Reisha Wins Best of Show at the 39th Annual Beverly Arts Center Competition

Galleryna19 co-owner and founder, Reisha Williams took home first place "Best of Show" at the 39th Annual Beverley Arts Center (BAC) Art Competition on November 14, 2015!

The Beverly Arts Center is a vibrant and multifaceted not-for-profit organization serving the Chicago metro area with high-quality programs in dance, visual arts, music, film and theater. The 40,000 square foot space houses a 400-seat theatre, art gallery, exhibition spaces, music and dance studios, art classrooms and event rental spaces including a courtyard and light-filled atrium. Founded in 1967 and located in Chicago’s historic Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood, the BAC is also home to an extensive community outreach program.

History of BAC Art Competition
In 1976, real estate developer Arthur Rubloff, one of the original supporters of the BAC, decided to honor his good friends, Alice and Arthur Baer, by establishing an art competition in their name.

Best of Show
She Is Done
41x48" Mixed Media Collage on Wood
by Reisha

On view at the Beverly Arts Center
Through January 2, 2016

Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655
Fax: 773-445-0386

Martha Featured on Windy City LIVE!

Martha's painting Zora the Conquerer was featured on Windy City Live this month.

For the second year in a row, the Harlem Fine Arts Show has come to Chicago. More than 70 African American artists from across the country and the world come to town for this show and sale.

You can find pieces from high-end collectors to modestly-priced new artists. They range from paintings to sculpture to jewelry. There's something for everyone.

This year, 30 of the artists at the Chicago show are local. The Harlem Fine Arts Show comes at the end of Chicago Artists Month.

Founder Dion Clarke brought a range of pieces to Windy City LIVE on Wednesday to show the scope of this year's show.

There is more than just art. A gala reception, a Halloween party, steppers and Sunday gospel music are all on the agenda as well.

Martha Wade, a painter, was instrumental in gathering the local artists for this show.

View Windy City LIVE segment HERE.

WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE: Solo Art Exhibition by Eda Wade

Wisdom and Knowledge
Eugene "Eda" Wade 

Solo Art Exhibition

Eugene "Eda" Wade is one of those phenomenal artists who adapts and updates his style to embrace new digital art forms that speak to history as well as Afro-Futurism.  His recent work centered around the African origins of religion, and seeks to educate on topics of heritage, culture, the global economy, social programing, mass communication, and the distribution of wealth. 

A respected professional artist and educator in the community for over 60 years, Wade has created a body work that evolved from mural paintings of historical black figures, to digital collage printed on canvas of our true history. 

In his latest Wisdom & Knowledge series, Wade brings to life bold digital collage to present cultural information on how minds are colonized by those in power in order to have control over the masses of people.


Opening Reception
Friday, June 5, 2015

Eugene "Eda" Wade Artist Talk
Thursday, June 4 at 11:00am
Koehnline Museum of Art
Oakton Community College
1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016

Eda's King Memorial Mural is featured in the current Oakton College exhibition: Art After 1600 Degree Fahrenheit - Enamel Painting in Chicago.  Designed in 1979 by the artist, the mural was painted and installed in Chicago's South Side where community members and visitor once admired the Wall of Respect.  The mural depicted African-American history from the days of slaver to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  After if was dismantled in 2001, and its concrete structure demolished to make room for a housing development, the mural's original enamel pals mysteriously vanished.

REISHA + MARTHA: The Collaboration of Sexy

Opening Reception
Friday - May 22, 2014
6:00pm - 10:00pm

The Collaboration of Sexy
Works by Martha A. Wade and Reisha

Featuring 5x8 feet collaborative paintings on canvas by two dynamic artists, and self-proclaimed "sexy" women.  In this new body of work, Reisha and Martha push "sexy" beyond traditional stereotypes to encompass a new meaning - powerful, passionate, emotional, and intelligent. 

The work is a vivid journey through power and beauty that represents a visual dictation of their collaborative sense of the world today - and the potential for tomorrow. 

An irreverent spin on sexuality, exploitation, and the right to be more than what meets the eye.  The works stems from the artists' desire to contrast societal beauty standards and sexuality with a familiar character viewed by many as comical and even intimidating.