Originally from New Jersey, Augusts featured artist, Kala & The Lost Tribe went to Sarah Lawrence College in West Chester, right above the Bronx. “I moved to Brooklyn after I graduated and I’ve happily lived in Brooklyn since 2008″.
A staple in the underground music scene of NYC, Kala is percussion & keys in the Rank 1 Collective, the artists behind Aura Sessions. She also was also one of the FeMC’s to participate in this year’s #FeMCFestival, where she gave us a sneak peek of her recently released EP , The Art of Balance. In between rehearsals for back to back shows this Wednesday night, Art LovHer picked the brain of this inspirational womyn creator.
Where does your name come from?“Kala” is Sanskrit; it was taken as a spiritual name. I learned it while researching mantras from the Goddess Sutra years ago. It is a womb symbol, the void out of which every thing comes. Loosely means “the act of creating.”
2. What does Hip hop mean to you/your process? As I heard Chuck D of Public Enemy say when he came to talk to a most all white and financially elite student body at SLC, “Hip-hop is ‘look-out’ music.” He expressed what I always felt and believed, and that was that hip-hop was a black and brown urban communication of ideas, current events, and possible action plans.
It was coded so that not everyone received the messages. We were using hip-hop to look out for one another, for our communities, for our dreams. I still connect to this essence in my music, despite mainstream hip-hop’s ugly mutations.
3. When did you first begin doing what you do? When did you become serious about it, and pursue it as a life path? Would you consider what you do your life path?.
I’ve been playing and studying piano when I was 6. Over the years, I found a passion for percussion and world music, jazz and hip-hop and integrating them all to fully represent my tastes and perspective.
Yes, creating intentional healing music is my life’s purpose. I’ve always known this is what I was supposed to be doing but I encountered a lot of fear along my path; lots of self-doubt. I think that I am just now truly becoming as serious about my gifts and purpose as they are about me-if that makes any sense. I’ve hired an artistempowerment coach a couple months ago, and I think this is a pretty serious movefor my career as it gears me up to be financially and spiritually successful.
4. Why do you create? First, I create for myself. It’s healing to me; therapeutic and cathartic. Second, I create for my community, including the youngest most powerful and impressionable minds. And lastly, for us all, to inspire and promote mental, emotional, physical and spiritual balance. I believe fully in the power of music to create lasting positive change, and I create to create change.
To be continued…
“I don’t know why, I say hello, you say goodbye” -The Beatles
Last month was out final month at The Living Gallery. A bittersweet moment of sadness and excitement. Seeing how far we’ve come while reviewing how far we still have to go.
While it was hard to say goodbye to the place we’ve called home for the last 18 month in Brooklyn, we embrace it. Life is change. And not all change is bad.
At least, not all change has to be bad. Especially when it comes with opportunity for growth. In the case of Art LovHer, that means expanding our horizons. Expanding our reach in New York City. Getting out there and spreading this dream of equitable space in art for women to be represented, honored, and remembered.
Which is why we are delighted to announce this months open mic in Harlem. Art LovHer has been given the opportunity to curate an open mic in collaboration with ‘Getting Up’, a visual exhibition created by Maison d’Art and Black Capital Coalition celebrating and exploring the influence of graffiti art in culture. On display through August 27th at Maison d’Art in Harlem.
In honor of the exhibition, Art LovHer will be presenting R.A.P. [Rhythm & Poetry] in Wednesday August 20th from 6-9pm. We’ll be bringing you some amazing female poets and emcees emerging in NYC. You won’t want to miss this epic collaboration. Stay tuned for interviews with our featured artists and highlights from last month! See you soon art lovers!
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1. When did you first begin doing what you do?It depends on what you mean. I have been creating my entire life. I began singing when I was seven years old and went to a performing arts school for elementary school where I trained my voice daily in addition to singing in our county’s choral program. I have been writing as early as I can remember. Anything from stories, to skits, to songs, and screenplays. I guess you could say I was born this way. I was born creating.
