Sunday, December 20, 2009

We are still here

Greetings All,
Yes we are still here. We have been hanging out at Artisans 21 Gallery (above) and meeting all types of people.

Duchess (left) and the gang hosted our annual open house show/sale in November (above). I also finished Kemba, who is named after my daughter and Philomena (below right/left). I'm working on Saffronia in honor of Nina Simone song Four Women that I saw on You Tube sung by Lizz Wright, Dianne Reeves and Simone (Lisa Celeste Stroud) who is the high priestess daughter.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My latest Diva

Greetings All,
This is my latest diva "Fallon" who was created by commission and she's named after a wonderful young woman that I met on-line and who came out while we were at the Chicago Jazz Festival and spent the afternoon with us. We enjoy her company so very much that I had to name a diva after her. The garments that she's wearing were created by the owner fabric because wanted her to matched her bedroom.

The fabric came from "Global Mamas" that was created in Ghana and I supplied the lining fabric and shoe soles. Global Mamas is a nonprofit organization helping small women-led enterprises in Africa. Do check out their website. So here's to you Fallon.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Artisans 21 Grand Re-opening

Greetings All,
Artisans 21 had their Grand Re-opening this past weekend and the Darling Divas/Friends were in attendance and had a great time. I was their all day Saturday met some wonderful people and some old acquaintances. I look forward to have a long run with the gallery and thank them for allowing me to be a member. The Divas/Friends had an awesome time and we will keep you posted.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chicago Jazz Fest - Part II

Greetings All,

Well the "Darling Divas/Friends" survived another weekend of vending and Ms. Pumpkin (right) found a new home on the east-coast in DC. She will be missed, but much loved in her new space/place. All the other divas were oohed and awed over and welcome with open arms. They met people from all over the planet, England, Ireland, Spain, China, South America, and Canada to name a few.
We had a great time hanging out with my first born, Kemba (below left) and she's a diva too. The music was just awesome, the weather could not have been better and I would love to do it again.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chicago Jazz Festival Art Fair

Greetings All,

The Darling Divas/Friends are getting ready for another road trip. This time they are off to a 3-day event at the Chicago Jazz Festival Art Fair. This is a 1st for us and we hope/pray not the last. We will be in downtown Grant Park at the north rose garden between Jackson Blvd and the wonderful Buckingham Fountain, Sept 4th, 5th, and 6th from 11am until 9:30 each day. So if you are in town come on downtown and stop by and say hello.

The artists/artisans that are participating are: Nnamdi African Origins, Wire Art Jewelry, Avril's Designs, Pretty Afrika Designs, Samsara Boutique, B&N Designs, Out of Africa, Ernani Silva, Cheryl Toles, Peter Hurley Studio, Sam Thread Art, Chester Allen, Patrick Crouch, Chris C. Crystals and More, Gallery Guichard, Third Generation Jewelers, Paul S. Benjamin, Kerream Jones, JJB Silver & More, Bayo Studio, Window to Imagination, Kit Enterprises LLC, and Semmerling & Schaefer Masks Studios.

The music line-up is just awesome and some of my favorites are: Muhal Richard Abrams, Dee Alexander, Fareed Haque, Esperanza Spalding, Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Strings, Von Freeman, and the Archie Shepp Quartet just to name a few. So come on down the Divas/Friends /I will be waiting to see you.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Seaway Bank Art Fair-Road Trip part II

Greetings All,

The Darling Divas/Friends had a great time at the 26th Annual Seaway Bank Art Fair this past weekend. The met lots of new friends (left) and put on a great show. We also won second place in the fiber/doll category.

First place winner was Juliette Hurtz with her adorable little queens and her wonderful home decor (right). Juliette I have know for years and she's been a wealth of knowledge on how to be a vendor and I have learned a great deal from her.

The lovely little darlings (below) were presented by Charlie of "Pretty Things" and are creations of a doll maker named Judy Roy of "Child Images". I normally are not drawn to baby dolls, but I love the look of these cuties. Our next outing will be the Chicago Jazz Fest September 4th, 5th, and 6th and I will post more later in the month.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Seaway Bank26th Annual Cmmunity Art Fair-Road Trip

Greetings All,
Well this weekend I will be out vending with the Divas/Friends at the Seaway Bank's Art Fair. This is a small community event that I love doing it because of the people and I always learn something new or meet someone new. I also it's not costly and I get the chance to expose others to what I do.

I started doing the event many years ago when my children were small and stopped of years and within the last 5 years I started back and remember why I did it in the first place. It's all about community. I don't live in this community, but there is such a feeling of community and I usully have a geat time.

Also this is the Air/Water show this weekend and the jets will be flying high and far even to the point that we can see some of them from 87th street. I completed several "Divas" for this event. I have parts of dolls that I have started so that when new events come up I can add to my inventory without a lot of stress. Below you will find Eunice (left), Corinth (center), and Magdalena. So if you are on the southside of Chicago this weekend stop by and say hello.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Artisans 21 Gallery

I just got back from Artisans 21 Gallery dropping off Rob and Empress and some of my small wall hangings to add to my inventory. Also I needed to do some paperwork. So now it's official that I am a member of the gallery. I'm so excited because I'm in such great company. Dorri Ellis, Joy Rosner, Candy Shweder, Janice Tedesco, Paul Jeselskis, Lynne Terr, Marianne Hammett, Jewell Pates, Lois Stone, Rob Borja, Barbara O"Connor, Harry Meyer, Anita Garrison, Pat Rosenzweig, Susan Windsor, Penny Nichols, Terry Boykin, Judith Guajardo, Jim and Chris Freeburn, Mary Ellen Sisulak, Anne Amas, Frazzled Tiles, and Donna Joy Wolfe.

