Arts preview: 'Her: The Art of Baduizm'

Erica Thompson
Columbus artist Bee1ne celebrates Erykah Badu with a large-scale painting.

When Columbus artist Bee1ne went looking for an outlet for his creativity outside of his CCAD classes, he noticed a void.

"There really weren't too many art showcases or art events that I really enjoyed," he said. "I wanted to do something I could relate to."

As a result, he decided to add event planning to the long list of services offered by Black Dolphin Studios, a marketing and design business he runs with other creatives in the area. Together they came up with "Her: The Art of Baduizm," which will take place May 3 at Wild Goose Creative.

Baduizm is the debut album of singer Erykah Badu, one of the major artists who helped usher in the "neo-soul" movement in the late 1990s. She is known for her jazzy vocals and a laid back musical style that incorporates a variety of influences, from funk to hip-hop. Her lyrics often tackle social and political issues, and she promotes a health-conscious, spiritual approach to life. She proudly embraces her African heritage, and her large, colorful head wraps have become a part of her iconic image.

Given the many facets of Badu's artistry, she is more than a singer to her fans, andBaduizmis more than an album - it's a concept, or a state of being.

For Bee1ne, it's a "soothing, prosperous lifestyle." He paints to Badu, and while he enjoys her "melody" and "musicality," he also appreciates the way the music makes him feel.

"It's a pick-me-up," he said. "Especially with the way everything is now. Everything is such a downer."

Bee1ne will display a large-scale aerosol and acrylic painting at the event. He is known for using hearts in his work, and he incorporated his signature style to convey his love for Badu.

Eleven other artists will be showcasing paintings and drawings that express what "Baduizm" means to them, or how Badu has inspired them.

"We have some out-of-town artists. Some from LA, New York and Baltimore," Bee1ne said.

Some of them have even participated in the prestigious Art Basel fair in Miami.

"The Art of Baduizm" attendees will enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres from Pam the Happy Baker - Bee1ne recommends the double-chocolate cake pops - and cocktails from in-demand commissioned bartender Parys. DJ Pastel will also be spinning R&B and neo-soul classics from artists such as Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Floetry and Erykah Badu, of course.

"It's definitely going to be a great vibe with the music," Bee1ne said.

He also hopes that the event will serve as a networking opportunity for creative individuals. Finally, he said attendees should expect "nothing but positive energy."

"If somebody's having a bad day, we want them to come out and enjoy themselves," he said.

This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Parys' name.

Wild Goose Creative

7-10 p.m. Tuesday,

May 3

2491 Summit Street,

North Campus