YOUNG BLACK ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE
Young Black Entrepreneur Magazine highlights four incredible Black women artists who are etching their names in the history books while paving the way for other women. The four women artists include Tosh Fomby, Darline Stuart, Angela Carter, and Jerushia Graham. Learn more about each of the artists below.
Young Black Entrepreneur Magazine is highlighting these talented women in the next exhibition on April 30th titled, Black PowHer!, and will also provide the ladies with an opportunity to sell their artwork at one of the finest art galleries in Charleston, South Carolina, The Okeeba Jubalo Fine Art Gallery, proclaimed as the South’s premier fine art gallery.
Tosh Fomby is a full-time art teacher in Atlanta, Georgia's Clayton County Public School system. She teaches young children in kindergarten through 5th grade about the beauty of making art and being creative with their natural-born talents.
Fomby creates artwork that she shares with others online and at various exhibits. She is multi-talented with skills that range from painting, animation, and photography.
“Currently, my artwork incorporates the use of historical photography. This is me reimagining time and characters in different spaces,” Fomby said. “I am most interested in involving that particular work in film. Even if that means me collaborating with a storyteller in film. I have some animation experience, and that’s how I am looking to move my work forward.”
Darline Stuart is a multimedia artist and stay-at-home mom to her precious six-month-old, Nahila. She balances motherhood confidently while working to create beautiful pieces of art. Her artwork is composed of different materials, including fabric, jewelry, beads, metal, paint, and yarn. Her artwork can be seen on various surfaces like wood, canvases, and tote bags. She has shown her versatility as an artist over the years while attracting several art buyers in the process.
“I figured out how to blend two cultures using my art to motivate and inspire others, especially women of color,” Stuart said. “My focus is on women of color. Growing up, I did not see Black women being represented as beautiful, powerful queens, especially women of a darker complexion like myself. Therefore I’m using these pieces to remind them of their royal essence.”
Stuart’s artistry is unmatched, so Okeeba Jubalo, owner of Okeeba Jubalo Fine Art Gallery, has helped her expand her market to the Charleston, SC, area. Stuart trusting in Okeeba, an artist himself, was excited to partner with him and his team. As a result, she recently sold two of her prized pieces at the grand opening of his Fine Art gallery this past February.
Angela Carter is an artist and middle school teacher. Carter has been involved in the Atlanta art scene for more than 20 years. Traditionally, she has worked in the art medium of film and photography. An alumnus of Morris Brown College, Carter studied Mass Media Arts and quickly became a true multi-disciplinary artist.
As a filmmaker and storyteller, Carter produced her first feature film, “Nina,” which premiered in Suriname and the Netherlands in 2007. Her passion for film and Fine Art led her to establish her company, Sumona Productions Studio, in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2012.
“I am super excited to work with Okeeba. Okeeba has worked in Atlanta for two decades, and he spoke about moving to Charleston three years ago. The fact that he had a vision for it and was able to execute it makes me feel really great about partnering with him,” Carter said. “I am also excited to see how Charleston will receive my artwork.”
Carter seeks to travel worldwide, displaying her artwork to many art enthusiasts and collectors. She plans to build her collector's portfolios and provide them with art that connects them emotionally and socially to her pieces.
Jerushia Graham is a museum coordinator at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Graham specializes in art mediums like papermaking, printmaking, and fiber. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Graham has an extensive Fine Art resume. She has worked with many A-list college art departments worldwide, has been involved in multiple exhibitions, and still finds time to give back to her community to run intricate art workshops. Now, she is working to take her art to the next level to be seen on a worldwide stage.
“As a museum coordinator, we are always scheduling exhibitions three to five years out. I would love to have that kind of foresight for my own works,” Graham said. “There is a vision behind everything that Okeeba does, and because Okeeba is an artist himself, he approaches the promotion of other artists' work with great respect. I am excited and confident in the ability of Okeeba Jubalo’s Fine Art Gallery to take my art to the next level.”