Friday, June 10, 2022

Garden Flowers and Spring Blossoms.

The Sense of Smell 

My favorite scents growing up in Fresno California were the four 0'Clock's, Mexican morning glories. In the springtime, olive blossoms smelled so good with the morning dew. I grew up on a street called Lemon, that street was lined with olive trees, chinaberry trees, maple trees, and in our back yard we had trees that framed the yard. 

@Photos from The Farmer Fred Rant

@Photo is from The Farmer Fred Rant

I remember my mother's little flower garden, which grew outside of my bedroom window, with roses, ferns, bachelor buttons, and wildflowers.  There was also an almond tree, a walnut tree, several varieties of peach trees, pomegranate trees, a mulberry tree,  a persimmon, 3 small canning peach trees, 3  maple trees, a loquat tree next to the house, in the front yard there was an orange tree, a Myers lemon tree, and 2 olive trees. 

Photo by Ina Lunkenheimer, Pankow Berlin Germany 2011

This summer while I was in Pankow I visited a neighborhood park, where we painted the landscape. While sitting there calming my spirit I was reflecting on my childhood memories. The trees I remember most because we had shade in the summertime, and we also hugged the trees. I climbed the trees as far as I could go up until my mother called me down. I loved those trees I loved how excited I felt climbing from limb to limb, searching for fruit, and perching on the just-right limb as I watched the other kids playing.

Friday, May 20, 2022

To Inherit the Earth-


Taurean J. Webb, an instructor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Harvard Divinity School fellow, presented a collaborative art exhibition called “Ye Shall Inherit the Earth & Faces of the Divine” at a virtual event sponsored by the Divinity School.

The event — “A Home for the Human Spirit: Cultural Activism and the Moral Imagination in the Inherit Art Project” — was part of a series by the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative at HDS to showcase the work of its fellows. The virtual event included a preface to the work by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary professor Brian Bantum, a video trailer, and an interview with a featured artist.

In spearheading the project, Webb said he hoped to reimagine links between Black and Palestinian identities and highlight “Black-Palestinian transnational solidarity and the shared joys and the shared fears.”

“While this project and this conversation isn't a move to kind of universalize Blackness or Palestinianness or exceptionalize them in these weird sorts of ways, it is an argument for and a project about constantly recasting and recasting and recasting and redeploying how we might imagine what I sometimes call these transnational resonances,” Webb said.

Webb said he hoped to build on the work activists and scholars have already begun in recognizing these connections and create a new “entry point” for those who were not as familiar with Palestine.

“I wanted to offer them a place to enter, hoping that when they saw people who reminded them of themselves, and they aunties and they sisters and they grandmamas and they cousins that they begin to see humanity a bit more broadly,” Webb said.

Webb’s project features both the work of and interviews with various artists to highlight the Black-Palestinian experience and connect it with a broader discussion of humanity.

“I gathered about 15 artists — visual artists — from both the African diaspora and Palestinian exiled migration together into a visual arts exhibition that uses portraiture as a way to reflect on the relationship between humanity and the sacred,” Webb said.

A traveling exhibition created from the project will continue to move around the U.S., and Webb plans to release a film in 2023 including artist interviews and footage of the exhibits.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Spirit Keeper "Quietest Moment Before the Dawn,"

 Bruton_ Alpha_ Biographical Profile

Alpha Bruton is a painter and an environmental installation artist who synthesizes set design, film theatre, sculpture, and other two-dimensional forms. Alpha Bruton creates environmental art installations where objects and images are selected to "serve as cultural mirrors," The sites in which they are situated serve as part of a broader cultural commentary. She believes that objects in the public sphere communicate and reinforce certain cultural narratives, hierarchies, and social mythologies. She feels that she makes artwork that demands the audience to confront art and activism issues; she also makes art representational and provocative. What inspires her most is the feeling that she has a social responsibility as an artist to record history and to thrust awareness about life and the earth upon the viewer—to cast another perspective from which to view the world.

Her curatorial practice is the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network. The Phantom Galleries are temporary exhibitions in nontraditional gallery settings. She is a co-author and researcher for Pop Up Research Station and Creative Conversation, a portal where curators nationally share knowledge, resources of best practices, ongoing professional development, and a place for moral support to enhance our collective impact while staging pop-up exhibitions. As a chief curator, she has challenged collaborating artists to present temporary installations that engage in public interaction by experimenting with every possible combination and playing around with a genuine approach to each investigation from the beginning to the end. These new installations are a window to the imaginary, a summons, and an overture to a dialogue.

In the last decade, she has traveled nationally and internationally created art as an artist-in-resident engaging community in artmaking. She has created temporary installations in City Lots, along the pedestrian walkway, in National Forest Preserves, on Land Trust to Conservatorships, empty storefronts as alternative spaces, and Museum settings. 

