Sugar Shack

Good Evening! I hope to find each of you doing well this Sunday. I was reading an article not too long ago about a famous painting by an unlikely famous artist. Now that I have a little down time, I wanted to share it on my blog.

I love, love, love art and I have a strong fondness for African American art. Not only because I am African American, but because of the uniqueness and depth of African American art. Millions of people agree so I’m not alone in making such a bold statement.

The Los Angeles Times published a piece on the late Ernie Barnes’ Sugar Shack painting on August 28th and I just about flipped. I have admired this painting after seeing it for the first time on the show Good Times.

Sugar Shack is such a beautiful and enamoring piece amongst the majority of African Americans because many of us share same or similar stories of how our grandparents and great grandparents boogied down in a Sugar Shack. I know in my family, such places were also called juke joints, barrel houses or a hole in a wall.

I was not surprised when The Los Angeles Times reported how many people lined up to take a look at this painting up close and in person. I would too because it’s such a powerful painting that captures a major part of the Black experience.

Ernie Barnes, a professional football player, author and painter, was known for his unique style of painting. His artwork is just as unique as his back story. I invite you to read a little more on Ernie Barnes when you get a chance. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’ll be inspired.

To read more from The Los Angeles Times on Ernie Barnes’ Sugar Shack, click here.

Man, I would love to own an original piece of Ernie Barnes’ artwork. A woman can dream, right?

Until next time…

Mary Edmonia Lewis 

Have you ever heard of Mary Edmonia Lewis? You haven’t? Well, let me tell you a little about her. Mary Edmonia Lewis was the first woman of African American and Native American descent to achieve international fame and recognition as a sculptor in the world of fine arts. Edmonia’s father was Afro-Haitian and her mother was of Mississauga Ojibwe and African-American descent. Her artwork is known for incorporating cultural themes relating to Black and Indigenous people. What I liked the most about Edmonia Mary Lewis was her level of humility despite her widespread fame. Seeing how I appreciate fine art in addition to writing, I thought I’d share a little bit about her tonight. 

When you get a chance, check out some of her sculptures. They are amazing! 

Until next time…