Edward M. Bannister – Rhode Island Artist

Homeward by Edward M. Bannister

Homeward by Edward M. Bannister


This painting caught my eye as I was reading about Edward Bannister and admiring his art.  He was a very successful African-American artist in the late nineteenth century in Providence, RI.  I like the painting because of the serenity which he portrays relative to the house in the background.  The gentleman in the foreground almost seem as though he is guarding the house.

Edward Bannister was originally from New Brunswick, Canada and travelled to Rhode Island after he married his wife, Cristiana Carteaux, originally from Rhode Island.  The two were very charismatic and active Abolitionists.  He had very little formal training in art, but was able to become very well-known and a recipient of many awards for his art, despite the racism and bigotry associated with him because of his race.

Boat on the Sea by Edward Bannister

Boat on the Sea by Edward Bannister

This dreamy redition of a sailboat at sea is indicative of his immensely spiritual nature.  The tranquility is a theme which is prevalent throughout his works.

Dorchester 1856

Dorchester 1856

Here is a beautiful view of Dorchester, Massachusetts, which was a promotional painting to attract the attention of the wealthy people living on the water.  Bannister had many wealthy patrons.

His artwork is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., which has many of the paintings that have managed to survive.  Many were lost.


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Inspiring Children to Use their Talents

The RI Kids Create Music School has included a line of clothing for children with original designs that are sure to delight your child.  The designs are florals, Christmas,  and a new nautical design on hoodies, sweatshirts, and tee shirts for any time of the year.  We are working on  music inspired designs to reflect our school image.

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Recently, some of our students performed at the Providence Bruins Hockey game.  On 12/4/2015, the RI Kids Create Choral Group  sang “Silent Night” before a crowd of 8000 people.  The girls were from the Academy for Career Exploration in Providence, RI.  I was very impressed when I discovered them in the community and invited them to represent our school.  We are currently working on another song for a performance in the spring.


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RI Kids Create t-shirt and Book

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We have a t-shirt for the school – actually it is the camp t-shirt.  But, we have decided to make it the school t-shirt.  It comes in all sizes and there is a style for men, women, and children.

We wanted a design which would reflect what we are trying to do at the school.  We want our piano players to be able to play with other musicians.  As students become more proficient, we will bring in other musicians and even singers to accompany the piano players.  Let us know what you think!  The shirts are available at ETSY and our new promotional site,  We appreciate the visits to the site, and even more, the sales!

We are trying to build up the school, so I have written a book to help encourage young piano students.  Beyond My Imagination is on sale on-line at Amazon and Barnes and Noble’s.  However, I am trying to arrange a book tour and would appreciate the help in ordering books and covering travel expenses.  I would like to speak to parents about the benefits of music for their children.  Please spread the word to friends and family, and if so moved, please order the book.  Thanks!

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Art for Children

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As the summer approaches, parents may be looking for ways to engage their children in healthy pursuits.  Art is a great way to encourage children to develop their talents as well as to develop skills which will help them later on in life.

Stuides have shown that the innovators in society are often the most creative.  Children who are exposed to a wide variety of arts are able to create new inventions and obtain patents for them.  They are also able to solve problems more creatively.  Children who develop artistic ability also develop strong critical thinking skills, and have a tolerance for other ethnic groups – all great qualities for a child to have!

Unfortunately, many of the public schools are eliminating art from the curriculum because of budget cuts, leaving parents to find other alternatives to exposing their children to enrichment xercises such as art.  Inner city children can look to non-profit organizations which are trying to enrich children though their programs.  Many of the programs in the larger cities are reaching out to more children.  The Inner City Arts Program in Los Angeles, California ia one progam which offers many programs for children, such as Photography, Dance, Dramam, and Visual Arts.

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New Venture – Starting a Music School

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After having taught piano in after school programs for about ten years, I decided it was time to go out on my own.  I am trying to start an art and music school to help enrich those children whose parents cannot afford private lessons for them.  They will have a better chance at getting accepted into college, will have better reading skills and math skills.

The trend is toward STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) schools which are gaining in popularity because of the information age.  Several charter schools have arisen in my area and some are offering art or music to enhance the skills of the students.

My most advanced student is beginning to play easy versions of some of the classical songs, as well as some contemporary classic songs composed by Stephan Beneking from Berlin, Germany.  He is one of the top ten composers on Sound Cloud.   We are preparing for a recital in the spring 2015.

The RI Kids Create Music School will offer classes in crochet, knitting, book writing, and watercolor painting for children and adults.  For more information, visit the site.

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Tulips – A Different View

Here is an interesting view of tulips I painted, looking down upon them while the petals were opening.  I was intrigued with this view, as it almost seemed as if they were looking up at me.  The painting is in watercolor on 11″ x 14″ paper.  I am resuming my painting again after someone posted a note on Facebook that anyone who was not working on their art was denying their emotional health.  It’s true!


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The Lilies of the Field

I have always enjoyed watching the day lilies bloom in the summer.   Though they are short –lived, they are one of the most beautiful flowers around!

The essence of the perfect creation,

Of the one who causes elation

So profound a magnificent manifestation

Of God’s love, a subtle personification.


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