Before I left I found earrings for two of my divas. Empress (left) and Pumpkin (right) and I love the way they enhance their features.

Empress (below) found a new friend with Dorri and I hope a new home soon. I know you ask how can I part with them. Well I want them to have lives of their own and not to stay with me forever. It's just like with my children I want them to grow and have lives away home.

I am amazed that the last past two months I met Jewell and Terry at different events for the first time and Anita I have known for years, but not at Artisan. Now we are all at Artisans. Life never ceases to amaze me and I thank God. This is going to be a good journey.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Artisans 21 Gallery

Greetings All,
Empress (right) is my latest diva and she just found out that she and other divas/friends have gotten accepted into Artisans 21 Gallery in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood on the south-side of town. She's just awed and can't wait to get there and check out her new digs.

Artisans 21 Gallery is one of the oldest co-op
galleries in the country and we are honored to become a part of this history. You will also be able to see some of my wearable and wall-hangings and even me on some days. I will post when I find out what those days are and if you are in the area come by and say hello. The gallery is located at 1373 E. 53rd Street and check the link to the website for more info.

Friday, July 24, 2009

24th Ethnic Fest of Evanston, IL

Greetings All,
The Darling Divas/Friends had another road trip and are all back home waiting for their next outing August 15th and 16th at the "Seaway Bank 24th art fair". This is a community art fair that I have done for several years and it's like a mini- family reunion for me. I have come to realize that these types of events help to fortify me throughout the year because I get to see people that I see during this time of the year. So if you are in the area next month stop by 645 E. 87th Street and say hello. We will be there both days from noon until 6 pm.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Road Trip

Greetings All,
The Darling Divas/Friends are off on another road trip. The group at the right (Spirit, Lark and Rob) are hanging out at Artisans 21 Gallery waiting as they are being juried.

The group below are on there way to the 24th Ethnic Arts Festival in Evanston, IL. I will be vending July 18th and 19th from noon until 7 pm. They will be hanging out in booth 42 with couple of new friends. So if you are in town stop on by.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Road Trip

We were on the road last week June 18th & 19th at the State of Illinois Thompson Center in downtown Chicago, IL. The Illinois Artisan Program have what the call sprees and this was a 1st for us and we will do it again if we can. I met some wonderful artisans and saw some old friends and co-workers (below in the red tee-shirts), they along with others were protesting the budget cuts that the state is making with all of the social services that are needed. In the mist of all of the protesting came a young lady with a beautiful Peony that I just had to take a picture of.

I met an artist named Johanna Patricia Vargas and do go to her web site and check out her work. We have formed a mutual admiration society.
I love the design of the Thompson Center (below) and even when it rain and the rain comes into the building. There are small birds that have made their homes in the atrium and fly around at will. There is also tons of public art in this building so if you come to town and can please go a visit.

I love jewelry and these two were so very gracious and their jewelry was just so fabulous. La Vonne Nye (below) creates fine silver, gold, and bronze and uses vintage beads.

Lillian Cartwright was just a fabulous as her creations. She share so much of her knowledge about the sprees and her creations. Click on their cards or name to visit their websites or the artisan gift shop if you are in town. Some of the other artist that were involved with this event were John Ferguson, Colleen Feratier, Scott Fincher, Mike Nichols, Jewell Pates, and Karen Snow. Jewell is a member of Artisans 21 Gallery and this is one of the oldest cooperative art galleries owned and operated by 20 artists and artisans in the country. So if you are in town do stop by and be enchanted.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Darling Divas/Friends Road-trip

Greetings All,

The Darling Divas/Friends have been kind of quite lately, but yesterday they went out to lunch with the LINKS. The Links, Incorporated founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African Ancestry. The luncheon was held by the South Suburban Chicago Chapter at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, IL. This was their "Hats On" luncheon, Art exhibit and scholarship celebration and the hats were on in full force. I truly enjoyed watching all the wonderful colors, styles and shapes of hats. I took so many pictures and I hope that you enjoy looking at all the beautiful birds on parade.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Greetings All

Sorry I've been on the quite side of posting. I've been busy with my art quilts and not my Divas. But I did get an inquiry from a local doll maker Diane Paige and wanted to share her doll with you. If you are in the Chicago area and want to meet a wonderful group of doll makers come out on the 1st Saturday morning from 10 am until Noon and share with "Dolls Just Wanna Have Fun" doll club at Hancock Fabrics in Lombard, IL at 441 Roosevelt Road, 60148

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Darling Divas/Friends 2nd Road Trip of the year

Greetings All,

Well for the last two days the "Darling Divas/Friends" (above) have been on a journey. They had their 2nd Road Trip of the year at the "Cultural Connections" 11th annual extravaganza. This has been my 10th year in participating is this wonderful event. The Divas/Friends were on display and only "Maize"(below) found a new home and is on her way to Washington D.C. Everyone was on their best behavior and well received.

I love art/artist and I love the fact that they love what I do also. I increased by "Jazzabon Creations" collection below. I got a new cookie jar, tea pot and some gifts for family/friends. I also got a arty "Obama" mouse pad that I'm not sure if I'm going to frame or use and another ceramic wall tile.

Joyce Lomax of "Jazzabon Creations" got "Zenobia" (right) to add to her mother's collection and I grateful that Joyce and her mother love my "Darling Divas/Friends and thanks again Joyce. It was a good trade.