Meet The Artist

Beverly Tipton Hammond

Beverly Tipton Hammond is an ordained elder, dancer, choreographer, visual artist, singer, songwriter, art curator and entrepreneur. She began painting 14 years ago as a hobby and has over 200 paintings. Her medium is acrylic, ink marker on canvas and wood, as well as collage. Her artwork was featured in the Hennepin County Employee Exhibit in 2017, the Hennepin County Health Department Exhibit Hall and most recently her “Hattitude Series” was featured at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery in the “Grace Exhibit” in 2018-2019. The series features vibrant colors and hats inspired by Beverly’s passion for millinery and was featured in the StarTribune.

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About Beverly

In February 2021, Beverly and Drew hosted a “Social Justice” art exhibit at the Northrup King Building to commemorate Black History Month. Beverly served as curator for the exhibit. She has participated in several other Social Justice Murals in Minneapolis in 2021 and is a member of the ROHO Collective. She is a Co-Founder of AHHA (Artistry, History, Humanity, Action)!

Beverly curated the “Absence of Justice” Exhibit at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery in 2021 and curated the inaugural exhibit of AHHA, “Healing the Breach Exhibition”, 2022 at the White Bear Lake Center for the Arts.
Beverly is also an author, having written several books including, “Healed Am I – Recovery from the Trauma of Abuse”, CrossPoints – A Life Application of the Cross and “The Adventures of Holy Girl” a Christian Comic Book!

Her gallery Tipton Hammond Arts opened last April in the Northrup King Building, where she and her husband A. Drew Hammond create inspiring and colorful acrylic paintings and intriguing collages. Beverly also, has started the Pure Water School of Dance, teaching Ballet and Afro-Modern Dance in the gallery. She enjoys the creative process and loves to inspire and share her passion for art.

Activism

Black Lives Matter Mural
After the murder of George Floyd Drew and I were asked to be part of the 16 member team of artists chosen to create a street mural to honor Mr. Floyd. It was an honor to participate in such a mammoth project! In July 2020 we began our work using our own original design to create on Plymouth Avenue. The mural was the brainchild of Tina Burnside and Coventry Cowens, Co-Directors of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery at 1256 Penn Ave., N Minneapolis, MN 55411.

The mural took me about 7 hours to create and changed my life, as I worked alongside 15 other artists as we sought to honor a man who’s death changed the world!

Read The story behind the BLM mural on Plymouth Ave.

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Dance & Theater

In 1996 and 1999, Beverly was invited to sing at the White House for Christmas, during the Clinton Administration. She has three CD’s Refreshing Hymns & Spirituals, Holy Fire, Wondrous Child and a single “Lift Up America” an original song written for our Nation.

She and her husband Drew moved to Minnesota in 2016. The Pure Water School of Dance, Minneapolis opened in June of 2021, offering classes in Ballet and Afro-Modern Dance.