at: Faison Firehouse Theater

Fine Art Show & Sale of Works by African-American Master Artists and their Contemporaries …

Black Art In America™ (BAIA) is the leading online social network focused on African-American art. On October 4th – 6th, 2013, BAIA will host an extraordinary showcase of works by African-American Artists in Harlem at: Faison Firehouse Theater, Six Hancock Place,  NYC  10027 (124th Street between. St. Nicholas & Morningside Avenues)

Featuring Original Works By:
Charles Alston / Romare Bearden / Herbert Gentry / Hughie Lee Smith / Bob Thompson / Charles White/ Louis Delsarte / Frank Frazier / Mr. Imagination / Vincent Smith / Purvis Young / Mason Archie / Najee Dorsey / Lawrence Finney / Nnamdi Okonkwo /
Woodrow Nash / Najjar Abdul-Musawwir … Participating Artists

Hosted By:  George Faison, Celeste Beatty and Najee Dorsey.

Featured Presenters:

(Fri., Oct., 4th, 6pm – 7pm) — “How Black Art In America™ & Social Media Work for You”.  Presenter, Tantra Zawadi, born in Brooklyn, New York , is a performance poet and published author. “I use my voice to raise awareness about issues that are important to women.” Tantra is the author of three books of poetry — her latest,  “Bubbles: One Conscious Breath” (Poets Wear Prada), illustrated by Edwin Boone. Tantra has performed original works with the Senegal-America Project, and at venues from New York City to South Africa and directed two short documentaries “Girl: The Film” and “A Silent Genocide – A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS,” as well as collaborations with several artists on spoken word/musical compilations worldwide.  Tantra-zawadi is a spiritual activist who holds humanity in the highest regard. She writes from a place that many have tried to understand but have never really been able to embrace. It is probably because she is comfortable enough with who she is to share her naked spirit on the white page. As such, she is one of the most talented artists of her generation, a master painter of the poetic landscape.” – Cendrine Marrouat, Canada Independent Artist Examiner.   For more info, please visit and

(Sat., Oct. 5th, 12 noon – 2pm) — “How Much is Your Art Worth”, Valuation Day. Presenter, Martha Henry, is recognized as an expert on American Art, and in particular, African American and Self-Taught Art. For more than twenty years, she has contributed to the field of art as an appraiser, advisor, curator and writer. Martha Henry is currently President of Martha Henry, Inc. Fine Art, a professional art and education company for individual collectors, artists, corporations, and civic and academic organizations, where she serves as art advisor, curator of exhibitions, collection manager and appraiser. Her expertise has created demand for her consulting business which includes developing and maintaining private and corporate art collections, managing visual artists’ careers, public art program planning, writing catalogs and appraising fine art.

(Sat., Oct. 5th, 3pm – 4pm) — Workshop, “Protecting Your Investment”, for artists and art collectors.  Co-presenter, Dwight Railford, MBA, Financial Planner and Financial Services Representative, has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry. Over a 20 year period, Dwight served as banker and financial advisor to some of the world’s largest corporations. At MetLife, he has focused on helping his clients define and achieve both their short and long term goals. Dwight also has a long track record of success. He frequently lectures on personal financial management at professional meetings including the National Bar Association, the New York Urban League Young Professionals, the National Dental Association, the New York Urban League Young Professionals, the National Association of Black Accountants and numerous church groups. Dwight is a graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Business School.

(Sat., Oct. 5th, 3pm – 4pm) — Workshop, “Protecting Your Investment”, for artists and art collectors.  Co-presenter, Don Roman, Sr., is a Financial Services Executive with over 30 years combined legal, business and financial experience. Over a 20 year period, he has developed a financial practice focused on estate and retirement planning for high net worth individuals along with pension planning for business owners. Don has a proven track record of success throughout his career having received continuous recognition as a top producer with leading financial service companies in the industry.
In addition to media interviews with publications such as Black Enterprise and National Underwriter, Don was also a featured Monthly Columnist for “Investment Smarts” for Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, and is a frequent guest speaker on national conference calls and seminars. Don is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fulton Senior Services (Meals-on-Wheels) program and member of the Board of Directors of 100 Black Men of America. His extensive service record also includes membership in the Estate Planning Council of North Georgia, the National Bar Association, the Gate City Bar Association and The Commerce Club. Don is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Law School.

(Sat., Oct. 5th, 8pm – 10pm) — dei 7 free range music (multimedia, playlists and music performance),   Admission: $20 / Tickets
 nonradioMusic / BAIA, dei 7 free range music with special Guest: Blues Master Mike Hill.      

Michael Hill has recorded six internationally released albums of his Original, New York-Style Blues and captivated audiences in 29 countries with his band Michael Hill’s Blues Mob. Beginning with 1994’s Bloodlines on Alligator Records, Hill has built a distinguished body of work that has drawn world-wide critical and audience acclaim for dynamic musicianship and vivid storytelling. Michael Hill’s lyrics eloquently convey the passion, humor and desire for freedom and justice that are intrinsic to the blues. His music transmits those lyrics through blues that is seasoned with flavors of rock, R&B, funk and more, making every show a celebration of music, life and love. Michael has performed with B.B. King, Little Richard, Harry Belafonte and Buddy Guy and he is a 2011 inductee into the New York Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist. His latest release with the Blues Mob is Goddesses & Gold Redux (JSP Records, 2012).

Derin Young’s dei 7 free range music combines cultural influences to create soulful, jazz, blues and world music. The mixing of genres and blend of the experimental and traditional is at the core of producer, songwriter and vocalist, Derin Young’s unique sound and vibe. As both a vocalist, working with numerous musicians including, Lenny Kravitz, rock band, Living Colour and French rapper, MC Solaar, and as leader of her own ensembles, Derin Young has forged a new world of musical expression and freedom. Derin is now producing content for her own projects, including performances and recordings with guest musicians under the concept name, ‘dei 7 free range music’,

Program Schedule:

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013  (6pm – 9pm)
Private Collector Preview Art Tour and (Opening Reception) — light fare, cocktails, private collector preview, art exhibit and opening of online auction.

Friday, October 4th, 2013  (2pm – 9pm)
exhibit with online auction (public opening), (6pm – 7pm) — “How Black Art In America™ & Social Media Work for You”, BAIA Member Workshop with Tantra Zawadi; (8pm – 9pm) — Harlem happy hour with George Faison and Celeste Beatty.

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 (12 noon – 10pm)

(12 noon – 2pm) — “How Much is Your Art Worth”, Valuation Day with Martha Henry; (3pm – 4pm) — Workshop, “Protecting Your Investment”, for artists and art collectors with Dwight Railford and Don Roman of Railford Roman and Associates; (8pm – 10pm) — dei 7 free range music (multimedia, playlists and music performance).

Sunday, October 6th, 2013 (by appointment only)

Closing business sales, end of online auction.


Please refer to these links on Black Art In America™ (BAIA) for more information:

BAIA NYC (October) Artists
BAIA NYC (October) Exhibit Hosts
BAIA NYC (October) Presenters
BAIA NYC (October) Media Advisory

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