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Serving Care: Entrepreneur, Candice Hayes

I met Candice Hayes at least 15 years ago when she was giving home spa treatments. She was enthusiastic and on point; I knew she had business acumen. Entrepreneurship came earnestly to Hayes; beyond his job, her late father owned a janitorial and painting business. Hayes recalls,” At…

The Issue with Afro-textured Hair

When one thinks about it, the issue with the type of hair that African Americans have remained such a conundrum is fascinating. One realizes that many folks in American society need glasses, common sense, or lessons in observing and actually “seeing.” When Africans were forced into slavery in…

Intersection: Designs by Nadene Mairesse

There is nothing more beautiful than Indigo, the mystical color of wisdom, intuition, and spirituality.  The Indigo workshop held by the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia, AL was enlivened by the stamps of pattern, and the magic of working in this medium with designer, Nadene Mairesse.  Of…

VBGold Creations: Restful Reeling

  A “Sister-Sandwich”: Dr. Joyce Brown, Victorine, and Susan Peters Well, if peace is a component of rest, then I have found a new way to rest – making my VBGold Creations reels.  ‘So much fun!  Please enjoy. (Did I mention that music feeds my soul?  It does)….

For the Love of Christmas and Dolls  

    By Rhonda Hardy My love of dolls goes way, way back to Christmas time as a little girl.  Christmas was magical and meant that I was going to get a new doll. – My first memorable doll was the Tiny Tears™ doll. Some reason I mainly…

Update on Artist, Rosemary Summers

    Painting: A Matrix Kind of Love I had to catch up with this artist.  Rosemary Summers has boundless energy, and Garden Spices needs to tap into it. – Victorine Update: Just donated a huge painting valued at $5,500.00 to Matrix Human Services Annual Artworks Fundraiser. I…

Welcome to “The Studio . . .”

  After running my business out of my home for six years, I now have a creative space named “The Studio that God Gave Me.”  There’s everything here – from the beautiful leaded-glass ceiling high windows, 700 square feet of open space for sewing machines, fabric storage, a…

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…