Experimental Satellite Film Festival, 2021 Featured Artist Renee Baker, Curator Alpha Bruton

She is currently represented by Gallery Guichard of Chicago, IL, and a 2021 Curatorial Fellow at the Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. Examining the State of the Environment, "Either Wrong or Right Just Examine." 

Illinois: Bronzeville Art District, Common Grounds Overton Project, "Anarchitectural Library 2019- 2020, Chicago Cultural Center Architecture Biennial, "Peace Tower" Mark di Suvero, Chicago Cultural Center, Griffin Gallery, Gallery Guichard, Experimental Station, Evanston Art Center, Murphy Hill Gallery, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Roger Brown Gallery, Tarble Art Center Eastern Illinois University, William G. Hill Gallery. California: Los Angeles Jovenes Art Park, Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, Visual Arts Development Project in Sacramento. International Society of Altar Making. Florida: Miami Art Week/Art Basel in Overton, Florida, Kroma Art Space, Coconut Grove. Virginia: Artomatic in Crystal City, Virginia.

International projects: Art on Armitage, Chicago - Supermarket 2015 Stockholm Sweden Independent Art Fair, Berlin, Pankow East Berlin, Hannover, a Global Art Space/Berlin Art Club, International Art Group., "Encounters" Vancouver Canada, Sacramento California, and Mexico City, Mexico.

Statement about the artwork in the exhibition:

I started painting spirit keepers in the early '80s. Not in reproduction, but periodically I have been asked to collaborate with other installation artists, poets, or altar builders, using my spirit keeper paintings of women to represent the four directions. The rituals at the heart of the Shamanic path are the contract to live in harmony with nature, self, community, and spirit. 

When painting, I believe in the positive, life-affirming, and carry that flag of positive power while creating the work. As taught through Native American knowledge, using the four directions is deeply embedded with symbolism and guidance for transformation. Smudging and cleaning the space is the preparation. 

Spirit Keeper, "Lilith," Acrylic on Paper,

Spirit Keeping is the act of keeping spirits of once, living entities as friends & companions, typically bound to a vessel or yourself. People who do this are known as Spirit Keepers. In its most basic form of conjuring a spirit & conversing with it or giving it a task. It is meant to converse with spirits for a purpose, ask a question, ask them for help, and ask for guidance, usually for a temporary amount of time, not for an ongoing life choice.

 All spirits come of their own, free will to choose to spend their time with a Spirit Keeper. Spirits provide insight into life that cannot otherwise be obtained. They can help you with countless things throughout your daily life & your paranormal path. This way, they know they cannot be tampered with, encroached upon, or otherwise impeded upon by anyone other than yourself. 

Spirit Keeper "Quietest Moment Before the Dawn," Acrylic on Paper

Why paint the Lilith myth? I do not believe she is a myth. I believe in the power of angles that they are all around us, Hebrew 1:6 "Let all the angels of God worship him." Hebrew 13:1 "Love your fellow Christian always, do not neglect to show hospitality. It is said that this spirit can affect our homes as well as our churches. This spirit causes division and even attacks our children. This spirit is also associated with seduction. It moves like the wind swift.

The Sumerians were powerful people, and like all the histories of mighty empires, and their way of worship, has been distorted depending on who is recording their narrative. First, Sumer was an ancient civilization founded in the Mesopotamia region of the Fertile Crescent situated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Known for their innovations in language, governance, architecture, and more, Sumerians are considered the creators of civilization as modern humans understand it. Second, their control of the region lasted for a short of 2,000 years before the Babylonians took charge in 2004 B.C.


© 1993 Sculpture Installation

 I keep the blaze of fevor


For life and love

I am OYA

Spirit Keeper of fire

Think of me when life for you

Is bleak and hope is gone

Look into my eyes for the flame and see exciting journeys ahead

Do not be afraid to love and hope

My lover’s heart SHANGO

I keep forevermore

Imprisoned at the base of my skull

I reignite intensity for love

Passed down through endless


©1993 Akili Jaye Poet

© 1993 Sculpture Installation, created at Anita Posey Lowe’s Pit fire, red clay dirt, Auburn California.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Blacklite Ep 2 John Biggers And Elizabeth Catlett

Blacklite Ep 2 John Biggers And Elizabeth Catlett
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Blacklite with Steve Prince: Perspective on African American Art, Past and Present.  Blacklite is an art education video series featuring Steve A. Prince, a mixed media artist, master printmaker, lecturer, educator, and the Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Muscarelle Museum at The College of William & Mary. Each week, Prince will tackle a variety of art topics, artists, and their works impacting the African American and larger community. Blacklite is produced in part by the generous support of Black Art in America Patreon members and Zadig & Voltaire. 

