February 24- 25-2018
The Black Heritage Art Show (now Virtual Style), is produced by O' Taste and See Marketing and Productions. Established in 1995, The Black Heritage Art show was the largest Black History Month Celebratory event that fused Art, Music and Lifestyle Components in one inclusive setting! More than two decades later, thanks to the success and growth of the internet and digital technology, the Black Heritage Art Show will now be showcased in a virtual setting allowing artists work to potentially reach hundreds of thousands of persons globally. This out of the box, first of its kind art show, will continue its tradition and be held annually for two days in the month of February!
Baltimore, Maryland native Karen Y. Buster was reared in a private artist colony - her childhood home. How else do you describe an atmosphere with a designer-mother, a dancersister, another sister, a wordsmith-poet and an artist brother? The only one in her immediate family to be a career artist, Karen is blessed to have grown up in a household that encouraged creativity and recognized the source of her art, which is a gift from a higher power. Her mother told her as a child she was gifted and different. More importantly, Karen believed it too. Original Karen Y. Buster's are in the private celebrity collections of Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, Cheryl Lee Ralph, Toni Braxton, Jada Pickett Smith, and Charles Dutton among a host of others. Her prints also call the walls of the Beverly Hills and Philadelphia Chambers of Commerce, respectively, home. Among her awards, Karen is the recipient of Baltimore’s own “Unsung” Art Exhibition 2014 Female Artist of the Year, The National Coalition of the 100 Black Women's Arts and Culture Award, 2007 and the 2002 recipient of the Black Heritage Visual Arts Association's "Favorite Emerging Artist" Karen is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated since 1978.
Ted Ellis is a passionate man. He is passionate about his family… passionate about his heritage and passionate about his art. Just ask him and he proudly declares, “I paint Subjects that are representative of the many facets of American life, particularly, African-American culture and history, as I know it. I like to think of myself as a creative historian. I was put here to record history…all aspects of American culture and heritage. My sole purpose has always been to educate through my art.”
Ellis grew up and was educated in New Orleans, a city known for its rich African-American heritage history. A city full of style, and artistic exuberance. This backdrop inspired Ellis to capture the essence of the subjects of his childhood in the glory of their rich cultural heritage. Extremely dedicated to his craft, this artist draws on a style that was born in his childhood from impressions of his native city. Ellis is self-taught and boldly blends realism and impressionism in his work, evoking nostalgia and inspiration.
Ellis, who currently resides in Friendswood, Texas, and continues to be recognized for his artistic talent and is now being applauded for his intellectual capital and depth of understanding the power and use of art. He is an artist with vision. His legacy is still growing. This awareness continues to garner Ellis more and more collectors. as they are scatterd throughout the globe. Major corporations have commissioned Ellis; A few of which include: Walt Disney Studios, The Minute Maid Company, Coca-Cola, Phillip Morris, and Avon, Incorporated.
It's not folk art, but "Tedism", his own unique style of art. The art of this man both reveres and celebrates the traditional values of his culture. African-American culture and lifestyle is a vital part of the tapestry of American history. Ted Ellis captures that lifestyle on canvas, the man, lives the life he paints about. He is cementing himself in history as one of those Famous African-American artists you so often read about.
Larry "Poncho" Brown, is a leader in contemporary African American art. He is a native of Baltimore, MD and he started his first business at the age of 17 as a sign writer and he has been a full time artist ever since. His art, both fine and commercial, has been published nationally in Upscale, Ebony, Ebony Man, Essence, and Jet magazines. His most popular artwork titled "Black is Black" and works from "Egyptian Queens" series has been featured on the former hit TV show "A Different World." www.larryponchobrown.com
We are looking for a few select artist to join Larry and the following international acclaimed artists at the next Black Heritage Art Show (Virtual Style)
Joi thomas is an accomplished author, playwright and radio personality. In June of 2004, Ms. Thomas opened the doors of Joiful Communications. This full service Public Relations and Event Planning Firm provides cutting edge consulting for those who want to take their ministry or business to the next level. Joiful Communications has assisted churches, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, authors and music artist in achieving their media goals.
Ms. Thomas is a true fan of Gospel music. Her love for the genre has led her to host a weekly radio show every Sunday on WEAA 88.9FM from 2p.m. to 5p.m. Her show is known for a variety of music selection, spotlighting new artists, and interviews of the gospel industry’s leading artists. This position has given Ms. Thomas the opportunity to host several events in the Baltimore/DC metro area. She is also a sought after motivational speaker.
Carronne Jones With performances often described as Soulful, Inspirational, and Uplifting, this Award winning National Recording Artist believes in “Singing for the Soul.” This Maryland native and graduate from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland received the 2013 DMV Gospel Soul Award; and is currently nominated for the Kingdom Image Award and Independent Gospel Artist Radio Alliance Award.
Like many, Carronne’s musical career started as a child singing in her church’s choir. However, most singers are not fortunate enough to have songwriters, producers, & musicians as parents. Being around her parents, Bishop Dr. Carroll & Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Jones, allowed Carronne to learn from and be exposed to some of the best musicians, producers, and National Gospel Recording artists. It can truly be said that the musical expressiveness and creativity around Carronne ignited a fire in her that exist to this day.
As she matured mentally and musically, Carronne started to think about pursuing a solo career.
Carronne said, “As long as I can remember, music has always been a part of my existence.”
Carronne has been gracing venues with her Soulful and Inspirational sound and a featured artist at the Black Heritage Arts festival in Baltimore, MD., National Public Radio, Charm City Improv, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center, Howard University’s Homecoming, The Baltimore Convention Center, The Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Md., Prayzefest Gospel Hour TV show (Atlanta, Georgia), HGS Radio Concert, and AFRAM. Additionally, she has shared the stage with Vickie Winans, David Chance formerly of Ruff Endz; Kindred the Family Soul, Frank McComb, Jae Deal, Stellar award winners, Jessica Greene, Isaiah Thomas, Ernest Pugh, and many others.
In addition to, being a recording artist, Carronne is a songwriter, host, speaker, and music publisher; and a member of the Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter.
Queen Lauren Elizabeth Boone, creator of "Loving Me, You, US", a workshop aimed at encouraging youth and adults to acknowledge how they internalize, receive and give love through the practice of self-love, is a teacher of the heart and is intentional about her approach to cultivate the hearts of communities through action.
"My goal is always to ensure my feet matches my faith, by creating an innovative and holistic ministry through programming for my community. "
Speaker * Teacher of the Heart * Advocate*A native of Baltimore, MD, Lauren's love for community developed through her childhood neighborhood tribe and her church family, Lauren’s goal is to be a walking, talking ministry through innovative methods of unconditional love for her community.
currently, a student at Howard University pursuing a dual Masters Degree in Divinity and Social Work, Lauren is the host of an extremely popular Bold and Courageous Prayer call that has gained her national notoriety. We are looking forward to hearing an inspirational message in the main auditorium of the Black Heritage Art Show on Inspirational Sunday.
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