Saturday, February 27, 2016

JaFleu Prints for sale to help with fund Projects

So in order to raise funds for Exhibit Treal future projects. Jason “JaFleu” Fleurant who is
 taking a break from producing original paintings has agreed to allow Exhibit Treal to sale prints of his artwork.

By use of Fine Art America, we will be able to provide cool alternative ways of having his art. Ranging from poster prints, greeting cards, canvas prints, framed prints (with various frames) and more.

Exhibit Treal will also on hand have signed poster prints and will be producing JaFleu’s first art book of his works. 

These are just some of the ways we are coming up with to make sure your hard earn dollars are not in vein when you support Exhibit Treal. We don’t believe in just asking for your money but in giving you something treal for it, such as these pieces.

Friday, February 26, 2016

We're Bringing the TREAL to Tropical Cooler Fest! (Call to Artist!)

Exhibit Treal has been extended an great opportunity to bring treal art to the upcoming Tropical Cooler Fest in Palm Beach County. And so through that we are reaching out to artist who would be
interested in creating their works live all the while showcasing their art. If you consider yourself to be an treal artist, we would like you to submit your work.

                                                      Click Here For Tickets

Artist Eligible:
Ages: 18-UP
All levels welcomed
Must be an Palm Beach Resident
No Fee

Tropical Cooler Fest is an outdoor event.
Artist will be required to supply their own supplies, tables and lighting. You may bring a tent. Artist are also responsible for their own sales and keep 100% of their profits.

The event is Sunday, March 6 from: 2pm to 10pm 
Again email: to submit art.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Another Exhibit Treal in the books!!! What's next?

It was a pleasure and an honor to double dip this Black History Month with an encore to or pop-up Exhibit Treal: Young, Gifted & Black. The energy and love was in the building, as an collective of talents came to show why they are labeled as such. The cast of Poetry in Motion Production's "Pleasant City" The Choreopeom were undoubtedly amazing and we are looking forward to seeing more.

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We thank all the supporters and artists. Without ya'll there is no us. It's all about commUNITY.

Another way you can help support Exhibit Treal is by purchase an shirt from our Teespring campaign

 We're looking forward to what we do next with Exhibit Treal. In the meantime, don't forget to come out Sunday to the RBG Black Mini Market & Family Funday at Caribbean Choice!

Be Safe
Keep What You Kill
& Stay Treal!

Friday, February 19, 2016

It Cost to be The Boss | Abasi da Bossman

In a world where black men seem to be hunted by the law and its own kind, Abasi Hanif better known to most as ‘Bossman’ has dedicated himself to not only uplift but to build in his community. His “Livin’ the Rhythm” drum circle has been a staple for years. Providing a place for spirits to become kindred and free themselves to the sounds of thunderous roars of djembes that would make the perfect storm jealous. He has become a leader amongst men, using his influence to show all there is nothing wrong with being unapologetically black and encouraging the people to gain a better understanding of their roots.

Just one of his latest ways is through the collective…The RBG’s of South Florida, of whom have set out in various way to make an impact. Whether it be creating opportunities to circulate the black the dollar through their Black Mini Market & Family Funday or their ongoing backpack initiative where they have items they distribute to the indigent and people society tends to ignore. “RBG Family Fun Day Is mobilizing community change and it's just getting started. We feed the homeless regularly also, we just don't advertise it. The Family Fun Day is free and open to the public. We offered free classes and workshops for people to experience and get educated on things that they can use in evolving lifestyle changes.” He continues “We raise pride in our peoples by putting on events like this in the community, involving people from the community and doing our best to make them run smoothly and remain positive. We do this so the people know it can be done and can view it with pride because it is done well by those who look and feel like them.”

Another way he is effective is through the before mentioned “Livin’ the Rhythm”. But what exactly is its purpose, well in his own words  “The goal of Livin the Rhythm is to assist people in getting back in tune and in harmony with higher life vibrations. Drumming is just one part. Through Livin The Rhythm, I want to tap into numerous forms of media and tools (music/spoken word/video/visual and performance arts, cultural events, clothing, crafts, healthy diet, workshops, group meditation and rituals, etc) Everything vibrates and everything has a rhythm. We seek to be conscious of that in our living, maintain a higher vibration and staying on beat no matter what kind distractions or issues life throws at us.”

