones has studied with realist portrait masters Andrew Lattimore and Paul McCormack. For the past three summers, her work depicting old and new souls has shown on Martha’s Vineyard. Her highly successful one-woman show, “Faces”, was shown at the Featherstone Center for the Arts Pebble Gallery in Oak Bluffs in August, 2011; this summer, she also has a portrait painting at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

She has always longed to see people of color painted in the fashion of the old European masters, with the intensity of the subjects’ personality taking precedence over the beautification of the subjects’ flaws. She is committed to emphasizing texture, an interesting feat while using the traditionally smooth liquid translucent medium, watercolor.

The coupling of Jeanine’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History (Hunter College) and her Master’s degree in Clinical Therapy Social Work (Simmons College) has inspired the development of a career designed to bridge creative arts and the well being of individuals. In the past 15 years, Jeanine was known for teaching relationship health seminars to NBA, NFL players, colleges and youth groups using music, lyrics, sounds and innovative techniques. Her website, which highlights her interactive abuse prevention, relationship bullying, dating etiquette and sexual health programs, is www.thetalkwithjpj.com.

Her portrait paintings have an intensity that inspires viewers to feel an immediate connection to the subject, a necessary element for a clinical therapist who cares about how an individual is received and understood. Jeanine promotes the idea that in life’s journey, art can be a tool for relief from struggle, pain, and one’s everyday grind, as well as a pathway to free expression, seeing oneself or others in a new way and developing a vehicle for self-care.

Jeanine Primm Jones paints portrait commissions in Baltimore, MD, Westchester, NY, and Martha’s Vineyard, MA.


Monroe Reeves is a self-taught artist, who worked in Corp America for seventeen years in the computer field. He had an opportunity to work and live in Japan, which changed the way he saw the world. It helped me understand myself more but I don't realize this until returning to the states.

Mr. Reeves explained, “After a year I resigned in 1994 from the computer company (MTI) and became an artist started with oil pastels, later after meeting my mentor, Edwin Harris, who was from Barbados but lived in California for 20years, I moved to watercolors.

Edwin was more realistic where as I am more abstract, figurative, and non-objective. He was a master of many types of techniques and watercolors was one, which was how I started that media.

We would talk for hours almost daily about art, his family was like family to me. Edwin is where I got my foundation about the world of art and if he taught me anything, there was one thing that I will never forget: The first thing he told me was, "Monroe art is felt, it comes to us and through us" and he would tell me, "Monroe, show/sale your art where the people come to enjoy it, respect it and want to have it in their homes." We are artist creating for humanity, not any one group!

I will never forget those words, and Edwin is no longer alive but a part of his understanding of life and art is with me.

There is always something that I'll see which will or could be a part of something new, which is why there are moments that I'm creating just with watercolors, than oils, than I move to found items such as cigar boxes creating a new life with something that could be in someone’s trash.

There are many things I paint/create with, but have only selected a few things for this opportunity.”

Tommy Roberts, a native of Baltimore, Maryland received his art education at the Maryland Institute of Art, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art. Although afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy, which confines him to a wheelchair, this hasn't kept him from traveling and showing his artwork. His work has appeared on public television and has been exhibited at Artscape (America's largest free public art festival), jazz Festivals, museums, and galleries throughout the country. He has a wonderful ability of capturing the essence of some of the world's greatest Jazz Musicians, with strong likenesses and expressive colors. Jazz is not his only inspiration. He covers a wide range of subjects, from the beauty and gracefulness of ballerinas, to the speed and power of horse racing, and out of this world guitar solos of Jimi Hendrix. Tommy's enthusiasm for life and art is why art appreciators and collectors have admired his positive spirit and paintings for years.

Ken Royster is currently Associate Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Visual Arts Program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MarylandHe received his BFA in 1967 from Morgan State College and his MFA degree in 1973 from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

His many Community Service other Awards include:
Fine Arts Accessions Committee/ Baltimore Museum of Art, Public Art Commission in Baltimore, MD, Maryland State Arts Council, Grants Review Committee, Purchase Award, 16th Annual Southwest Art Exhibition, African American Museum in Dallas, Texas 1994, Fulbright- Hays Study Abroad Grant, Namibia, Africa 1993, Maryland State Arts Council, Individual Artist Award 1999,Camera Arts Award, Philadelphia Print Center, National Juried Show 2000, Photographic Portfolio Printed in Lenswork Magazine 2000, and Photographic Portfolio Published in "Reflections in Black", a book Authored by MacArthur Fellow, Deborah Willis.

