Art & Poetry

THOUGHTS AND WORDS

    By Tekla A. Syers Dedicated to Jaclyn Moore-Bedford Don’t let your thoughts and words OOlead you to distress. Don’t think words of distress OOor darkness about another OOfor their roots run deep OOand sprout OOin your experience OOas unpleasantness. No OOto stress-inducing words OOfrom others. They…

Voting Issues

Here it is, 2022. I never thought I would be compelled out of my middle-age pandemic stupor to revisit issues I lived through in the 1960s and stare them squarely in the face today. I grew up at a time when info about African Americans was relegated to…

Creator/Creating Gets My Vote!

One of my besties queried, “What happened to you?  You turned 72, and now you are bursting with creativity – a magazine, a blog, and now jewelry!  My answer – “I don’t know!”  I’m just going with what I feel; at this moment, I feel like flowing in…

Prosetry: The Sky

The Sky The sky was afire, showing off what colours of blush she could afford our compliments. A golden smear here, a bronze dusting there. Tangerine followed closely. The sky was full of peace. She loudly said nothing but truly beautiful, heavenly soft poetic puffs of glowing cloud….

An Artist’s Perspective: Mikel Elam

    The Art of Dreaming. My mother used to refer to me as the dreamer. I would dream both awake and asleep. I could find images in the cloud’s food nature. Even looking into the face of another. It sometimes got me in trouble. Especially school when…

Art in Emotion: Udeagha Chindindu

  Title:  Phobia Have you experienced any situation or event where fear gripped your body and spirit to the extent you cant move, think or talk? Fear is dangerous. Original artwork for SALE #dinduart#creativity#Godschild #art#grahitedrawing The emotion of this young artist from Lagos, Nigeria, cried out through the…

Update on Artist, Rosemary Summers

    Painting: A Matrix Kind of Love I had to catch up with this artist.  Rosemary Summers has boundless energy, and Garden Spices needs to tap into it. – Victorine Update: Just donated a huge painting valued at $5,500.00 to Matrix Human Services Annual Artworks Fundraiser. I…

Welcome to “The Studio . . .”

  After running my business out of my home for six years, I now have a creative space named “The Studio that God Gave Me.”  There’s everything here – from the beautiful leaded-glass ceiling high windows, 700 square feet of open space for sewing machines, fabric storage, a…

Dreams: Evans Nyarko Badohu

This young man’s work.  This young man from Ghana, Evans Nyarko Badohu, tagged me his every dream until I asked could I share them with you.  Gate open, Garden Spices, on Evans Nyarko Badohu. – Victorine   Artist Statement I started to create when I was a child…

How Do You Process Your Mental State?

I feel that the pandemic put us all in various precarious mental states regarding survival. This pandemic has been a thorny arena for me, a ceramic artist dependent on my Community Ceramic Art Studio at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago – my art home since 2012…