Thursday, December 31, 2015


Alpha Bruton, Toni Collie Perry (VADP Board members) presenting.

Panel Discussion- Creative Conversation "Are Black Women Loud"- Del Paso presented by Sojo Art Museum- 2013,  this photo image becomes the art for Creative Conversations, on Blog Talk Radio. The show is a place where artists can schedule a time to call in and  talk about their curatorial projects, rant, casual talk, or have a platform to discuss issues that matter. 

The show was launched October 10th - 18th, as part of the United States Department of Arts and Culture, "Dare to Imagine" Imagination Station. 

Stay tune for more talk, as researchers invite artists to discuss "TACTICLE URBANISM." 

Jennifier Andrea Porras, presentation during the Art and Activism 

Porras has long been inspiring thoughtfulness around civil justice through dance, song, theater and education. She shared stories from a life of activism, which she has passed on to her young son. Porras is the art center manager for the Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer in Woodland.

Presentation at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. YaYa Porras has built her world around activism for decades. The daughter of educator activists, standing up for her beliefs came naturally.

“I learned how to march before I knew how to walk,” she said during her presentation.

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California is a federally recognized Indian tribe. The Tribe has been listed by the Secretary of the Interior as such since 1985. The Tribe’s Rancheria land is a 67-acre parcel in Amador County just outside the town of Buena Vista.

'YAYA', presents the work she is doing in "Art and Social Justice", and how she and members of her tribe are advocates for social justice issues.

On Nov. 19, four artists from Northern California and beyond presented their work and stories of activism at the Crocker Art Museum’s second Art Beyond Fear panel discussion. The artists who took to the stage represented diverse backgrounds ethnically and professionally, showing how activist art can be woven into our society’s most important conversations through various channels. Dance, education, spoken word, theater, public political actions and painting were the avenues these artists have used to unite communities in hopes of a better future.

Panelist Artistic Presentations:

  • Oakland native Milton Bowens opened the night with commanding spoken-word pieces accompanied by multimedia collage paintings.
  • Chucha Marquez, a queer Chicano print maker and digital illustrator, art is about authentic voice and accessibility. 
  • Sarah Wellington came all the way from New York to share her experience with WE WILL NOT BE SILENT, an ongoing public action language project.

Tickets to the final talk, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m., can be purchased online or by calling 916-808-1182.

Research: Copyright Credits Art & Activism Go Hand-in-Hand
Posted on November 25, 2015 by TUBE Magazine.

Sunday, December 20, 2015


We finally made it Smiley face agrees. (deflated)

Kaylee & Alexis

In April 2015 My Daughter in Law Penny and I drove across country in her 30 foot RV, to visit Alexis my Great granddaughter and Penny’s Granddaughter for her third birthday.  While there visiting, we decided we wanted to live closer to interact with them as they develop and grow especially, since my Granddaughter Marina was having another child in September.

Smiley face in back of car as we leave. (inflated)
  When we got back to our California house, we made the decision to start packing and put the house on the market. This meant three months of packing; after all I had lived in my Auburn home over 32 years.  We also had to pack my pottery studio and all my inventory…240 boxes later the move was on.

At first we thought we would move to Tennessee, that way we would be close to my sister who lived in Atlanta and to the Great Grand’s. who live in Cincinnati?  After checking property in the area, we decided it’s was not the place for us.  Finally, we decided on moving to Cincinnati to be very near the Children.  Property hunting was a success and we purchased 30 acres of land, on US Highway 68 in Georgetown OH.
 The Farm house

The property has a three bedroom 100 year old farm house and three barns, all the buildings are white with red roofs and as pretty as a picture. The property was covered with 15 acres corn and is overlooking White Oak creek water feeding in from the Ohio River.  At time of purchase I wasn’t able to see all the property because of the corn that covered 15 acres, we have yet to find the pound. (The prior owner said he had not mowed it in a long time).

The Farm house
 The house in Auburn went on the Market June 26, 2015, it sold August 19, 2015.  We were surprised at how fasted the house sold.  After packing up the house and getting all moved out, we left California on our sojourn to Ohio on September 2, 2015, seven days later we arrive in Ohio.  My Daughter-In-Law Penny had a custom built “Tiny House” and since Penny couldn’t transport it because it was a “wide load”, she barter traded for a Ski Boat.  We were bringing out our carpenter Tony who built the “Tiny House” and was able to pull the boat for her.  Penny’s RV towed my Ford Fusion and I drove the SUV.  As we caravan from California to Ohio Tony was “Johnny” on the spot and we may not have made it without his help. Tony rescued us three times when the RV overheated and broke down.

 Soon to Be My Studio

The birth of Marina’s baby didn’t wait for us to get to Ohio, Kaylee Mae Canterbury, was born, on September 4, 2015. Yes, during the trip our 2nd Grand/Great Grand daughter was born.  We arrived in Georgetown Ohio on September 9, 2015. Met Kaylee for the first time on Sept 10 and we took possession of the property on September 11, 2015.  We took it as a good omen because It was Leonard’s, my late Husband, birthday.  Leonard is the Grand/Great Grand Pa of the children.