I founded the Rising Minds Foundation in March 2014 and our first show was for International Women’s Day. I wrote a skit that we performed at Union Square and we began performing shows at the New York Film Academy shortly after. Now we have shows every week at the Williamsburg Music Center.
2. When did you become serious about it, and pursue it as a life path? Would you consider what you do your life path? I’ve always been serious about it and really got immersed in the world of creativity when I moved to New York a year ago. Every time I pick up my ukulele and sing a tune, I know it’s my life path.
3. Why do you create? I create because it lies within me and needs to be expressed or else I don’t feel like myself. I also express to heal through creativity and….most importantly, to uplift others.
4. Who are some of your major influences/role models? Off the top of my head: Oprah, Tyler Perry, Einstein, The Beatles, Billie Holiday, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Eve Ensler, Edie Windsor, Laverne Cox, Jim Carrey, Halle Berry.
5. What inspires you? Being around creative people, meditation, listening to music, nature.
6. What advice would you give a nineteen year old creative who wants to make their thing into their whole life? I’m not sure. I would probably tell them something that I need to hear myself. My words of advice come from an amazing artist friend of mine, Paulie Nassar. He says, “If you love it, do it everyday.” Also never doubt yourself. Carry a pen and paper with you to write down ideas. Surround yourself with creative people.
7. What’s one of the most rewarding parts of your work? Touching people’s lives. Just hearing that a song I sang or skit I wrote reached their heart warms mine. That’s why I do it.
8. What’s one of the hardest? I would have to say keeping balance. It’s too easy to party like a rockstar after a show. Not only am I creating, I am running a non-profit organization and have a lot of responsibility and can’t afford mishaps or lack of sleep due to partying after shows.
9. How do you get through blocks in your creativity? I don’t really get them I’m always doing something. Even for a period of time where I thought I had a block because I wasn’t writing poetry, I was still keeping a sex journal that ended up being the basis for one of my first screenplays. What is sometimes harder for me my “creative binges” where I’m up writing, singing, or painting for over twenty four hours and can’t sleep or eat because creativity takes me over like a monster.
10. What’s your favorite color? It varies. Usually blue. But I always claim purple or pink for some reason.
11. Where are you from? If not originally from NYC, how long have you live here and what brought you to New York? I’ve live all over so I cringe when I actually tell people that I was born in Ohio. I spent most of my adult life living in Europe and South America. I lived in Paris for six years and Colombia for a summer. Also, by the age twenty two I had been to twenty-two countries on five continents. Most of them I went alone.
Living in New York was on a bucket list that I wrote when I was eighteen but I ended up moving here with an ex who dumped me a month later. We broke up the day we moved into our new apartment and it was really hard to decide if I wanted to stay here and make my dream work. Now, I’m glad I did.
12. How did you become affiliated with Art LovHer? By meeting the fabulous Joi at a Street Poets NYC event a few months back!
13. What is feminism to you? Feminism is everything to me! It means that we are creating a better world for women to live in. It means the dynamics of society are changing. Feminism is women owning their power. It is ending violence against women. It is equal pay. It is sexual liberation. It is so many things in a tiny little world, which goes to show that there is much more work to do.
14. If you use a stage/pen name, Where does your name come from? I am love. Simply put.
10. What have you got coming up in the next couple of months? I have shows every Sunday at the Williamsburg Music Center in Brooklyn at 7pm where we are showcasing a variety of different artists, from poets, to musicians, and short skits that I write and produce. In addition to that I will be touring around Europe in October doing concerts in Paris and Greece, possibly Poland. Keep up with whats going on with me on the Rising Minds website.
2. When did you become serious about it, and pursue it as a life
path? Would you consider what you do your life path? I was a pretty serious kid at 11.
3. Why do you create? To keep life interesting.
4. Who are some of your major influences/role models? P!nk and my grandfather. Her music has got me through a lot of hard times, her humility when I met her and her dynamic performance style, just a well rounded human being I aspire to be that. My grandfather has taught me how to do everything with love and the value of doing the right thing no matter what.
