Two artists will share the inspiration behind their works displayed at Richmond Art Museum through March 30. 

Every Richmond HIgh School student will visit “Empower Slide: Art and Design” by Latosha Stone-Keagy and receive a skateboard template to design their own board. Other Wayne County schools may arrange that same experience by contacting the museum. 

The Greenville, Ohio, native is the proprietor of the first Black woman-owned skateboard company, a RAM press release said. 

Art by Latosha Stone-Keagy, who also owns a skateboard company, will be featured at Richmond Art Museum through March 30. Supplied photo

She has been included on Beyonce’s Black Parade list. Her work has been featured in DC Comics, the HBO show “Betty,” specialty clothing store Zumiez, and galleries around the country. 

She aims to banish stereotypes and empower women, especially women of color, to try the sport. The exhibit includes original skateboard decks, paintings and digital artwork. 

An opening reception for Stone-Keagy and artist talk is planned from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.  

Meanwhile, RAM also features abstract paintings by David Michael Slonim.  He will give a talk and greet guests from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. 

Slonim, who had a landscape exhibit at RAM in 2005, found a new direction for his work in 2014. 

He says abstract art is music for the eyes. 

“Abstract painting is tones arranged in space to please the eye, in order to move the soul,” he said. “Anyone who loves music (of any kind) already loves abstraction. They just don’t know it by that name.” 

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A version of this article appeared in the February 7 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.