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Spectacular Black Girl Art Show Review

Step right up, folks, and let me take you on a journey through the vibrant world of the Spectacular Black Girl Art Show in the heart of Chicago! Last month, I found myself drawn to this dazzling event like a moth to a flame, all thanks to the tantalizing glimpses I caught on social media last year. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint!


Now, picture this:


I hatched a devious plan to surprise my dear friend Mo with a birthday treat, as she is low-key when it comes to her birthday. With tickets in hand, we were ready to soak up all the black girl magic the event had to offer. And that we did!


As we stepped through the doors, we were met with a warm welcome that set the tone for what was to come. And oh, what a sight it was! The room was positively buzzing with energy, filled to the brim with an array of incredible artists and vendors showcasing their talents. Needless to say, our wallets took a bit of a hit as we snagged some adorable earrings and art and stocked up on business cards for future decorating endeavors.


Renita Quirls
Me, with the wind blowing in my hair

Some of the First Floor Artists


Pat Lewis Designs Custom Earrings are all handcrafted earrings. Don't see a color you like? She will make them in that color!

I loved the body positivity message in Hyero the Crochet Painter's work. Sexy is an attitude and not a size.



I was in love with all of the jewelry and inspirational art made by P.J. Style Designs. I purchased those beauties with the locs and hunny, I've been rocking them!



I absolutely adored the artistry and usage of color by Artist Amber, owner of A Brush Box.


I purchased some cute little gold earrings from an Indianapolis-based shop, by Alice, Bella Clay, and Knot.

Bella, Clay and Knot

But the magic didn't stop there! Venturing up to the second floor, we were greeted by a treasure trove of talent that left us speechless. However, it wasn't all smooth sailing – we soon discovered that the elevator was taking a siesta, leaving the artists to haul their gear up the stairs. Note: next year, let's pick a venue with a functioning elevator, shall we?


Despite hearing about the elevator's inconvenience from a participant, the show was a resounding success in my book. Sure, I heard whispers that this year's venue was a tad smaller than previous iterations, but to me, it felt like a grand palace of creativity. Just imagine what next year has in store!


Some of the Second Floor Artists


The Brown Face Collection by Jernicya Onyekwelu is a stunning display of sisterhood and fashion that is both intentional and unique.



I ran into dope poetry artist, T'aura, whose daughter was debuting her art! Unfortunately, I did not grab her daughter's contact information, I'm sure her mother can lead you to her.


...AND THEN MY PHONE DIED 😱


But I want to highlight an artist that I did not get a chance to take a picture of the artistry of Keila Strong. Her usage of hair accessories on the canvas is breathtaking.



Speaking of which, I've already got my sights set on returning with a giant shopping bag in tow, ready to tackle my Christmas shopping like a boss. And here's a little teaser for you: I'm even thinking about bringing some of these phenomenal artists onto my podcast for a chat! So, dear readers, I turn to you: which artists would you like to learn more about? Don't be shy – drop your suggestions in the comments below!


Now, before I sign off, I have to ask: have you had the pleasure of attending the Spectacular Black Girl Art Show before? If so, I want to hear all about your experiences! Share your stories, your favorite finds, and your dreams for future shows. After all, in a world as colorful and diverse as this, there's always something new to discover.


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