Category Archives: Art

Unguarded Hopes and Feelings Art Exhibit

  UNGUARDED HOPES AND FEELINGS l EuGene V Byrd III solo art exhibition l January 2018 Telling my own story in my own way.


 FUTURE GALLERY 1690 Hardee Ave SW Atlanta, GA 30310

Clouded Ways Bri.Simpson Art Show

Time for the Clouded Ways Art Show! I arrived early to get some behind the scenes setup shots. On the ride over the Uber lady asked if I were going to work. I responded “kinda” though I view taking photographs as work I really was just going to see the art and catch up with some familiars! With that being said the show was dope I scooped up a piece and bounced with a cup or two of wine! It was fun seeing everyone and Im looking forward to more! Left with some inspiration and motivation to finish this painting i’ve been staring at for a week.  Bri also made the big announcement of being 5 months along her pregnancy!

A combination of calm, productivity and relief circulating the room as speakers are tested and the final cloud lights are hung!

Shanice came through with the little one, just as spunky as I remembered from the last encounter.

Parents taking the next step into grandparent hood, celebrate the night with a dance before the dance floor is filled. 

Bri stopped for a second to talk with @InvertTheWorld about the show and idea behind the night!

Twisted cakes came through with the delicious cup cakes that was so good I was more focused on eating them than getting a photo. Ill tag her once I find her IG page. We were brainstorming on making the caramel drips into animals that are placed on top of the cupcakes!

All in all it was fun. Great musical performances from one half of the wonder twins (bri’s sisters) It felt like a family affair! Video coming soon  Peace 

Desensitized Minds?

Here today and gone tomorrow seems to be the trend for problems and events that happen in life. Some issues resonate with people using social media but after the social media phase  you hear less and less about the issues everyone was up in arms about two days prior. I shared this link with someone and they just scrolled past it like it never happened, that didn’t surprise me though.  Makes you wonder if the media, commercials, internet, games and entertainment has been effecting us in ways we aren’t sure of. Who isn’t desensitized to violence?  We see people die on television everyday (almost) but how many people do you actually see dying in front of you in your day to day experience?  Are you just trying to get a like?  A powerful visual, simple yet effective! If you can’t feel this you may be heartless with reptilian ways.


Intricate Balloon Animal Art

Everyone pretty much agrees that the internet is like, 70 percent garbage fire at this point, if not more. But occasionally my net travels end up taking me to tiny worlds of wonder, small treasures that deserve to be shared with the world. Masayoshi Matsumoto’s Tumblr is one of them.

Matsumoto makes balloon animals, but they’re not like any balloon animals you’ve ever seen.

Pellucid hawk moth, in balloons vs IRL. Images: Matsumoto and Wikipedia Commons

They’re art. They’re sculptures. They’re not just “monkey,” “butterfly,” “dog.” They’re specific species, rendered as perfectly in balloon shapes as you could imagine.

Matsumoto says on his blog that he doesn’t use any secondary materials—no markers, no adhesive, nada. Which only makes his fidelity to detail more impressive. Check out the accurately rectangular octopus pupil below.

Image: Masayoshi Matsumoto

Via email, Matsumoto told me he got into balloon sculpture after a few years in the juggling community, and it’s taken him about six years to get this good. Each sculpture takes anywhere from two to six hours, requiring a great deal of patience.

I asked him if he had a science background, because of his attention to detail and his specific, biodiverse choices of subject material. Though he studied chemical engineering in college, Matsumoto says it’s because “I’ve liked creatures since I was small.”

Image: Masayoshi Matsumoto

This snail looks cute, but those aren’t eyestalks. The focus here is actuallyLeucochloridium, a parasitic flatworm that grows out of a gastropod’s eyes.

Image: Masayoshi Matsumoto

Everyone’s favorite lil weirdo, the axolotl, a Mexican salamander.