"What drew me to the djembe? I'd say the djembe was just the loudest and first when it came to calling me to African drumming. The power the drum itself possesses, what one can do with it through their own power, combining power with the drum intrigued me”. Abasi delving further on it's power of states " I've seen it affect people on multiple levels. I've seen people trance out in spiritual possession. I've seen how the rhythms sooth people and allow them to travel into their minds and hearts in a meditative state. I've seen them empower people to move and dance. To sing and chant. I've seen it make people scream and shout, smile and cry, Sometimes people hear me drumming, come sit by and listen, or standoff in the distance, listen for a while, tell me thank you and walk away. Them saying “thank you” tells me that I did them a favor just by drumming that is powerful to me."

Abasi is very hands on with the youth (no pun intended), using the djembe as a way to play an important part in their growth "The youth love to bang on things… they're ALL ABOUT THAT drumming is perfect for them. It teaches discipline. It improves hearing and communication skills. It improves memory, short and long term. It gives them a chance to learn about World Cultures, experience it and open doors for them like it has for me." 

As for how the self-proclaimed ‘ManBlack’ views himself with well deserved pride he exclaims “I am the descendant of Africans stolen from the areas where the Djembe originated. These same Africans went thru the enslavement process and were eventually not allowed to drum and practice their original customs. The off-springs of the people who stripped Africans of their customs including drumming, NOW are the so called; self-appointed leaders and authorities of indigenous percussion. Meanwhile the majority of the offspring of the enslaved Africans are turned off of African customs, including drumming. I'm here to help make it cool again. I'm one of those born here, helping to reintroduce it to us here abroad who may have forgot. I'm showing them we still can do this. This is still US. It's nothing to fear or look down on. I'm doing it in a way where it doesn't always sound like "traditional" African drumming...but like one who evolved through jazz, blues, rock and roll, reggae, and most importantly, Hip Hop. I'm of the hip hop generation, and I am conscious of my African roots, so therefore, I must represent both in a way only somebody like me or somebody who understands what made me would feel and appreciate. It is significant because without me knowing at first, drumming on the djembe, IS being true to myself and who I am"

So when the dust settles. What does Da Bossman want to be known about him?

“When it's all said and done...let it be known I was an instrument of positive change… a tool of inspiration to African peoples worldwide...really all peoples, but especially those of African descent in the motherland and scattered abroad. Let it be known, I cut my own path and opened it up for others to walk it too. I want to see the progression of what I've done and do reach up so it seems hard to do what I did, but it still inspires others to do more and better than even I accomplished in my life. I want to inspire other to be true to themselves... their TRUE selves and not who the world may try to make them be...but who they came here to be. “

Lyrical Breakdown:

                                                        "Godis Love"

I came for some causes

I came to worship the Goddess
I came to bow at her alter
I came to drink from her chalice

**This song is basically a love song on a woman I refer to as Goddess Love...but it is also a play on the quote "God is Love" **

I came with some offerings
I even made a sacrifice
I beseech you here and now
Cuz I aint waiting on no afterlife
I heard that God is Love
I wanted to see if God is Love..
Said I heard bout Goddess/Godis Love
Had to see bout Godis Love

**So basically I'm telling her straight up what I'm here for. Worship = "Make Love" the rest is just metaphors to articulate it. I let her know I ain't coming empty handed, and I did what I felt was necessary to get a woman of her caliber...and now I'm coming for her so what's up?)**

So Goddess what you like

Cuz I'm willing to work HARD
All day and all night
Prove to you that I'm God
That aint for OOOHS AND AWWWS
That ain’t for a round of applause
That there is a higher rhythm
That is a conscious decision
Goddess saw me working
Saw me putting in the effort
So Goddess Came and Blessed Me
Godis made me better
She said God go and shine
For we must shine together.
This Love one of a kind Godis and God shine forever… 

**so here I'm saying why I want to worship her, because she came and blessed me and made me better because of it. So now I feel I should honor her...she lets me know that it's really the worship, but go and shine, cuz when I'm shine, so does she… and vice versa. So we must hold each other on mutual pedestals as we are reflections of each other. After that is a break down and I repeat the whole song in a way where it's reversed with her talking to me and me responding with blessing her and making her better. Completing the cypher**

Livin The Rhytmn Higher Vibration Cypher is held every Thursday at Harold's Coffee Lounge from 7pm-10.
Its free of charge and a must for your soul.

