“Junkanoo” – Acrylic on Canvas – 40×30″ – (2017)
“Junkanoo” – The Bahamian Party (street) Parade with music, dance, and costumes of Akan origin that takes place yearly on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) and on New Year’s Day (Nassau, Bahamas). Dances are choreographed to the beat of goatskin drums and cowbells.
Awards & Honors bestowed upon Synthia SAINT JAMES
A Tribute to Women Who Inspire Us – 2012, NAACP Image Award Nominee – Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing – Outstanding Literary Work Instructional – 2012, Women Who Dared: Our Legacy & Our Future – 2011, Honorary Doctorate – Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC – 2010,
National Association of Women Business Owners – Hall of Fame Inductee – 2010,
Trumpet Award – The Arts – 2010, Phenomenal Women Award, California State University Northridge – 2010, Woman of the Year for the 26th Senatorial District – 2008, A Tribute to Synthia SAINT JAMES Award, Home Depot Foundation & AEG – 2007, MOSTE Inspirational Women Award – 2006, The Samella Award – 2006,
Woman of the Year in Education, Los Angeles Commission for Women – 2004,
The HistoryMaker Award – 2004, Oppenheim Gold Award – To Dinner For Dinner – 2001, The Key to the City Award, Greensboro, NC – 2001, Second Baptist Church, Los Angeles, Literary & Visual Arts Award – 2000, National Parenting Publications Gold Award, Happy Happy Kwanzaa – 1999, Women of Vision Award, Black Women Lawyers – 1998, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award, Neeny Coming, Neeny Going – 1997, UNICEF Greeting Card Award – 1997, AT&T Entrepreneur of the Year, NAACP Legal Defense Fund – 1997, Treasure of Los Angeles – 1997, YWCA Silver Achievement Award – 1997, Gentlemen Concerned Service Award – 1995, Prix de Paris, Musee des Duncans, Paris, France – 1980
TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview.2
Rest: How do you spend your time off? 1. International travel, which has included countries in Europe and South America, but with a major focus on the tropical islands of the Caribbean, Tahiti and Fiji. 2. Reading all kinds of books. 3. Dancing at home to rhythmic music, my form of relaxing right after a wonderFULL day of painting. 4. Watching classic films, Bette Davis features and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot murder mysteries.
Influence: What would you like to share with our audience and what effect do you hope to have on us?
My hope is to uplift, educate and to bring joy and serenity to my audience through my paintings.
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