Artcetra - Coppin State College's Nursing School

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I would advise those who love the works of African American Artists to not miss The Coppin State University's Helene Fund School of Nursing's Art Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, May 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 2500 West North Avenue. You will be able to meet world renown artists, featuring the works of Charles Bibbs, Poncho Brown, Karen Buster, and others.

When I was young I made a vow to myself that if there was an must attend event within 200 miles of where I lived I would go to the place and enjoy the event.

As a result I have had the pleasure of seeing in person some fabulous artists and personalities at various stages of their careers. The list is long: Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Donny Hathaway, John Coletrane, Teddy Pendergrast, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Felipe Wynn, The Original Temptations, The Original Miracles, Smokey Robinson, Fifth Dimensions, Jim Brown, James Brown and the Flames, Shirley Scott, Rashad Roland Kirk, SunRa, Patti Labelle, Labelle, James Cleveland, Five Blind Boys, Sonny Stitt, The Dells, Cissy Houston, Mickey Fields, Grover Washington Jr, Junior Walker and The All Stars, Ysef Lateef, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, etc.

If there is one area where I would kick myself it is that I didn't take full advantage of the tremendous artistic talents of painters, photographers, and mix-media personalities who where also in the area. As a result I missed Tom Wilson, Hugh Harrell, Poncho Brown the early stage of his career, Karen Buster when she was on Franklintown Road, Ernie Barnes, Roland Freeman, James Van Dee Zee, etc.

I will be there on Saturday, May 1st and so should you!

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