Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #46

Contents

ROXBURY ARTISTS OPEN THEIR DOORS

TANTALIZE TASTE BUDS AND YOUR MIND

HE WHO LAUGHS LAST. . .

JAMAICAN PLAY, BOSTON ACTOR AT BLACK REP

MARTIN RETURNS TO BOSTON WITH NEW PLAY

FITTING TRIBUTE FROM HUSBAND TO WIFE

FOOD, FILM, FILMMAKERS & KBAR!!

PRINCE TAJ performs at ROXBURY DAY

UP-COMING EVENTS


ROXBURY ARTISTS OPEN THEIR DOORS

by Kay Bourne

(pictured: a Bobby Crayton leather handbag)

fa99c41e66bd11b06fc768f04b7a6069.124.93 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #46 9th ANNUAL ROXBURY OPEN STUDIOS, OCTOBER 13-14, Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 6pm both days, puts out the welcome mat for you to enter the studios where Roxbury artists make their work. With the artist on hand to answer questions, you’ll see recent work from photography to paintings, to quilts, jewelry, sculpture, home décor, and much more. Free shuttle buses will take you to all the studios, if you desire.

Among the 150 artists ready to welcome you are DIANNE ZiMBABWE with her intriguing textiles and BOBBY CRAYTON with his fabulous leather pocketbooks that he paints on. His designer bags define the word “unique.” (I bought two of them last year as holiday gifts).

This will be the sixth year running that JOHNETTA TINKER has opened her studio at 195 Brunswick Street, Roxbury.

“I love the repeat visitors,” she comments. “They see a work in progress one year, the next year it’s complete. ‘Wow!’ they say. ‘You’ve finished it.’ And you think, ‘hmm, I wonder if I have finished it because like all artists you ponder that question until finally you sign your name and that’s that.’

The director of Community Outreach at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on the Fenway, Tinker paints on paper, then layers the pieces. She derives her subject matter from “the world around me and what appears in my dreams; I’m realistic and surrealistic in my work.”

There’s children’s art at Hawthorne House and inventive photo montages from established arts photographer, REGINALD JACKSON, retired professor of photography at Simmons College.

You can visit Boston’s renown gallery for African Art, the Hamill Gallery at 2164 Washington Street, stop by the School of the Museum of Fine Art on the Fenway. There are locations from Dudley Square to Egleston Square and Walnut Park to Grove Hall, Mission Hill, Lower Roxbury, and Fort Hill. Visit the Roxbury Open Studios website by clicking the image above or the link below, for a map of all the artists locations. Program guides with maps are available at all the locations during the weekend and at ACT Roxbury’s office at 184 Dudley Street. The 9th Annual ROXBURY OPEN STUDIOS is one of a number of events produced by ACT Roxbury and sponsored by local businesses. For more information call ACT Roxbury at 617-541-3900, option 2, extension 327.

2007 ROXBURY OPEN STUDIOS website


TANTALIZE TASTE BUDS AND YOUR MIND

(pictured: Sam Cooke)

f4b5801daf1504fdf4f5402fab3d4edd.84.124 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #46 Independent filmmakers have been at odds with the Hollywood Studio system for as long as there have been movies. From Oscar Micheaux to Melvin Van Peebles, Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, all stood their ground to make films that they believed in, films that told the stories of their culture.

On the heels of these filmmakers came Spike Lee, Leslie Harris, Kasi Lemmons, Robert Townsend, Reggie Hudlan. And many others will follow in their footsteps to tell the stories of people that Hollywood does not seem to have an interest in.

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