African-American artist Queen Brooks renowned for use of vibrant colors, textures – Entertainment & Life – The Colu…


As a young adult walking down Washington Avenue in East Columbus, Queen Brooks would stare into the window of an art gallery owned by photographer Kojo Kamau.

“I kept looking in the window and about the third time, Kojo invited me in,” Brooks said. “I told him I didn’t have any money, and he said I didn’t need any money to come into a gallery.”

Soon afterward, Kamau offered her a job helping to develop and print photos and working as a receptionist. That was the beginning of her association with fine art and the artist who would become her mentor.

Today, Brooks, who recently celebrated her 75th birthday, is one of central Ohio’s most active artists and — along with the late Kamau, who died in 2016 — one of Ohio’s best-known African-American artists. Her new…

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