I am throwing it back on this Thursday to discuss the Annual Heritage Film Festival that occurred at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC over a three-day span in February. This year's festival was the center's 23rd annual and showed films relating to the themes: Blaxploitation; Social Justice and Our Legacy; Afrofuturism and Science Fiction; and Community.
I learned about the festival through Sherri Holmes of Triangle Friends of African American Arts (TFAAA) while mixing and mingling at the Triangle Art Works' 3rd Annual SMASH event. The main reason she specifically shared information about the festival with me was because it 1) wasn't very highly publicized, and 2) would be showing the premiere screening of Living Colors- the Durham Civil Rights History Mural Project Documentary. Last week, the filmmaker, Rodrigo Dorfman, announced that the documentary can now also be streamed online; so if interested, please watch it here on Vimeo!
Almost 20 long and short films were shown and I watched every last one of them (some from home and some [bolded on list] at Hayti)! These films included:
This month has had its obstacles. I am finally past them and hope I can learn from them and continue to grow as a freelance artist and illustrator. As I spent my weekend wandering around Durham after a couple of long workdays, I found myself living in the moment. I put all of my worries aside and just went with the flow, which was needed. This Third Friday, the Carrack held the Red Dot Community Art Exhibit. I donated a few pieces and joined for an evening of food and festivities with a group of happy, art-loving people.
Saturday, Ashley and I met up at Mercury Studio to view the art installations now on display dowtown as part of the Durham Storefront Project. It's a lovely space, I must say (that was my first time visiting). We did not let the daunting rain clouds or the periodic drizzle stop us. We even got to enjoy the beauty of a setting sun and rainbow in the sky before splitting. Ashley headed off to the Carolina Theater for the showing of Inequality For All, and before I could reach my car, the sound of live drums caught my ear. The sound was also coming from the theater, which happened to be the location of the African American Dance Ensemble (AADE)'s Home Show the night before and something was telling me to walk in. Of course I had to buy a ticket first.
On Liberia's Independence Day this year, I created a new piece of art inspired by the holiday. Last year, I did the same. "Just because." I recorded the process of creating this year's painting, which was done in watercolor over the lyrics of Liberia's national anthem. It can be viewed on Youtube at this [link] and below.
Today, I feel inspired to do a series of paintings connected to each of Africa's 54 nations. I hope to find this project educational, on my part as well as for any viewers and appreciators of the artwork. Make sure you tune in to this page for updates and more information about coming shows, collaborations, and giveaways!
P.S: tomorrow is The Scrap Exchange's deadline to receive mail art for their exhibit, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. The opening reception will be Friday, August 16 from 6pm-9pm. The piece shown to the left is mixed media (watercolor paint, chalk pastel, ink, collage) mail art, which will be dropped off at the post office today. It is folded into thirds (progress pic) so only two of its sides will be viewed. The gallery shows its front and back.
After watching the cutest stop motion videos online, courtesy of a few amazing Youtubers, I decided to make one of my own. I just felt inspired and needed to break in my camcorder anyway (which happens to be pretty awesome). The video is short and sweet - made from 83 still shots. Enjoy!
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