On Friday evening, August 13, the Big Blaq Art Exhibit opened in Urbanoucity on the second floor of the Grain Mill Building, located at 558 Vandalia Street in St. Paul. It will run until August 20.
The event featured the works of Minnesota-based African American painters, illustrators, photographers, a graphic designer, a textile artist and a sculptor. Throughout the opening night art display, close to 200 people stopped by for food, music, conversation and Big Blaq Art.
The Big Blaq event was produced by the TAWU Artist Group, an acronym for The
Art Within Us. TAWU is a membership-based artists group with a focus on the development and growth of African/African American artists and other artists of color.
Recently, TAWU had an exhibitor/vendor display tent at the Powderhorn Art Fair in South Minneapolis and won 1st Place among 170 art exhibitors/vendors, receiving the Group Tent Award.
The TAWU group meets every second Saturday of the month at 3501 Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis. An “artist talk” is scheduled for Thursday, August 19, 6:30 pm, at the Franklin Artworks, 1021 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
For more information about the Big Blaq Art Exhibit or becoming a member of TAWU, contact Loretta Day at 612-824-0708.
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