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Lena & Me: Christopher Smith

Our Guest Contributor, artist, Alex Wilhite burned Messenger up, strongly encouraging me to “Friend” a performance artist named Christopher Smith. “He’s from Chicago!” What’s so special about this guy, I’m wondering. Then, I browse his Facebook page. Yes, Smith is from Chicago, but Smith is also black, deaf,…

Que

Understanding the effects of fear and reasons why some used and use it, my whole being is deeply disturbed when someone sends me a message about fearing God. We have to stop teaching fear and teach love.“– LaQuanda Simpson Plant and Nurture “My tomatoes are coming along pretty…

Celebrating through Art: Rosemary Ollison

I met Rosemary Ollison’s work on Facebook.  I had never experienced such a feast of leather artistry.  Ollison’s jewelry was vibrant, dimensional, and a celebration of leather I could not stop devouring.  I asked if I could feature her work in Garden Spices and after browsing her site,…

Sports Day Celebration: The Color Purple

  Gigi and Sarin getting ready 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 as the Associate Director…

Artwear by Ayanna Ali

  What is that playing “peek-a-boo” in the luggage cabinet of that plane?  It’s a luggage cover by artist, Ayanna Ali, the 10th grade entrepreneur who is taking artwear by storm. In her own words: “I’m a 15 year-old artist based in Seattle, WA. I’m a native of…

Chrisje Comvalius: Standing Strong

Stage and screen actress, educator, life coach –  the list goes on and on for Chrisje Comvalius.  A little over a year ago, her kitchen table in Amsterdam was the place to land for counsel, fun, and divine food.  Today, you must travel to Rotterdam to receive her…

Small Spaces Standing Tall: Janis Merrell Gipson

You guys already know Janis Merrill Gipson and Rhonda Hardy.  They have contributed to Garden Spices, and they have both created artful spaces on Chicago’s South side.  What makes their spaces worthy of attention?  First, I was delighted to visit them both for cuisine and creativity.  Secondly, they…

Small Spaces Standing Tall: Rhonda Hardy

You met Rhoda Hardy through her dolls, Bronzeville Beauties.  Of course, a sense of an artful space was to be expected, but the volume of color and dimension was explosively vibrant.  Space smaller, but widely welcoming. –Victorine                      …

Just an Illusion

Transformation is an art, especially as it relates to furniture.  That weary cabinet, table, or chair that hears the call of a trash bin is rejuvenated, ready to live again. The wizard, Debra Flint-Salter, owner of Just an Illusion, does more than wave a wand to renovate furniture….

Sarin’s Thai

These days you can find Sarin at the Thai Cooking School.  She is introducing her “love” to students that crave this cuisine. “I have a great passion for Thai food. I like to share enthusiasm, my knowledge and my experiences with you. I cook with happiness and from…