MANSFIELD -- NECIC invites the public to the art exhibition of local artist Julian ‘BaShawn’ Windham for this month’s AALI Social event.

“Born and raised and Mansfield, I’ve been painting since I could remember,” Windham said. “Emotions, beauty, truth, sadness, strength, happiness: each is a part of the many elements that help me create a piece. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and through my eyes I give you my view of beauty.”

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When we ask what message does he want his art to portray, he added, “Elegance speaks throughout each piece—a moment captured.

Being a local artist, BaShawn has use various mediums to create his paintings to make his style unique and fresh. “My collection has no limits; I seek new mediums to give my pieces their own identity. One of my favorite sayings are create what you can’t have.”

BaShawn will continue to strive for a future in the arts. He plans on becoming one of the world’s best fashion designer.

Julian “BaShawn” Windham will also be showcasing his work on Sept. 21 noon to 7 p.m at Mansfield Central Park, Mansfield first Art Festival so make sure to look out for BaShawn.

NECIC invites the public to join us in recognizing the unique paintings of this Mansfield native artist on the rise. This is a great opportunity to get to know the artist and view his paintings up close and personal, so make sure to register to attend this month’s AALI Social.

The event will be held on Sept. 27, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North End Community Improvement Collaborative, 134 N Main St. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required and can be done through the following link https://conta.cc/30rnzVQ.

While AALI Social used to be a paid event, it is now free to attend. However, donations and other community contributions are highly appreciated and necessary in order to continue these events in the future. Please contact Edward Akinyemi (extension 127) or Leona Smith (extension 114) at 419-522-1611 if you are interested in sponsoring AALI.

What is AALI?

AALI is the African American Leadership Initiative. The mission of AALI is to identify and cultivate African American leaders in Mansfield and Richland County and functions to create a network of diverse leaders with relevant opportunities to connect and contribute. To find out more about it and learn about ways to support this initiative, please visit our website at https://bit.ly/2KD6cfP.

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