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Clearing My Head

LaQuanda “Que” Simpson has always found her way to peace and serenity.  I asked her to share some of her haunts for mental clarity  Gate open. – Victorine “I am so blessed to experience mornings like the one below! So peaceful and serene. I’ve walked to this creek…

Legacy of Vision and Light: Brenda Davis

Brenda Davis (1962 – 2022) Art by Brenda Davis Inspired by visions that “God sends to me,” Brenda Davis filled the walls and ceilings of her double-wide mobile home in rural Alabama with painted depictions of boldly abstracted flowers and birds, multi-colored fronds, primeval jungle royalty, calligraphic-like seals,…

Darshan Comes to Tuscumbia, AL!

A few years back I penned a piece inviting you to “Jump” into experiencing different cultures.  Eight years later, I am awestruck to be experiencing the first national Indian art exhibition – Darshan, Visions of India, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia, AL. Garden Spices…

Carnival is Here!: Tatiana Gibs (Tatje)

There is nothing like Carnival in the Caribbean, and Sint Maarten jams during this festive season of celebration.  Tatiana Gibbs captures the vibrancy of the Caribbean in her tribute, Carnival Is Here!  Tatiana and Dakey also sing calypso, the genre that makes you either move or swoon.  Their…

Native Tongue: Reverse Tie Dying Unitees

Dana’s Tie Dye Wrap Dress As soon as I saw the tie dyed wearable art, I was smitten.  But never have I experienced the magnitude + the vision of design displayed by Unitees.  I knew we could not capture every piece, but Garden Spices had to show you…

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…

Mi Casa Su Casa: New Venture for Janis Gipson

You’ve seen her delectable dishes on the pages of Garden Spices Magazine.  Chef Janis is now cooking for families.  She is now dedicating a couple of days a week to serve whatever defines your palette, from carnivore to vegan.  Example: “This week’s menu is done. Vegan and full…

La Maison in Midtown Huston: Urban Warmth

…Yes, the above image was our lavish suite at La Maison (LM) Midtown Houston.  Of course, we have an inside track; one of the owners,  Genora Boykin, is a cousin to my friend, Mr. K. The co-owner is Sharon Owens, and both Boykins and Owens meet the standard…

Relaxing at Home: “Gather round…”

My sister and brother/friends Denice and Tucker Lott are living their miracles.  They have navigated serious family illnesses, a thriving business, their non-profit, Soul of Santa, and, recently, the renovation of their home.  Relaxation is paramount to their well-being, and the sunroom created to harbor the healing, rest,…