(By T. Powell. Excerpted from writeup on the World Wide Web. The author apparently did this for his creative writing magnet school in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The article is dated Oct. 31, 2011 and was prompted by Delgado’s exhibit at an art fair in the area.)
Michael Delgado is an African-American artist who creates mass media art. He has been an artist for sixteen years. He’s originally from Africa, but he moved at the age of 19 and lived in Europe for nine years. Africa has inspired Mr. Delgado to create unique works. He taught himself to create art. “I always knew I was going to be an artist,” Delgado stated. His relationship with the environment also inspires him when creating his work. “I like to explore a lot to find out things and get a better picture of life,” he said. Delgado has won a lot of awards but the one that stands out to him the most is the award that he received at a museum in Miami, where he won $15,000. He usually paints really fast using amino paint and wet paint. He usually puts calcium, then prime, then paint in his works. It takes him four days to complete a piece. He uses strong colors for his works: “Red is the color of the Earth. It goes with everything and its sits with everything.”
One of his most famous pieces would be the series of bunk beds. The bunk beds were a big thing for Delgado because back in Africa he had to sleep in one. Back in Africa, Delgado’s house flooded once and the bunk bed was the only think that was left that really meant a lot to him. Barb wire is one prop that Michael usually uses in his work because it symbolizes boundaries that he has to set for his self. “I have always had big space in my life, so I emphasize that,” he said. Michel Delgado has a gallery in Key West where he displays some of his works. His artworks usually range in price from $500 to $2,000; it all depends on how bad the person wants the work! The works that he sells are usually for the visionary art people. Delgado also creates shirts by screen-printing them.
As a 21st Century Colorist, I paint what I cannot photograph, translating external/internal complexities into layers of colors doodled on canvas, paper, wood or cardboard. I was five when drawing and painting became my first holy communion, and my religion. Be my subjects flesh, land, water, air, imagination or abstraction, viewers and collectors most frequently speak of the spirit of the work. This universal connection makes my art priceless to me.Color inspires my compositions and drives their energy, movement and depth. Oil stick, tube or pastel color, shapes and textures on paper and canvas render social, political and cultural issues, portraits of human nature and existence.Each work is unpremeditated and begins with doodles dictated by my heart and spirit in streams of consciousness, where self-awareness disappears in solitary acts of creation.
The first three colors are random selections that dictate the palette. Each new layer of color urges evolution, until one subject dominates the whole, exciting me with its unexpected presence and the challenge of its development.What influences my work goes beyond art school and art history courses to current events and the rhythms of classical and contemporary music, Mahler to Dylan to McFerrin. Unintentional color-co-minglings sometime change the work’s direction.Art museum and gallery travels across America and in Hawaii, Europe and Russia connect me to past and present art worlds. As some artists have in every era, my art advocates for justice, raising awareness of how to attain spiritual freedom that art and education create. These are the priceless components of my passion to paint.
Patricia Obletz, who lives in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights neighborhood, hails from Buffalo, N.Y., by way of Manhattan and Chicago. She studied life drawing and painting at Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League, both in New York City. One of Milwaukee’s leading artists, she has created a sizable body of work. She describes her style as expressionist.
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Rebecca Moczulewski is a graduate student in religious studies at Cardinal Stritch College. By Rebecca Moczulewski I am currently working on a series of paintings that deal with the issue of race and contemplate African American racial justice in the U.S. In 2012, I completed a series of twelve watercolor paintings to tell the story of Repairers of the Breach, Daytime Homeless Shelter and Resource Center in Milwaukee. The work has been exhibited in a dozen locations. The purpose of "Homeless, Not Hopeless" is to promote awareness of homelessness, poverty, and this organization's great work.
A context within Repairers of the Breach where the value of faith lives is our Brown Bag Lunch series.
During this one-hour setting (several Fridays per month), homeless members and people from supporting congregations or other organized groups gather together as equals to break bread and study the week’s chosen Gospel lesson. We use an African interfaith model of scripture study—a process of reflection with a non-judgmental emphasis on sharing from the heart.
Each Brown Bag Lunch is sponsored by a “host group,” typically a church. As many come from the farther reaches of Waukesha and Ozaukee counties as from local churches. The host group supplies a small group of participants and lunches for the session. The meal typically includes a sandwich, potato chips, fruit and a cookie, all in a small brown bag. A beverage, usually fruit juice or milk, is served in plastic cups by Repairers' members—who are ambassadors to their visitors. Members of Repairers are encouraged to visit with their guests as they eat this simple lunch.
After twenty minutes or so, host group members co-lead blended groups of homeless members and host group visitors, to discuss the Gospel verse which the host group has provided. Each member of the small group is encouraged to participate according to a simple, prescribed format, which involves reading the Gospel verse, then asking for comments. The reading and commentary are repeated several times to encourage a full understanding of the verse. These sessions are meaningful, for members and visitors alike.
Approximately twenty groups prepare Brown Bag Lunches for the members of Repairers of the Breach, and a few of these “double up,” as some prefer making lunches and others will take their lunch break on a Friday to spend time at the center. Lunch makers are often groups of people that cannot take the time on a Friday, but can spend Thursday night preparing brown bag lunches. We are always looking for more people to make lunches and have an inspiring experience of praying with members of Repairers of the Breach.
Please consider becoming a host group or host church for our Brown Bag Lunch scripture/prayer series. This involves the commitment of a small team, approximately once every six months. If you have any interest in having a meaningful Brown Bag Lunch experience—whether you’re an individual or part of a group—please fill out the Get Involved form now. All interested persons of all faiths are welcome to partake.
Pledged to Reduce Violence - I took photos of Robert sporting the Violence Reduction pin in the yard at the shelter. Afterward, I walked around the neighborhood, looking for an ideal ground to suit the composition and show where violence reduction training has made a real impact. My interest had been piqued when Dorothy, the director of programming, told a group at my church about a gentleman who went through the Violence Reduction program, made this pledge and dramatically changed his life. Just think how far Repairers’ violence reduction initiative can reach.
Serving Each Other - This painting alludes to Repairers’ unique operating model: It’s a daytime shelter run by and for the homeless. Members not only share a meal, but also serve it. This empowerment model succeeds because it recognizes and honors the basic principles of all social teaching, including the dignity and value of each person’s life, and the dignity of work.