Thursday, November 27, 2014


    "Art is Business " Chief Curator Alpha Bruton
DEC 03 2014 - DEC 07 2014
801 NW 3rd Ave, Miami Florida, 33136

This year’s Art Africa Miami Arts Fair will be taking over the entire ground floor of the newly renovated Carver building at the entrance of Historic Overtown. Curated by The Urban Collective, this year’s theme “The Art Of Nobody” will feature world renowned artist Nobody (AKA TMNK) and other talented art nobodies from the African and Caribbean Diaspora. This year will also feature a youth gallery that will exhibit works from the Overtown Youth Coalition arts program. This year’s activities also include a The Urban Collective pop up gallery, art fashion show, Sunday Jazz Brunch, and a millennial cocktail hour.
 “The Art Of Nobody” will feature world renowned artist Nobody (AKA TMNK) 

Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, will be presented by Lavon Pettis- Art Organizer Global Connections, 

Featured Artists:

Renee Baker
Alpha Bruton
Alan Emerson-Hicks
Kevin Cole- Atlanta Georgia
Nicholas Conlon
Najjar Abdul Musawwir- St. Louis MI
Joyce Owens

(Young Aspiring Artists)
Moises Salazar
Kari Blackburn

Monday, November 24, 2014

Art of Black Miami during Miami Heritage Month

Art of Black
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) launched the Art of Black Miami campaign as the destination prepares for this year’s highly anticipated Art Basel Miami Beach December 3-7, 2014. Spearheaded by the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism Department, the Art of Black Miami will celebrate arts, culture and diversity during Art Basel Miami Beach weekend and beyond.  
“We’re excited to launch the Art of Black Miami campaign with its platform to support and strengthen the abundant artistic diversity found in Greater Miami’s mosaic neighborhoods and communities,” says GMCVB President & CEO  William D.Talbert, III, CDME. “While the Art of Black Miami is being launched leading up to Art Basel Miami Beach when artists from the Diaspora will be showcasing their exhibits, the Art of Black Miami campaign will keep shining on these artists and their works throughout the year.”
“During Art Basel Miami Beach weekend, the Art of Black Miami campaign will provide a springboard to an impressive slate of breathtaking exhibits from the Diaspora with a full calendar of events that explores Black art from all perspectives,” notes Graylyn Swilley-Woods, interim vice president of the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism Department.  “Residents and visitors alike can visit pop-up galleries, artist showcases, and performances in heritage neighborhoods throughout the destination.” A few examples include:
  • Miami’s own Purvis Young, an urban expressionist from Overtown whose artwork has garnered an international following, will be featured with more than 200 of Young’s creations comprising “A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming” exhibition at Overtown’s historic Lyric Theater December 4, 2014 to March 2015.
  • Fusion MIA, an eclectic and critically-acclaimed exhibit highlighting African American Abstract Masters curated by father son duo George and Jumanni Nnamdi in the Wynwood Arts District will feature the BET Art Lounge and will honor Dr. Tuliza Fleming (Smithsonian), David Driskell (Legendary  Artist) and Debra Lee (President and CEO of BET).
  • Renowned South African curator Tumelo Mosaka will be featured in the Third Annual Art of Transformation, in Opa-locka November 12, 2014 through December 14, 2014. 
  • In Little Haiti, the Borderless Caribbean exhibition series, curated by museologist and cultural producer Jorge Luis Gutierrez, is part of the Global Caribbean contemporary art program of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance (HCAA) under the world renowned artistic director Edouard Duval Carrie.

“Art of Black Miami will be the go-to place to learn about Black art and events taking place in the Miami area,” adds Talbert.  “These are culturally-significant events the GMCVB is pleased to support and offer visitors and residents throughout the year.”

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Home Coming"

"Art is Business" Lead Curator: Moises Salazar and Kari Blackburn 
"Born" Kari

HOME COMING Nov.15-Nov 29
Students from the Chicago School of the Arts present, "Homecoming." The work that will be showcased will be composed of a variety of interpretations of our personal upbringing in society and our culture as a whole. Work will touch base on ethnic culture, storytelling and the creation of human beings.

