Philly Girl In the Making....

Working on new work: "SAVANNAH LANDSCAPE 4: Rebirth" Mixed media collage on handmade paper 38” H x 18” W.

After my two year respite in the South, it's still sometimes hard to realize that, a few months ago, I relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Living in New Jersey for so many years, Philly was a place we came for same-day passports, cheesesteak sandwiches, or just passed through on our way south to see family. But I must confess is it fastly becoming a place I am loving to live.

Still getting my sea legs, I am networking with new friends, and getting reacquainted old ones. My longtime friend in paper Winnie Radolin invited me to a couple of events sponsored by The Guild of Papermakers. It was nice to see her after so many years and to catch up with a group of like-minded papermakers.

Last month too, I got to meet Lavett Ballard, an artist whose work I have long admired. Through her invitation I currently have work in the following shows:

The Colored Girl Museum: 4613 Newhall St, Philadelphia, PA 19144
(You must check their website for hours)

The Kennedy Center Gallary: 429 John F Kennedy Way, Willingboro, NJ 08046 - thru March
(Opened weekdays and some weekend hours)

I believe Philadelphia is going to be good for me creatively. I live and work near "Town Center" (what Philadelphians call downtown). Translation = walking distance to a multitude of history, amazing architecture, ironwork (my secret passion), several museums and a bevy of other inspiring resources -- I can't wait to see! There is walkability about this city that reminds me of Paris. So many neighborhoods with distinct personalities and tucked-away cafes. This is going to be my year. That's my confession as I begin to merge new experiences and this new season into expressions of my art, which I am beginning to share. 

If you are in town I hope you get a chance to visit one of the above shows and continue to check back to my website, as I will soon be posting new work.

New work: "Savannah Landscape #1" 2019,
Mixed media handmade paper collage on Arches paper 22" H x 15" W

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NEW WORK SERIES Plus - It's That Time!!! ATA Annual Show...

Above is a detail shot of a new work series I am, for the moment, calling "Trains" meaning linear progressions to here or there... The short working title for this piece is: “Why Are Her Seeds Falling to Earth” (Mixed media collage acrylic and handmade papers, 59”h x 15”w (see complete length below)). Which has to do with all the unused or underused potential and talent in the African American community, and senseless loss of the seed because of black men who have been murdered unjustly by the police....

Will be showing more of this series as I work on it. In the meantime, I have some work up in New Jersey for the next three months at the Atrium Gallery. The Gallery is open M-F 9am - 6pm, and I believe Saturdays by appointment through Art In The Atrium Inc... The show features over 20 other African American established and emerging artists. Hope you get a chance to stop by.

~ PLEASE visit to see some of my work until March 21, 2018 ~ 

Friday, January 26, 2018 6 to 9 pm Atrium Gallery

Admin. & Records Bldg. Floors 2-5
10 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
(Gallery open weekdays M-F 9 am-5pm)

Participating Artists:

#LeroyCampbell#BisaButler#JanetTaylorPickett#RosalindNzingaNicholLavett BallardLarry Poncho BrownCarole BaileyAnthony GartmondEllaree PrayWannetta Phillips#OnnieStrotherLes FloydTarells ThomasAndrew NicholsB. Curtis Grayson#JackieCollierElaine McCraryErik J MontgomeryBryan Collier#DebWillisJo-El LopezStephen EllisJennifer Mack Kara RiceZaya GrauerArmisey SmithKurtis WatkinsRon EA PowellGwendolyn JacksonJanice Jamison

Public Parking available at Dalton Garage, 24 Cattano St. 

Morristown, NJ

FROM NYC: Penn Station NJ Transit, Morris Essex Line 

FROM NEWARK: Broad Street Station (few blocks walk from train station to the gallery)Please visit for additional information. #artintheatriuminc

Indigo Love...

A few weeks ago, I took the plunge and experimented with some indigo textile dye work. Feeling a bit out of my comfort zone, I reread instructions over and over for a few days before attempting the work. I am still so fixated on textiles.... Especially LINEN!!! Nothing feels like it! Dyes like it! And now that I have made a shawl out of the piece hanging on the end of the closeline (below)... WELL! Nothing hangs like it. 

Above, the plant design is meant to mimic the indigo plant. The pattern was achieved by my attempt at Japanese Shibori or African Adire - take your pick. The process is basically the same: stitching the cloth closed before placing in dye vat. This piece and the long shawl piece below are made from antique linen sheets. I guess that's why I do not ever recall finding a scraf that feels so wonderful and hangs so well. It would probably be very expensive to use, if not hard to find.... I just happened to have a few.

Antique linen sheet strip that I made into a shawl.

Blended knit fabric that was an fairly ugly mauve color, turned from a frog to a prince in the Indigo!

When I got to the end of this laborious two day process, I was sure I would not do it again.... I was cautioned by my friend and fellow artist Janet Taylor Pickett to not speak too quickly. She was right. Indigo has crept into my soul.... I will be back! with a better sense of how to push the medium toward what I see in my head.

Left: the end result of the quilt. Called a six point star pattern, taught to me by a master quilter. Thank goodness the pattern is forgiving for someone like me who does not like to measure. :-)