Read our Story & how we started!
Pure Artistry is a family owned business that is operated by mother/daughter duo, Janice & Monique Dennis. They are dedicated to providing a platform for local artist, serving their commUNITY, and bringing a variety of artistic events to the area. Pure Artistry is a place for family & friends to meet & enjoy themselves in a lighthearted atmosphere. We have a variety of shows and events that will feed your mind, body, & spirit. From culinary & fine arts, to liberal & performing arts, Pure Artistry is where the arts are appreciated. Our goal is to display, encourage, & promote local artists!
The grand opening event of Pure Artistry Literary Café was on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The opening event was our Speak No Evil Laugh Lounge comedy show hosted by DJ Genius, featuring veteran, HBO, Comedy Central, & BET comedians BlackTop Improv, & spoken word artist Mista Funn. Blacktop Improv Group is the only improv troupe in the nation that has six internationally known standup comedians that have appeared on BET, HBO, and Comedy Central.
In May of 2011 we started Art & Soul, an all-around arts show originally hosted by Kalonji Gilchrist featuring local band Souled Out (led by Terrence Baldwin) & chef tastings catered by Chef Eryka Perry, of Birmingham’s Not Just Catering. Art & Soul has featured such talents as musicians Dave Crenshaw & BET Music Matters’ Clinton Babers II, spoken word artist “Buttafly Jones” & Emmy winner “Thed Weller” and many more talented artists.
August of 2011 began our commUNITY service events. First was our partnership with Just Keep Giving, a community organization, to present Beyond Dreams, a school supply drive. In October of 2011 we began our 1st food drive to benefit the Montgomery Area Food Bank, donating more than 300 pounds of food. November 2011 presented, an event free to the public, Copyrighted: A Book Signing & Literary Event with local authors signing & selling their published works. Copyrighted also offered a mini workshop on self-publishing. In February 2012, we produced our first Acting Out theatrical performance, Jeff Stetson’s “The Meeting”, a one act play depicting a hypothetical meeting of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Malcolm, played by Kalonji Gilchrist, and Martin, played by Derek Lovett, debate philosophical differences to the same social issues. Malcolm’s bodyguard, Rashad, was played by RonRico Davis. The first show was general, theatre style, seating. The second show was presented as dinner theatre catered by Chef Eryka Perry. The dinner portion featured favorite foods of the main characters. The plated dinner menu was fried airline chicken breast, macaroni & cheese, marinated mixed greens, baked sweet potato w/ brown sugar butter, & pecan pie w/ vanilla bean ice cream & bourbon sauce.
Guest QuotesCheck out what guests have said about our events!
"Always enjoy myself at Pure Artistry. Love the quality (and CLEAN) entertainment."
"Thank you for hosting two wonderful films. Both storylines were informative and well crafted. I especially enjoyed the spokespersons who provided helpful perspectives regarding the pre-, during, and post production initiatives. I look forward to future events at the cafe. Continued success!"
"I enjoyed everything especially the music & comedy, just very uplifting, I will be coming back. Thank you."