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“Connecting People with Art” by Evelyn Redcross and Mercer Redcross III
A 600 page African American art text book. Over one thousand images.

Size: 8.5″ x 11″

First edition of this book (500 pages) published in 2006.
Second edition of this book (600 pages) published 2020.
Both books are available as soft and hard cover books on this website – 215-352-3114.

This book is a written account of what October Gallery (OG) means to us. We attempted to unfold the saga of how OG evolved over time. In addition we queried patrons and artists alike: “What is the value of African American art to you?” Their personal responses, interesting and insightful, are included throughout our story. Both our national and international patrons and artists have witnessed (first hand) the creation and development of the African American art industry, which prior to the 1970s was almost non-existent. This group of patrons and artists are part of what we call BlackStream Renaissance”. Most African American artists market and exhibit in the African American community. Successful African American art festivals and expos, where artists sell and exhibit, recognize the importance of marketing to this special community. It is in this community where the strength and the value of African American art begins. It is this community that has provided the foundation for Blackstream Renaissance. It is this community that has given us the content, the material, the stories for Connecting People with Art. This book recognizes the pioneers of Blackstream Renaissance.


“The book is amazing,” said Walter Shannon, who owns The Famous E&S Gallery, 108 S. 10th St., with his wife, Cathy. “I think it does a great job of researching black art into the 21st century, and helps expose a lot of newer artists, and a lot of dealers who have made these artists successful. It gets into Alonzo Adams and William Tolliver and Paul Goodnight but also has Joshua Johnson, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence.” –Courier Journal, Louisville, KY
After reviewing this book, I am glad it was written, being a Philadelphia native, this book connects art collectors with artists, locally, nationally, and internationally. It is a must have book for any art collector. This book includes wonderful artists such as Larry “Poncho” Brown, Annie Lee, Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden to name a few. The book provides the reader with insight on various museums and dealers. There are celebrities who are artists and featured in this book. Wonderful photographs and stories about the people who buy art and artists who create it.  –R. J. Johnson

The only disappointment was receiving my book WET . All bottom pages were wet. It was as if it had been sitting in water. I should have sent it back, but I was afraid I might not receive a replacement.

This book is awesome. It’s a combination of art, local history, personalities and common folks…all appreciating, enjoying, loving, respecting, learning and sharing their art experiences with rising and well known artists.  –C. Samuels

A must read for any art-lover interested in contemporary African American art and artists. With this book the owners of October Gallery provide a comprehensive overview of the work of today’s Black artists. It goes even deeper with it’s Artist Profiles and Patron Profiles. Fabulous !!!  -P Owens

About the Authors

Native Philadelphian Mercer Redcross, III co-founded the October Gallery with his wife, Evelyn, 28 years ago. The gallery s first location was in the Powelton Village section of Philadelphia. Today, October Gallery is located the Germantown section of the city where it continues to promote African American art, artists and consumer education. The Redcrosses have always been collectors. Their initial interests included Lionel model trains, antique clocks and traditional art. Later, they became passionate advocates of African-American art. In 1985 this new fervor stirred a special kind of excitement for them. It led to the creation of a new art gallery in Philadelphia that they called, October Gallery. They understood that art is an ideal medium to communicate culture, history and broad human experiences. Together they strive to make art and art education accessible to all people. Connecting People with Art, has been their mantra for years. This book reveals their stories and numerous art adventures, as well as it chronicles the experiences of many others whom they met along the way.
Mercer Redcross III graduated from Cheyney University with a BS in Economics. Then, he earned a Masters of Business Administration from Eastern University.
Evelyn Redcrosss graduated from Temple University with a BS in Psychology. Then she earned a Masters in Journalism from Temple University.  More info: (215) 352-3114

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• Full 8.5″ x 11″ color art book with over a thousand images
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Andrew Turner was born in l944 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Andrew’s work has been widely acclaimed, with many solo exhibitions and participation in group exhibitions. He has taught art in grades K-1 2 in the Chester, Pennsylvania Public Schools and in correctional centers. Andrew Turner Artwork click here

Romare Howard Bearden was born on September 2, 1911, to (Richard) Howard and Bessye Bearden in Charlotte, North Carolina, and died in New York City on March 12, 1988, at the age of 76. His life and art are marked by exceptional talent, encompassing a broad range of intellectual and scholarly interests, including music, performing arts, history, literature and world art. Bearden was also a celebrated humanist, as demonstrated by his lifelong support of young, emerging artists. See Bearden Artwork click here