Vernette Honeywood

West Adams resident and artist Vernette Honeywood passed away on September 12th after a two year battle with cancer. Honeywood’s artwork came to the attention of middle America when it was featured on The Cosby Show decorating the Huxtable’s living room, after Bill Cosby and his wife discovered her art in Los Angeles.  With a BA from Spelman College and MA in Education and teaching credential from USC in 1974, Honeywood went on to direct community outreach programs at USC in the late 1970s.  She formed a company Black Lifestyles with her sister to distribute images of her bold and upbeat art on posters and notepads.  She also illustrated Cosby’s popular “Little Bill” series of children books.  Honeywood is remembered for her high quality art depicting positive black themes of family and community.  She was also known for her generous heart and spirit.

 

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