His Most Recent Exhibitions Include:
City Hall Courtyard Gallery "Saved & Sanctified", Baltimore, MD 1995, the Corcoran Gallery,"Prints Washington" Washington,DC 1997, Kent Island Federation of Art,"Photographs of Namibia" Stevensville, MD 1997, The Baltimore Museum of Art,"A Show of Faith/ Maryland by Invitation", Baltimore, MD 1998, African American Museum, Juried Show, Dallas, TX 1999, Smithsonian, Anacostia Museum, "Spirituality in African American Art", Washington, DC 1999, Smithsonian, Arts and Industries Bldg.,"History of Black Photography" Washington,DC 2000, Philadelphia Print Center, National Juried Show, Philadelphia, PA 2000, School 33 Art Center,"A Visual Legacy" Baltimore, MD 2001, Goucher College, Rosenberg Gallery,"Praise", Baltimore, MD 2002, Leica Gallery, "Saturday Night/ Sunday Morning" New York, NY 2003, Mosley Gallery,"Praise", University of Maryland, Eastern Shore 2003, Gormley Gallery, "Song of Praise" College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD 2004, James Backas Gallery, Maryland Artists, MSAC, Baltimore, MD 2005, James Backas Gallery, Curated 2 Exhibitions,"Drawing with Light and Graphite" and "Capturing the Human Spirit", MSAC, Baltimore, MD 2005, James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 2007,and Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition,"Through The Lens" digital photo portion, Baltimore, MD 2008.


Self-taught Artist/Author, Synthia Saint James was born in 1949 in Los Angeles, California. Her professional career as an artist began in 1969 in New York City where she sold her first commissioned paintings. Today she is an internationally recognized fine artist. You'll find her work on over 60 book covers (including books by Alice Walker, Terry Mc Millan, Iyanla Vanzant and Julia Boyd), and on several licensed products.

Since 1990, she has completed over 50 commissions for major organizations, corporations and individual collectors, including The House of Seagram, Brigitte Matteuzzi's School of Modern Jazz Ballet (Geneva, Switzerland), the Mark Taper Forum, The Los Angeles Women's Foundation, Kayser-Roth/Maybelline, Essence Magazine's 25th Anniversary, The American Library Association, UNICEF, Dance Africa, The Girl Scouts of the USA's 85th Anniversary, Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., and The United States Postal Service, who commissioned her to create the first Kwanzaa Stamp, made available on October 22, 1997 with the first issue day ceremony at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. The Kwanzaa Stamp has been reissued as a 37 cents stamp. She has also completed commissions for Coca Cola for "The Lady of Soul Awards", for the American Dance Legacy Institute in honor of Donald Mc Kayle's Ballet "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder", the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, in honor of the late Congressman Julian Dixon, Children's Institute International, Crystal Stairs, Maryland's Human Resource Department, the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters, in tribute to the 12 Black Fire lost in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and for many other non-profit organizations.

She has 13 Children's picture books currently on the market, three of which she wrote, "The Gifts of Kwanzaa" and "Sunday" (A Parents Choice Silver Honor Book) published by Albert Whitman (&) Company and "It's Kwanzaa Time" (a lift the flap book) published by Simon & Schuster. She received a 1997 Coretta Scott King Honor for her illustrations in "Neeny Coming, Neeny Going" published by Bridgewater Book and 4 activity books co-authored with Bunny Hull, published by Dream A World. She also has 2 books of poetry and prose, "Girlfriends" published by Peter Pauper Press and "Can I Touch You: Love Poems and Affirmations" an audio book, and a multi-cultural cookbook "Creative Fixings from the Kitchen" published by Persnickety Press.

Saint James architectural designs include a 2'8"x150 foot tile mural for Ontario International Airport, 6 elevator doors for the East End Complex in Sacramento, CA, 3 stained glass windows for the West Tampa Library, Tampa, FL, and a 4x7 foot tile mural for Cowan Elementary School. She also created an original 3x6 foot painting for Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, CA.

