MANSFIELD – Trai’Shaun Beard wanted to provide an outlet for local artists.
“Young performers don’t have a lot of options to showcase their music or work,” she said. “That was a major motivation.”
Beard, president of Millennials Create, teamed with M.A.D. Studios for Saturday’s Urbacon at the Brickyard. The event was a way to introduce the community to untapped artists.
“It is a contemporary art convention … for artists of all kinds,” Beard said.
Drew Anderson brought his caricatures, which included Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Hank Hill as the Green Lantern, among others.
“I mostly do pop culture stuff,” Anderson said. “I’ve always been an artist. This is my first step in getting my stuff out there to be seen by people.”
Anderson planned to donate half of his proceeds to Stop the Overpopulation of Pets.
Across the Brickyard, Rochelle Brown was setting up a table of her artwork. Her business is called On the Rocks Artistry.
“I do about every medium possible — jewelry, polymer clay, ceramics, painting, water colors,” Brown said.
Her favorite medium is ceramics.
“It’s so unique,” Brown said. “You have to get used to it and become friends with it.”
She started doing artwork in fifth grade.
“This past year, I’ve really progressed,” Brown said.
Jareb Barrett, another Mansfield resident, had a table of T-shirts that featured his artwork.
“I want to be like Gucci,” he said. “I want to be an urban high-fashion designer.”
Barrett started plying his trade in January. He has been doing graphic design since May.
In addition to giving local artists exposure, Urbacon was set up to create peace and unity in the community and to raise awareness of issues.
Organizers collected personal hygiene products and water for the people at Harmony House and the Domestic Violence Shelter.
They also wanted to help victims of the recent hurricanes, as well as the people of Flint, Michigan, who have needed clean water.
“There’s so many ways that we can help,” Beard said.
The fiscal sponsor for Urbacon was the North End Community Improvement Collaborative. Anyone still wanting to help can make checks payable to NECIC, Beard said.
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