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I sent Ali some questions on Facebook to find out more about her and the ‘blackout’ art exhibitions at Howley’s Restaurant in West Palm Beach. This is where young emerging artists and their admirers hang out and also work. Here are some of her thoughts:

“I started working for Howley’s two years ago. I decided that I was tired of looking at the blank walls! We’ve been doing art shows for about a year now. Every month there is a new ‘blackout’ show.

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There are so many artists in the West Palm area. The walls are welcome to anyone. I have met a lot of people working here and put time into the Armory Arts Center as well.

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The restaurant is great. It is a local diner from the 50’s, a diamond in the rough. It is fantastic to have the walls to work on. The people are great, the staff is great, the sunsets from the picture windows are beautiful! A piece of art in itself.

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One of our featured artists is pooch. He is the owner of Altered State Tattoo.. along with everyone from the shop. We have put together many good shows.

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The next show is going to be a tattoo artist show. Tattoo shops from Boca to Stuart will be showcasing their art. Some of the artists are my friends and others have come along the way.

Other local artists like Amanda Valdez, Nicole Bechill, Scott White, Lea Vendetta, Sonny Depalma who represents Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Anthony White, Kevin Sealy, Teresa Korber, myself, and there are so many more.

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I just moved back to West Palm Beach two years ago. Before that I was living in downtown Los Angeles in the artist district, where I lived for two years. I learned a lot during that time from so many different types of people. Before that I lived in Austin, Milwaukee, Minnesota, and a few other places. I was traveling a lot. I grew up in an area between east and west Fort Lauderdale, moved up here in 2000-2003 then took off. Best thing I ever did was to get up and go see places, meet people.. good times.

I like learning all different types of art. You never know unless you try. I want to be knowledgeable in all types!

Never abandon your imagination. That’s one of my mottos which I have tattooed.
That one is real important.. and then I have fun stuff! Just another way of taking your art with you. Until then, thanks!

Allison Black

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