Art & Poetry

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…

Lives Laid Down: Everett L. Carter, Sr.

I met Sgt. Everett L. Carter at his studio at  Lowe’s Mill ARTS, in Huntsville, AL.  He welcomed William Leroy Kennedy and me, introduced us to his major project, Lives Laid Down, and told us about the horrific treatment given to many Soldiers, now, Veterans. He served in…

Mixed Media Artist: Patricia Coleman-Cobb

The moment I met the characters in the work of Patricia Coleman-Cobb, I knew they needed to grace the pages of Garden Spices. Fashioned after the whimsy of the artist, Cobb’s work is multi-dimensional and has personalities we recognize.  Garden Spices welcomes this renowned artist, Patricia Coleman-Cobb.  Gate…

Caribbean Kitchen: Edible Sensations by T.

  Custom Black on Black Cake Black is Beautiful #moist #vanilla #cake #blueberry #fillings #buttercream #coated #ganache #drip #driping #dripcake #toppings #blackberry #Blackberries #blueberries #Piroulines #celebratinglife #life #blessings #birthday #birthdaygirl Living and working on St. Maarten, I experienced the cuisine of Julies Gibs from Caribbean Kitchen in Garden…

Work in Progress: Artist Chinedu Chidebe

I was mesmerized by the work of Nigerian artist, Chinedu Chidebe, haunting, yet spiritual, revolutionary, yet peace- provoking.  “Alignment” was the subject and piece that beckoned me to place his artwork in this issue.  Such a worthy intention, to be aligned. Welcome, Chinedu Chidebe. – Victorine   Artist statement…

Moments

  Can moments be measured? The way minutes can? Is there a clock somewhere With a moment hand? Some moments are heavenly And some are from hell. There are moments meant to be secret, And others that you must tell. The one destined for all to know, The…

Metal works: Desmond Andrew Aisosa Ugiagbe

It was the black dog.  He looked as though he was sculptured from a familiar image, and that sculpting was passionate to the artist.  To think that repurposing can produce such whimsical objects is what makes creativity breathe.  We welcome Desmond Andrew Alsosa Ugiabe to the family of…