Thursday, September 29, 2016

Atlanta / Chicago - Sights & Sounds Museum of Black Culture hosted the first annual "Watermelon Festival" Rhythmistic art happening from ONLI STUDIOS. Prof. Onli has been visiting the emotionally and nutritionally charged watermelon in his artistic practice for decades. Here are a few pictures for those who asked about the event. We at ONLI STUDIOS want to express our appreciation and respect for all the positive and intelligent folks at Sights & Sounds along with all the energetic participants per the "Red, Black & Green" passion fruit creative festival. "How sweet they were!!"
The Sights & Sounds Museum is expecting to grow into a larger space soon. We will see you next year at the new location of the Sights & Sounds Expo Museum. Photos D. Dawson.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

 PEACE DAY- CHICAGO- Welcome to Rhythmistic Art Week. In appreciation of EXPO CHICAGO this weekend at Navy Pier. It is the most amazing event of its type. It features some of the best visual art on the planet.
Ogelsby Elementary School-  
"I am a 1965 graduate of the school. Yes, it is in a troubled at-risk 'hood. It has been that long before our digital news feeds noticed. Some of my classmates there are life long friends. They are now retired Fire Captains, Lawyers, Educators, Corporate Administrators, Musicians, Artists, Accountants, Business Owners, and more. 
We all were faced with street crime back then. However we bonded together for success. Men in the area like Mr. L., ( Mr. Leonard,) ran the Boy Scouts. Him and that troop made a critical difference to many of us males who participated. Yes there were shootings. Yes we knew the shooters. They were often our school mates too. For us the body-count started back then! But that count and them were not the entire story.
Philip Jackson, of Black Star, is an old high school classmate and friend. He inspired a group of Men to meet, greet and Escort students there on the first day of school. I really felt that. I am a recently CPS Art Educator / Coach among other things. So.........

I went back to donate an artist studio session to create a few banners for today's PEACE DAY Celebration at Oglesby. I found the Principal, The Art Teacher, The Clerk, The N.C.L.B. person, other staff and the 5th Graders i worked with professional, dedicated, positive, intelligent, and just so cool to be with.
As that late great 20th Century philosopher from England, John Lennon, once sang" "All we are saying give PEACE a chance!!!."

Sunday, September 11, 2016

 These are two recent illustrations the Black Age founder, Turtel Onli did for the ever-hip Chicago / University of Chicago based, South Side Weekly.  All located in the community that was the power base for President Obama.  Also the birthplace of the growing Black Age of Comcis movement.
Onli was once a major market illustrator. This may be a type of comeback for him.

 ONLI STUDIOS has racks dedicated to the fans of all things Black Age in the gift shops of the Sights and Sounds Expo Museum near Atlanta and the Trading Post Gift Shop of the DuSable Museum in Chicago.  Mainstream comic book stores will not accept such a dedicated rack.  We love our fan and want them to experience our amazing products in the real. Not just in the downloaded format.  ONLI STUDIOS also presents impressive Rhythmistic Visual Arts exhibitions in galleries, stores and museums.

Monday, September 05, 2016