Showing posts with label Black Art in America. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Black Art in America. Show all posts

18 March 2017

Artists I Fancy : Lavarne Ross

Lavarne Ross
Internationally known African-American artist.  Mr. Ross says that he was “born an artist”. His work certainly reflects that of an individual with an extraordinary talent. He makes masterful use of his paintbrush to appeal to the eye and to tell a story.



Best known for the Tribute art poster which features black African ballerina dancers in pastel. It's a lovely painting and although I am certain that it was neither his inspiration nor his intention, it makes me think of George Gershwin's 1959 film, "Porgy & Bess", the famous musical. (O.o) Go figure. The Ross paintings, however, that really captured my attention were “Black Orchids” and "Angel Wings".


Were I to describe this man's art in one word? ENCHANTING!
  • To know more about this incredibly talented artist, visit his YouTube channel (see below), his Facebook page or go directly to his official website lross.com.



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Content first published at Black Art in America
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13 October 2014

Augusta Savage (1892 - 1962) : The Harp

Ever hear the expression "one thing leads to another".

Well I'd like to elaborate.
  • One GOOD thing leads to another.
Worked that way for me!

Published an article about the African-American harpist Jeff Majors who was asked to perform at the funeral of Coretta Scott King.

Oprah was so moved she invited him to come on her TV show.

Here is the link to my article about Mr. Majors:

Harp Music: Sacred, Classical, Jazz or Gospel?

Now a well-known and much appreciated African-American artist/composer/harpist, Jeff Majors followed his dream. Literally. He actually had a dream about playing the harp and decided he would learn.He was taught by the late Alice Coltrane (1937 -2007), jazz pianist and harpist, and the spouse of the legendary John Coltrane (1926 -1967).Once he mastered the instrument, he set out to share his musical gift with others.


Writing about the contributions of this extraordinary harpist is the "One GOOD thing" that led to "another".  The "another" is accidentally discovering an African-American artist I had never heard of: Augusta Savage (1892 - 1962).  What's the connection?



Augusta Savage, sculpting - NARA - 559182
Augusta Savage, sculpting - NARA - 559182 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This remarkable artist was commissioned to create a sculpture for the New York World's Fair in 1939.   Her magnificent work was called "The Harp".  It was exhibited.  It received much acclaim.  But what happened after that is sinful.  Her work was destroyed!!!  The word used in the article was "demolished".  I had to read it several times because I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.  Inside my mind there was no corner where piercing screams could not be heard.
NO!  NO! NO!!!

Oh well!  At least there are pictures.

Here is the link to the article I found accidentally about Ms. Savage:  American Art Today: "The Harp" by Augusta Savage.


The Harp by Augusta Savage

'The Harp' by Augusta Savage - 1939 New York World's Fair - Community Interests Zone



Instead of being discouraged, Ms. Savage continued her artistic pursuits and was an active participant in the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement during the 1920s and 30s where many black artists - painters poets, sculptors, musicians, actors, etc. - used their talents and creativity to be reborn.  America is blessed by this "blossoming" as it has been called.  Any nation that allows its citizens the freedom to express their hearts and minds by using their individual God-given gifts to benefit a greater good can not help but reap the bounty.

Previously published at Black Art in America on June 5, 2013 


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In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage








30 May 2014

Mark Your Calendars | Harlem Fine Arts Show Launches in Atlanta, Georgia : JUNE 26-29, 2014

BLACK ART IN AMERICA is happy to announce a major upcoming event in the art world:


The 2014 Harlem Fine Arts Show


The Harlem Fine Arts Show is in its fifth year.  It has become an annual cultural event and this summer, HFAS will continue with its four-city* tour in Atlanta, Georgia. 
*(Four cities: Harlem/New York, White Plains, Atlanta and Martha's Vineyard.)

HFAS Founder Dion Clarke says, “After ringing in opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange at the opening of the 2013 show, we are now ringing the bell for Americans of all persuasions to come and partake of what can only be described as a feast for the eyes and nourishment for the soul.”

Sound likes a great plan Mr. Clarke and I am more than happy to sound off about this show here at My Blog Stop!  

For those interested, the tour in Atlanta is scheduled for June 26-29 in partnership with the National Black Arts Festival. Talent of several Atlanta-based artists will be showcased and much much more during this exciting week of festivities.  



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