Art & Poetry

Love, Hope, Art: Luis Peralta Del Valle

Man, every brush stroke comes with pain but it hurts more not to create.…This Baldwin quote is the truth. People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned. Luis…

Spiritual in Nature: Art of Verlena Johnson

  Self Portrait, Raven and the Owl   The halos in her work echo and conjure up the ethereal, ancestral strength and intuition that is female.  It is spiritual and diverse and its essence is recognized by eyes that seek insight. Garden Spices celebrates and honors the work…

Portraits of New York: PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID RHODES

We started it with spiraled emotions and broad expectations, 2022.  Photographer, David Rhodes captured our feelings in his image vibrantly celebrating the new year.  With New York City as his backdrop, Rhodes’ work allows us to immerse our souls into the people in his portraits, into the crevices…

Let’s Keep Moving! Real C-kle Art

His artwork  blazes with hope and promise.  Clement Larvea’s (C-kle) art therapy infuses the global community with vibrant images that speak to the language of healing.  Welcome, C-kle to Garden Spices.  Gate open – Victorine About the Artist Clement Larvea, better known as C-kle, is a self thought…

Movement: Gafar Oluwabori Quahar

It wasn’t his synchronous painting, (featured below),  that drove me to browse his work. However, surprised when I viewed it, I had to comment and post my picture: Gafar Oluwabori Quahar has work that exudes power, speaking to the present and future, and “movement” is the magic word….

Undiagnosed

  About this work Undiagnosed is a series of self-portraits that explores my journey with mental health struggles.  With this project, I wanted to provide visual representations of my feelings living with depression and social anxiety.  During the fall semester of 2021, I struggled the hardest with my…

Perfection Can Shove It

I’m writing this on a day I pulled scabs off my calloused knees that kept crawling to people who never once loved me. I’m not writing of romantic love. Just that intrinsic respectful love from an acquaintance who wishes you well because they know you’re not a prick….

Meditation As Divine Intention

While sitting in a reclining position by the pool, after emerging from a challenging work week, I feel the warmth of the sun embracing my body. I choose to relax, bask in its glow, engage it as a point of reference for meditation. Staring at the sun, I…

NO TALKING, YO YO MA EDITION

By Tekla A. Syers Sit down and listen…no talking. It’ll be good for you. Let’s listen to Yo Yo Ma. OO Be still. No humming along OOor toe tapping. We’re going to let Yo Yo Ma OOrenew and realign us, OOmentally and physically. Set Yo Yo Ma to…

Pathway to Innovation: The Pottery of Helene Fielder

  About the Artist Helene Fielder is an award-winning potter from Booneville, Mississippi. She was born in Rive de Geir, France, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen as a child. She has lived and worked in many places before settling in Mississippi, including Slovenia, Germany, and various states…