by Taki S. Raton
Urban fiction writer and journalist James E. Causey will be featured for a presentation and book signing this Saturday, December 15 at the Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique in the Grand Avenue Mall, 272 West Wisconsin Avenue.
His first book, “The Twist” was proclaimed “a great debut novel” by an online book reviewer. The sequel “Twisted” has recently been published in 2012. Causey is an editorial writer and columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His novels are available for sale and will be signed by the author.
Causey was a 2008 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2011, he received a first-place award for sports writing from the National Association of Black Journalist and a National Headliner Award for commentary. He additionally received numerous Milwaukee Press Club recognitions for his writings. Causey is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Fox Point and serves as president of the Wisconsin Black Media Association.
The Nieman Fellowship is an award given to mid-career journalist by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. This fellowship allows winners to reflect on their careers and cultivate their skills. The Nieman is awarded to reporters, editors, photographers, producers, editorial writers, cartoonists, and Internet specialist with at least five years of full-time professional experience in the news media. The fellowship home is at the Lippman House in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ayzha Fine Arts opened its doors October 19 in observance of the October city wide “Gallery Night” festivities. The gallery represents original works by local, regional, national and international artists for sale, as well as prints, jewelry, cards, books, CDs and organic hair products.
Ayzha is located on the second floor of the Shops of Grand Avenue across from the elevator. The Causey book signing presentation is free and open to the public. For additional information on the author or Ayzha Fine Arts, please contact the gallery at (414) 220-4355.
On Saturday, December 8, the Terry McCormick Gallery of Contemporary Fine and Folk Art hosts Blanche Brown: Celebrate Obama–Forward America Exhibition & Sale with a reception from 12 Noon through 5 pm. The location is 2522 North 18th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Also being exhibited is artwork by Kevin Boatright, Shana R. Goetsch, Ras `Ammar Nsoroma, George Ray McCormick Sr., Jacqueline A. Richards, Anwar Pruitt, Mikal Pruitt, and Evelyn Patricia Terry. Enjoy art, vegetarian and vegan refreshments, with of course raw green juices, vegetables, nuts, and fruit. Free and open to the public. Other times by appointment only.
The Terry McCormick Gallery of Contemporary Fine and Folk Art hosts Blanche Brown: Celebrate Obama–Forward America Exhibition & Sale on Saturday, December 8, with a reception from 12 Noon through 5 pm. The location is 2522 North 18thStreet, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Enthralled by political perceptions, self-taught artist Blanche Brown intuitively conveys the electric chaos of psychologically loaded commercialism, kitschy clichés, sundry slogans, and multi-layered symbolism surrounding the election of America’s first “Black” president. Plus, integral to this body of work, each collage includes President Obama’s image. Unrelenting drama, energy bombardment, and visual eye-candy simulate environments, in her art, that affect viewers differently. In some instances, the work creates deeply disturbing confusion and in others, it creates exciting aesthetic gratification.
President Obama’s monumental election impacted Brown to embrace this historical event as a theme in her collages beginning in 2009. She feels, “Despite ‘hateration’ in our nation, President Obama’s first four years have resulted in several significant accomplishments. The pieces speak to and applaud the fundamental ideology of progressiveness and change while also encompassing the dignity and humanity of all people. This is at the heart of Barack Obama, President of the United States. It is in this light that my collages were created.”
Brown, a native of Chicago, currently resides in Milwaukee with her husband and family. A professional artist for almost 10 years, she exhibits both locally and nationally, while sometimes teaching as an artist-in-residence at schools and community sites.
Also being exhibited is artwork by Kevin Boatright, Shana R. Goetsch, Ras `Ammar Nsoroma, George Ray McCormick Sr., Jacqueline A. Richards, Anwar Pruitt, Mikal Pruitt, and Evelyn Patricia Terry.
The Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation is hosting Gallery Night on Friday, July 27, 2012 from 5:30 to 9:00pm and July 28, 2012 -11am to 3pm, at the King Drive Commons Gallery and Studio, located at 2775 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.
Gallery Night and Day on King Drive will feature and celebrate African American artwork by artist Darron Reed, titled “On My Own” a collection of paintings inspired by his interests in jazz and lifestyle experiences of African Americans.
Entertainment will include live music by Larry Moore Jazz Trio, a preview of a play titled, “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men”, presented by Hansberry Sands Theater Company. Culinary delights provided by B.R. catering.
This event is free and open to the public. All donations are greatly appreciated. Our past Gallery Night events have brought hundreds of people together to view dynamic and emerging artists with particular emphasis on African American Artwork. Come and join us in continuing to support the development of stronger arts and cultural presence in the neighborhood! For more information please contact: Marquita Edwards at (414) 444-4587.