Initially as Rebekkah Williamson began to work on her first solo exhibition, the intended location was actually New York not DC. A live painting display at the Blind Whino by the artist known as Sweetz, caught the attention of the Cove, whose owners would eventually approach her to do an exhibition there. As they began talks of bringing their event to fruition, their prime H Street location in Northeast DC and intimate atmosphere made for a ideal location and talks began. What finally sealed for Sweetz was their act of kindness after their Free Memorial Day Cookout, after the event concluded, they cooked the remaining food and gave it to the homeless. What may have been a small gesture to them, solidified their character in her eyes and made the agreement a done deal.
When she began tossing around names, "Black Market" came to mind. Definitely an interesting choice for a name, due to its negative connotation, but upon deeper thought it fit perfectly. The black market is very similar to the art industry. Since an art exhibition is generally all new work and maybe even a new style, creating this event is like a new drug hitting the market, except in this, case the drugs are the paintings. Commonly as the drug begins to make the news and you hear more about it, any drug dealer with sense makes sure to have it on hand. She wants to illicit that reaction with her work. She hopes it makes you uncomfortable, is thought-provoking and slightly addictive. As she emerges from the shadow of her steadily growing instagram following, she hopes to make a genuine impact with her work and as she said in a recent interview "I'm not sure exactly what my impact will be [quite] yet, but like I said... This is a new drug, and drugs are always evolving. The smart ones will see the potential in me before everyone else, they are what makes the black market."