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The Coloured Section

We are more than just a colour.

The Coloured Section is the brainchild of the late master artist and jazz musician, George Gist. We honor his memory by striving to become a true artists' community that truly supports its members' needs.

Our goal is to make paths for those artists who are not easily able to enter into creative opportunities through the front door. We believe that if artists know each other and work together, then none of us should be without work. Through workshops, apprenticeships, seasonal group shows, and regular collaborative efforts, we strive to build stronger lives and careers for all of our members.

About us

What's in a colour?

Meet our Colours and get to know their work.

Natiq Jalil

Natiq is a self-taught visual artist who specializes in Afrofuturism through watercolors, acrylics, and oils. He is also the founder of The Coloured Section in its current form. 

He's currently completing work concerning relevant topics such as legacy building, black narratives, empowering black women, and equity in race, gender, and sexuality.

Crystal Noel Jalil

Crystal Noel Jalil is an accomplished poet, actress, event host, model, writer,  jewelry maker, fashionista, endometriosis warrior, and emerging visual artist who specializes in graphite and charcoals.

She runs C.Noel Jewelry, speaks on issues facing black women, mentors young artists, and has performed poetry on Broadway in New York City.

Isaiah Spencer

Isaiah Spencer is a spoken word and visual artist born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. Isaiah began his writing journey in his early teenage years and developed his spoken word talent throughout his collegiate years, where he has performed in and hosted a number of open mic events. Within the last year, Isaiah has expanded his repertoire to include visual art in the form of painting. Isaiah hopes to use his visual art as another way of highlighting engineering and science, different facets of the black experience, mental health, and community development and growth.

Jessica Vaden

Jessica Vaden is a trained dancer in a multitude of dance styles including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Dunham, African, and Liturgical dance. Her training is an amalgamation of dance teachers and mentors across the city of Philadelphia. Jessica is also currently a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and has her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Jessica is also a pastry chef with Jess Delicious Bakery founded in Philadelphia, PA and specializes in vegan versions of everyone’s favorite baked goods.

 Within the Coloured Section, Jessica is a board member and is a resident concept artist helping in co-curating many of the Coloured Section’s events. She has been instrumental to the Coloured Section’s rapid success thus far and is excited to continue growing with the collective.


KiAsia is  one of the youngest member of The Coloured Section. She is an emerging visual artist, fashionista, and makeup enthusiast.

She specializes in oil painting and mixed media. Her work expresses the challenges of being a young woman in today's world using whimsical and fantastical imagery that leads the mind down winding paths of wonder.

Trenita Finney

Trenita Finney (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer in Pittsburgh. Her focus is on creating work with small businesses, non-profits and individuals who love art. Heavily influenced by bright colors, anime, video games and black joy, she seeks to show black people being themselves. Being celebrated and being loved.

Photo by Deb Thomas

Nina Soto

Nina is a self taught artist who enjoys working with watercolors and oils. Her paintings are
often anime inspired with a stylized twist. As a mother her favorite subject matter is
women in power.

Her work is deeply spiritual in its symbolism and subject matter. She brings her natural high energy into her painting with whimsical color palettes and fluid brushstrokes. Her work has graced the walls of Pittsburgh gallery walls such as Redfishbowl and others. Her current body of work captures her worldview and lived experience as an Afro-Latina living in the United States. She is currently working on projects concerning mental health and body positivity alongside The Coloured Section.

Tomi Adebayo

Tomilola Adebayo is an emerging Nigerian-American visual artist who specializes in soft pastel portraits. Exploring this genre in different mediums, she often also uses acrylic, charcoal, and graphite pencil. Her visual style, while often fluid in terms of use of color, pays homage to her roots, borrowing from Nigerian cultural motifs in terms of headdresses, traditional clothing, and tribal markings. 

Her official journey into the visual arts began as far back as 2007 while attending the Carnegie Museum of Art's The Art Connection program for young artists. In her time as a student at Pitt, she was selected to receive the 2017 A.J. Schneider Award during that year's respective Studio Arts Student Exhibition, allowing her to display her artwork in the Hillman Library Reading Room. 

Marinda J. Taliaferro

Marinda is a self taught visual artist based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Her work is inspired by strong African American women, pop art, and music. Her influences include Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Frida Kahlo, Jean Michel Basquit, Andy Warhol, and street artist Banksy.

She started her art career when she was 15 years old, working with charcoal and acrylic paint as her mediums. Marinda enjoys using bright colors surrounding black and white images.

Her art has been seen at Pittsburgh’s Art All Night and other local shows. Her work is admired by all of her friends and family members. She appreciates every chance she gets to display her work.

Jameela Platt

A proud Pittsburgh native, Jameelah Platt trained in Fine Art at the University of art in Philadelphia Pa. She is a teaching artist at Assemble Gallery. Her most recent interest has been in retrieving and unveiling the soft dream-like parts of our imaginations. In her own words she stated the following.

“I am a story teller. I look for the anecdotes and fables of people of color, to reanimate the familiar narratives we are told and experience as children. I want to translate the nostalgic moments that we can mutually acknowledge and embrace as a community through the language of gestures and movement with the human figure.”

Her studio practice is driven by her interest in the art of story-telling, color, art history, assemblage and the decorative adornment of objects, spaces and people. 

Ivory Eddins

Ivory is a Pittsburgh based artist. She likes to constantly explore new and different mediums and styles. Some of the materials she likes to use include acrylic paints, paint markers, colored pencils, gouache, watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal, wax, and alcohol markers on a variety of different surfaces such as paper, wood, cardboard, and whatever else I might come across. Her style ranges from semi-realism to psychedelic art and everything in between. Her art is inspired by the human experience, emotions, and all things beyond the veil.