February 24- 28-2018
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 and collectors the opportunity to own originals and limited editions at affordable pricing in celebration of Black History Month. This out of the box, first of its kind art show, we will continue its tradition of connecting artists, life coaches and authors, with collectors and fans in the month of February. While the show will stay up until February 28, you are encouraged to attend on February 24-25 when artists will be appearing live. Here is a sneak peak of a few of our featured participants of this year's show:
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)
Claudy Khan is a Congolese artist, a painter of three origins (Congolese, Belgian and Brazilian) living in Paris. Each of her works carries a message to such an extent that it rocks the soul, without being offensive. These works let us see what his inspiration, cry of his soul, offers us.
He is what we call a multicultural, a half-breed who lives in harmony with his multiple mixes and this diversity is felt in his quest which remains heteroclite, dogmatic and even suprasensible.
Karen Buford of KB Designs Studios in Las Vegas, is an artist and educator who creates artworks in various media such as: acrylic paintings, drawings, digital art, mixed media, collage, African designs. Karen seeks create artworks that inspire, educate and celebrate the beauty, strength and power of Black peoples and African culture in all its forms across the world. Karen wants to share the wonder, joy and awe that she experiences daily through her artworks with others! Karen creates art that seeks to express her own personal view of the world as a wondrous place!
James and Yolanda Redd have been artists since childhood and in 1988 we met and later married. James’ style is a mixture of realism and mannerism. Mannerism was a style developed during the 16th century that emphasizes emotion and distortion. He also has a desire to show African-Americans in a positive light –especially the African-American man. Yolanda is an abstract artist who arranges vibrant colors into pleasing compositions. Our styles are different but they come together through the display of God’s word in every piece of artwork that we produce.
Roger James is a Visual Artist from the DC area (Prince Georges County area to be exact) with over 20years of oilpainting and Graphic Design experience respectfully. Mr. James’s educational background includes two bachelor degrees, one in Art from University of Maryland in College Park and Media Arts and Animation from Art Institute in Pittsburgh-Online. Mr James visual style is most noticeable in his oilpaintings. He is very dynamic with the subjects chosen and brings out the vibrancy and personalities of the subjects. He combines elements of realism and surrealism in his paintings. Mr. James has also illustrated and written childrens books.
Hailing from Henderson, NC, Kelvin started painting at an early age. After over 20 years of service with the federal government, he resigned to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist. He established FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT Fine Art in 1995 as a distributor of artwork and to do custom framing. With over 10 successful years, it has evolved into a publishing and advertising company exclusively for Kelvin's works.
Eljay has been able to develop a unique style through his years of practice and experience. He is a painter of inspirational and jazz themes with a realistic quality. He works mainly with oil and acrylic, yet is just as effective with pen and pencil. His use of shadow and light is clearly evident in his style.
Born in Uganda, Benon Lutaaya is a Johannesburg-based visual artist. He holds a BFA with Education from Kyambogo University, Kampala. Although known for his contemporary paper collage portraiture work, he's equally adept dealing with other subjects and mediums. Unable to afford proper art supplies when he started out professionally in 2010, Benon improvised with recycled, found paper material gathered from streets to pursue his purpose as an artist.
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.
SHERRELL MOORE-TUCKER is a best-selling author, speaker, and wellness professional who focuses on wellness as a lifestyle! She specializes in showing people how manage daily stress, health and social trauma by learning how to "Breathe In, Stress Out". Sherrell is the creator of Faith & Flow Yoga®. A yoga practice that teaches people how to use their faith, body, breath, and flow to raise their level of consciousness, reconnecting with the creator, and themselves on a deeper mental, spiritual, and physical level. She also, created Sisters Who Meditate® as an international movement to educate and support women who want to cultivate a spiritual practice utilizing Christian meditation and prayer to deepen their relationship with God.
The Ladies of Elegance Charm Academy, a bible-based virtual finishing school that teaches etiquette, self esteem, and career development to minority females in high school, college, and beyond! With this organization founded in 2015, its founder, Nani Israel, has successfully taught classes and hosted events highlighting the self worth and professional development of more than 1100 students across three countries, and is honored to be hosting a workshop entitled: : Finding Your Purpose.
Stephannie Solomon is an educator and, author of several acclaimed books, her most popular being, "Aging with Grace," designed to revive girls and women who desire to grow gracefully in the Lord. Stephannie Solomon dares to share what many Christian women discuss and want to hear more about as they follow Christ. Sex, parenting, the other woman, self- image, forgiveness, freedom, and victory are some of the topics showcased in Aging With Grace. Each reflection reveals that the grace of God is at work in the lives of female Christians as they sojourn on Earth. Sandwiched between the covers are compelling, challenging, conversational, and contemporized chapters that are introduced by eye-catching and inter-generational titles.
Over 15 years ago, Rebecca Robinson decided to take her fine art to an entirely new level. Creating large mural sized paintings and cutting portions of the painting into handbag patterns is where it began. In 2001 Rebecca created the PSNOB brand (pronounced snob). As Rebecca became recognized in art circles, so did her creativity. Rebecca literally took her artwork off the wall and put it in the hands of the public. The PSNOB handbag is more than just a "purse.” It’s a work of art you can carry! Rebecca now gets calls from wall art collectors and fashion aficionados.
We Honor Our Past and Embrace the Future of the Arts!