5. What inspires you? Human nature
6. What advice would you give a nineteen year old creative who wants to make their thing into their whole life? Surround yourself with genuinely positive people who do what you want to do. Understand you’re never done growing. Do what you do every day. Take a marketing or project management class because no one knows your product better than you do.
7. What’s one of the most rewarding parts of your work? Connecting with others and getting them to think outside the box and experience something from a new perspective.
8. What’s one of the hardest? Dealing with other people’s egos.
9. How do you get through blocks in your creativity? Lots of coffee, fresh air and good music.
10. What are your pet peeves? The big ones…people who take advantage of others and people who lean on subway poles during rush hour.
11. Where are you from? Brooklyn born and raised.
12. How did you become affiliated with Art LovHer? Joi [Sanchez] and I met at an open mic and the rest was history.
13. What is feminism to you? Defying the 50’s expectation of what a woman should be. Exhibiting self-love, equal rights. Standing up for your fellow females.
14. If you use a stage/pen name, Where does your name come
from? No stage name. I like the one my parents gave me. Nichole Acosta=“victory of the people” “wake up” It gives me daily bar to try to reach.
15. What have you got coming up in the next couple of months? A few more summer poetry videos and a full schedule of live performances Nicholeacosta.com catch me if you can!
This month has been amazing at The Bishop Gallery. We thank everyone thas has come out to support our first curated gallery exhibition. Its been so great, we had to share the artists with you. Check them out& be sure to join us Saturday July 5th for the closing reception at 6pm.
Scott B. Tucker
Scott Benjamin Tucker grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn where he discovered a love for art at a young age. Tucker studied architecture at the High School of Art & Design and Alfred State University. Later he majored in interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Sculpture was Tucker’s course of study at The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, where he also perfected his skills in welding and woodworking. Before receiving his bachelor of fine arts degree from Long Island University in New York, Tucker spent a year abroad studying advanced sculpture and design technique at the Winchester School of Art in England.
Valkarie_1 sculpture – $6,000
Valkarie_2 sculpture – $6,000
Valkarie_3 sculpture – $6,000
Valkarie_4 sculpture – $6,000
Rasheeda Johnsonis a freelance Arist and Designer who doesn’t recall a time in her life when making art was not a factor. She has fond memories of her first scholarship around age 7 to art classes at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art & History. After receiving a degree in Advertising Design from F.I.T., Johnson went on to work in many creative industries from music to fashion to film, but always continued to practice and love fine art. Her website, http://www.ART-LIFE-JUNCTION.com, is the merging of her various God-given talents under one brand. Fusing her artistic talents with her flare for crafting and style, ART-LIFE-JUNCTION is Johnson’s answer to enjoying the simultaneous pursuit of her many passions and a vehicle for the continued honing and development of her craft as an eternal student of art and of life.
Whitney Houston acrylic on canvass print 25×25 $350
Grace Jones acrylic on canvass print 25×25 $350
Nina Simone acrylic on canvass print 25×25 $350
“When I draw, I like to let go of my thoughts and my feelings. Nothing exists but my art and I. It’s like taking a mini vacation without having to go anywhere. I don’t plan every detail, I just relax and combine the things I see with my eyes with how I see them in my mind.” says Joy Banks-Chapman. Joy is a student and retail manager from sunny San Jose, CA who enjoys creating her work using both pastels and charcoal. Her inspiration to create art comes from wanting to bring life and color into the things around her, and to express her emotions through more than just mere words
Aunt Deb Graphite on Paper 18×24 $150
Apple of My Eye Charcoal & Pastel on Papet 11×14 $100
Mystery Man Pastel on Paper 12×18 $75
Nancy Elsamanoudi was born in New Jersey. About five years before she was born, her parents emigrated from Egypt to the US, and when she was about 5 years old her family moved to northeast Ohio, so that her father could take a job at the Glidden Paint Co. Her father, who is now retired, was a senior color scientist at Glidden and has patents to his name. Although she did not follow in her father’s footsteps and pursue a career in science, his accomplishments as a scientist who worked with color, pigment and paint captured her imagination and has something to do with her love for painting.
