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WARM Portals and Passages Juried Members Exhibit

March 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I am in my 3rd exhibit with WARM (Women's Art Resources Minnestoa). The show will highlight the work of over 50 local artists.


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    The opening is Friday, March 6th and runs through April 4, 2015

    THE PHIPPS Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson, WI 54016



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"la paz esta aqui"

The Diastema Project - Books and T-shirts

June 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

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The Diastema Project - There is something to be said about a gap-toothed grin

T-shirts for sale

Two image options (seen below) in S, M, L, XL, $25.00 each


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                            SIZE OPTIONS                        PRICE
                            1. pocket book - 6 x 8                $60.00
                            2. classic book - 11.25 x 8.75     $85.00
                            3. deluxe book - 15 x 11. 25         $130.00
Books that are shipped outside of MN are at an additional cost. 
To see the layout of the book click on this link: 
To view photos from the reception for the show of the show, click on this link:

The Diastema Project - There is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin....

May 18, 2014  •  2 Comments

It has been over a year since I began this project.  I started it because my dental hygienist first told me that the gap in my front teeth was a diastema.  She then encouraged me to talk about it through my art.  The first volume of photographs will be presented in "The Diastema Project: There is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin.." my first major solo show.

This work juxtaposes the aesthetics of beauty with the obvious physical defect of gapped teeth.  Most people who have a gap don't know what it is technically called or are aware of its historical origins.  Some folks choose to change it while others wear it proudly with each wide-mouthed smile.  We all know of someone that has a diastema.  I imagine that those who read this blog or come to the show, will likely recognize it even more in the people they see every day.

There really is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin.  Please come and join the conversation about this interesting and provocative subject.


"The Diastema Project: There is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin.." 

May 12-September 12, 2014

UROC, University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center

2001 Plymouth Ave. N.

Minneapolis, MN 55411

8-5 p.m. M-F

Reception is June 12th, 5-8 p.m.



WARM Small Works - Annual Member Exhibition

May 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

pure joyphotograph taken at the Soul Train line event in Minneapolis, MN.

                                        "pure joy"


mama at 84photograph taken during a visit home for my mom's 84th birthday  "mama at 84"


I am participating in the annual member exhibit for WARM - Women's Art Resources Minnesota.  

The 135 piece show includes contemporary work from 81 Minnesota women artists.  

The exhibit runs from May 17 to June 14, 2014 at 

banfill-locke CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 666 East River Road, Fridley, MN 55432, 763-574-1850

Opening reception:  Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Closing reception and WARM Conversation: Saturday, June 14, 12 to 2 pm


2014 Black History Exhibit at the Hennepin Gallery

February 09, 2014  •  6 Comments


"BIRD DREAMS" - a tribute to Charlie Parker


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I chose Charlie Parker who was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz, and a central figure in the development of bop in the 1940s. A legendary figure in his own lifetime, he was idolized by those who worked with him, and he inspired a generation of jazz performers and composers.  By the mid-40’s, Parker discovered a technique that used the higher intervals of a chord as a melody line backed by appropriately related rhythmic changes.  In doing so, he could play what he had been "hearing" in his head, but had not yet mastered.  His conceptions of rhythm and phrasing eventually evolved to form his signature style. He earned his famous nickname "Bird," short for "Yardbird" in the early 40’s.  As the story goes, Parker was given the nickname because he accidentally hit a chicken, otherwise known as a yard bird, while driving a bus on tour with the Jay McShann band.  Charlie Parker was a jazz giant who changed the face of the entire art form by practically inventing modern jazz and shaping the course of 20th century music.

I created these photographs to illustrate how he has and will continue to influence generations of musicians like my 10 year old son depicted here in these images.  Charlie Parker is the muse that Ezra emulates as he plays his sax for me during this shoot.  As he develops his own skills as a saxophone player, Ezra can find motivation to keep practicing and playing  by reflecting on our experience for this project, and from understanding that a master like "Bird" started out as a curious, inspired boy.  That is what we honor with all of the work in this show - a deep reverence for those who have paved the way for others to create a new path in their own right.  

If you get a chance to check out this show, it is in the Lower Level of the Hennepin County Government Center.  It will be on display until February 27, 2014., 300 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis.  Gallery Hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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