We honor our friend and artist, Andrea Hughes, who has created our Champion Award plaques for over 20 years! Andrea fashions each flower, leaf, and face by hand from Fimo clay for these “one of a kind” creations!
Andrea “Kahrizma” Hughes lives, creates, and works in St. Louis. In accordance with the “In Six Words Or Less” movement, her motto is “Born an artist, drew upon life!” She produces oil and acrylic portraits, foundobject pieces, scratch boards, and collage/assemblages. Her artwork has been displayed in the galleries of Yeyo Arts Collective/GYA (“AllAboutMe”), Regional Arts Commission (“Just Jazz” ), Governor French Academy (with the Zuka Arts Guild), and Vaughn Cultural Center (“Generation to Generation”). Traveling exhibitions include “Urban Nomads” shown at St. Louis University, Forest Park Community College, Urban League of St. Louis, and Southwest Art Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Andrea is the President of Zuka Arts, founded by artist Kenneth Calvert, and has been a member since 2007. She is also an alum of the Regional Arts Commission’s Community Artists in Training (CAT).
In 2011, she became a member of the Yeyo Arts Collective operating GYA Art Gallery, the first collective of AfricanAmerican Women to open an art gallery in the St. Louis region, the collective serves many St. Louis neighborhoods through artbased programs, including the “Windows Project,” where decorative boards were placed on derelict houses to brighten the community.
The Zuka Arts Guild seeks to promote knowledge of and participation in the visual arts through exhibitions, teaching programs, workshops, seminars, and selected public art projects.
LifeWise is so very blessed with the friendship and partnership of Andrea and her talents! It is with great pleasure that we honor her tonight! Thank you, Andrea, for ALL you do to support the mission of LifeWise!