My Art Assignment This Week

• Lizette Gary aka Baye was born 1978 in Miami, Florida

After many successful years of International art exhibitions, establishing her own branded boutique and getting scooped up by serious art collectors around the globe, Baye is ready to make some noise in her hometown of Miami. 

My job is to make it happen. 

Baye’s modern day hieroglyphics can be seen on canvases, walls, furniture, fashion, books, and accessories. Some of them will be on display for a month, starting this Saturday night, at the Williams McCall Gallery, 110 Washington Ave. 

 

All Baye’s masterpieces are intentionally designed to enlighten people worldwide. In Swahili, Baye means Strength Within the Soul.

 

Baye is of Bahamian (mother) and Geechee (father) descent.  She has an 18 year old daughter, Yani Nakumbe and a five year old son, Amurru Z’marai. 

Baye is a self born artist (witnessed by her family). She sold her first painting at the age of nine. Baye has been winning awards and contests since 1985 from the NAACP.  

Baye is an alumni of Design & Architecture Senior High (D.A.S.H) in Miami. She won a scholarship from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1996

In 1994 Baye was the only student from D.A.S.H that was selected as the model designer for the Miami Design District by Anna Bucchelli’s Interior Design company

Baye was also one of two selected as an Intern Graphic Designer for the Miami Herald Newspaper in 1995 while attending D.A.S.H

Baye opened her first shop in Italy called Baye Art Boutique. She had the honor of being named the “Most Interesting Foreign Artist” in memory of Italy’s 18th century Artist Guiseppe De’Nittis in 2003.

Baye is fluent in Italian and also speaks southern and northern dialect.

Baye has completed her first full art production at Svevo Castello (castle) in Italy and was recognized as “Most Interesting Black Independent Female Artist.” 

Maya Angelou, R.I.P and Erykah Badu were present at Baye’s exhibition in 2002 and 2003 in Miami, Florida

Baye is a poet, songwriter and a vocalist in Italy where she released her first underground single called “Imagine Me and Ransom Noise.” 

Baye also taught arts and crafts to children at Feinberg  Fisher in South Beach and taught English at Westminster College in Italy.

That’s quite a life so far. 

 

We’re Back

Say hello to Lying On the Beach, the “beachy” podcast by Steve Greenberg and yours truly, discussing all things tech and non-tech in an ever-changing and ever-annoying world we live in. For those of you who remember, Steve and I started this podcast series 14 years ago and then gave it up. We can’t remember why.


It doesn’t matter. We’re back with tons of energy and topics. Our URL is http://www.LyingontheBeach.com and that’s where you can find our podcasts. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We plan a weekly podcast, maybe more. We thank Jason Henriques for his artistic and technical direction.

 Our first episode is about Bad Behavior. More and more people all over the world are being rewarded with fame and fortune for their rude, arrogant, and inappropriate behavior. When did the rules change and how does this impact our future? Steve and Lois discuss the changes they have seen. 

We thank you for subscribing to Lying on the Beach and “liking” our  social media pages.  We hope you enjoy our gab sessions. 

CES and Me, Part One

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From this: Laura Foti, then of Billboard Magazine, and me in the early days of CES

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To this: The years of walking the show floors of CES is embedded in every line

Forty seven years ago, I attended my first CES. I believe I am the only living soul who has attended every show. The founder, Jack Wayman, who is now in his 90s, missed one year due to an illness. There will be older people than me at the show next week, but no one with my attendance record.

Does anyone give a hoot? Not really. Ever since I started HWH PR 37 years ago, I really have been a Lone Ranger, promoting everyone but me. Before that, I was a trade journalist covering the CE industry. I was also a columnist for Home Furnishings Daily (HFD) for eight years, then editor of Consumer Electronics Monthly for three. During that time I was the top editor of CE Show Daily, the magazine that was issued every day at the show. I controlled the most important editorial coverage that was distributed on the show floor.

Those were the days. I would walk the show floor and exhibitors would call my name. Everyone knew each other. Even though 20,000 people attended the CES, it was like one big fraternity. Today, at 150,000, it has turned into a transient major city. People come and go faster than some folks change sheets on their bed. It’s no longer called the Consumer Electronics Show but rather the International CES because of the significant number of tech innovators who show up from around the world to exhibit year after year. The majority of the products shown now are not even in the consumer electronics category.

You have to be “strong like bull” to cover the entire show floor. Everywhere you turn there are gadgets and gizmos that are product category game changers. All of these innovators come together once a year in Sin City to strut their stuff. Who ever knew the world could be so creative?

I have been fortunate and privileged to be a part of this evolving world. When I think of all of the people I started with in this industry who are either dead or retired, I get very weepy. I am the last of the charter members who helped build this industry. I don’t need others to praise me. I have my memories to keep me going.

I plan to devote the next few posts to stories untold. Some of them are X-Rated, so stay awake.

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Lois