Thursday, April 5, 2012

FEATURED ARTIST: MRS. JULIA BROWN- at 82


The African American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley features Mrs. Julia Brown

 Women's History Month

Mrs. Julia Brown Featured Artist Women History Month 2012


The primary exhibit in the African American Historical and Cultural Museum is from the artist Julia Brown. She is an artist, gardener, and jewelry designer. She was also an awardee of the AAHCM - AFRO awards 2012.
The LINKS of Fresno National Initiative: is to support the "Cultural Arts" this year they sponsored one of their own members, by hosting a reception for both artists on Saturday, March 3 from 1-4pm. It was well attended by all of Mrs. Browns friends, family, and community that was surprised and delighted to see all her watercolor work created over the decades. She shared the space with her son Glenn Brown, an abstract expressionist artist, who has studied under his mother as his mentor and strongest support.


History of the LINKS, INC

This program was launched in 1964 around the theme, “Freedom of Fine Arts”. Historically the Arts facet has encouraged appreciation of and support for cultural enrichment and the arts. As an organization, the Links are particularly interested in assisting youth to develop and display their artistic talents.

When The Links, Incorporated adopted a national structure in 1949, a vital geographical link was missing — chapters from the West. In September 1950, three chapters were chartered in California (Los Angeles, Oakland Bay Area and San Francisco), connecting the chain of friendship from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. From there, the Western Area spread Linkdom from the southern tip of Texas northward to Alaska and westward across the Pacific to Hawaii.
Drawing on the synergy generated by women who are committed to friendship and service, the Western Area now has 55 chapters, located in ten states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Washington.


In 1984, the African American Historical and Cultural Museum was established to provide a vehicle for African Americans that had made significant contributions to the richness of the San Joaquin Valley. Jack Kelly Gallery features 3 cultural exhibits per year, that stay up for two months before rotating out. This gives the community an opportunity to visit the museum during Art Hop which is held the first Thursday of each month, 5-8pm, the museum is open to the public on Thursday, Fridays and Saturday  Noon - 5pm. Located at 1857 Fulton Street, Fresno CA.

Alpha Bruton, guest curator for Julia Brown and Glenn Brown, standing in front of the State Center Community College District, "Wall of Honor" which I installed on February 28th, 2012. I was so honored to be apart of Mrs. Browns celebration, she is truly an artist that I aspire to be like when I reach my golden years.