She has received numerous awards for her outstanding contributions to children's books and other humanitarian activities.

Synthia Saint James, now a highly sought out keynote speaker and presenter, would be a welcome addition to your conferences or other events. Synthia participated in the very first Creative Quarantine of 2006.


Joyce J. Scott, one of the most significant artists living and working in Baltimore today, was born in Baltimore and still lives in the Baltimore neighborhood where she was raised. Sculptor, jeweler, printmaker, installation artist, performance artist, and educator, Joyce J. Scott draws from influences as wide-ranging as her media: from African and Native American experiences to comic books, television, popular American culture sources and the contemporary culture as it exists on the streets of her urban Baltimore neighborhood. For more than three decades, this multi-talented artist and provocateur has created objects of exceptional skill and beauty while offering her own distinctive commentary on social issues such as stereotyping, violence, and other forms of social injustice.

Joyce Scott specializes in weaving, quilting, beadwork and glass. Scott received a B.F.A. degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a M.F.A. in crafts from Institute Allende in Mexico, with further study at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.

Joyce Scott's mother is the renowned fiber artist, Elizabeth Talford Scott, who created quilts with unconventional appliqué and embroidery techniques. She has collaborated often with her mother. Scott's earliest art lessons were received at home from her mother. Scott began to be influenced from an early age by three generations of basketmakers, quilters, storytellers and wood, metal and clay workers. At the center of this generative heritage was the influence of Africa, where the creation of utilitarian objects of beauty is everyday practice.

Joyce Scott has exhibited widely across the country, and was featured in a major retrospective of her work over the past 30 years at The Baltimore Museum of Art in 2000, titled Joyce J. Scott: Kickin' It With the Old Masters. The show included four installations, an artist-curated mini exhibition, a one-person performance piece, beaded sculptures and fiber pieces.


Vibrant, colorful, and full of texture describes the paintings of Deborah Shedrick. An artist who paints with a palette knife, every color under the sun can be seen in her work.

Shedrick lives and loves art. What began as painting lessons in 1986, honing her artistic skills through workshops with other prominent artists, has developed into a career of her artwork being used Nation-wide on book covers, television shows, and fundraisers. Articles have been written about her work in several newspapers and magazines.

She fascinates her audience with a style that is uniquely her own. Expressing herself through acrylic, pastel, clay, mixed media and printmaking, her work is improvisational and innovative. Her passion for art shines through her work. A combination of realism and abstraction, she captures the nuance of a moment, celebrating color and energy. Her artwork strikes a harmonious cord from a universal perspective and she is part of collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Shedrick states, "As I create, I reflect on the Master, the Author of Creativity, God. I share with you the spirituality of which my art is born. Hear the art speak to you of love, inner peace, strength and joy." Deborah participated in the Creative Quarantine of 2007.


Angela Smith has been actively committed to the arts and craft business for over three decades. She and her sister have successfully run an arts and crafts business for several years. Their work has been featured at many places, such as the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis, MD, Maryland Historical Society, Howard University and The Heritage Museum.

In 1997, Angela developed a serious passion for stained glass art. She has worked tirelessly for years and has become recognized in this field as one of the foremost stained glass artists in the United States. This committment has led to a full time business for African Sand Stained Glass.

Angela's mission is to provide high quality stained glass art at prices that are affordable. She firmly believes that everyone should have some form of art in their possession.

Her work has been featured on HGTV's That's Cleaver! Also, Dragonfly Software, for stained glass design, selected Miss Smith as its prestigious Designer of the Month. The quality of her designs and work is truly exceptional.


Born and growing-up in Baltimore Maryland, Phillip Snead always had an interest in working with his hands and creating unique objects out of various household materials at an early age. Encouraged by teachers, friends and family, especially his Aunt and Uncle (both of whom are alumni of the Maryland Institute College of Art), his creativity soon developed into painting.

Phillip is a man of many talents. He attended building and renovation school, studied interior design and later attended school to become a barber stylist. Phillip became licensed as a Master Barber and owns his barbershop, " Tight Image" located in Downtown Baltimore. In March 2000, Delegate Jeff Paige officially cited Phillip for his achievement of opening a new business in the heart of Baltimore's business district.

