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“Then and Now”

  • Browne Art Studio at 1100 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224, Richmond, VA 23224
  • Dates: September 28, 2016 - November 30, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Venue: Browne Art Studio
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: free

Black American Art Association of Richmond (BAAAR) Exhibit at Browne Art Studio in conjunction with ArtoberVA 2016

Exhibition: “Then and Now”
Dates: October 28 through November 30, 2016
Opening: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 7 PM until 9PM
Hours: 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Saturdays.

September 27, 2016 – Black American Art Association of Richmond –– Richmond, VA – The gallery in Browne Art Studio at 1100 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224 presents “Then and Now” an exhibit of paintings, fiber, and ceramics by the Black American Artists’ Association of Richmond, October 28 Through November 30, 2016. The exhibit is in celebration of ArtoberVA month and in conjunction with Manchester galleries Fourth Friday’s art openings. S. Ross Browne, owner of the gallery stated, “This is a very special exhibit. I am intrigued by the artwork of these artists who have very different approaches to representing images depicting African American culture.” There will be a reception for the artists, Friday, October 28, 2016 from 7 PM until 9PM

“Then and Now” is an exhibition featuring member artists of the Black American Artists Association of Richmond (BAAAR) including S. Ross Browne, P. Muzi Branch, Unicia Buster, Karen McAdoo Clarke, Kyle Epps, Yha Yha A. Hargrove, Barbara Hobson, Jerome Jones, Jeromyah Jones, William "Blue" Johnson, Sir James Thornhill, R. Vashti Woods and Dennis Winston. Each participating artists will have one early work representing “Then” and one recent work representing “Now” in the exhibit. The Exhibit runs October 28 through November 30 at Browne Art Studio located at 1100 East Hull Street, Richmond VA 23224. The opening reception is October 28, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.

BAAAR is an artists’ collective committed to nurturing and identifying artists who create African American art; art that concentrates on the African experience in America. BAAAR defines “African American art “as art which aesthetically encompasses the values, visually articulates the circumstances and culturally celebrates the beliefs which have directed Black Americans’ shared cultural development. BAAAR nurtures artists whose works are cultural manifestations; work that speaks to, speaks for and speaks about African American culture and history. They do not categorized African American art by the artist’s race. They see it as a cultural phenomenon, idiomatic (having a distinct style or character) and allegorical.

Philip Muzi Branch, a native of Richmond, attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he received both his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and his Master of Art Education Degree. He expresses his affection and respect for African and African American culture by painting images of the Diaspora. He exhibits his artwork nationally and internationally. He has exhibited in Chicago, Texas, New York, Kentucky, Washington DC, Maryland, and Ghana, West Africa. His award winning paintings have been featured on record album and CD covers for American, Japanese and European record label releases. Branch, also known as Muzi, has been the bassist with Plunky and Oneness for over forty years. Currently, he is Director of Cultural Programs at VCU Health.

Unicia Buster “Unicia Buster is an award winning artist from Richmond, Va. Unicia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University and her Master of Arts degree from George Mason University. She has exhibited in numerous cities including Washington DC; Long Island City, NY; and Rome, Italy. She is the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship and a “Best in Show” award in the National Arts Program. Currently she is the art specialist at VCU Health where she assists with managing and curating gallery exhibitions and the hospital’s permanent art collection, as well as teach arts and crafts to patients seeing more than 800 patients per year. She previously worked for 10 years as a graphic designer for the Richmond Free Press where she won second and third place in the Virginia Press Association Awards advertisement category. A professional artist for more than 15 years, Unicia has been featured in the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Richmond Free Press She has created several series of artwork including the “My Hair Naturally” series which celebrates the beauty of natural African-American hair. A portion of the series can be seen at http://uniqueandbeautifulart.blogspot.com/2013/09/my-hair-naturally-series.html.
S. Ross Browne, studied Communication Art and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and Photography at The Corcoran School of the Arts in Washington, DC. He is also an alumnus of The Miller School of Albemarle in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Browne is a professional studio artist with over 23 years of experience. With an emphasis on painting, he has exhibited domestically and internationally in over 70 gallery and museum exhibitions and is in multifarious private and public collections including the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has been the subject of print and video media, including MSNBC, The Huffington Post, The Washingtonian, Ebony, Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond Free Press, The Washington Post, The International Review of African American Art, Grid Magazine, WTVR/CBS, Harlem Interviews, Urban Views Magazine and the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Karen McAdoo Clarke,

