Art & Poetry

Art by Tara Banfield

  A Crown of Flowers. I am blooming from the wound where I once bled. I would rather wear a crown of flowers than diamonds around my neck. Tara Banfield   I met some of the Tara Banfield Skull Girls on my visit to Houston.  They were on…

The “Visual Rhythm” of Carole Morisseau

If it hadn’t been for the above image, this impression of casual swag and splendor, with eyes that say “You got me, and… I bet you wanna know about this stripe on my hand;”  if it hadn’t been for this image, I might have been too intimidated by…

Artist/Activist Lee Murkey: Rage

During 2020, Lee Murkey was a constant presence at daily protests to take down a monument.  The protests were formed by a  local racial activist group in Florence, AL, Project Say Something, (PSS).    Murkey was called upon to speak at the rallies.  He had this cool, unassuming demeanor,…

Second Act: Millicent Garland Photography

I met Millicent Garland over 30 years ago, in the Shoals, and I have always been in awe of her.   At that time she was the active  President of the Black Engineers group from Tennessee Valley Authority.  Beyond working at TVA, she raised three of her nephews…

Art Ethereal: Pamella Allen

I rendered our current topic to Garden Spices Contributors, “Exploration.”  Immediately, this artist,  unknown to me,  appeared in my Facebook News feed.  I was immediately mesmerized by her work, and I was familiar with one of her frequent subjects, indigenous spiritual mandalas.  On further exploration, I found that…

Barbados Splendor: “Creative” Fred Odle

  instaclouredlotus Artist Bio Artist Fred Odle has been a Creative for a very long time; it is always a better question to ask, “How long have you not been an artist than the other way around. He is more interested in the “creation of” rather than any…

Hand Thrown Vessels : Pottery by Larry Allen

My deceased husband, Bob and I met artist, Larry Allen, at Arts Alive, a local art event in Florence, AL.  His pottery spoke to us with a sense of  our ancestral makeup, yet we were comfortable with the contemporary lines of his beautifully crafted pieces.  Recently, his work…

Two Poems: GRATITUDE POEM #ONE and THERAPY

  Tekla A. Syers GRATITUDE POEM #ONE I cannot be grateful enough. I cannot be gracious enough OOto offset the grace OOI receive. I MUST say please. I MUST say thank you. I MUST offer joy. And I love it this way. What I love and enjoy OOcomes…

Artist: Mikel Elam

I met his #sketchbook on Facebook.  Mikel Elam’s work was/is soul-mesmerizing.  The dimensions, layered with emotion were time-sensitive for me. They depicted a cry for mindfulness in the form of justice for humankind and the universe.  Like the universe, Garden Spices needed to exhibit some of his work…

WITH THIS PEN

With this pen, OOI write my heart and mind open. OOI write this mystery unraveled. OOAnd I write confusion clear. OOThe depths of the universe, OOthe nature of being, OOflow from the silence OOin me, OOfrom all Space and Time OOinto this pen. They lay themselves down OOin…