Salvador Dali is one of Phillip's greatest inspirations, which explains his ability to captivate and create a scenario visually on canvas. Phillip has become a skilled artist and has developed his own art company, "Rare Imaje".

Phillip's work is mind altering, eclectic and different. Prepare yourself for Phillip Snead.

"The signature is unmistakable."


Evita Tezeno a native of Port Arthur, TX was born May 9, 1960. Since the age of three, Evita Tezeno knew she was going to be and artist. "I used to draw on furniture, paint on the walls and scribble on the floor." A graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 1984, Tezeno recieved a B.S. in Graphic Design. Her natural aptitude for balance and design can be seen to this day in every aspect of her art. In 1999 "Big Band" which depicts a female singer and three of a rhythm section, became the official poster at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Chosen as the first female artist Tezeno's work also graced the poster for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, "Congo Square" section.

Evita Tezeno has received numerous awards for her collages. Her work is collected by prominent collectors as Star Jones, Denise Richards, Susan Taylor, Royce West, and Mark McLemore.

Tezeno credits her personal relationship with God as the reason for her success. The scripture that she holds close to her heart is Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all they ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path."


Thompson's Import/Export Inc, DBA Zimbabwe Gallery is primarily involved in direct importing of top quality Shona Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe. Owned by Colin Thompson, born and raised in Zimbabwe, has been involved in developing and promoting Zimbabwean sculptors for 21 years. The business has grown to be the largest in North America, supplying collectors from across the board. Some notable names. Former mayor of Atlanta and U. S. ambassador to the United Nations. Hon Andrew Young. Baseball legend. Hank Aaron. Founder and former president of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Louis Sullivan. Top Atlanta cardiologist Dr. Calvin McLarin and many, many more. We strive for the best quality, price and service.

A Native New Yorker, Linda has always possessed a keen sense for the beauty of nature, land, sea and skyscapes.

Her eye captures the magnificence of the Creator in all its glory. As a science educator, Linda embraces the natural essence of the world through her lens.

A self- taught photographer, Linda captures the heavens in a way that is honorable of praise. She sees the sky, sea and land and exhibits its light and color to the fullest.

Linda strives to encompass the amazing beauty of nature in her images. In this manner she hopes to share the astounding beauty of the natural world with anyone that wishes to escape the mundane and cross over to the breathtaking.

In commenting on her work, Linda states that she is constantly, “Viewing the Creators hand everyday, capturing it through my lens and interpreting it through my mind's eye.”


Artist / Illustrator Sylvia L. Walker is a Native of Pasadena, California. She has lived in Philadelphia, PA since 1981. She studied at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angles earning a BFA Degree. Her works include freelance children's fashion illustration for clients Simplicity and McCalls pattern companies. Other clients include Keystone Health Partners, The Coca Cola Company National Adoption Center, Antiock Publishing, and Woodtones Publishing Group. She expanded her focus to illustrating numerous childrens' books for publishers Just Us Books, Dover Publications, Scholastic, Harper Collins, Western Publishing, Essence Golden Books, Highlights Magazine, and penguin Putnam Books.

Sylvia uses a variety of media to express herself. Watercolor, pencil, ink, and recently acrylic on canvas create an exciting new dimension to her creativity. "My work strikes a note of recognition in all of us. Drawing positive images of African American children gives me such pleasure. It reminds me of my own childhood. When my own children were very young, I created their own personal storybooks for them. I find myself smiling while working on a face, a gesture, an attitude, and it comes through my art."

Her work is in the collection of Wendy's International president Dave Thomas, actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, Ed McMahon, Maury Povich and Connie Chung.


Oneeki Design and Collectables is a free-form company producing a variety of arts whose specialty is custom made dolls and wearable art.

In 1992 Oneeki (a.k.a. Paula Whaley) started working with clay as a healing tool, and continued using her art to bring social awearness to important social issues. Oneeki displays her creativity through clothing design and jewelry and has progressed to soft sculptures, made of metal, fabric, and clay, Her artwork are reminiscent of the Masai and Fulani of Africa.