To be My Showroom
From September 11 until October 10, 2015, the prior owner was busy cleaning out the three barns.  He emptied one of the small barns before my furniture arrived.  I was able to put all the Studio boxes and furniture there.  He had one month to get all item out of the three barns and there was a lot.  When all was done, Tony was able to clean up the large barn and made his own space for sleeping and all his tools.    From Oct 10 to December 10, Tony was to build my studio and gallery in the two barns.  After a lot of haggling with the Brown Township, Clermont County and getting architecture drawings letting them know we were only going to have group showing and no running water in the barns.

That meant I didn’t need a septic tank and I didn’t need architecture drawings just to enclose the barns.   So after all that stress and trouble, the first of November Tony said He couldn’t get the Barns finished in the allotted time he was staying and went back to California.  We were able to get quotes on what it would cost to have the two small barns enclosed as a gallery and workshop.   I hired TM Fano Custom Builders to preserve the 100 year old building allowing the wood to be shown inside and out when they enclosed the two barns as my gallery and workshop.  He said he hopes to have them finished by early spring.

 On November 2, 2015, three large machines came and mowed and shucked  the corn down   It was interesting how it was done  The machine mowed the corn stocked down and the corn passed through a area that shucked the corn and spit out the cob.  Then the shucked corn was passed into a truck.  Taking them 3 hours to mow, shuck and process the 15 acres of corn.  I’m now able to look out and see my property along with my neighbors I didn’t know lived so close.
One of our neighbors came over and introduced themselves to us.  They wanted to know if anyone was going to be hunting deer on the back of my property.  When I told them no, their 12 year old son asked for permission to shoot deer on my property, which I gave to him letting him know to shoot away from the houses.   He promised he would give us a deer roast if he got one.   So I’m hoping he did (smile)

Christmas is almost here and the weather has been extremely warm for Ohio.  We have been busy getting things winterized.   The cars are done and Penny has  bails of straw place around her RV,  she also had her boat winterized and put in the big barn.  I purchased a Kobota Mower and bucket.  The bucket will help clear out the snow in the winter and the mower will do the lawn in the spring. The bucket  helped a lot when they were putting down gravel to cement  the barn floors.

Year 2015 has been exciting, stressful, and interesting.  I’m hoping 2016 will be just as good if not better then 2015.

Monday, June 1, 2015


CALL for Abstract Artists/Installation Artists/Performance Art /Media/Film

Phantom Gallery Chicago Network:

CALL for Abstract Artists/Curators/Installation Artists/Performance Art /Media/Film

Miami Art Basel Dec 3-6, 2015

Application Deadline Extended July  31th,2015

Application documents
Please  copy application format from,, and submit as  ONE PDF DOCUMENT (max 10 mg) to  Subject: Miami/application-

Please note that websites cannot be taken into account in the selection process. 
Please do not include digital catalogs.

Application fees
The nonrefundable application fee of $40, for each application form, must be paid, before sending in the application. Application fees can be paid by credit card via online to Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Paypal. A receipt confirming payment has been received and processed will be generated.

Participation prices:
Feature in online catalog and, 10’ x 10’ entry                              $100
Outdoor Installation…………………………………………….        $100

Additional Fees:
Desired booth wall spaces:  S-250sf        M, 500 sf     L-750 sf    XL- 1000 sq.   
(Each artist will be given catalog featured photo, artwork, and bio)
Storefront: $10 square footage- (building owner)
Tent- (City of Miami- event tent fee’s, include licenses, security etc.)

The number of participating artists/curators is limited contingent upon spaces available. Decisions on admission are made exclusively by the curatorial selection committee.


We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your application/ please contact our Gallery and Project Manager, via email at

Lavon Nicole Pettis is a Creative Business Development Specialist who blends her background of Psychology and Sociology into the world of creative professionals such as fine artists, writers, actors, and cultural arts musicians with all of the business acumen of a comprehensive fine arts company.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fine Art Exhibition and Reception

Friday June  19, 6-9pm

Griffin Gallery


2233 S. Throop St. #209

Chicago, IL  60608

A matriarchy is a social organizational form in which the mother or oldest female heads the family. Descent and relationship are determined through the female line. Most anthropologists hold that there are no known societies that are unambiguously matriarchal, but some authors believe that exceptions are possible, some of them in the past. 
GRIFFIN FINE ART  proudly presents the work of five outstanding women artists. As they have created incredible artworks  from that intangible, primordial space that is the spirit and essence of  female expression.  They visually reflect upon the stories of life in the nurturing tradition that is uniquely feminine and fundamentally, matriarchal.  
"This exhibition promises to be a feast for the eyes and nourishment for the soul". 

