bread and circus – show photos

bread and circus

bread and Circus
showcases of paintings, photography and mixed media art by Chicago artist collective, AllUsWe.

the show’s theme comes from the Roman term “give them bread and circuses”; the belief that a well-fed and entertained society is incapable of an effective revolt; thus enabling the government to exploit the populous without a potential uprising. the exhibit will run from June 14 through July 14.

featured artists
Robert Lewis Clark
Roger Carter
Darren Pollard
James Nelson
Martha A. Wade

event photos

our glutenous spread

our glutenous spread

art lovers chillen in the window

art lovers chillen in the window

"universal distractions" by me

“universal distractions” by me

the amazing Robert Lewis Clarke

the amazing Robert Lewis Clarke

full house at Definitive Selection this Friday!

full house at Definitive Selection this Friday!

"taking control of your mind" by Martha A. Wade (le me)

“taking control of your mind” by Martha A. Wade (le me)

“bible thumpa” and “99 problems” by Roger Carter

“social suicide” by James Nelson

“one nation under surveillance” and “clowns rise” by Philamonjaro

“just obey #1, 2, and 3” by Darren Pollard

fire spinning by Shorty Bell outside the event

two photographers making a great photo!

two photographers making a great photo!

“snakeapple” by Reisha

me in front of my "simultaneous parallels" piece

me in front of my “simultaneous parallels” piece

members of the AllUsWe art collective

members of the AllUsWe art collective

Definitive Selection
1002 W. 18th St, Chicago, Illinois 60608
works on view through July 12



what’s blooming in Oak Park art walk


the May 18th  event was a great success.
i met with many art lovers and friends and was able to get some live painting done.
here are some photos from the Oak Park art walk.

pic-stich of my booth

pic-stich of my booth


What’s Blooming on Harrison
Saturday, May 18 – 10am-8pm

This annual event highlights the Oak Park Arts District through artist demonstrations, live performances and a juried art fair featuring local artists and crafts people.  The fun begins the evening of Friday, May 17 with special events planned within the galleries, shops and restaurants of Harrison Street.  On Saturday, May 18 the festivities branch out into the street with stages for dance and music, a Family Fun activity center, food vendors, artist booths, carnival rides and more.

I, Martha Wade will be at booth 38!

Admission is free.
For more details please visit What’s Blooming.

live painting at beauty bar

the art infusion event at beauty bar went well last weekend. here are some of the photos from my painting that night.

my little set up

getting started on the background for the new piece

deep in thought … or paint

background completed, started second layer

hi there art lovers

can’t show the final painting yet, because it is a special gift for someone.

music photos to paintings

i often collect photographs to use as inspiration for a new painting. i am currently working on a new series of paintings similar to the piano man acrylic on canvas that i created called music lives.

my inspiration for this new music lives series comes from the photographs i love of musicians in the 1950’s and 1960’s. like the photo here depicting the jazz men of harlem, there is a sense of unity and creative focus within the images. the flow and movement represented by the vibe of artists like nat king cole and billie holiday of that time are poetic and vibrant. most interesting to me are the images of musicians playing at the piano or feeling the passion of a song at the mic, cigarette in hand. i am also drawn to photographs of our musicians and artists of today that seem to channel those before them in talent and style.

here are some great photographs that i found to act as inspiration in my latest art series ::: music lives.

nina simone

b.b. king live at club ebony 1994

michael jackson and stevie wonder

eric clapton, john lennon, mitch mitchell, keith richards 1969

john lennon

Gil Scott-Heron ::: poet and music legend

the beatles


jazz men in a nyc loft c. 1960

the music lives in us.

thelonious monk and john coltrane

dizzy gillespie

diana ross looking fierce.

dextor gordon

talib kweli on stage

tupac shakur the revolutionary

bob marley performing at roxy theater 1979

billie holiday

sam cook singing and smoking 1959

aretha franklin

bette midler live in vegas

janis joplin ::: free when she sings

muddy waters

elvis presely 1956

bob dylan circa 1970

nat king cole at the piano with a smoke

john coltrane on saxaphone

roger clyne & the peacemakers: celebrity theater phoenix, az

betty davis ::: funk soul diva

miles davis plays the blues

charlie parker on sax

tommy potter, charlie parker, dizzy gillespie, john coltrane at birdland, 1951

jimi hendrix on guitar

the lyricist ::: mos def

miles davis

saul williams ::: april cover photo

a crowd rocking out


Malcolm X inspired birthday

Today is the birthday of activist and leader Malcolm X – aka Detroit Red, and El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.  Every year I will honor his memory today by re-reading the autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley.

Malcolm in prayer

The photo above  gives me inspiration to change and become a better person, similiar to Malcolm’s journey to find peace and freedom. This photograph would also make a great painting.

He was a leader who began a path, and we must do the rest.