sepiaqueen photography: Blog en-us (C) sepiaqueen photography (sepiaqueen photography) Sun, 17 Jul 2016 05:48:00 GMT Sun, 17 Jul 2016 05:48:00 GMT sepiaqueen photography: Blog 120 105 WARM Portals and Passages Juried Members Exhibit 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"

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The Diastema Project - Books and T-shirts
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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:
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The Diastema Project - There is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin.... 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.



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WARM Small Works - Annual Member Exhibition 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


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2014 Black History Exhibit at the Hennepin Gallery  

"BIRD DREAMS" - a tribute to Charlie Parker


Charlie Parker series #2Charlie Parker series #2 Charlie Parker series #1Charlie Parker series #1 I am a part of an exhibit of 13 artists who have created works for "Remembering our Leaders" as part of the 2014 Black History Month Exhibit at the Hennepin Gallery in the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

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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John Biggers Seed Project Photography I have recently had the honor of photographing thirteen emerging artists for the John Biggers Seed Project (Seed).  Seed is a public art and collaborative design effort that engages renowned African American artists in mentoring emerging artists.  This will be achieved by educating the artists about African American art and community history, providing career development and transferable skills, and creating a sense of place that speaks to the culture of North Minneapolis.  My role will be to document this project as it evolves over the course of the next year or so.

I also served as photographer for the "Celebration of Life" mural project almost 20 years ago.  Seed is inspired by "Celebration of Life", an acclaimed public artwork led by John Biggers, a preeminent African American artist and painter.  That collaboration was similar in scope to this one and it was created in North Minneapolis as well.  It began the careers of several young Twin Cities artists and organizations including Obsidian Arts and Juxtaposition Arts.   The project marked the beginning of my involvement in the Minneapolis Arts community .

This is an exciting opportunity for me to be involved in this project for the second time.  My hope is that my contribution will help to bear witness to this new chapter of art making in the Twin Cities and the incredibly talented artists we have in our community.
Please check out this link for more information on the Seed Project.  Click on the link for Mid-Career and Emerging Artists.  That is where you will find my photos on the City of Minneapolis website.






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Celebrating Women WARM Show runs through 11/22/13. St. Benedict's College, St. Joseph, MN

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WARM - Celebrating Women Juried Show I will be showing two pieces in a juried show with WARM (Women's Art Resources Minnesota) from October 11 to November 22, 2013!


                                                College of St. Benedict
                                                Benedicta Arts Center (Gorecki Gallery)
                                                37 S. College Ave.
                                                St. Joseph, MN. 56374
OPENING RECEPTION:  Saturday, October 26th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Please come check out this show and attend the opening reception if you can! 
peace, love, and art........Stephanie
"sistahs having a good time"


 "praise dancer"

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The Diastema Project 2013 Christopher Kim 2 Ayo


diastema (daɪəˈstiːmə) is a medical term for an abnormal space, fissure, or cleft in a bodily organ or part; a gap between the teeth.

A diastema can be caused by structural abnormalities, tongue thrusting, lip biting or missing teeth.

There is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin.  It is the basis of folklore that dates back to the Middle Ages.  Chaucer wrote of the "gap toothed wife of Bath" in the "The Canterbury Tales" whose gap was believed to be the basis of her insatiable lust. It has also been said that a gap in the teeth is the sign of Venus, the "goddess of love". Sean Ms. Betty Shana



In some African cultures, diastema is regarded as being attractive, and a sign of fertility and wisdom. Some people have even had them created through cosmetic dentistry to enhance their appearance or to perhaps construct what some in France would say are "dents du bonheur" ("lucky teeth").  Others have considered it a deformity that needs to be removed because they find it unappealing. 
Diastema occurs more often in females than males.  Black people have a higher incidence of diastema compared to other cultures.  There are many famous African Americans who have them -
Maya Angelou, Angela Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Strahan, Condeleeza Rice, Eddie Murphy, & Morgan Freeman to name a few.

What is the aesthetic relationship between culture, age, ethnicity, sex and a gap-toothed grin?

This project seeks to explore this question, and the issue of beauty and identity as it relates to having gapped teeth.  Do those of us who have inherited this imperfection seek to change it or do we choose to embrace it as something that makes us unique? What does a diastema mean in a culture where beauty is narrowly defined and perfectly conceived? Renee Stephanie


Jayla Yolunda

More photos can be seen in The Diastema Project Gallery -

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las puertas de Barcelona I recently had the fortune to be able to visit Spain with my dear friend Ann.  We spent most of our time in Barcelona, but also traveled to Girona and Montserrat.  It was an amazing cultural experience.  The sights and sounds of Espana were exhilarating.  The urban landscape was something to behold with a seamless blend of old and new.  The architecture was stunning and reminded me that other parts of the world have history that we don't have here in the United States.  


