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ARTIST: LEONARD EVANS III 

                                                                      

     Artist Leonard Evans III, native and resident of Baltimore views his work as a service to God; to encourage and inspire hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Evans' art is undoubtedly a reflection of his beliefs and lifestyle.

 

     His work has been exhibited at the Life of Maryland Gallery,  The Eubie Blake Cultural Center,  The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta,  and numerous galleries and art festivals.  Evans has received local and national recognition for his work in painting, drawing and sculpture mediums.  Umoja Children Greeting Cards,  March Funeral Home as well as a host of individuals,  have commissioned him to create works of art.  He has also received favorable reviews in various newspapers and magazines in the eastern region.

 

     The Baltimore Times Magazine awarded him the Positive Persons Award; primarily because he is a young black man who continues to make a difference in promoting positive aspects,  all the while,  keeping a focus on the fact that the black man is an "endangered species".  Evans  has a equally strong commitment to family.  He states, " Family must stick together.  We as fathers need to give our best to and for our children's sake because if we don't demonstrate the love of God in our lives, who will?" 

 

     Leonard hopes to leave a legacy behind to his children so they won't have to want for anything.  Evans says his creations are not limited to the pleasure of himself,  but for his family and anyone else who will benefit from them.

 

 

 

ARTIST:   Eljay McBride

 


Photograph by Denee Barr
    When asked how long has he been creating art, Eljay will answer for as long as he can remember, probably from the age of four. Eljay McBride, whose pen name is Elijah, was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Although he attended the respected Maryland Institute College of Art, he considers himself a self-taught artist.  He is noted as "God-gifted" by many and is considered a talented "shining light" amongst contemporary artists.
    Eljay has been able to develop a unique style through his years of practice and experience.  He is a painter of inspirational and jazz themes with a realistic quality.  He works mainly with oil and acrylic, yet is just as effective with pen and pencil.  His use of shadow and light is clearly evident in his style.
    One of Eljay's strongest and most popular pieces is "Annie," an acrylic painting of a little African-American girl that seems to consume each viewer through her need for love and compassion.  Also, through his artistic evolution came "Born Again," a powerful oil painting of a most unique version of a mother and child.
    Eljay's art is shown throughout the world.  His piece "Sang Along" appears in the movie Runaway Bride as part of Richard Gere's character's art collection.  Eljay's work can also be found in many distinguished collections, including those of Sugar Ray Leonard, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey and Anita Baker.

 

 

ARTIST: JAMES MURPHY

Who Is James E. Murphy, Jr. ?
 

James, a native of Baltimore, developed a special interest in art while in his fourth year of grade school. It was then that he decided to be an artist. James was blessed with having the opportunity to nurture his talent through participation in various community art programs and workshops during his preteen years which prepared him for an academic art education at the Baltimore School For The Arts High School. After which he went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in visual communication from the Maryland Institute College of art.

After college, James began a career in freelance commercial art. He has completed illustrations for various publications including Physical Therapy Today Magazine and Umoja Children Inc. Greeting Cards. His work has also been showcased in various art exhibitions throughout Maryland.

Today in addition to freelance illustration, a major portion of James's time is devoted to the fine art market through which he makes available to clientele his original artwork and reproductions of his original artwork. James also offers such commercial services as website development and logo design.

James believes that his art is a gift from God and thus a vehicle through which he can creatively express his three convictions: cultural awareness, family values and his faith in God . It is these convictions that have led James to establish his own art company, Something For Your Soul (SFYS). Through SFYS it is James's goal to provide art that is more than merely cute wall decoration. He wishes to set a standard of art that penetrates the surface of one's admiration and ministers to the soul.

 

 

 

  LITERARY ARTIST:   DOMINIQUE WILSON

                                                                       

 

PROPHETESS DOMINIQUE WILSON WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. SHE ACCEPTED THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WHEN SHE WAS 21 YEARS OLD, ON A STREET CORNER AFTER SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE BROOKLYN TABERNACLE WITNESSED TO HER. SINCE THAT TIME, SHE HAS BEEN HAND PICKED BY GOD TO SERVE IN THE CAPACITY IN WHICH SHE DOES.

A WRITER, GIFTED FROM A CHILD WITH KEEN PERCEPTION AND SPIRITUAL INSIGHT, SHE NOW WRITES BOOKS WITH PROPHETIC UTTERANCES UNDER THE ENDOWMENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. SOME OF HER OTHER WRITINGS IN WHICH SHE MINISTERS INCLUDE POETRY, SHORT STORIES, PROVERBS AND OTHER WORDS OF WISDOM. SHE HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH FOUR ANOINTED CHILDREN WHO ARE ALSO TOTALLY “HIS.”

AMONG HER FAVORITE THINGS TO DO, SHE LOVES

WALKING, BIKING, DANCING AND OTHER FORMS OF VIGOROUS EXERCISE. MOST IMPORTANT, SHE LOVES TO SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS AND LET OTHERS KNOW THAT JESUS IS THE REASON FOR HER LIVELY PERSONALITY, HER DANCE AND HER SMILE!

 

 

 

 

 

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