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This Black History Month, Get to Know Our Artists

February 03, 2024

Celebrate the vibrant creativity and important voices of local Black artists. 🎨 📸

These contemporary artists produce in a vareity of materials and styles.

Black History Month is a time to be educated on the myriad of contributions African Americans have made to our society. Famous figures tend to get the spotlight so Embrace Creatives is showcasing our Black artists who produce in a variety of materials.

In all transparency, I’m working to grow our offerings of Black artists so if you are connected to an artist who would be a great fit, please let me know.

Shayla Johnson Bio Photo - 7

Shayla Johnson
Scarlet Crane Designs

Detroit, MI

Trained in product design at Georgia Tech and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Shayla Johnson specializes in minimalist line drawings and watercolor paintings to create contemporary patterns that bring everyday products to life. She has been serving as a maker and textile designer in Detroit for 6 years. Her passion is creating hand printed art and textiles that are used to make stylish and unique home decor and accessories.

Fisher II Art Deco Tea Towel Set

Enter the Fisher Building along 2nd Ave in Detroit and look up! There you’ll find a real treat for the eyes. From the wonderfully ornate ceiling hangs amazing light fixtures featuring the most stunning Art Deco motifs, which inspired the lovely pattern in this design.

16″H × .12″W × 24″D

Waterbased Ink Screen Printed on Flour Sack Cotton Towel

$42

Peace. Love. Detroit. Pillow

Showing deep love for Detroit, I designed this empowering and vibrant accessory to help connect with others who also feel deeply about this amazing, historic city.

18″H × 18″W × 7″D

Hand screen printed on Belgian Linen. Button closure.

$69
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Asia Hamilton
Photographer

Detroit, MI

In her 20-year career as a photographer, Asia has cultivated a talent for capturing moments the way they are. Asia’s photography work has taken her around the country and the globe. She has photographed celebrities, worked as a photojournalist for the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and produced special projects for Plante Moran, Ford Motor Co, Toyota, Instyle Magazine, and more. Asia now focuses on her passion for Fine Art Photography and uses her creative eye in home decor and wallpaper.

HOTTENTOT VENUS

In a reclamation of the black woman’s body Sarah Baartman “2.0” is a representation of the new standard of beauty for black women. A resurgence of confidence and pride in her voluptuous figure. This piece demolishes stereotypes by celebrating the aesthetics of the black female body as art. Hottentot Venus.

48″H × 32″W
(alternate sizes and pricing available)

Digital photography / c-print on archival paper

I AM The New Normal

Through a combination of candid portraits of George Washington Carver students, painted landscapes, and textures, artist Asia Hamilton evokes an untouched imagination of a child as it is with limitless possibilities. The canvas symbolizes painting and creating your own life. A place where you are the author of your destiny.

20″H × 30″W
(alternate sizes and pricing available)

Digital photography / c-print on archival paper

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Cheryl L. Haithco
Painter

Detroit, MI

After working as a non profit fundraising professional for over 19 years, the past ten years has slowly drawn her back to her first passion, art. Cheryl’s paintings have been featured in The City of Berkley Public Library, Vitrine Gallery, The Torch of Wisdom Annual Art Exhibit and Auction, Matrix Human Services Artworks Detroit, “Visions of Detroit” at the Charles H. Wright Museum, the Emerge Art Festival at the Kayrod Gallery, and Cause and Affect Gallery in Fenton, MI

Peace

This painting was inspired by my love of waterlilies and the calming qualities of nature. Diptych is available.

30″H × 15″W × 1.5″D

Unique 1/1

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Belle Isle Jewel

The precious treasure of the Detroit River landscape. The serene cascade of the Scott Fountain on Belle Isle on a warm summer day.

20″H × 20″W × 1.5″D

Unique 1/1

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

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