Art & Poetry

Wearable Art: Oluwasegun Adeogun Owa

As African drummers/dancers, we look for unique fabrics for creating clothing. This artist creates prints that dance, and Garden Spices asked for a glimpse into the studio of Oluwasegun Adeogun Owa. – Victorine Artist Statement My name: Oluwasegun Adeogun Owa, and  I am a textile artist.  I am…

Art of Our Times: Sena Tues

  “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried but you’ve actually been planted” – Sena Tues   About Me !! Kwabena, Sena Alexander was born on September 23, 1978, at Korle Bu, but comes from the Volta region of Ghana and presently resides…

Autumn is Here

May 17, 2020 Autumn is here. I see it in my copper skin. In my glistening eyes. In the bamboo scarf that begs to hug me tighter. Autumn is here. But you are nowhere near here. You’re somewhere, Where spring beckons you to life that demands every ounce…

Art by Amita

  I met Amita Bharak’s work at various events in the Florence, AL area. I would not meet her until we served on the board of the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art. Her art depicts the warmth, vibrance, and spiritual nature of her culture, and Garden Spices delights…

Above & Beyond by Aletha Metcalf Evans

  Leave no stone unturned Nor…Nary a corner cut Get to the bottom of things When others give up Put yourself in the place Of those you’re sworn to serve Delivering star treatment Not only VIPs deserve Going the extra mile Isn’t just a saying It’s doing all…

Dorothy Small-Spaulding: Why Not Paint!

The featured image is a card sent to me and created by my longtime friend, Dorothy. It sits on my family room shelf as artwork and inspiration. I’ve known Dorothy Small-Spaulding for over 40 years. We met in Cleveland, OH, my first friend there. With bright eyes, wearing…

ART – Artist Cecil Bernard

  We did not take part in any of the videos, but Cecil Bernard has been a cherished friend and artistic presence in the homes of our family. He has also been a favorite of artists featured in Garden Spices Magazine. – Victorine This video expresses how many…

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,…