509 Northwood Rd
WPB, FL 33407 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Young, Gifted & Black | Mckinskin Art

It would appear that McKinskin breathes to create, an artist through and through on many platforms. He wears the title of director and actor among many, yet it's the medium of painting where he with a precise ease and dedication holds you captive into his bubble. Boasting a style that turns the canvas into enchanting buffets for the eyes, it's not difficult to see how he's got fans turning into fiends.

The former Wildcat, delves into his works using a surrealistic urban style to express thoughts no words could conjure. His interpretation of life will have you desiring to witness the world through his eyes. Influenced by the ultimate masters of patience it's quickly understandable to see why the soft spoken McKinskin can pump out such detailed ‘masterpieces’.

"On everything I love him" he says about one of his inventive heroes the late legendary Ernie Barnes, "he and Bob Ross are the ones who made me like art. The people I paint and exaggerated shapes are because of Ernie. Bob taught not to view errors as mistakes." The images of the art by Barnes used on the well know "Good Times" remained heavy in his psyche. 

"My belief is the ones with the LEAST amount of resources are the MOST creative"

Using oil paints, McKinskin's clean colors are vibrant and buttery smooth. Nonetheless it's not all just pretty pictures to hang on your wall. He tackles the ugliness of our realities all the while making them digestible with its beauty. 

When describing his piece "Endless War" which address the dark tango between black on black violence and blatant racism, he articulates "Back before I ever lifted a finger to paint, I had this frightening, yet reality based image in my head. For "US" to come from the same struggle, we'd rather bury one another. A paint brush has no eraser on the end but follow this, if the man on the right is patient enough he won't have to use his rope because the weapon that the man of the fair left is pointing at the man in the middle is doing all the erasing for the man on the left. We are living an "Endless War"," 

When asked what it means to be Young, Gifted & Black in America... McKinskin with a calmness he's become quite known for keeps it simple but impactful declaring "It means I have a responsibility, a responsibility to inspire others."

We're featured in the South Florida Times!!!

The current addition of The South Florida Times newspaper features our upcoming art show: Exhibit Treal: Young, Gifted & Black Thee Encore | Pleasant City: The Concert

Needless to say we are excited about the love!! And look forward to see you all next week!!!

02/23 | 7pm - 11

Caribbean Choice
2845 N Military Trl
West Palm Beach, Fl 33409

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Young, Gifted & Black | Tracy Guiteau

“Being young gifted and black is a gift I can’t take for granted.”

There's levels to Haitian-American artist Tracy Guiteau​. Her love for the arts be it painting, drawing and/or fashion knows no end. She's been known to debut her latest marvelous designs while at the same time exhibiting in some of the most astonishing surroundings. Probed as to why she has an aspiration for it and her response is; well candid "Many times I’m misunderstood and many times I was out of the words to say. So as a result, I created. Each fashion piece was created to stand out of the crowd. An outlet that gives you the utmost sense of Freedom. Becoming YOU without any apologies."

At an early age, Guiteau had made a discovery that takes most of us all our lives to stumble on. She had found her purpose. “When God calls you, you run to him. And it was through art that I was called.” Filled with an uncontrollable sensation to create, every work of art she carefully produced became more so personal pages of her dairy leaking on to canvas.

She states that the simple process of creating alone was a form of therapy. "It’s hard to pinpoint what fuels my creativity.  Just know that it's a part of me that I place on a blank canvas. Segments of my journal,  my life,  my thoughts that I secretly allow you to view... my soul,  my strength and my song that I allow you to feel.... my love...  my fear... my pains. I allow you to taste."

Many of Guiteau’s work feel like an ode, a celebration of the incredible essence of being a woman. Her paintings are elegant and wealthy with color, and yet so complex with the patient detailing of lines said to show how interconnected we are all. Taking her breathtaking work to even unfathomable levels are the hidden words dancing all within her paintings in plain sight, challenging the viewer to search further rather than taking things at face value.

The New York born, owner of a BFA degree in fashion that she received in 2007 after attending Road Island School of Design is no slouch. Constantly putting the hours into her craft and her dreams with a positive sense of exuberance, her presence is undoubtedly heavily on the scene. Exhibiting internationally, all over the country and scoring countless of mentions and write ups from publications. Even earning well worth it praises from celebrities and contemporaries alike. Still not one to let it go to her head, Guiteau seems to determine to remind humble and trusting in what God has called her to do. “When you let optimism and a dream guide you on your path, there’s no telling what might come your way!!!”

IG: Guiteau Art