AAFTA Meeting April 4, 2017 Minutes

Minutes for African Americans for the Arts meeting at Hammonds House Museum – 4 April, 2017 at 6 pm.

Libation was offered by Herman McClenton at 6:18 pm

Minutes: Accepted as written.


Treasurer’s Report – Tracey Murrell reported via text that our current balance is $3989.70.


Membership – One new member which brings our total up to 23 paid members. Membership cards are available.

Marketing – AAFTA’s South Cobb Art Alliance exhibition “BEQUEST: A Heritage of Creativity” at Mable House Gallery – 5239 Floyd Rd. SW Mableton, GA 30126 is May 11 – June 19, 2017.  ARTIST MUST DROP OFF ARTWORK Monday, May 8 from 10am -2pm. Artists’ Reception Saturday May 13, 2017, 5-7pm. ARTIST MUST PICK UP ARTWORK ON TUESDAY JUNE 20 FROM 10AM – 2PM. Artists are encouraged to promote this exhibition through their social media. ALL AAFTA members are encouraged to support the organization by ATTENDING THE ARTISTS RECEPTION. Sheldon has reached out to Art Papers, Creative Loafing, and art-collecting.com. He has several ideas about other organizations AAFTA can partner with in order for artist members to exhibit more often.

Programming – Chair Asante Fears is recruiting artists to work with homeless youth through Chopart. It is a 6-8 week commitment meeting with youth for 2 hours weekly.

Hospitality – No report.

Exhibitions – No report.


Minutes from African Americans for the Arts meeting at Hammonds House Museum – April 4, 2017 at 6 pm.

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AAFTA Gives Back – Chair Delores Surry-Smith reported that the hand painted pieces of balsa wood for our mural have been lost. Delores has reimbursed the $36.50 the organization paid for the wood. The check was given to Shellton/ Herman to forward to Tracy. AAFTA is confirmed to install Hammonds House Christmas Decorations in December 2017. Delores also advised us of the life drawing sessions at HHM alternating Sundays from 1-5pm at $10 per artist.

Web site – Our sight needs more photos. Size to 72dpi. Free image resize. Send AAFTA action photos to Shellton or aafta.org@gmail.com. ALL PAID MEMBERS NEED TO ADD PHOTOS TO MEMBER PAGE.

.Finance – No report other than Treasurer’s.


There is a community center in Riverdale, GA with spacious art studios. Herman suggested an AAFTA sponsored Sip & Paint: Cost – $50-75/hour + Police $250; charge $30/pp and $50/couple.

Articulate ATL at Mason Fine Art in August still accepting submissions.

Wet Paint ATL with George LaNur June 8.

Art Gallery and Yoga studio on Main St in East Point. Tony Malone looking for artists for group shows or solo exhibitions: call 678-490-6965.

Member Susan Ross has a solo exhibit at Auburn Avenue Library until June 25, 2017. Artist talk is May 10 at 3pm on 2nd floor.

Doug Alston of Jaro Media Services still offering free access to AAFTA members.

Artist members are reminded to DONATE ORIGINAL ART for monthly auction.

Artist members Samuel O. Williams, Renata Brown, Herman McClenton had work for show/tell.

With seven harambes meeting was adjourned.

*Next meeting is scheduled for June 6, 2017 at 6pm.

Dawn Williams Boyd

Dawn Williams Boyd’s artwork reflects her interests in American history - specifically as it affects and is affected by its African American citizens - women’s identity and sexuality, religious music and world politics. After more than 30 years successfully painting in oils and acrylics on various surfaces, in 2002 this prolific artist began to 'paint' with fabric instead of on it. Her large scale ‘cloth paintings’ are representative, packed with vibrant, often life sized figures and are strategically embellished with beads, sequins and cowry shells and hand embroidery. Most pieces take over 500 hours to complete. Through cutting, patching, surface enhancement and quilting, bits and pieces of fabric are transformed into modern visual storytelling. The daughter of Atlanta Public School teachers John and Narvie Hill Williams (Puls), Dawn was reared in the Mozley Park and Adamsville neighborhoods of Atlanta, GA. She attended local schools, graduating from St. Pius X Catholic High School in 1970. She received her BFA (studio) from Stephens College, Columbia, MO in 1974. Ms. Williams Boyd’s work has been seen in numerous one woman and group exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2016: a trunk show at Hammonds House Museum as a featured artist at the Atlanta Quilt Festival in August, KUIBUKA, her one woman exhibit at Bulloch Hall, Roswell, GA, late January and Womyn at Atlanta – Fulton Library, Mechanicsville Branch, Atlanta, GA in March, at Fiberart International at The Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburg, PA in May, and currently in And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA. In 2015: Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge at the Muskegon (MI) Museum of Art, Expressions in Equality at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA and Meeting Roads and Liberty at the Foundation of the United States of America at Paris City University, in Paris, France. In 2014 she exhibited several pieces at Art & Spiritualite: Liberte in Angers, France, Themes of Black Identity at LH Horton Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA. and Exhibiting Blackness at Evolve the Gallery, Sacramento, CA. Dawn leads workshops with Atlanta area youth at public and private schools, libraries and art centers. She volunteers at Spelman College’s Museum of Fine Art, Hammonds House Museum and Omenala Griot Museum and Event Center. She and her husband, artist Irvin Wheeler reside in southwest Atlanta, GA. Dawn Williams Boyd www.dawnwilliamsboyd.com
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