Nancy Elsamanoudi holds a MFA from Pratt Institute in Painting and a Drawing and she received her BA from Miami University. Her work has previously been shown in New York in group shows at Rogue Space gallery and the LeRoy Neiman art center.
Thoth Oil & Charcoal on Panel 36×36 $1,750
Sail Oil, Pastel & Charcoal on Panel 36×36 $1,500
with Rocio Cabrera & Aliza Tucker
Gabriel Don is a multidisciplinary artist or Renaissance woman who works in a variety of mediums. She received her MFA in creative writing at The New School, where she worked as the chapbook and reading series coordinator. Her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, A Minor, Westerly, Mascara Literary Review and is forthcoming in The Legendary. She has appeared in visual poems such as Woman Without Umbrella and Unbound. She started several reading-soiree series, is editorial staff at LIT and participates in live art events around New York. Gabriel Don is also available on Amazon as a Bookdress who has performed in various literary, art and public spaces including the MET. Solo performance art pieces include When a Woman’s Wave Rises it is No Accident: An Intentional Performance as part of the Triangle Project at the Gershwin Hotel and Cleansing Concordia for the immersive arts festival One of Us: The Chapel at St Paul’s Lutheran Church of Williamsburg.
The Many Muses on Medusa acrylic & collage on canvass 16×20/20×24 $3,000
I am a visual artist and student attending Hunter College in New York City for studio art and neuropsychology.
Vital Impetus 1 clay mounted on frame 9.5×7 $200/$1000 set
Vital Impetus 2 clay mounted on frame 9.5×7 $200/$1000 set
Vital Impetus 3 clay mounted on frame 9.5×7 $200/$1000 set
Vital Impetus 4 clay mounted on frame 9.5×7 $200/$1000 set
Vital Impetus 5 clay mounted on frame 9.5×7 $200/$1000 set
Vital Impetus 6 clay mounted on frame 9.5×7 $200/$1000 set
Y. R. M.
Makeup artist, Educator & Body-painter by Trade, Yvonne explores the inner and outer beauty of women in all mediums.
color theory acrylic on canvass 3x12x26 $1,500
I find inspiration in so many places and spaces. I find the possibility of creating global change- to break down institutionalized systems that create hierarchal social stratification at the root of my activism. As well as honoring the emotional space we find ourselves throughout- the breakdowns that give way to the break-through.
sunset acrylic on canvass 6×10 $75
golden rain acrylic on canvass 12×16 $150
wax poetic acrylic & wax on canvass 16×20 $300
Peace, positives and productivity
Brooklyn based nomadic artist, looking to create and share wherever I go. Photography has always been my mistress in this interesting world.
Street Art Series- Untitled_3 color photography 11×14 $50
Street Art Series- Untitled_4 color photography 11×14 $50
Street Art Series- Untitled_5 color photography 11×14 $50
W.E. Series- Untitled_33 color photography 11×14 $50
W.E. Series- Untitled_44 color photography 11×14 $50
Illustration major and Cinema Studies minor at Pratt Institute Born and raised in Bucks County, PA but currently residing in Brooklyn, NY.
Face to Face Silkscreen Print 13×21 $100
Hung Out Silkscreen Print 18×13 $100
Dennesa Usher is a visual artists born and raised in the Bronx.
Pris Murdah Acrylic on Panel 11×14 $350
Pris Love Acrylic on Canvas 10×10 $200
YaYa Acrylic on Panel 12×20 $350
Barbie World Acrylic on Wood 10×24 $200
Lost World Acrylic on Wood 10×24 $200
All of the paintings that I create are fully instinctual and are done “in the moment”. Their inspiration comes from a myriad of my own life experiences. Each begins in the depths of my soul and manifests itself onto the canvas or paper through the medium of oil paint or oil pastel, respectively. I work only one color at a time, much as a poet would so that each “line” eventually forms a completely iridescent stanza. I try to focus my energies and enthusiasm to achieve that which I feel cannot be taught. I am continually innovating my style so that it can be as unique and as authentic as my own fingerprints.