Oneeki's art is infused with African spirit and ancestral power. Her aesthetic resonates with an elemental presence as if the spirit of the earth has risen up to take shape in her forms.


Ann Marie Williams is an award winning fine artist and illustrator residing in Reston, VA. A graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, she has worked as a graphic designer, publications manager and art director. Ann has received numerous design awards, and judged several national design competitions. She has also taught graphic design at The American University School of Communications. Even though she has been working as an art director for several years, she is serious and passionate about fine art and painting.

Williams is a member of the Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE), Black Artists of DC, and The Women's Art Museum in Washington, DC.

A recent accomplishment was winning the 2006 National Cherry Blossom Festival® Art Contest. Her painting was among 70 submissions received for consideration for the festival. Entries were sent in from all over the nation and from around the world, including Japan and the Netherlands. She also won third place in a national painting competition sponsored by Daimler/Chrysler Corporation in 1999.

Ann has illustrated four children's books. She is Vice President on the Board of Directors for MTC Art Studios, a school for gifted and talented art students in Bowie, Md.

She takes every advantage to study and improve the quality of her work by taking classes at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria VA. In studying abstraction, and independent study of the Washington color field school of painting, she has evolved from the realistic tradition of painting to a more modern form of abstraction. All of the formal training has been channeled into one direction. The objective of which is a style of painting that has emerged into a series of paintings that burst with bright and exhilarating colors. Her paintings are very expressive and incorporate acrylics, collage, oil pastel or crayons to achieve varied textures. She uses a very strong sense of color, line and movement.

Williams states, "My work has been compared to that of Ghanaian artists. I am exploring the theory of altruistic memory in my painting. Altruistic memory is the role of memory and communication in overlapping generations, whether conscious or unconscious. This study can be seen in my use of colors, line, dry brush techniques and collage.


Called a "breakthrough in daytime," by The New York Times, Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 with the launch of her daily, syndicated program, "The Wendy Williams Show," which has been renewed through the 2012-2013 television season. A mother, wife and best-selling author, Williams built a devoted cult following from her years as one of radio's most popular personalities, winning over legions of fans who couldn't wait to see the host make her television debut. Touted by People Magazine as one of the "best shows of 2009," the critically-acclaimed series now has the distinction of being "must-see TV." In addition to her daytime television success, Wendy will compete on Season 12 of ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' premiering March 21 and will also host GSN's new original series, 'Love Triangle' slated to premiere April 11.

Williams, who was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame (only the second African American woman to be honored by the organization) in November 2009, parted ways with her top rated radio show The Wendy Williams Experience at the end of July, 2009. The program, which aired on WBLS in New York, was home to over 12 million listeners nationwide.

She is the author of two New York Times best sellers, Wendy's Got The Heat by Simon & Schuster and The Wendy Williams Experience by Dutton Books, as well as several novels including, Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood.

Elnora Wilson, the youngest of seven children, has been a Prince George's County resident since the age of 10 having relocated from South Carolina with her family.

At Bowie State University, Elnora graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in art education and additional post graduate course work at the Corcoran School of Art. She later received her Masters of Education in School Administration and Supervision, also at Bowie State University and later certifications in English Language Arts and Pupil Personnel from Trinity College in Washington D.C.

As an educator for the past thirty years, Elnora has touched the lives of thousands of children and adults in the Prince George's County Public School System on the elementary, middle, high school and college levels. As an art teacher, she instructed students in two and three dimensional art and coordinated shows and exhibitions of their work. At Prince George's Community College, Elnora taught water color painting in the Adult Continuing Education Program. She has been a lecturer at Crossland High School in Camp Springs, Maryland and has been an art juror for the Prince George's County Youth Art Program.

Elnora's abstract constructivism style of rich textural compositions carries over into her mixed media framed art where she incorporates bold colorful fabrics, leather, oil pastels, water color, and occasionally pen and ink. The use of a variety of fabrics of varying textures, lead the eye through the composition and at the same time, give each piece a relief quality and a three dimensional effect. The bold colors of the sometimes whimsical textile and painted images not only appeal to the sense of sight, but also provide great appeal to the sense of touch. The physical size of her work adds to the colorful drama of each creation.