Kyle Epps,

"Yha Yha" A. Hargrove is a native of Richmond, Virginia. Although Nursing was her primary chosen career she has had a natural talent and a great passion for creating two dimensional images from the approximate age of four. Over the years to acute her skills in addition to many hours of self-study and practice, "Yha Yha" seeked formal instructions and critiquing of her work by randomly attending classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art's Studio School, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Her creative works in mixed media focuses essentially on the representation, generational experiences and interpersonal relationships of Black American culture with African cultural influences. She has exhibited her art in various local and nationally sponsored shows in the Richmond area. Samples of her work are a part of private collectors as well as the permanent collection of VCU Health Systems.

Barbara Hobson, Grew up in Richmond. She has been creating art for over 30 years. Her paintings are inspired by her childhood visits to rural VA. Her work recreates images from those childhood experiences with her Great Grandmother in Charlotte Courthouse. She has exhibited her work at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Elegba Folklore Society, she expresses here love for her culture in her paintings. Barbara

William Edward “Blue” Johnson was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. His works, which represent African American genre- children playing, family, social and political issues, and African design- attracted the attention of galleries, private and public collectors in Charlottesville, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Richmond, Virginia. Johnson served as a resident artist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts for many years. He is also an art educator and currently teaches at George Wythe High School for the Arts and Virginia State University.

Jerome Jones, For over 40 years Jerome W. Jones, Jr. has been using his original paintings to teach ” THE ART OF LIFE THROUGH THE LOVE OF ART ” and to inspire the young and old to use their gifts to uplift others. Jones’ creative style of portraiture reflects the likeness of his subjects and what they love to do. The artist believes every home should own art that exhibits the Heart and History of the resident so the viewers will know “Who I AM, What I Am and Where I AM. He is a 1980 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking. In 1987, Jones founded The Painter’s Poetree. This full-time business features Jones’ original portraits, landscapes, and still life paintings. He also produces limited and open edition prints, and poetry in cards and books. To see more of his work visit www.jeromewjonesjr.com

Jeromyah Jones, Jeromyah Jones is a visionary for justice, a writer of truth, a painter of life, and a poet of love. He is a 2011 graduate of Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comprehensive Art. Jeromyah’s work has been featured in numerous art exhibitions including he and his father, Jerome W. Jones, Jr.'s, show “The Art of Father and Son As One” at Capital One and The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of VA, a solo exhibit of landscapes at Maymont Park for the 100th Anniversary of the Japanese Garden, “Prophecy Makes History” at the Hampton University Museum, and the 2015 Trumpet Awards Soulful Ending Celebration. To see more of his work visit www.jeromewjonesjr.com

Sir James Thornhill, R. (1955-Present) Born and raised in the historic Jackson Ward of Richmond, Virginia, James Thornhill is a gifted painter, muralist and photographer with no expression of limitation. A product of Richmond City Schools, he attended Open High School with an emphasis on art and screen printing. He refined the technical aspects of his craft at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond Technical Center, and John Tyler Community College. James studied various art forms and media which included photography, water color, oriental painting, stagecraft, scene design, and fashion illustration. He owned and operated The Word Shirt, a screen printing business, for 7 years. Currently he is the founder of Sir James L. Thornhill Global Arts Initiative (SJTGAI) a collective of artists, painters, muralists and illustrators dedicated to producing murals that have an impact on our global community.

Dennis Winston. is a Virginia artist and educator who has served on the faculties of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and the Governor’s School of South Carolina. He retired as the Coordinator of Arts Education and the Humanities Center for the Richmond Public Schools.
Winston has received honors both locally and nationally as an artist and as an educator. He is included in the multimedia series entitled, “African American Artists: Past and Present,” and the textbook publication “Below the Surface; Ethnic Echoes in America’s Modern and Contemporary Art”. His work can be found in a number of publications on artists and exhibitions nationally as well as many private and public collections. The woodcut print is his primary medium of expression and he is a member of One/ Off Printmakers.

R. Vasti Woods

For more information please contact P. Muzi Branch at (804) 240-4019 or S. Ross Browne at (804) 564-6852

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