A stunning lily-of-the-valley. Image: Masayoshi Matsumoto

I asked Matsumoto what happens to the balloon sculptures after he’s finished with them. Tragically, they get popped after their photoshoots. But Matsumoto is as good at shooting his creations as he is at making them, so we can enjoy them long after they physically disappear.

The Goddess Glo Up 2

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For all those who are curious as to what the Goddess Glo Up is all about allow me to take you on a journey. This clip was captured from the NYC Glo Up this past #fallequinox if you can’t make Atlanta no worries I have a (new moon circle tomorrow in NYC 7-9pm @arayanyc Link in bio for contribution) ✨ ✨ ✨ About the Glo Up The #goddesses that attended were from all ages, sizes, races, and walks of life. All are welcome no matter where you come from or your social or religious background. We are bringing back our old #wildwoman ways through the power of our #energies combined we bring an experience of #healing #laughter #education #dance #nutrition #adornment #ceremony as we bring forth the Spirit of the #divinefeminine I’m so excited to bring to you an amazing line up of women for the 11:11:17 Goddess Glo Up ATL Day Retreat. To fully understand what it means to #Glo Up you have to #showup @chefahki on holistic wellness @thetrapwitch on homegirl healing @olanikeeosi bringing you the @goddessdetox from NYC to ATL we have @maya_louisa on belly dance hall and her @kole_jewel waist beads we have @reignglobal on Manifestation Henna and the power of crystals jewelry and then we have myself bringing you the good word and ceremony…..yes I go deep we all go deep…and just know that most of these women coming together do not know each other. The connection here is by spirit deeper than what you can see and so much more!! Visit and follow 👉🏽👉🏽@goddessgloup 👈🏽👈🏽👈🏽@goddessgloup @goddessgloup to purchase your early butterfly 🦋🦋🦋ticket before they are gone!!! I promise you will never be the same. #allwhite #unity #womencrushwednesday #womensupportingwomen Thanks @eyefocus for such a lovely capture #atlanta #goddesslife #stillirise #queen

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The next Goddess Gathering will be taking place in Atlanta on 11.11  to view more info  go to EventBrite : The Goddess Glo Up ATL 

Mud Houses of Tiébélé, Burkina Faso

In the south of Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in west Africa, near the border with Ghana lies a small, circular village of about 1.2 hectares, called Tiébélé. This is home of the Kassena people, one of the oldest ethnic groups that had settled in the territory of Burkina Faso in the 15th century. Tiébélé is known for their amazing traditional Gourounsi architecture and elaborately decorated walls of their homes.

Burkina Faso is a poor country, even by West African standards, and possibly the poorest in the world. But they are culturally rich, and decorating the walls of their buildings is an important part of their cultural legacy in this area of the country. Wall decorating is always a community project done by the women and it’s a very ancient practice that dates from the sixteenth century AD.


The Kassena people build their houses entirely of local materials: earth, wood and straw. Soil mixed with straw and cow dung is moistened to a state of perfect plasticity, to shape almost vertical surfaces. Today this technique is replaced by the use of mud brick molding walls with foundations resting on large stone. Tiébélé’s houses are built with defense in mind, whether that be against the climate or potential enemies. Walls are over a foot thick and the homes are designed without windows except for a small opening or two to let just enough light in to see. Front doors are only about two feet tall, which keeps the sun out and makes enemies difficult to strike. Roofs are protected with wood ladders that are easily retracted and the local beer (dolo) is brewed at home.

After construction, the woman makes murals on the walls using colored mud and white chalk. The motifs and symbols are either taken from everyday life, or from religion and belief. The finished wall is then carefully burnished with stones, each color burnished separately so that the colors don’t blur together. Finally, the entire surface is coated with a natural varnish made by boiling pods of néré, the African locust bean tree.

The designs also serves to protect the walls themselves. The decorating is usually done just before the rainy season and protects the outside walls from the rain. Adding cow dung, compacting layers of mud, burnishing the final layer, and varnishing with néré all make the designs withstand wet weather, enabling the structures to last longer.










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