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Second Art Love-Away
You can own one of the above works by artist Rhinold Lamar Ponder by submitting an entry to the “Great Art Love-Away” per the rules below.


1. Your entry must consist of a picture and a statement, 50 words or less, showing where you will display the work and describing how you will show it love.  (The previous winner sent a picture of an empty living room wall right above a sofa. That contest was so close I had to bring in judges.)

2. You must submit your entry on Twitter or Facebook or the comment section of this blog post AND via e-mail to rhinold@ponderart.com   .  The submission must include the hashtag  #PonderArt or #PonderLove-Away.  The Facebook submission can be made on the Ponder Art Facebook page or as a COMMENT in the post of this contest on the Facebook Beyond Black and White Discussion Page. DO NOT post your entry as a separate post on Beyond Black And White. 

3. The post must be submitted within by 11:59pm on May 15, 2016.

4.  You can submit only one entry for each print or painting you are interested in.   For the second “Great Art Love-Away” we are offering the following works. 

a. Limited Edition Giclee Print entitled “Hero Clemente” (28 1/2″ x  22″)by Rhinold Ponder;

b. Limited Edition Giclee Print entitled “Ascension II” (33″ x 22″) by Rhinold Ponder;

c. ORIGINAL painting entitled “Hands Up,” (10″ x 8″)  by Rhinold Ponder;

5. There will be only one winner per household

6. We reserve the right to increase the number of winners if the love gets overwhelming.

It’s that simple.  If you want to know more about this event — the passion behind it,  why we are doing it —  please read the “Infrequently Asked Questions” below.

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“Hands Up” Series: The first eight paintings

I’ve just completed the first eight small paintings for the “Hands Up” series. I’m considering painting at least one every time the police kill an unarmed person in 2016. Perhaps, I will name each painting after the victim. This is not about the guilt or innocence of the victim, but the police behavior which unjustly threatens lives, especially those of people of color.

"Hands Up" series: the first eight paintings

“Hands Up” series: the first eight paintings

Ponder At Work: Lexicon Series – Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

Rise Up, Hands Free

Rise Up, Hands Free: Collage on canvas

Hands Up, Body Down

Hands Up, Body Down

Hands Up 013

Hands Up, Shot Damn



Today I am sharing a couple of works from the “Hands Up” collection of my new Lexicon series.  I suspect the series will take years to complete.  I am looking to create a whole host of very simple, but aesthetically impactful images to address race and racism in America.  I hope the simple “Hands Up icon” series  conveys the need to pay attention to the unjust abuse of power by law enforcement, especially against people of color.

The Hands Up pieces shown are acrylic on small canvases.  I intend to enlarge some of my favorite ones after I complete more of them.  The piece “Hands Up, Shot Damn” made its debut at my last show with Kelly Burke — “Artistic Conversations on Race and Humanity in Lawrenceville.  “Hands Up, Shot Damn” and “Hands Up, Body Down” were both done in acrylic on canvas.  I intend to move on to other services shortly with the icons.

Enjoy and be provoked.