Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Friday Outing to the HIGH Museum of Modern Art in Atlanta

HIGH Museum of Modern Art in Atlanta

I was invited out for FRIDAY JAZZ NIGHT- by Cynthia Williams, a member of the HIGH, who is a jazz enthusiast, and art supporter.

January's Friday Jazz performer is jazz organist, Ike Stubblefield. Friday Jazz is an evening of art and music every third Friday of the month, including live musical performances and extended hours with full gallery access.

Ike is currently performing worldwide while also working on his new album with various musicians, including drummers Sonny Emory, Jeff Sipe, Marcus Williams, Little John Roberts, J.Fly, and Yonrico Scott; Jeff Coffin; saxophonist Freddy V.; trumpeter Joey Sommerville; guitarists Grant Green Jr., Mike Seal, and Derek Scott; and bassists Oteil Burbridge and Felix Pastorius. The album is slated for an early 2011 release.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Shades of Brown

SHONNA MCDANIELS, is the Executive Director of Sojourner Truth Multi-cultural Art Museum & Development Center in Sacramento California.


Background: I went to an art exhibit in 2008 at the California State Fair and saw a collaboration piece done by three Caucasian female artists that really inspired me. The idea was to have depicted the style and expertise of each artist; the painting took on new life and meaning with each artist contribution. I thought to myself, I would like to do a similar piece, and include three African American artists from SOJO Multicultural Development Center.

I approached two artist Debra Ledet and Joyce Carley, to share with them the inspiration I got from this project, after Joyce shared the same excitement, we immediately started to do some research and came up with the idea of having images of three African Women and images in the surroundings that would reflect pride in our culture, history, our strengths, and pride in our beauty.

I drew some sketches of ideas I was envisioning and met with Joyce to garnish out her ideas and opinions? We both agreed on images for the mural, sketched them out, she asks her husband Ed Carley to build a screen for the surface.

I discussed with Joyce the idea of me working in oils since I’m an oil painter, she working in acrylic paints to focus on the background. Joyce and I both are mixed-media artists, and we both use fabric in our art. With this project the collaborative commodity was the use of fabric, and incorporation of African shells; I painted all the images of the people as my expertise is in photo realism, and my medium being oils.

We unveiled “Shades of Brown” at the Sacramento Convention Center, during Sacramento City Council’s Black History Program in February of 2008. The piece has exhibited again at the Kuumba Gallery, Downtown Second Saturday out door exhibits, and returned to the collection of Sojourner Truth Art Museum where is was on display through 2009. We agreed that the original art was valued at $10,000, which was posted on all labels when exhibiting the painting.

Unauthorized Removal of the painting from the Art Museum:

In the middle of 2009 the piece was in an exhibit at the Sojourner Truth Art Museum, Joyce walked in and removed it from the wall, along with some other pieces that she actually had on exhibit. I have not seen the piece since! Joyce has since been making prints, tile pieces and plates with just her signature on it. Finally, one of the last attempts to reach her over the phone she finally said that the piece belongs to her, she designed it she painted, she invested money into the having her husband build the screen. It was her project, and belonged in her collection.

“I still consider it to be a collaborative piece because that was the purpose and plan when we started the project.”

Chicago window installations offer alternative to traditional galleries -

Chicago window installations offer alternative to traditional galleries -

Monday, January 24, 2011

2011Creative Chicago Survey

Please contact Barbara Koenen at

The 2011Creative Chicago Survey, available online in Spanish and English from February 4 - 25, will invite creative practitioners who live and work in Chicago to describe who they are and what they need to thrive, including specific space and business assistance information. This information will help the City determine policies and programs to support its Creative Sector, and be shared with interested organizations, research and advocacy efforts. The Creative Chicago Survey is unique because it invites the creative community to opt-in and define itself, rather than working from a pre-determined list.

To have the greatest impact, our goal is to hear from all creative people who live and/or work in Chicago. We are enlisting your organization's help to cast a wide net by inviting your creative community to opt-in and participate.

Who is a creative? An artist or an architect, a chef or DJ, a member of a church choir or a fashion designer, a teaching artist or playwright, an arts administrator or a filmmaker, a knitter or an industrial designer. Not just professional artists, but every person who engages in a creative practice as their job or their hobby is considered "a creative."

Many members of your staff, your audience, your board, your neighbors all engage in creative practice, and we'd like your help to invite them to take this online survey.

Here's How Your Organization Can Help:

LINK - Add a Logo and Link for the Creative Chicago Survey to your website. Download it here

EMAIL - Send emails to your entire list throughout the month of February - either as dedicated eblast or simply add a section about the survey to your existing email. We'll send you several messages in the next few weeks, and you can download the logo here

SHARE - If you'd rather not send out several emails, and would prefer to share your list with us, DCA will use it for survey purposes only.

FACEBOOK - Share the Creative Chicago Survey Facebook page with your group.

SOCIAL MEDIA - In addition to Facebook, share the link via your Twitter, Myspace, blog and other social media.

OTHER IDEAS? - Let us know if you have other ideas for getting the word out.

Survey Dates are February 4 - 25, 2011.

Project Background and Goals

In 2000, the City conducted the Chicago Artists Survey, which led to the development of the Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) website and the Creative Chicago Expo, and informed numerous artist housing developments and other policies and programs. Alot has transpired in the past decade, and results of the 2011 Creative Chicago Survey will help support and grow Chicago's current creative sector, and be an important resource for advocacy and planning. Survey results will be presented at a public meeting later this year, and disseminated online. Additional reporting and targeted analysis of specific sectors are available options.

The Creative Chicago Survey research is being conducted by Slover-Linett Strategies, a highly regarded research consultancy, while DCA is spearheading the marketing and outreach. The 2011 Creative Chicago Survey is funded by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

Your questions and suggestions are welcome.

Please contact Barbara Koenen at

Thank you for your support and assistance