Manhattan, New York native Ahimsa, most recently started her visual arts pursuits in South Florida. The Journey is off to quite a satisfying start.
She placed in a local art show at a young age and maintained a keen interest in the visual arts throughout her adult life. She was also aware that her mother would engage in free hand drawing on occasion. Then, there was her appreciation of the works of Van Gogh that would prove to be a dormant influence. From earliest recollection, Ahimsa was always around art, or art has always been around her.
Even after becoming a museum curator, taking a course in design and a passing interest in photography, there was no thought that coming into her own as an artist was in the cards.
No better way to be inspired into such a life-enriching experience than hanging out with friends! After assisting her friend and fellow artist, Kalimba Love with shows, classes and projects, the need to create on her own could not be denied.
Ahimsa Teabout chooses the abstract perspective because it allows both freedom of expression, and even if a piece is titled, there can be freedom of interpretation.
Texture and feel are the most important elements in her approach to painting. What the viewer sees, compared to her own perspective means a lot to her as a visual artist. That perspective appeals to quite a few patrons that have placed work from her initial showings in several homes throughout the Palm Beaches. Ahimsa states that for her, painting is a heartfelt joy. That joy enriches us all.
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The Bootstraps staff made a delightful rediscovery during the 2017 Kwanzaa celebration at the African American Research Library in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Back in the day when spoken word, poetry and open mics began to flourish in South Florida, a few venues were established to provide an outlet for aspiring spoken word artists. There was no shortage of poets to arise to the occasion. At the time, Poetic Expressions, hosted by Sister Ife, the Sol Griots and the renowned Speak Easy held weekly at the World Famous Soul Lounge was the places to be, and the poets to see!
One poetic presence that has been on the scene since day one, is our first featured poet, brother Kimani. Several years has passed since being on the same mic with this poet, but there is no doubt his oratory skills have been honed over time and he comes blazing verses from both barrels!
Kimani shined verbal light on the Kwanzaa crowd with two amazing poems. One piece drew parallels between the implied or buried symbolism in what may seem to be such an innocent nursery rhyme as Baa Baa Black Sheep. As if that was not enough, the crowd brought him back for yet another thought provoking poem. And of course, in the true tradition of one of South Florida’s pioneering poets, he did not let them down. Be on the lookout for this poet, but be ready to take the heat!