Monday, October 24, 2016

Solomon Adufah | Homeland: Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Winner-Chicago

"Art is Business" reposted from Roe Melloe William Hill Gallery presents
Solomon Adufah | Homeland: Ghana @ whgallery 

William Hill Gallery
6442 S . Dorchester Ave 
Chicago, IL 60637
Hours:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
For special appointment call 322-351-0573
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On a dark gloomy day by the shores of Cape Coast, Ghana, after visiting the slave castle, I decided to stroll outside to catch a glimpse of the culture in this town. There were heavy tides in the Atlantic and all the fishermen still by their boats waiting for the gashing waves to calm down. Many filled their waiting time, needling their nets and several playing soccer by the shores. Suddenly from a far distance I saw several kids playing in the water on a tree bark used in a form of a canoe. I watched as they paddled the tree bark back and forth while sailing into the mist. Their courage inspired me to share this moment with them. Much like their bravery on the water, I also thought about my journey of life enduring through harsh circumstances but still persevering. - Forbidden Knowledge III - 

Solomon Adufah was born in Ghana (West Africa) and currently lives in Chicago. He taught himself how to paint 5 years ago. His discipline of art is portrait based with very vibrant colors. His portrait paintings captures expressions and emotions of his subjects. More importantly, it celebrates culture and tradition through the unique lives of the individuals he uses as subjects. More often, Africa is portrayed negatively through mass media. Africa is usually referred as disease infested, rampant wars or poverty. Celebrating the culture and tradition of the native people is his way of sharing their wonderful stories with the world.

The Homeland Series continues in the States with exhibitions of portraits paintings from his travel. The exhibitions serves as a plateau to share and educate the audience celebrating the different culture in which the pieces represent. They are also effective tool for cultural diplomacy to spread goodwill in the world and cultural identity. His exhibition of portraits are incorporated into multi-media exhibits featuring videos, artifacts, and the work of the students from the country he has visited.

He was among 20 of the best artists in Chicago who made it as finalists in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series curated by Russell and Danny Simmons in 2014. Solomon has created commissioned work presenting to Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Angela Davis on their visit to Southern Illinois University. Solomon Adufah's Homeland Series has gained a great deal of success in the Mid-West and also featured on television segments with WGN, FOx32 Chicago and Channel 7 ABC special "Heart and Soul" all within this year.

Artist Website:

2011: Pink Inc. Gallery, Chicago/ Solo Exhibition
2012: Global Fusion, Chicago/ Solo Exhibition
2013: Norman Gallery, Chicago/ Solo Exhibition
2014: Gallery Guichard, Chicago/ Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series
2015: Crude Creatures Contemporary Gallery, Chicago/ Solo Exhibition
2016: The Bishop Gallery, New York/ Solo Exhibition

#solomonadufah | #adufahart | #whgallery

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Dail Chambers - Studio Artist & Community Art - A Word

"Art is Business" reposted for Dail Chambers

The Convergence + Exhibitions

After organizing with Yeyo Arts Collective, Solidarity Economy, Cowry Collective, Sistahs Talkin' Back and Progressive Emporium for our second bi-annual conference, Black Lotus Mobile, and the fine art work has been full of expansive experiences. During the conference we set up a healing station and a manifestation workshop. Participants were able to create a vision board, organize their dreams and evaluate their surroundings.

Prenatal artwork has been exhibited in two community spaces. In New Orleans, La. three pieces were exhibited for the Nation Breastfeeding Month event "Birth Something Beautiful." There is currently one large scale piece being shown at Community Birth and Wellness in Ferguson, Mo. as a part of their permanent collection.

I have just completed Doula Training and I am now a certified child birth educator, breastfeeding peer counselor and more. A doula is someone who assists a birthing mother before, during and after the childbirth experience. A doula is a community resource for mothers and families. The knowledge gained from this experience will further the mission of Yeyo Arts Collective and Black Lotus Mobile Healing Arts.

Another highlight of the summer is the showing of new fine artworks.  Phantom Art Gallery in Chicago, Ill. hosted my work as the featured artist for their September schedule. The installation, wall hanging work and animation: "Sankofa: A Collective Mythology" had plenty of great feedback and I look forward to upcoming exhibitions.

As the fall settles in, it is time to prepare for the solstice and the holidays. If you are seeking items for yourself or another please visit my online store at .

If you enjoy community engagement and the ideas and inspiration of others, you will love this video:

Dutchtown South in Saint Louis, Mo. has created a great project with community members and I am thankful to be an animator for this work.

Have a warm and wonderful fall to all!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Exhibition!

"Art is Business" Spread the Word and Come Out, RSVP at by October 19th, 2016

Come Listen To The Artist Talk 
"Finding Your Fingerprint and Creating Your Brand!"
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Exhibition!

Frances Guichard

Gallery Guichard Co-owner, 
Art That Touches the Soul
436 E. 47th Street Unit 1
Chicago, IL. 60653

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Transatlantic Rumours: Chicago to Liverpool 2016 show coming up in Liverpool

"Art is Business" reposted for AnySquared

2016 Collaborative exhibition between AnySquared Projects in Chicago and the Rose Howey Cooperative Art Gallery 

exploring cooperation as an alternative to capitalism.

Opening October 7th, 5pm

Rose Howey Cooperative Gallery10-1 Sunnyside | Liverpool | UK
On Display through December 2016
Collaborative exhibition between AnySquared Projects in Chicago and the Rose Howey Cooperative Art Gallery exploring cooperation as an alternative to capitalism. 

#COOPERATIONalternative #TransatlanticRumours #chicagotoliverpool
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AnySquared photo album of project:
––Rose Howey Cooperative Gallery is Documented in Liverpool on the Open Eye Gallery Blog:

Transcripts from the call will be broadcast on Blogtalkradio December 5, 2016
 “Art Washing” the artist community's short-term occupancy is being used for a classic profit-driven regeneration maneuver: Vs “Let’s keep urban wastelands as bleak as they already are!”

Panel Discussion 3-5 PM, October 7th, 
AnySquared, 2328 North      Milwaukee, Chicago IL
Moderator- Alpha Bruton- Phantom Gallery Chicago Network
Tracy Kostenbauger-  AnySquare Art Collective, 
Rose Howey, Cooperative Gallery in Liverpool Guest Collaborator
Liza Simone, PopUp Research Station Co-Founder
Caryl Henry, Co-collaborator Creative Currency 

Caryl Henry and Gabriel Patti install yard signs as public art installation