MERLOT MOMENTS WITH LANGSTON HUGHES III PRESENTS ELECTRIC RELAXATION WITH BONITA APPLEBUM
Merlot Moments with Langston Hughes III is a celebration of art, wine and classic Hip Hop. The next installment is entitled Electric Relaxation with Bonita Applebum and takes place Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 7pm at The Purple Buffalo. The Purple Buffalo is located at 2702 Azalea Drive, North Charleston. Tickets are $10.
Electric Relaxation with Bonita Applebum will be a relaxed vibe consisting of a wine tasting, an all women art exhibit and music from legendary Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest as the audio landscape. “We are huge fans of Tribe, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of their seminal album “Midnight Marauders”. We came up with the idea to not just raise our glass to them but to also celebrate emerging women artisans we like,” states Chawle Dawk The Superstar with Langston Hughes III.
“Electric Relaxation” was the second single from the Tribe’s Midnight Marauders album and “Bonita Applebum” was the second single off their debut album Peoples Instinctive Travels and The Path of Rhythms. Langston utilized these titles to create the energy for this Merlot Moment. “The vibes will be relaxed and Bonita is represented by the beautiful and talented women exhibiting their amazing artwork,” says Choc Da Bully with Langston.
The art exhibition will display original artworks from Alexandria Searles (SC) , Melissa Wyatt (IN), Tilly The Artist (NJ), Kiante “Kalianna” Habersham (SC), Nanlib (CA), Elva Lovoz (DC), Marian Smith (SC ) and Renee Rivers with Sunshine Expressions (SC ). Producer B73Music will provide the sounds creating a mixture of Tribe songs along with original samples and music from groups influenced by A Tribe Called Quest. There will be a live art model painting by Marian Smith of the Bonita Applebum character depicted on several Tribe album covers. The evening will be rounded off with a live performance from Merlot Moments host and leaders of The Adult Contemporary Head Nod Music Movement, Langston Hughes III.
Meet the artist who inspired this exhibition below and we look forward to seeing you December 22 at The Purple Buffalo!
Melissa was born in Indiana but moved to Alaska at two years of age with her adventuresome hippie parents who wanted to live off the land and expand their spiritual horizons.
Her idealistic parents marinated her childhood in art, music and all forms of free thinking. She started creating art as soon as she could hold a crayon. She is extraordinarily prolific and has shown her work at galleries in; Charleston, SC, Albuquerque, NM, New Orleans, LA, Louisville, KY and Anchorage, AK. She has been published in fashion magazines for her photography and has been commissioned for book covers, murals and portraits of all types.
Her primary driving urge is to express and explore primitive sexuality and how it’s intrinsically linked to psychic development, paranormal experiences and transcendental awakenings. Vibrating colors, repetitive patterns and universal symbolism has peppered her work from the beginning. Although her gypsy heart prevails…Melissa currently lives in Mount Pleasant, SC.
Instagram @MelissaInCharleston or https://fineartamerica.com/
My name is Alexandria Searles I attend Charleston Southern University majoring in graphic design. I have been doing art for as long as I can remember; it's always been one of my passions. Not only that, but I also feel for the condition of women and our society and specifically the condition of African American females in our society. Most of my artwork is inspired by African American women to combat the negative impression society places on us. I am a firm believer in following your dreams, and I only hope that my actions inspire others to follow their dreams.