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Friday, July 9, 2021

When the moon is in the Seventh House

 Re-posted  by Alpha Bruton

Find inner peace. Consciously welcome and receive Light, intending to absorb its healing power. You ARE the Light you've been looking for.
Stay the course in the direction indicated by the voice of your heart.
Practice detaching from old limiting patterns. Leave the thoughts, habits, and reactions that feed the old energy and intend to transform them into light through love.
Foster love in all relationships - those we love and those that connect us to fear.
Embrace Divine energy through meditation. Its influence on our subtle bodies is immense. It has a great transmuting power to free us and connects us.
Be One. In our visualizations feel like we are One with all that is and all that exists.

BE STILL AT 11:11 and realign to the truth Positive energy bubble over the whole planet, so more Universal order,
Peace, love, prosperity, integrity, harmony, and tranquility can once again
be the rule of the day. The Age of Aquarius has arrived.
We are presently moving from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. In fact, it was on February 14, 2009, the Moon was in Libra in the seventh house of relationships, and Jupiter and Mars were aligned in Aquarius in the twelfth house of spiritual transformation. 

Remember the lyrics to the song from the late 60's by the 5th Dimension
"Let the Sun Shine"? It is now time to let the sunshine in, let love and beauty fill your life even when all seems to be falling apart and dying. This song was prophetic. Here are the lyrics just to refresh your memory -

When the moon is in the Seventh House

And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
The Age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!
Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind's true liberation
Aquarius! Aquarius!
When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
The Age of Aquarius
Aquarius! Aquarius!
Let the sunshine, Let the sunshine in
The sunshine in
Let the sunshine, Let the sunshine in
The sunshine in...
So get together with people you love or others of like-mind and join in
raising the earth's vibration. Here are a couple of websites you can check
out that are celebrating and promoting peace and unity. Both sites have life
Streaming so you can participate from the comfort of home or anywhere.
-Alpha Bruton-

"Journey Through True Life"


I dreamed your cosmic energy

Into existence

and asked no permission

to enter.

I boldly stepped foot

into your unconscious

As you slept

And shaped your spirit

while in

the Womb

of life.


I traced the steps of your life

and formed the patterns that

shaped your very Being

into Existence.

I hold the Spirit of

New Beginnings

and send from the west

Aboriginal life forms

that keep the patterns

from changing.

I take you there.

Without permission

I Dreamed of you.

©1993 Akili Jaye ©1993 Alpha Bruton Paintings from Sojourner Truth Art Museum Mural, "Journey Through True Life" 

CANCER AS A TURNING POINT "Spirit Keepers My Journey"

 Spirit Keepers My Journey

The bodies of work I have prepared for this exhibit are from my “SPIRIT KEEPERS” series. “Adore Your Self” was done during a period of time when my friend Diane, my cousin Ruby, her best friend Bridget, my aunt Helen, my mother Lois all were faced with the difficulty of having some form of cancer. Be it breast cancer, cancer of the lungs attaching itself to the heart, cancer connecting itself as a tumor in the womb, affecting the kidneys, it attacks the spirit.

At these times, I was able to reflect on how important our temple is. I thought of how alluring the female body is and how that temple has been so misused, torn, and even threaded. 

In the painting “Adore Your Self,” I wanted the image to be so alluring that the viewer stops in front of her to inhale the model's mood and feel the inner spirit of loving oneself.

It seems that so often unexpected changes happen in our lives, like out of nowhere a gust of wind may appear, without warning, turning in an unexpected path, leaving you where? We do not know. Sometimes we can pick up the pieces, and sometimes not. Akili, my scribe, my poet friend, gave me the words for “WIND CHANGES.” Unfortunately, she is no longer among us, but she will be in spirit as one of my spirit keepers. Through her poetry and spoken words, I dedicate this chat book.

I have had so many people in my family not survive through cancer, one form or another. When I was fourteen, my father, Thomas, died of cancer of the liver. My uncle Alpha died of lung cancer when I was twenty. Then my mother’s sister Aunt Helen came to Fresno for the funeral of my 1st cousin Willard. I wondered why one of her arms was so small; they told me she had had breast cancer and was a survivor when I was 32.
Aunt Helen Burks

Then I watched my 1st cousin Ruby’s best friend Bridget lose all her long beautiful hair from chemotherapy. In her humor, she’d snatch off her wig while driving home from work, or any other time it got uncomfortable, the wig would get too hot she’d throw it to the wind. Not long after that, she passed. 

