Model: Cienah Akesa ~ Photographer: Audrey Fretz @parkstreet_ MI CHASCONA Her curls waved and bounced in the wind, In the sunlight they glistened with tinges of gold. My mother’s hair was how I found her in a crowd, She’d turn, confidently smile, that mane made her bold. Mi Chascona, she nicknamed me, I got … Continue reading A Hair Story
14-yr. old striker, Fola La Follette, and Rose Livingston. Glass negative from the George Grantham Bain Collection, 1913. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. Photograph shows suffrage and labor activist Flora Dodge "Fola" La Follette (1882-1970), social reformer and missionary Rose Livingston, and a young striker during a garment strike in New York City … Continue reading Don’t Forget the Past
I understand why some choose silence. It's safe, familiar, easy, and convenient to not rock the boat. Although speaking our truth has its risks and being our authentic self leaves us open to scrutiny, the rewards far outweigh the upshots. When we expose our genuine essence rather than a guarded facade, it can hurt even more … Continue reading The Power of Authenticity
Title: “Extinction” Artist: Ariana Poe Medium: Acrylic on Canvas “Nature doesn't need people - people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature.” ~Harrison Ford Capitalism, consumerism, wealth, and greed masked in what society dubs “success,” are quickly … Continue reading Extinction
Dreams are where romantic adventures, brave discoveries, deep connections, uncompromising purpose, and exceptional experiences originate. All of us have been told what's possible and what's not. Each of us has been boxed into expectations stemming from ourselves, society, religion, or culture, and whether those delineations are invisible or rather evident, they suffocate our dreams. Gender … Continue reading Surrealism is Where Dreams Come True
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE "Real Surreal" Public Art Competition Exhibit | Naperville Art League and Gallery | March 19 - April 13, 2019 | Reception March 24, 2019 from 2-4pm, open to the public. Naperville, Ill. (February 26, 2019) — Once a year the Naperville Art League hosts a Public Art Competition intended to welcome community … Continue reading Press Release: “Real Surreal” Public Art Competition
Did you know that hanging art in your home can spark love vibes? Viewing art stimulates the same part of the brain that is excited when you fall for someone romantically. Richard Alleyne, a science correspondent for The Telegraph, in his article titled Viewing Art Gives Same Pleasure as Being In-Love, he interviews Professor Semir Zeki … Continue reading The Art of the Spark!
Q: How did the idea of a Visual Biography come about? A: I've been doodling, drawing and painting since I was nine years old. Every picture I created was a story inspired by my dreams, fantasies, feelings, moods, and as time went on about my experiences and ideals. The more I enjoyed and studied art the more … Continue reading How an idea was born: