SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST RABIA FAROOQUI:

Rabia Farooqui creates crisp, enigmatic figurative paintings with gouache and wasli paper, the traditional substrate that is known for its use in Mughal miniature painting. Her works, which often picture finely rendered people atop brilliant, monochromatic backdrops, explore tensions between contemporary society and cultural traditions.

Check out more of her work at:

https://www.artsy.net/artwork/rabia-farooqui-flatter-me-while-i-wait

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST LYDIA OKUMURA:

If you have some problem in your life, you can manage it by putting it into some form, with materials that represent what you’re thinking. I use such simple materials, but it’s enough for whatever you’re fighting inside.” –  Lydia Okumura 

Check out more of her work at: http://www.lydiaokumura.com/

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST ROCHELLE CLARKE:

To be an Artist to me is to see and document what others don’t see. It is to speak when other are unable to. It is to bend things others see as a straight line. It is creating community where you were once an outcast. – Rochelle Clarke

Check out more of her work at: www.rochellecreative.co.uk

and : www.instagram.com/rochellecreative

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST BEVERLY Y. SMITH:

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. –
Twyla Tharp

Check out more of her work at www.beverlyysmithart.com

ww.instagram.com/quiltbev/

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST APRIL BEY:

To be an artist to me is to stay alive. It keeps me breathing on this planet. – April Bey

Check out more of her work at www.aprilbey.com 

https://www.instagram.com/aprilbey_/

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST LAVETT BALLARD:

I work with wood because it is a living example of history, within each of its rings.  My use of Fences is a symbolic reference to how fences keep people in and out, just as racial and gender identities can do the same socially. As an Artist, I feel a responsibility to my ancestors to be the creative visual storyteller for lives lost, forgotten, & ignored. And, to represent those lives to those that never cared about them to afford a greater appreciation of the contributions from my community. – Lavett Ballard

Check out more of her work at www.LavettBeArt.com;

 https://www.facebook.com/LavettBallardArt/

https://www.instagram.com/lavettballardarts/

SPOTLIGHT ON FIBER ARTIST SHERRY SHINE:

Telling the African American story through quilts – Sherry Shine

Check out more of her work on Instagram: @sherry_shinefiberart