Elnora's work has been exhibited in various office buildings, and solo and group exhibitions throughout the Washington metropolitan area to include the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission, Franklin's Restaurant, Golden Flames Restaurant, Bowie State University, Prince George's Community College, and Nisey's Boutique. Gallery exhibitions include: Serengeti, Bomani's, Echo, Circle, Black Rock, Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Center, Annie's, Quiet Water's, Sewell-Belmont.

Professional memberships and volunteer services include: Maryland Federation of Artists, Hyattsville Artist Association, Prince George's Artist Association, Montpelier Arts Center, Women's Caucus of D.C. and Black Artists of D.C.

North Carolina artist, Richard Wilson has gained the status of master pastel artist by peer acclaim among professional artists and his pastel paintings also have strong popular appeal, given the universality of his subject matter. His narrative paintings frequently feature his own family and in particular his daughters in those special moments that only children have while growing up. Wilson’s artistic strength is his capacity to select those moments that transcend the personal and can reach a broader audience. Some paintings are nostalgic,some express those human connections that are only found within the family, and some express the challenge; in all his paintings there is warmth and discretion. The artist does many commission portraits as well, and has that uncanny capacity to extract personality and depth from his subjects faithfully represented in his realistic style. Wilson has produced an impressive twenty year career as a productive professional artist, freelance and corporate graphic designer, and teacher at Pitt Community College. He has artworks in numerous collections, public and private. Just recently Wilson's painting "In His Shadow"- Arthur Ashe was purchased by The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum of Newport, Rhode Island. Wilson is most proud of his official portrait of George Henry White, the last former slave to serve in Congress, and the fact that Wilson is the first African American artist to have a portrait publicly displayed in any North Carolina courthouse. During his career Wilson has received numerous local, national and international awards; in 2002 he received the prestigious National Arts Club Award. Amongst his many shows, competitions and accolades, in 2005 he also won First Place in “The Best of North Carolina” Juried Publication and in 2006 Pastel Society of New Mexico Award at the Pastel Society of America 34th Annual Art Exhibit, National Arts Club, NYC. Wilson’s ultimate desire is to encourage the youth to achieve their greatest potential despite adversity, and to enrich the lives of others through the beauty of his art. Let yourself be drawn into the paintings of Richard Wilson and find comfort in the familiarity of the images. You will find that his work journeys deep into the souls of his subjects.


Kylis P. Winborne is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has created paintings, drawings and sculptures for several years. Encouraged early in life by family and friends to pursue his interests in art, Kylis went on to graduate from the prestigious Maryland Institute, College of Art. During the past decade he has been featured in more than 25 exhibits, publications and television programs. Images produce by Kylis are characterized by intensely vibrant colors, and boldness of form and structure. He receives inspiration for his works from many common sources, transforming mundane images into extraordinarily beautiful portrayals. Kylis's works have been displayed throughout North America often in one-person exhibitions, and he has achieved international notoriety as an artist.

Linda Wright-Gray is native from Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Gray has studied at The Community College of Baltimore, Coppin State College and Maryland Institute, College of Art. She is involved in the art community, displaying her work in many art competitions and exhibitions such as The International Black Doll Show in Philadelphia, Baltimore City's Artscape, The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and Philadelphia International Art Expo sponsored by October Gallery, the Delaplaine Art Gallery in Frederick, MD and other art national venues. Ms. Gray utilized her education in art and early childhood development, going on to teach art in the Baltimore City Public School system. She enjoys working with children and encourages them to use many different mediums in an effort to express themselves creatively.

Ms. Gray's main interest is working in textiles and mixed media. The use of textiles, wire, feathers, beadwork and a wide variety of materials allows her to create unique and inspiring works of art.

Ms. Gray is the co-founder of ANIMADEIT Studios located in Baltimore, Maryland. She collaborates with artist and business partner Grayson M. Williams, Jr. to create a body of work which includes 3-dimensional sculptures, wearable art such as fans and pins. She is currently expanding her artistic energies to work with jewelry, leather goods and designing wearable art clothing. Ms. Gray is an art enthusiast who believes, "There is unlimited creative potential in mixed media... going as far as the mind can take it... I'm into the discovery, the understanding and the conveying of art... for me art represents the diversity and beauty that is life".

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