I was captivated by the variety of doors that I happened upon while I walked the streets of the Barri Gotic, Eixample, and La Ramblas.  I was in photographic heaven because there was so much to see.  I snapped many photos, but have only a few of them here.  This video depicts a snapshot of part of my incredible journey.  I hope you enjoy the trip!


peace, love & art






video - las puertas de Barcelona sagrada familia


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Art on Chicago project - Art Stops Here Stephanie Morris soul pole 2

  • I have working on a project for the past year that includes 40 artists and 20 projects that will beautify the neighborhood along 10 blocks of Chicago Ave. in South Minneapolis. As part of the TAWU artists group, 7 of us have created "Art Stops" as part of our contribution to the Art on Chicago project. Each artist painted a garbage can near a bus stop and created "soul poles" that represent the spirit, diversity and hope embodied in this diversely rich place.
  • Each piece reflects a sentiment about the essence of the community and the desire to see it thrive. The hope is that these “Art Stops” will inspire a new audience of art lovers who will not only appreciate the beauty of the art, but will also be encouraged to engage in keeping the community clean and safe for all.
  • My garbage can has adinkra symbols painted on each side to represent hope, transformation, learning from the past and humility with strength. It is located in front of the Blue Ox Cafe, near 38th & Chicago Ave.  I also have 5 photographs on bus stop benches for folks to enjoy.  The images express community, vitality, and the importance of cherishing the village that raises our children. My "soul pole" is entitled "illuminated".  The pole is placed at the corner of 34th and Chicago Ave. in front of the Wilder School. The images are of face painted children, and have messages that speak for the children to the rest of us about the precious young lives we are responsible to protect.
  • This experience has taken me beyond my limitations to another form of artistic expression. It has been a blessing to see myself grow. I have so much more to say with my art and look forward to seeing what comes next. I want to thank Loretta Day, Christopher Aaron Deanes, Barbara Thomas, Rakhi Bisen, and Sabreen Hasan for all of the support and inspiration.  
  • All of the Art on Chicago works of art will be up for 3 years. Please come out to see them if you are in the area. Your spirit will be lifted up if you do. I promise it will......
  • peace, love and art
  • Stephanie

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Fight Like a Mother If you are in Minneapolis on May 11th, come check out this event!  I hope to see you there!

in the upper room


"in the upper room" - a tribute to Mama


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sepiaqueen photography at The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis

The Culture of Balance, Rhythm, and Texture

Spirit & Soul

Curated by Christopher-Aaron Deanes



Ta-Cuomba Aiken, Mica Lee Anders, Rakhi Bisen, Lorenzo Crockett,

Loretta Day, Christopher-Aaron Deanes, Christopher Harrison,  

                    Chrys Carroll, Stephanie Morris, Sean Garrison Phillips, Melodee Strong  


Exhibit:  January 19th - February 10

Reception —Sunday February 3, 1:00 pm

The Basilica of Saint Mary

88 N. 17th St.

Minneapolis, MN

  (sponsored by Obsidian Arts)


Pope John XXIII Gallery & Teresa of Calcutta Hall

This show expresses diversity through art in the most visually commanding ways urban artists express ideas. This body of work depicts the works by local urban artists representing what is expressed through urban art today. It is a conversation of fine art and community through bold lines, bright colors, expressive figures, and meaningful dialogue. I believe the simplest way to describe this exhibition is by saying,

"This is where the conversations begins!"



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UROC in North Minneapolis I have work on display at UROC!

2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411

September through December 2012

Please ask for a tour if you are in the neighborhood or at an event!


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Cafe Southside Show, Minneapolis, MN 161118_201917 Come check out sepiaqueen photography at Cafe Southside, 3405 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.  This work will be on exhibit from July 8-31, 2012.


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Caribou Coffee Art Show, Edina MN Caribou Coffee, 7101 France Ave. S, Edina, MN

June 17-July 22, 2012

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Black I's exhibit at Obsidian Arts! I will be exhibiting my work along with 6 other photographers for the Black I's exhibit. 

Please come out to support us if you can!  If you can't make the opening, drop by for a visit.The show will be up from June 23rd until August 4th, 2012

 Obsidian Arts

3500 Chicago Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55407


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Caribou Coffee Art Show

  • Come see my work at Caribou Coffee, 5350 Excelsior Blvd. in St. Louis Park, MN.  It will be hanging there for the entire month of May.  If you can't make it in, please consider a special gift for Mother's Day or any upcoming special occasion.  All prints are for sale.
  •  You can see all of the prints for this show, as well as, those that were at Sister Sludge on my gallery prints for sale page.
  • or click on All My Photos - gallery prints for sale.



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Sister Sludge Art Show My work is hanging at Sister Sludge Coffee Cafe, 4557 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407 for the month of April.  Please drop by, have a drink or a treat, and enjoy the art.  


All work is for sale.  If you don't see something here that you like, check out ALL MY PHOTOS on the tab on the navigation bar above.


Peace, love and art!



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lao tong preview at fade2blaq Fall Mini Session

The opening was a success!  There was a great crowd and lots of good feedback.  The show runs through March 23rd.  The closing is Friday, March 23rd, from 7 to Midnight, 822 S. 3rd St., 2nd floor, Minneapolis, MN.

More photos in the "lao tong project" gallery under All My Photos.  Check it out!

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