Monday, May 4, 2015

North Auburn Art Studios Tour Mother's Day Weekend


Free North Auburn Art Studios Tour

Saturday, May 09, 2015 from 10:00 AM
to Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 05:00 PM
Sierra Foothills
Anita Posey Lowe- Clay
Talver Germany-Miller: Jewelry
1855 Christian Valley Road
(530) 878-8034

Please check website for more information

Friday, March 6, 2015

“Mud Cloth Roots” Straight Out Scribes, Staajabu and Dr. V.S. Chochezi

Reposted by Alpha Bruton

SACRAMENTO: It’s Women’s Herstory Month and mother/daughter poetry duo Straight Out Scribes, Staajabu and Dr. V.S. Chochezi, are celebrating 25 years of team work by unveiling a new poetry collection, “Mud Cloth Roots”.

Join them:
Wed. March 11, at 12 pm at Sac. City College, Cultural Awareness Center; 
Mon. March 16, - 7:30 pm at the 
Sacramento Poetry Center, 25th and R St. 
Sat. March 21 at 3 pm at the 
N. Sacramento-Hagginwood Library, 
2109 Del Paso Blvd. 

The Scribes will entertain, inspire and inform with their wide range of poetic offerings and knowledge of mud cloth fabric made by women in Mali Africa.

All programs are FREE. Children and elders are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more info: Dr. V.S. Chochezi, 916-921-5166 or

Friday, February 20, 2015


Ceramic Artists, Anita Posey Lowe

IS SPONSORING OUR ANNUAL CLAY WORKSHOP in partnership with the African American Women's Health Legacy 

WHEN:    Saturday, March 7 and March 14, 2015 from 10am to 4pm

WHERE:  1855 Christian Valley Road, in the scenic hills of Auburn,CA

COST:      $50.00  and will includes supplies, coffee, donuts and lunch.
Talver Germany Miller - VADP Faculty

March 7    will consist of handbuilding and wheel throwing clay.
March 14   we will do Raku, and smoke clay firings.

APPLICATION- submit  to:
Subject line: Annual Clay Workshop to 



City State Zip 



Please RSVP bye-mail February 28, 2015  .  Please make check for $50.00 payable to Anita L. Lowe and Bring with you on March 7, 2015 or mail by March 1, 2015 to Anita L. Lowe, 1855 Christian Valley Rd, Auburn, CA 95602.  For more information call Anita Posey Lowe at 530-878-8034 or 

Space is limited- early registration is suggested.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

IEHOF Museum Recognizes Outstanding Educators in 2014

Youth–on-the-Move International Educators Hall of Fame Awards

Dr. Adelekan (front row, left) and some of the honored educators after they were inducted.
Dr. Adelekan (front row, left) and some of the honored educators after they were inducted.
Chapman hosted the Youth–on-the-Move International Educators Hall of Fame Award Event, Nov. 14 in Folino Theater.
The International Educators’ Hall of Fame (IEHOF) is a museum that recognizes outstanding educators. Its founder, Patricia Adelekan said the purpose of the award event is to uplift the whole field of education.
“When you go to big events they say who are the doctors, who are the lawyers, sports people, entertainers, nobody says all the teachers stand up, so it’s to encourage the other generations to look up to some heroes they may have never known, to give more respect to the whole field of education” Adelekan said.
Adelekan said that the awards go to people who have gone beyond the call of duty.
“One of the things that most of the educators who won the awards have in common that their spirit has lifted them above the normal and seen and tried to address certain issues. Another one is that all of them encountered some hardship or obstacle while doing that” she said.
Adelekan said that the event was organized at Chapman at the invitation of her long-term friend Rueben Martinez, the founder of Librería Martinez de Chapman University, who also served as a member on the committee that organized the event. Martinez said this event meant a lot, both to him personally and for the community.
“When I was sitting there, I went back to the 1940s and 1950s, when I was in school and remembered a lot of my teachers who left a huge impact on me. In the third grade, I had a teacher, Ms. Brubaker, who introduced me to books. Every Friday she would have a book for me to read over the weekend and bring it back on Monday,” Martinez said. “She’s 97 years old and I still talk to her, I’ve known her for 65 years which is longer than I’ve known my mother. I’ve always felt like teachers are not given the recognition they deserve and teachers don’t ask for it because it is a noble profession.”
More than twenty educators were honored at the event for their impact in education.
Ollie Louise Darling Whitaker, who retired from the Santa Ana School District in 1997, was among the inductees.
“It means I have accomplished a goal that my parents set out for me to do. They used to bring me to Chapman for my night classes because I didn’t have a car and then they would come back and pick me up. They wanted me to succeed” Darling said.
She said that if she has some words of wisdom to give to students it would be to continue their education.
“It was hard even in my time, but in this day and age without an education it is extremely difficult to get hired. Go on, do your Masters and PhDs” she said.
Ugo Allesina, a chef and partner at Prego Ristorante, an Italian restaurant in Irvine, was honored for teaching blind kids to cook Italian food.
“It is very rewarding to see the kids smiling, because even with the handicap they still have the touch, the smell, the taste… they love it,” said Allesina