Vision

Direction: Which Way is Up?

  To possess sound judgment or common sense; to have a clear understanding of a situation. Creating community, restoring community, and positively impacting communities have been a huge part of my life’s commitment. My family was part of the Great Migration. The elders instilled in us that moving…

Foundational Power: Art by Cecilia Lamptrey-Botchway

I was enchanted by the power of the artistry I met in viewing the work of Cecilia Lamptrey-Botchway.  Then I browsed her collective work;  I was mesmerized by the diverse talent of this artist – painting, batik, performance art, and the consciousness of celebrating women.  Garden Spices welcomes…

Insightful Aging 

  Susan Peters, ” living a vigorously physical and intellectual life…” “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced” James Baldwin. I am in my seventh decade. A former runner, my sprint through life, along with that of other…

Love, Hope, Art: Luis Peralta Del Valle

Man, every brush stroke comes with pain but it hurts more not to create.…This Baldwin quote is the truth. People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned. Luis…

Spiritual in Nature: Art of Verlena Johnson

  Self Portrait, Raven and the Owl   The halos in her work echo and conjure up the ethereal, ancestral strength and intuition that is female.  It is spiritual and diverse and its essence is recognized by eyes that seek insight. Garden Spices celebrates and honors the work…

Insight on Education

In March 2020, school systems were ill-prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic’s mandates for masks, online learning, and closure… especially schools serving high numbers of children receiving free and reduced lunch and Title I services. Title I services include but are not limited to literacy programs to ensure children…

Let’s Keep Moving! Real C-kle Art

His artwork  blazes with hope and promise.  Clement Larvea’s (C-kle) art therapy infuses the global community with vibrant images that speak to the language of healing.  Welcome, C-kle to Garden Spices.  Gate open – Victorine About the Artist Clement Larvea, better known as C-kle, is a self thought…

Undiagnosed

  About this work Undiagnosed is a series of self-portraits that explores my journey with mental health struggles.  With this project, I wanted to provide visual representations of my feelings living with depression and social anxiety.  During the fall semester of 2021, I struggled the hardest with my…

Re: Intentions

I turned 50 this year. It’s still odd to hear it out loud…50. I remember being younger and thinking, “50… that’s old!” Now, I’m not exactly sure what 50 is supposed to feel like. I’ve finally arrived at that dreaded and magical point in life where men begin…