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AFRO JAZZ MAKES ITS EXHIBITION DEBUT AT FESTIVAL SUNDIATA

I am thrilled to announce that Afro Jazz will be part of the 35th Annual Festival Sundiata: June 19th, 20th, and 22nd at the Seattle Center, upstairs in the Armory.  Afro Jazz has been hosted exclusively here at 31at31.com.  In efforts to share Afro Jazz with more people, 4 new original pieces will be on display and for sale at Festival Sundiata.  Be...

MEET YOUR BRAND NEW AFRO JAZZ KINFOLK

Take a closer look at the newest Afro Jazz Series called Kinfolk.  There are a lot of "firsts" for this series.   Have a look for yourself!1.  "Eye to Eye"For the first time, we have sets of Afro Jazz pieces looking directly at each other.  The first Afro Jazz pieces I ever made all faced to the right.  It is mainly because the original digital photos...

CREATIVE INSIGHTS PLUS TWO THINGS A FIVE YEAR OLD ARTIST TAUGHT ME

This weekend I participated as an artist in Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest at the Seattle Center.  There were so many great artists showing their work.  I felt blessed and honored to be in the mix.  I even learned a few things.Two festival patrons look and talk about Afro Jazz art.Talking textilesIt was pretty exciting seeing my Afro Jazz art hanging...

WHEN F@CKING RACISM INTERRUPTS YOUR ART: REFLECTIONS ON NINA SIMONE NETFLIX DOCUMENTUARY

So what did happen, Miss Simone?  The Netflix documentary on the dynamic songstress-activist-genius was absolutely brilliant, thought provoking and a healing balm for my creative soul.  You should see it immediately and if you’ve already seen it, watch it a few more times for good measure.FACT: Racism interferes with the creative process, thoughts and...

YOU NEED TO KNOW MY CREATIVE INTENTIONS THIS YEAR

Happy New Year!  Did you miss me?!  I missed you.  I travelled, attended a few art shows and wrote in my journal about the craziness in the world.  Wasn't 2015 a beast?!  I was so raw from the latter half of 2015, that posting about it felt like an exercise in burdening others.  Sigh.  But you know your girl couldn't stay "stingy" for too long.  I hope...

IN THE ZONE

Z is for zone.  It is time to celebrate!  The Afro Jazz from A to Z Challenge is finished!  I learned a lot.  I hope you did too.  It is amazing the type of creative ideas one comes up with when in the zone for a month.  I definitely have a clearer picture of what direction I would like to see my Afro Jazz take. I learned how challenging it is to create...

"YOUNG AT ART"

Y is for young at heart.  You ask, what does this even mean?  Well, it means to look at art with fresh eyes and child-like imagination.  What does this have to do with Afro Jazz?  Excellent question...Even though I have a method and technique for Afro Jazz.  It is nice to start from scratch and perhaps learn something new.  Incorporating this concept...

XENOPHILE STATUS REQUIRED

X is for xenophile.  noun1.a person who is attracted to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs.One must be interested in the culture of others to truly and fully appreciate Afro Jazz.  This of course, also applies to one who makes Afro Jazz, which would be me.  Magazine and Newsstand in Paris, France circa 2014.  Images of afros were everywhere!I love...

WONDERING WHAT WIKIPEDIA WOULD WRITE ABOUT AFRO JAZZ

W is for Wikipedia.  Have you ever wondered what Wikipedia would write about you, your art, etc., when you are not famous but awesome all the same?  For years, my art ace has wanted to write wiki pages for one another.  I figure with all of the entries I have written about Afro Jazz, there should be enough for a pretty decent entry.  Any takers?  Above...

VIRTUAL REALITY: EXHIBITIONS AND VACATIONS [VIDEO INSIDE]

V is for virtual exhibition.  Last year was GALLERY 31's first ever virtual exhibition featuring amazing art from amazing artists.Virtual exhibitionI am considering producing an Afro Jazz themed virtual exhibition with an artist talk.  Check out the video below...Once I complete my goal of about 31 new Afro Jazz pieces that is...  I would love to have...

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