The Art of Giving

You’d think that the image of “starving artist” would encourage painter Tyrone Frisby to concentrate on his own finances. But his collaborative called Artist Love donates proceeds from each show it hosts to various charitable causes.

The group’s Black History Month show Sunday at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 6376 City Avenue, will benefit the Bucks County NAACP.

“People have an opportunity to purchase art and help an organization at the same time,” he offered.

Frisby was a student in Overbrook High School’s art magnet program in 1990 when he won Best Artist awards in an All-City High School competition and from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

He gave solo shows while at Barber Scotia College in Concord, N.C., and has shown locally at the October Gallery Art Expo, and former WellFed Artist and Sande Webster galleries.

Frisby’s idea to gather a band of artists who shares his interest in charitable giving was sparked during his years of artistic exploration in the Venice Beach neighborhood of California.  Sunday’s artists also include Karen McFadden, Malcolm Treasure and Lori Geers.

Frisby insists he wants to help return art to its prominence of centuries-past. He believes the public’s current interest in the performing arts has replaced serious interest in the visual arts. “Look at the schools. Art classes are gone.”

His own abstract pieces are done in oil and mixed medium. Some of the more striking pieces feature figures depicted with circles.

“It started with a bad habit,” he confessed. “I smoke cigarettes. I was looking to see what to do one day in front of a piece of canvas, and saw the cigarette butt. I put it on the board and saw a perfect circle.” He further explains, “I will create an entire piece in my head. And when I get to canvas I’m tracing from what I see.”

Sunday’s event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. features live art demonstrations, jazz, light music, light food, an arts & crafts table, Black History literature and “black future” literature. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



The Art of Giving
Sheila Simmons - Contributor

Sheila Simmons brings many years of writing and communications experience to her work for Liberty City Press. She began her professional writing career at the Philadelphia Daily News, where she covered Business, City Hall and Education.


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