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Monday, June 6, 2016

The Black Woman is God Opening Reception
The Black Woman is God Opening Reception

Thursday, July 7 at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM in PDT

SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan St, San Francisco, California 94103
 415) 863-1414

Co-curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, The Black Woman is God celebrates the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form and challenges viewers to do the same. More than 60 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, and new media hone in on the vital contributions of Black women as artists and social change-makers, ensuring that the Black woman’s contribution to society is seen and valued.

Activated by live performances and a community cyper, The Black Woman is God asserts that celebrating Black women is essential to building a more just and sustainable future. All are welcome to reconsider mainstream constructions of Black femininity.

Marissa Arterberry
Latisha Baker
JaeMe Bereal
Lorraine Bonner
Edythe Boone
Cynthia Brannvall
Camille Brown
Tracy Brown
April Martin Chartrand
Toshia Christal
Queens D. Light
Cheryl Patrice Derricotte
Nicole Dixon
Erika Dukes
Alise Eastgate
Anna W. Edwards
Dania W. Frink
Bre Gipson
Renata Gray
Melonie Green
Melorra Green
Shylah Pacheco Hamilton
Ewunike Ayobami Hanson
Nannette Y. Harris-Jones
Idris Hassan
Jasmine Haynes
Shah Hussein
Ayana Ivery
Amana Brembry Johnson
Virginia “Nia” Jourdan
Val Kai
Iyabo Kwayana
Joan Tarika Lewis
Samuella Lewis
Ajuan Mance
Shona McDaniels
Kathleen McDonald
Francis Mead
Selamawit Mekonen
Bre’yanna Mitchell
Patricia A. Montgomery
Fatima Nasiyr
Aambr Newsome
Yetunde Olagbaju
Rosalyn Parhams
TaSin Sabir
Yasmin Sayyed
Karen Seneferu
Britt Sense
Marnika Shelton
Sage Stargate
The House of Malico
Nye’ Lyn Tho
Karin Turner
Blue Wade

Sister Nau-T Agu
Ryan Austin
Bri Blue
Colette Eloi and dancers
Zakiya Harris ft. Elephantine
Charlene Gumbs
Monica Hastings-Smith
Kimiko Joy
Phavia Kujichagulia
Queens D. Light
Shawn Nealy-Oparah
Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri
Coco Pele
Frida Precariat
Amara Tabor Smith and House/Full
Lalin St. Juste
Mar Stevens

More information on The Black Woman is God opening reception on SOMArts website here:   #TheBlackWomanIsGod

Friday, May 27, 2016

'Angel's Destiny... is officially part of the J. Paul Leonard Library @ San Francisco State University

'Angel's Destiny: A Novel Story of Poems & Illustrations' by April Martin Chartrand is officially part of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA   94132

Take a read...Location: 3rd Floor (books) Call number: PS3603.H3638 A5 2013



April Martin Chartrand will in this group show 'The Black Woman is God - Reprogramming That GOD code."I will exhibit three art works in the SOM Arts show.

'The Black Woman Is God - Reprogramming That GOD Code'
Where: SOM ARTS Cultural Center 934 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA
Exhibition: July 7 - August 17, 2016
Opening Reception, Hosted by Ryan Nicole
Date: Thurs., July 7, 2016
Time: 6:30-10pm

Flier photo:   The Black Woman is God


Saturday, August 24, 2013

April Martin Chartrand in a SF Gate article: Reflecting the Light: Works Inspired by Black Masters - Afro Solo Arts Festival 20

"Highwaymen" Florida's Traveling '26' designed by April Martin Chartrand is in an article in SF Gate.

'Reflecting Light: Works Inspired by Black Masters'

When curator Michael Ross set out to gather the art for AfroSolo Arts Festival's "Reflecting the Light: Works Inspired by Black Masters," he couldn't have predicted some of the striking parallels between the contemporary artists in the exhibit and the forebears they pay tribute to.
Bay Area artist Candi Farlice, for instance, met Noah Purifoy, the artist she honors, as a teenager in L.A., where she grew up. Known for his assemblages of burnt wood and debris from the 1965 Watts riots, his work founding the Watts Towers Art Center and later his remarkable installations in the Mojave, Purifoy was a source of fascination for the young Farlice, who picked up where he left off when she embarked on her sculptural work shortly after the George Zimmerman verdict and the protests that followed.
Much as Purifoy collected charred materials for his "66 Signs of Neon," she writes in her artist's statement, "I gather in my work as well, and in that spirit of Noah, I gathered in the wake of Trayvon Martin."

"It was certainly not planned," says Ross, 50. "But it was kind of amazing how those two resonated."
Farlice's work is joined by Ramekon O'Arwisters' tchotchke-and-puzzle-piece-studded "Planned Obsolescence," an homage to Gregory Warmack, the artist better known as Mr. Imagination, who covered his work with bottle caps, and Ron Sanders' "Invisible Man Sepia Flag," its dreadlocked figure dropping a shadow in front of a flipped Old Glory in a tip of the hat to Gordon Parks' "American Gothic."

William Rhodes confronts famed San Francisco artist Sargent Johnson, who carved the entrance and created the mosaic mural at San Francisco Maritime Museum, with "The Bull," painted with enamel paint on window glass, whereas April Martin Chartrand pays respect to the Florida landscape artists who went by the moniker the Highwaymen and sold paintings from the trunks of their cars.
The notion of giving a nod to the ancestors of African American art emerged from talks between Ross and AfroSolo director Thomas Simpson, who remembers discovering once-forgotten black artists in the late '80s and '90s, as a painter fresh out of graduate school.
"There are a few artist names that we hear all the time," Ross says, "but it's amazing when young artists discover that there were so many more. So we wanted to see what artists would do and who they had in mind to pay homage to or, as we call it, reflecting the light or reflecting on an artist ancestor."

Ross was pleased to see his enthusiasm was contagious as artists came up with names beyond his initial list. "It was organic," says the curator, who contributed his own painting referencing William H. Johnson, "and that was exciting."

If you go

Reflecting the Light: Works Inspired by Black Masters: Through Oct. 15; reception 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 15. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and noon-6 p.m. Friday. San Francisco Main Library, African American Center, third floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F. (415) 771-2376.
Kimberly Chun is a Berkeley writer. E-mail: Twitter: @kimberlychun

Friday, July 26, 2013

Afro Solo Art Festival 20 features "Highwaymen: Florida's Traveling '26' Designed by April Martin Chartrand

I am in an an art show presented by Afro Solo Art Festival 20 and my work will feature the "Highwaymen: Florida's Traveling '26'  Designed by April Martin Chartrand

The show takes place August 15-October 15, 2013

Visual Arts Exhibit, Reflecting the Light: Works Inspired by Black Masters.
Curated by Michael Ross,

Artist Reception September 15, 2013, 1:30 to 4 pm
San Francisco Main Public Library, 

100 Larkin Street at Grove, SF.
Free and open to the public

In collaboration with San Francisco’s Main Public Library we will present a multi-disciplined visual arts show that pays homage to many of the Black arts masters; some of whom are frequently mentioned in the narratives of art and history, and some whose names rarely surface in those

Featured artists:
April Martin Chartrand, Candi Farlice, Idris Hassan, Virginia Jourdan, William Rhodes, Ron Saunders, and Wanda Whitaker.