Monday, September 7, 2009

The 20th Annual African Festival of the Arts

Featuring over 350 vendors, The African Festival of the Arts is a great place to go to purchase art, jewelry, accessories, and food from across the African diaspora. This year marks its 20th anniversary. Though the $15 ticket could seem a high price to pay for admission, it isn't if you make sure to take advantage of the concerts. While I was there, I attended a hip-hop show which would have cost a great deal more at a traditional concert venue. There were so many great artists displaying their work there, but many of my favorites do not have websites where I can show you their work. But here are two that do.

Painter Dayo Laoye's work is featured on the poster above. I love his loose, gestural style with its energetic lines.

The Gown by Dayo Laoye

Music lovers will enjoy Earnest Benton's series of portraits of famous musicians. He does abstract work as well.

Sade by Ernie Benton

Today is the last day of the festival. It is being held in Washington Park and you can buy your ticket near the corner of 51st and Cottage Grove. Visit the African Festival of the Arts website for more information.

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