Art & Poetry

Second Act: Millicent Garland Photography

I met Millicent Garland over 30 years ago, in the Shoals, and I have always been in awe of her.   At that time she was the active  President of the Black Engineers group from Tennessee Valley Authority.  Beyond working at TVA, she raised three of her nephews…

Art Ethereal: Pamella Allen

I rendered our current topic to Garden Spices Contributors, “Exploration.”  Immediately, this artist,  unknown to me,  appeared in my Facebook News feed.  I was immediately mesmerized by her work, and I was familiar with one of her frequent subjects, indigenous spiritual mandalas.  On further exploration, I found that…

Barbados Splendor: “Creative” Fred Odle

  instaclouredlotus Artist Bio Artist Fred Odle has been a Creative for a very long time; it is always a better question to ask, “How long have you not been an artist than the other way around. He is more interested in the “creation of” rather than any…

Hand Thrown Vessels : Pottery by Larry Allen

My deceased husband, Bob and I met artist, Larry Allen, at Arts Alive, a local art event in Florence, AL.  His pottery spoke to us with a sense of  our ancestral makeup, yet we were comfortable with the contemporary lines of his beautifully crafted pieces.  Recently, his work…

Two Poems: GRATITUDE POEM #ONE and THERAPY

  Tekla A. Syers GRATITUDE POEM #ONE I cannot be grateful enough. I cannot be gracious enough OOto offset the grace OOI receive. I MUST say please. I MUST say thank you. I MUST offer joy. And I love it this way. What I love and enjoy OOcomes…

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…