ART TODAY 021318 “Honors Mindset” – A commemoration to Historical Black Colleges by Synthia SAINT JAMES

by | Last updated Feb 26, 2020 | Published on Feb 13, 2018

“Honors Mindset” – Acrylic on Canvas – 36×24″ – (2017)
Commissioned by the National Association of African American Honors Programs and recently unveiled on Friday, November 10th at the NAAAHP’s Conference in Atlanta, GA.

This week, enjoy the many gifts created by Visual Artist Synthia SAINT JAMES, and thank you for joining us here at TribeLA Magazine!

Synthia SAINT JAMES is an international award winning artist and designer of the first United States Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday. She has to date written and or illustrated 13 children’s picture books, 3 poetry and prose books, 4 children’s activity books, a cookbook, and a postcard book, and we’re just getting started.

She received her first Honorary Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC on May 8, 2010; the Historical Black College, where her foundation, The Synthia SAINT JAMES Fine Arts Institution is being established. Synthia, is also the recipient of the 2008 Woman of the Year Award for the 26th Senate District, and she has garnered numerous other awards, including the a Parent’s Choice Silver Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and an Oppenheim Gold Award all for her books.

TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview.1

Tagline: Give yourself and your work a slogan and tell us why.

“The Creative World of Synthia SAINT JAMES” — I’ve used this description for many years because of the variety of my creative work and endeavors, such as in the visual arts I am a painter, architectural designer (ceramic tile designs for the Ontario International Baggage Claim, Ontario, CA, and Cowan Elementary School, Westchester, CA, stained glass window designs for the West Tampa Library, Tampa, FL, elevator door designs for a government building in the East End Complex adjacent to the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA, and mural designs for two affordable living complexes – all of which was fabricated by other artists who specialized in each medium.), and illustrator of children’s picture books. I’m an author (writer) of children’s books, poetry and prose, lyrics for songs (songwriter), affirmation books, a cookbook, and an autobiographical art marketing book. I have a background in the performing arts, primarily in the mid-late 1970’s, that included a couple of films and television (a national McDonald’s commercial as the spokesperson). I’m an art educator and artist-in-residence, who works nationally with colleges and universities lecturing, teaching master classes and facilitating various workshops.


This article originally published 11.19.17 and has recently been updated. For more Synthia SAINT JAMES, follow the links below:

SynthiaSAINTJAMES.com
APBSpeakers.com/speaker/synthia-saint-james
squareup.com/store/atelier-saint-james

https://tribelamagazine.com/art-today-11-25-17-meet-dr-synthia-saint-james-atelier-read-entire-acrostic-interview/

ART TODAY: 11.19.17 The Fascinating world of artist Synthia SAINT JAMES begins with her 10th commission for Historical Black Colleges & Universities, unveiled last Friday + Acrostic Q&A starts today!

ART TODAY 11.22.17 From the Haitian Series by Synthia SAINT JAMES + numerous commissioned projects including the Forever Kwanzaa postage stamp

https://tribelamagazine.com/art-today-11-22-17-kwanzaa-forever-postage-stamp-synthia-saint-james/

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“I’ve been told that I have a golden and magnetic aura, and love that description which I hope to always live up to. I think of myself as a 68 year old petite woman with the heart and energy of a child. I’m always open and love to embrace new ideas, and creative challenges.”

Meet Alexandra Dillon!

Meet Alexandra Dillon!

A native of Los Angeles, Alexandra Dillon received her B.A. in film from UCLA, then returned to her lifelong passion for making art. Her love of Old Master painting led her to study classical realism in Florence, Italy, then New Orleans, finally settling in Venice, CA. She has since appeared in group and solo shows in Los Angeles.

ART TODAY 021018 The burned brushes that started a legend for Alexandra Dillon: FAB Gallery’s PalimpsestVenice (watch the video)

ART TODAY 021018 The burned brushes that started a legend for Alexandra Dillon: FAB Gallery’s PalimpsestVenice (watch the video)

…Alexander Dillon told TribeLA Magazine that she took the burned brushed home, and at first, she didn’t know what to do with them. She played with them turning them back and forth … then she began to paint and stories evolved. With all of her brushes, “They show up and tell me who they are,” she says. Working on each piece over the course of several days, she finds the emotion and personality of her characters. The results are beautiful and engaging faces, often reminiscent of Roman-Egyptian mummy portraits or Baroque painting. “I’m influenced by the art of every era”, she says.

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