Art

47 Years

A son of the Shoals area, David “Hummingbird” Walton has made his way as a troubadour for peace at spiritual centers, festivals, homes, from the Shoals to Hawaii.  His music has traveled all over the world. He picked up a guitar 47 years ago May 1st, and he…

Meet Artist, Kerrigan Casey

I met Kerrigan Casey at a wonderful Black History program, Youth Program:  Who We Were Then and Who We Are Now, held at the library in Florence, AL.  Part of the program, Casey was the ‘live art’ exhibit who was painting/creating, as other folks performed. When I saw…

Love in a Minor Key

  (A song about caring for the young voices and lives of our future.) I share my heartfelt grief with this song I wrote  after the Columbine school tragedy about 20 years ago. This tragedy continues to unfold still; – no pictures, just words.  The pictures on the…

Old Baggage

All the old baggage of yesterday I have thrown it over my back now it can only encourage me not to ever look back   Backward living has no victory there is no glory to achieve all the old baggage of yesterday I have given it eternal reprieve…

Finishing Up with Garnet and Sarin

Foto finishes with Bernie Basley I scream for ice cream. Bernie Basley Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television Network where he served…

THE RIGHT TO BE

  When I was a child, I spoke like a man. I sang songs that spoke life into The very core of my people. I taught my lips to bless all that blessed me.   I am a child of the soil and my feet are firm and…

Bernie Basley Photography: Belize

The Blues comes wrapped in a tranquil and beautiful country, BELIZE.   Diverse in culture and inviting to the senses, Belize is a willing subject for photographer, Bernie Basley. – Bernie Basley Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago,…

A Woman for Every Season: Charlene Carter

Charlene Carter has a smile that signifies her vitality. She is an exuberant trailblazer that shares her many gifts and talents in the Shoals area. The oldest of 3, Carter revels in the fact that she is fabulously 60. “We can be free at any age.”  She grew…

Moments of Joy

Every Wednesday afternoon, I drive to Room in the Inn, the homeless ministry in Florence. On my drive to the center, I am usually filled with self-doubt. I am socially awkward, and I always try to get there early enough to nab the snacks and supplies duty so…

PUERTO RICO: PEPE VILLEGAS

I asked Pepe Villegas to share his artwork dedicated to Puerto Rico, since the ravaging of this American island by  hurricane Maria.   This work needs no text; it reveals the pain of Maria, yet Puerto Rico emerging.-Victorine   Please send donations to Puerto Rico Recovery Fund – Pepe…