EW’s art represents an amalgamation of Expressionism and Urban Folk Art dealing with contemporary issues along with personal statements and observations.
Heart and Tongue is titled after an Arabic story: Luqman the Wise was told to bring the best part of the sheep. He brought back the heart and tongue. The next day he was told to bring back the worst part of the sheep. Once again he returned with the heart and tongue. He was asked why did you bring the same thing for the good and the worst part? He stated, “The tongue and the heart are the sweetest parts if they are good, and nothing can be worse than these if they are wicked.”
EW’s art attracts the viewer in with playful images that, on closer inspection, express a thoughtful critique of the current political climate. Utilizing the style of Folk Artists, such as working on found substrates with latex house paint, and also incorporating found objects as collage elements, the work has a strong Expressionistic aesthetic, but is still very American.
The pieces on display are political, social, humorous, subversive, and subliminal views of the sweetest and wickedest aspects of our society. The paintings, collages, and installations span 7 years. The art was created in Milwaukee, San Diego, Atlanta, Birmingham and Los Angeles. EW feels that living in Los Angeles (Leimert Park) was like going to the School of Hard Knocks as an artist. The main lessons taught were to be himself, and understand that art and opportunities are subjective. The highlight of EW’s California experience was having his video shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA) before a Norman Lear talk.
A closing reception will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27th from 1PM to 4PM.
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by Valerie Lee
The lineup for the Euphonious 2 Music Festival, which made it successful debut last year, has been announced. Better than Ezra, Colbie Caillat, and Collective Soul will headline the 3 day rain or shine event. Each day will offer 3 performances at the Henley Park Lawn at the Birmingham Zoo. Part of the proceeds will go to United Ability, a non-profit organization which provides services to developmentally challenged adults and children.
Don't worry. The music will not affect the animals at the zoo. The Henley Park Lawn was created as part of a renovation in 2017 with the animals wellbeing and safety in mind. Normal convert volume will have zero impact on them.
Tickets are, of course, available online. The types of tickets offered include general admission for about 2000 attendees, VIP passes with porch seating and other perks, and a limited number of 10 foot by 10 foot lawn party squares for groups of up to 8 who prefer a more relaxed concert experience.
Come out and enjoy a good time and some great music. You will be supporting our local zoo as well as a very worthy charity. I hope to see you there.
On February 8, 2020, BhamStands brought some fantastic local artists here at Stephen Smith Fine Arts. The goal was to raise awareness and make a statement about issues that concerned them and offer their perspective for our nation in 2020. Oh, it was great night. Connections were made and the seeds of many new friendships planted.
I doubt any of knew that this would be our last hurrah before the world turned upside down. One last show in relative normality. A normality in which lockdowns and mask mandates were things that happened in other places. They didn't concern Americans. And why should they? That kind of thing could never happen here.
Never say never. The rest is, quite literally, history. And normality has yet to be restored 2 years later.
I came across some pictures from that night, that show. I decided to share them with you. I'd have shared more, but to be honest, I'm new at this and couldln't get them all to load.
by Valerie Lee
One of my fondest childhood memories was the Christmas I was finally allowed to taste Pa’s eggnog. For years I had been curious about this seemingly sacred beverage that only the adults were allowed to drink. And, boy, did they seem to enjoy it. I was 10 that Christmas, so I was only allowed a taste. The thick and creamy warm concoction did not disappoint. In fact, it was so good that I wondered why they only drank it on Christmas day. I decided when I was an adult, I’d drink eggnog every day. But of course such a thick, delicious drink is way too fatty to be healthy.
Eggnog, in some form, has been charming drinkers for nearly a millennium. Most agree that it originated from early medieval Britain “posset,” which was a hot and milky ale-like drink. By the 13th century, monks were known to drink posset with eggs and figs. George Washington penned his own recipe. Not surprisingly, it was heavy on the alcohol. Unfortunately, he forgot to record the number of eggs to use.
“One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, ½ pint rye whiskey, ½ pint Jamaica rum, ¼ pint sherry. Mix liquor first, then separate yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let set in cool place for several days. Taste frequently.”
I’ll be honest…I’ve never tried that recipe. I’m sure nothing will ever beat my Pa’s eggnog.
½ pint whipping cream
1 cup sugar
100 proof bourbon
½ to 1 cup milk
Separate egg whites from yolks. Beat egg whites until thick. Beat whipping cream in a separate bowl until thick. Beat yolks in a large bowl.
To the beaten egg yolks gradually add the sugar, 1 cupful vanilla extract, ½ cap lemon extract, 3 or 4 oz Wild Turkey, 1 oz rum.
Add milk, sprinkle with nutmeg, beat slowly. Add whipping cream, beat until smooth.
Keep beating slowly while adding egg whites.
Sprinkle with nutmeg, serve, and enjoy!