Art & Poetry

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…

The Presence of Rosemary Summers

  Ghana’s Calling 16×20 inches acrylic rosemarysummers.com   Rosemary Summers has a vivid presence on social media.  Is it the vibrant spirit of her posts, welcoming us to live in her moment; is it the volume of beauty and dimension in her art?  It is her presence in…

Artist: Stephen Abban Junior

  HISTORICAL ANTIQUITY – HARRIET TUBMAN An artistic composition of Harriet Tubman, the protagonist of the Underground railroad. The background of the piece depicts secret letters written during the underground railroad. Executed in mixed media, Acrylic, and permanent marker on canvas. It measures 127cm x 127cm.. Composed by…

Idea, Perspective, and Curation: Brandon Harris

I met Brandon Harris by Messenger, and finally, Wakanda-hugged him at the exquisite Tennessee Valley Museum of Art exhibit for which he worked as a curator. I was in awe at the splendor of Michi Meko’s When It’s Black Outside: Notes from the Before Times, an exhibit that highlighted…

A Life Worth Living: Artist, Trish Williams

I met Trish Williams browsing her artwork on Facebook, which was so powerful in imagery and dimension, most in fabric.  I discovered so many other artists through Williams generously highlighting their work. I was inspired to ask why she advocates for other artists: The reason that I share…

THE ART OF THE WAXING MOON

  Waxing moon refers to when the light part of the moon is expanding before it becomes a Full moon.  January’s full moon is called Wolf Moon. At certain times of the cycle, this moon can be seen at sunset. To the southeast, I noticed the Waxing Wolf…

It’s All Thai! Bernard Basley Photography

    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 and Stage Manager from 1979-2001. Prior…

Mary Young: Indigo Magic

Indigo.  It is the color of spirituality, the third eye, wisdom, creativity, devotion.  Indigo renders the soul to take a moment to breathe and flow into the vastness and depth of its color.  No wonder artist Mary Young was attracted to express this color in textiles.  No wonder…

DIGGING DEEP

Always searching for rhyme or reason can be maddening. It’s like trying to make sense of the nonsensical or looking for the well-disguised blessing that you hope is somewhere inside every presumed curse. I tend to view life as somewhat poetic, seeing everything as a song – good,…