The Man- Kari
Before moving to its new location, ChiArts was established in the heart of Bronzeville on 35th and King Drive. To celebrate our ancestry and upbringings students are hosting a homecoming art Jubilee at the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, located at 436 E. 47th Street, Chicago IL  60653. For more information about the BAL- Arts Incubator.

"Our Story"
The exhibit will feature artwork from the following artists:

Throughout the evening we will showcase Musical Performances: Performances will include (but are not limited to) classical guitar, piano, dance and singing performances.

*This will be a free event for those with student body cards, and wish to be a part of the celebration*

Contact: Mosies Salazar at 773-458-0341 for more info about the show.

The Chicago High School for the Arts
phone: 773-534-9710 | fax: 773-534-4022 |

The Visual Arts program at ChiArts begins with foundational instruction, including an emphasis upon essential art making skills and understandings, and progresses toward more complex concepts, including critical analysis of visual culture and the fostering of independent work. The program challenges and empowers students to develop their own aesthetic as each matures into an innovative artist and critical thinker.

Students of all abilities may interview for admission into the Visual Arts program. ChiArts recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had prior instruction in the visual arts and students who have not had prior training but demonstrate strong natural abilities and a desire to learn.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

World Arts Program- Art BAL

"Art is Business" by Alpha Bruton

The Phantom Gallery Chicago Network will be developing a series of programs in the BAL- Arts Incubator, a World Arts Program, Professional Development Seminars, and Curatorial Phantom Gallery Installations in 2014. Intersection (music,poetry,paintng) Series, and Featured Artist projects that are National and International in scope

World Arts Program- Textile Arts, Sewing Remix, Paper quilting, Mama & Me Scribble Scrabble Art Workshop, Draw with Us, Mural Training Program:

The Art of Batik 

Batik is simply the art of creating beautifully decorated fabrics form plain cloth using wax resistance and common household dyes. B.A.t.I.K. is also an acronym for "Broadening Art Through Interpretative Knowledge: it is a 11 week intensive workshop of studio art presentation, discussion, drawing, and painting exercises that will conclude in and exhibit.
Sewing Remix 
Carole Frances Lung- FABU
Participants of the Sewing remix are invited to learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! The  Sewing Remix is a free workshop that meets,time and dates TBD. Participants are asked to bring an outfit to mend, garments, sewing machines, notions, and fabric to donate to the recycle bin.

Creative Design Paper Quilting using Paper and Thread.

Paper quilting, is an exciting craft that combines needle work and collage to make beautiful designs. Unlike traditional quilts, these innovative pieces are embroidered on paper rather than fabric. From traditional quilt blocks to creative collages, quilting and sewing have been used to create beautiful works of art with a combination of diverse mediums and talents.


 During these sessions, the artist will foster awareness that art can contribute a tremendous amount to the development of a child during the first five years of his/her life. For it is this interaction between child and his environment, that learning takes place.


Weekly figure drawing sessions at the BAL Arts Incubator are open to the public. Artists interested in drawing from live models can attend any Sunday all artists are welcome. No instruction provided and no aromatic solvents or cameras are allowed.  You bring all your other supplies.

artist piotr antonow

Mural Training Program
Professional Development 10 week training

The Phantom Gallery Chicago Network offers a Muralist Training Program for artists interested in adapting their skills to public mural making.  The Muralist Training Program offers the following: 

Beidler Wiz Backdrop

  • A comprehensive overview of the community mural-making process
  • An in-depth look at design challenges that arise in the community mural process
  • Step-by-step instruction on mural making techniques, including wall preparation, design enlargement, paint application, the cloth method, and sealing the completed project
  • A detailed look at materials required for best results-from primers and paints to brushes and sealers
  • An opportunity to acquire hands-on skills and exhibit your work

  • An opportunity to work on a large-scale public mural project with one of the PGCN experienced mural painters.
  • Anthony Overton, CPS