Music also plays a significant part of each moment that I paint. I listen to a wide range of music from classical, r&b/soul, salsa, hip hop, and rock to music from different countries like Africa, India, and Germany. Music helps me to interpret movement and colors, it also brings my emotions to the surface making them more accessible and easier to translate into a painting. . I also have a great appreciation for primitive sculptures, shapes, and ancient philosophical books.
Despite all of this, Mother Nature reigns supreme as my greatest influence. I spend a great deal of time exploring her boundless creative genius that has been here since time immemorial. I am most fascinated by a sunrise near the ocean or a clear midnight sky. I love staring into the dark vastness lit only by a bright moon and stars. Mother Nature keeps me extremely humble as an artist for I am well aware that I am only an infinitesimal fragment of her many wondrous works.
Child of the Earth Oil on Canvas (Framed in Museum Glass) 22×25 $3,500
Contemplate Oil on Canvas (Framed in Museum Glass) 22×25 $1,800
All in a Spin Oil on Canvas (Framed in Museum Glass) 22×25 $1,800
Inverted Oil on Canvas (Framed in Museum Glass) 22×25 $1,800
Sitting on the Edge Oil on Canvas 30×36 $900
Intergalactic Oil on Canvas 20×28 $5,000
Sacred Sun Oil on Canvas 36×72 $3,500
Positive Vibrations Oil on Canvas 17×20 $2,200
Presented here is the first body of work by this newly emerging artist from Brooklyn, Maya Brown. The title of this expanding group of works, A Few Trees Growing, is not only in reference to her artistic skills but also reflects back on life and family. Her choice to explore rendering the body through the dual eyes of a mother and an artist is a hard road to trek. We can see the steady surrender of emotional attachment to the subjects that is needed to achieve her goal. She begins by studying the youngest member of this family in constant motion and focuses on the stages and moments of life that define the youth in us all. With an untamed approach, she recreates the subjects by developing a strategy using a wide range of colors on her palette and laying down general to specific inorder to shape the solid structures.
She has once describes her emerging style as an urban combination. She favored mixing NYC graffiti with the fine arts and included lots of color and deep thought into her works. This side of her was thus titles ScirdRoyalty and encompassed her personå which is always enticed with the “weird” and science to keep people engaged. Digging deep into her imagination she manifest ludicrous mixtures that she sees, hoping every reaction leads to limp jaws.
Maya Brown has just graduated SUNY Stony Brook, class of 2014, with a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies. Her concentrations were in Art History, Studio Art, and Math. She intendeds to use all this newly acquired knowledge towards her art production and method. She hopes to create work that resonates through the ages and reaches depths of the intellectual and mathematical mind. Mrs. Brown is a Mother, Wife and Brooklyn bred Artist.
Here at Art LovHer, our motto is “Collaboration over competition”. We’re here trying to do our part to build a community around the phenomenal woman artists that exist. We see it as the only way to change the tides of our current place in society. Changing the narrative of how women are portrayed is a group effort. No one person can do it alone. We can have leaders and sheroes but without the people, these moments would not be possible.
In honor of that our first mixtape will include the people. This Friday, May 16th, we’ll be at the legendary Funkadelic Studios in Midtown recording a spectacular night. Featuring our good friends and the phenomenal artists of New Fame LLC., we invite everyone to come down and jam with us. Adrienne Mack Davis and Ohene Cornelius will be sharing some of their new, never before heard tracks off their upcoming music projects. I’ll be hosting alongside co-creator and Founder of StreetPoetsNYC, Hrsh Reyalitee. There is a full backline, for dummers, key players to ome down and sit in. If you’re a guitar or bass player, come down and plug in. Create some new sounds and have a great time. The mic/stage will be open for anyone who’s creative and has something to share. Everyone that gets on will receive a copy of their recording for their personal use, as well as a complimentry copy Vol. 1, when it is released later this year.
Whether you’re an artists or an appreciator, it will be a good time. Come share in the magic. Advanced tickets are available online or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for reduced $12 admission. $20 at the door.
Complimentary champagne and cupcakes courtesy of Rebellious Treats.