Sherry, well, she didn’t make it through the wind changes; she had a brain tumor that took her mind from her. I spoke with her a day or so before the tumor killed her. She gave me a teaching artist position at the Firehouse Gallery in Oak Park, California, when she knew I really needed a job.
Then, Merle, I watched him being so strong, even though he was sick and weak from just coming from his chemotherapy. To teach his workshop at the Sacramento Urban League, I went by his home to sit with him, to talk with him about his last days. He was so weak but wanted to leave something of himself. Although he was thriving from treatment to treatment, he continued giving the kids at the Urban League “Hip Hop” to “Acid Jazz” workshop to give him a hard time. Then one day, I was there. I had to tell them about this wonderful sacrifice he was making. Then they got it. When he passed, the community gave a heartfelt send-off. I couldn’t bring myself to talk, even though his wife wanted me to. Too sad.

I remember the feeling when coming from the lab when I had gotten my first mammogram.  We were living on Atherton in the Freeport Manner Neighborhood of South Sacramento.  The doctor’s office called me back because they saw a mass that they could not identify. I was so afraid that night I was having nightmares, what would happen to my kids, who would take care of them, how I would make it through this.
The next day everything was fine, I will never forget the fright, the horrible feeling of ………….What if?

I was there when my cousin Ruby heard the news she had lung cancer. That was in November, she went to the hospital to have surgery. They stitched her back up and told her there was nothing that they could do. Cancer had already taken a fourth of her lung. She found out only because she was throwing up blood. Then came the months of chemotherapy. When I saw her again that summer, she was so gone. She was frail, holding on; she did not make it a year. She was the most beautiful cousin in the family, and then she was gone that September of 2005.

My sister-in-inlaw Althea is a survivor of cancer. She is in remission these days. I remember when she was so sick, and the strength of her kids, being there for her, no matter what brought her back to life, she has had countless times of being in and out of the hospital. When I saw her last 2009, she looked aged but a survivor.

Then again, sometimes we just can’t make it back. Love ones flee, don’t understand, won’t understand, or can’t understand what it is that cancer does to the whole self.

CANCER AS A TURNING POINT”   © 2010 Alpha Bruton

Thursday, December 31, 2020

New Earth First Light manifesting on Earth

 Re-posted by Alpha Bruton from Eileen Miller's Post

Dear family, 
You are moving into a higher than ever energy week and staying grounded during this time is very important. Touching base with the tree family and being out in Nature will be very beneficial to you.

Also, soaking in a tub of warm water with Epsom salt or sea salt will help keep your auric field in good repair. And of course, the most important element during this time is to keep your "thoughts" and "intentions" on your "highest vision of yourself" and your World, for "what you focus upon will create" the New Earth First Light manifesting on Earth.

Be present and accounted for as one who co-created this into manifestation.
You are moving into higher dimensions of Love and this will affect each person in different ways but will most definitely be a profoundly felt experience. The worries and concerns that have been carried within the hearts of All will cease to make such a big impact upon your daily lives as each person turns within, gratefully releasing the last vestiges of third-dimensional consciousness and surrenders to a new higher level of union with their Angelic Self. From this place of awareness and consciousness will come empowerment to cooperate and co-create a new Earth, one in which Universal consciousness can become our reality.

Many who have been doing the work will have their epiphany moments and will expand their knowingness to a greater level of awareness of the current opportunity to create more beauty in the World with our Love. As you become more conscious of the habitual patterns of expression that need to be changed in your quest to develop a more Universal consciousness, greater amounts of light can enter your very cells and as this occurs, a greater expansion of your multi-dimensional operating system will begin to unfold. Learning to observe yourselves from a higher vantage point will help you take a quantum leap into higher consciousness as you begin to understand how to step out of the old paradigm and create your new reality.

It is all about you, you have the vast potential within you. The seeds you are planting by the new Path that you blaze will take root and grow in and magnificent ways that will bring Unity within yourselves and will then radiate out into the world around you. You are the catalysts that foster creative and peaceful change as you step forward in your true and authentic Self and thus empower those in your sphere of influence to view their own unlimited possibilities. One is empowered there is an energetic interplay that occurs between others of your Tribe and soon all are living and striving to be their highest and best Selves.

Truly we say the best is yet to come and your intention to participate during these most opportune moments adds greatly to the whole of Creation in ways that are yet unimagined.

"As my outside ages, I plan to become stunningly beautiful on the inside." The more you judge and find weaknesses in those around you, the harder God will judge you.  

Eileen Miller

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations" My prayers/wishes are constantly being answered. Love your enemy. But don't forget he is not your friend - Paulo Coelho

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Light a candle- Faces Not Forgotten

Gervontae S. Laney

Was one of the shining stars of the family

He will be missed

Light a candle

Remember he was 17

A link in a chain now broken

Comfort their souls, with tears

Marqueese, Jaleesa, Gerald Glenn Jr,

Nichole, Myshel, DD, Kevon,

Gerontae, Gervelle, Gerhonda, Geriyja,

and Omarion.