It’s a honor to be included in the Artist as Activist book. This book is a compilation of articles written by Saad Ghosen in the semimonthly column “Artists as Activists” which was featured in the newspaper Streetvibes. The book contains intimate interviews with artists who have used art to change their communities. The book also has photographs by Michael Wilson. On May 31st 4 – 7pm the Weston Art Gallery will be hosting a launching party for the book I hope to see all of you there. Artists in the book include, FARRON ALLEN, ANDY AU,LAURI AULTMAN, GORDON BAER,KEITH BANNER & BILL ROSS, MARY, PIERCE BROSMER, CARMEN BOWEN BUSH, JEFF CASTO, JAN BROWN CHECCO, SUZANNE CHOUTEAU, HALENA CLINE, CEDRIC COX, SCOTTDONALDSON, ANDY FAUSZ, STEVEN FINKE, DOROTHY FRAEMBS,GARY GAFFNEY, BARBARAGAMBOA, STEPHEN GEDDES, MELVIN GRIER, GENA GRUNENBERG, TERENCE HAMMONDS, KYMBER HENSON, MICHAEL HENSON, BARBARA HOUGHTON, JIMI JONES, JERRY JUDGE, KEVIN T. KELLY, AARON KENT, MARY ANN LEDERER, CAROLYN MAZLOOMI, GLORIA McCONNAGHY, PAULETTE MEIER, ROD NORTHCUTT, KELLY & KYLE PHELPS, THOMAS PHELPS, ELLEN PRICE, MICHELLE RED ELK, MATT REED, THOM SHAW, KIM, SHIFFLETT, KURT STORCH, STEVE SUNDERLAND, KEN SWINSON, LEIGH WALTZ,, ROSCOE WILSON, MARTIN ZEINWAY.
This past winter I conducted a teen mural class for the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. Our project was to do three indoor murals for the Family Nurturing Center (FNC) of Cincinnati. For eight consecutive Saturdays my group of talented teens and I planned and executed vivid compositions that expressed the FNC’s mission of bringing families back together with support and love. From a jungle scene inspired by the works of Henri Rousseau, to a mother and child crossing a treacherous sea, and a broken home being put back together again; all three murals give parents who are waiting to meet their children something to look at that will inspire them as they face the road ahead. Thank you FNC for inviting us to create in your space. Most of all, a special thanks to Micayah Smith, Max Olderding, Lucy Lorbach, Shamia Mills, Anne Knellinger, Evan Nicole Taylor, Will Rentz Mccoy, Amaya Boyd, Katie Michael, Kurtis Rodger, Alex Wilson, Justin Mackey, and Mount St. Joseph University student Nicole Staun for helping make our vision come to life. Check out our murals below.
From January 23rd to March 15th, the original drawings and poems from the book “For a Better World 2011, Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice by Greater Cincinnati Artists” will be exhibited at The Upstairs at The Greenwhich Gallery. Thank you, Saad Ghosn, editor and creator of “ For a Better World 2011” eighth edition for including me in this unique compilation of poems and drawings. This book and exhibition features over 100 artists in the field of writing and the visual artist who collaborated on the common theme of peace and justice. The drawing I did for this book, “The Working Hands of Time in the New Eden” was inspired by the three poems, “My Fathers Work Gloves”, “Uninspirited” and “The Sand Wars” written by Matt Birkenhauer. The book is filled with other great writings accompanied with strong visual imagery that evokes the mind and spirit. If you would like a copy of this book it is sold at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Opening Reception for the exhibition will On Friday January 24th from 7 – 10 pm. The exhibition will continue through March 15th 2015. For regular gallery hours follow this link.
It is an honor to have my artwork featured at the UC Health Woman’s Center Art Exhibition. It is even a greater honor to be featured in the article Healing Through Art, on the UC Health website. I would like to thank the curator of the exhibition Melissa Mitchell and the director of the center Dr. Lisa Larkin for recognizing the arts and its power to heal. For this exhibition I focused on the universal theme of art being used to heal the spirit and mind. From peace of mind, good health, empowerment, courage and perseverance, we can create physical and social change. Whether a work of art reminds us of a safe place or can turn sorrow to joy, art changes lives. When I walked in UC Health Woman’s Center I saw works of art that did this, and I know this will do the same for many others. To read the article follow this link