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Celebration of Black History

“Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”

This quote from Shakespeare’s As You Like It sums up the spirit of the Celebration of Black History planned for February 2.  In 1867, Edward Mitchell Bannister read these words in the New York Herald: "…the Negro seems to have an appreciation for art while being manifestly unable to produce it." Less than ten years later, he became the first African-American to with a national art award.

The contemporary artist featured at this event, Hassie Brodie, has also overcome much adversity, and is a shining example that all things are possible through a strong spirit and a supportive community.  Her artwork reflects her history of struggles and triumphs. 

Hassina will speak about her journey as an artist and woman of color.  Other local artists celebrating Black History Month at this event include returning artists Malinda Ware, Shanita Artson, and Teddy Williams, as well as Carolyn Holmes Hood.  

The Event also includes a historical exhibit tracing the history of black artists in America, and the work of other contemporary artists.  There will be live Haitian folk music by Carmelle Marsh, and complimentary refreshments.

The reception is at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA, from 4 – 6 PM on February 2, 2019.

Event Coordinator: Ari Mir-Pontier

Made possible, in part, with funding from the Richard L. Snyder Fund, administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

 





In The Works...


Our grass roots approach invites all members of the community to get involved in our projects at any stage of development.  Our monthly meetings are open to the public, so please join us.  Here's some of the themed Events we're working on for 2019:

March 2--"Celebrating the Four Seasons " Event Coordinators: Alexis Siroc and Claudine Luchsinger. 

Nestled between the Pocono and Catskill Mountains, the Delaware River is the only undammed major river in the USA.  And we're privileged to host four distinct seasons.  What better time to look toward the upcoming seasons for warmth and inspiration than this long, cold winter.

If you are interested in this event as an artist, performer, poet, or musician, here is the CALL FOR ART

April 6--"The Gratitude Event" Event Coordinator Robert Bradley

June 1—"The History and Future of Plein Air Painting"—This event is designed to help us value and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.  It has been the inspiration for both the Hudson River School and Northeast Pennsylvania painters.

An exhibit of classic prints traces the history of plein air art, from the 1600s to today.  Local contemporary artists also offer their pieces created "en plein air".  A local expert will also be available to present a short slide presentation, and answer questions. 

You’ll experience how, through "artistic license", a tree may become more than a tree, to express amusing or even deeply religious ideas.  So please join us on June 1, 2019, from 4 – 6 PM, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458.

Event Coordinator: Susan Miiller

If you are an artist who would like to share your work, our CALL FOR ART is HERE

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Sullivan Sings! began as a project of the BAAA, and has now spun off into a separate entity.  It includes a YouTube Channel, a music label, music publishing, and artist promotion.  Please check out our separate web site here:  BAAAMusic




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