Happy Birthday Toni Morrison!

Happy Birthday Toni Morrison!

Books Authors Poetry Short Stories Booksellers Today, Beloved author Toni Morrison turned 88 years old. We wish you a happy birthday Ms. Morrison. My friend and mentor, Professor Emeritus Dr. Eugene B. Redmond speaks about you often. From your days as senior editor at...

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Recommended Stories Fine-art photographer Aline Smithson’s best advice received: “Take chances. Embrace fear as a friend and learn to live with it.” Aline Smithson is a Los Angeles based artist best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice...
William Wray

William Wray

He challenges himself to create a brand of realistic expressionism he hopes to use as a bridge into the customarily circumspect contemporary art world. He has lived in California most of his life and studied painting at the Art Students League in New York.

Rhiannon McGavin’s book “Branches” is on sale – plus she reveals her 3 favorite poetry books for poets by poets, and video explaining why

Rhiannon McGavin’s book “Branches” is on sale – plus she reveals her 3 favorite poetry books for poets by poets, and video explaining why

Rhiannon McGavin is Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles (2016), and a current English major at UCLA. Her first collection of poetry, Branches, was published in 2017 with Penmanship Books. She has performed her original poetry from the Hollywood Bowl to the Library of Congress, and makes creative writing more accessible through her online work.

Youth Poet Laureate Rhiannon McGavin’s “Art Class” Poem

Youth Poet Laureate Rhiannon McGavin’s “Art Class” Poem

In my kindergarten art class, sunlight dripped through finger paint covered windows.
I learned the primaries, red blue yellow, you could make the whole rainbow from just three colors.
you’re older when you tell yourself you only looked at female anatomical models for reference
but this girl made me understand why they say, pretty as a painting. …

Excerpt from the sensual love poem “Honey Suckle Kisses” by Synthia SAINT JAMES + Happy 50th Anniversary Synthia! – Find out more…

Excerpt from the sensual love poem “Honey Suckle Kisses” by Synthia SAINT JAMES + Happy 50th Anniversary Synthia! – Find out more…

You were so stunningly radiant
magically majestic
yet so very real
when I first laid eyes on you
The soft light in the dimly lit room
highlighted and tenderly
embraced your face
like in an exquisite oil painting
from another period
time and place
The essence of the Renaissance
mixed with a touch
of the French Impressionist …

Polavision by Susan Hayden – A captivating poetic Memoir inspired by a Terence Winch poem

Polavision by Susan Hayden – A captivating poetic Memoir inspired by a Terence Winch poem

“Around 1966, I was bitten after hours by a standard poodle named Coco. My pediatrician had to make a house call to give me a tetanus shot. I wanted to marry Dr Sokoloff and faked sick all the time so he would have to examine me. I was three. He was James Coburn’s double. I’d seen “Ride Lonesome”; I already knew my future husband would be like a steak at The Palm, a Prime Porterhouse; rough-hewn on the outside, tender underneath.”

Library Girl “Susan Hayden” says in Interview, Don’t be Quiet – Your Words Matter!

Library Girl “Susan Hayden” says in Interview, Don’t be Quiet – Your Words Matter!

Susan Hayden is the Creator/Producer & Curator of the monthly, mixed-genre literary series, Library Girl, now in its 9thyear at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, CA. In 2015, she was presented with the Bruria Finkel/Artist In The Community Award by the Santa Monica Arts Commission for her “significant contributions to the energetic discourse within Santa Monica’s arts community.” Susan’s proudest achievement has been raising her son, singer-songwriter Mason Summit. 

ART TODAY 042018 The Keeper by Charles Bibbs – For us to move forward, we must know our history

ART TODAY 042018 The Keeper by Charles Bibbs – For us to move forward, we must know our history

Charles Bibbs has featured his works in numerous galleries and art venues across the nation and abroad, such as the International Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan in 2004. Today, he is serving as permanent Artist-In-Residence for ASALH (The Association for the Study of African American Life & History, Washington, DC., an organization founded by Carter G. Woodson (Founder of Black History Month).

Purple Umbrella by Charles Bibbs – creator of the Black Madonna in the movie, “The Secret Life of Bees”

Purple Umbrella by Charles Bibbs – creator of the Black Madonna in the movie, “The Secret Life of Bees”

In his 47 years as an artist, Charles Bibbs has received over 100 recognitions and awards for his art and philanthropic spirit, including the “Key to the City” awards in 7 major cities across the United States. His Work has been widely featured in films, such as the “The Secret Life of Bees” (he created the ‘Black Madonna’ subject for this movie), television, books and CD covers including six cover designs for the Urban Knight Collection that features legendary musicians Ramsey Lewis and Grover Washington.

ART TODAY 041818 Yellow Umbrella by Charles Bibbs + A 2-minute podcast on the business of Art…

ART TODAY 041818 Yellow Umbrella by Charles Bibbs + A 2-minute podcast on the business of Art…

Charles Bibbs is the founder of several organizations and businesses such as, Art On Tour, Images Magazine, The Inland Empire Music, and Arts Foundation. Bibbs is also the founder of two publishing and distribution companies, the former B Graphics and Fine Arts, and his present business, Studio B Art Publishing and Distribution. He has also owned and operated seven art galleries in Southern California.

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