Saturday, June 6, 2009

Ujima Artists Collective

D.A. Arts is proud to present the work of the Ujima Artists Collective – four Tenderloin artists making their debut with an eclectic collection of colorful paintings. Ujima is Swahili for “collective work and responsibility,” and the four artists have brought together their diverse talents and cultures for this project. Harvey Rushing, Kenneth Beasley, and Brock Bates have worked together for four years in an art studio at Central City Hospitality House. They have teamed up with Michael Berninger, who works at the Pearl Art & Craft Supplies on Market Street. “One thing that’s very unique about us,” said Beasley, “is that we’re a multicultural band of artists. We bring all the ingredients of our artistic talents into one canvass.” Ujima will host an art gallery opening on Friday, June 12th at 6:00 pm at D.A. Arts, located in a window display gallery at 135 Sixth Street. The paintings are all by self-taught artists, considered "outsider art" in today's art market but their work is anything but crude. The vibrant colors strengthen, not weaken, the powerful cry against historical and political injustice.
Come to Ujima’s art display opening next Friday – and meet the four artists (who are all excited about making their debut) and ask them questions. D.A. Arts is a project of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, to promote the work of local artists in a Sixth Street window display.
Opening: June 12th
135 Sixth Street.
photos from Beyond The Chron website


Sheree Rensel said...

This looks like a very cool place with exciting work! I wish them all good luck! :-)

namastenancy said...

I met them at a previous opening at the Central City Hospitality House. I know about the art studio through some volunteer work at the Faithful Fools, a Unitarian run space in the Tenderloin. I have nothing but respect for these guys because they made art (and good, vibrant, strong art) in the most difficult circumstances!