Two Weeks in Kenya

I won NOW•FRIENDS ; Artist Residency, Kenya 2020. 

I have reread the email congratulating me for winning “NOW•FRIENDS ; Artist Residency, Kenya” 100 times and it is just now starting to sink in.

I’m going to Kenya in July 2020! Returning to Kenya for the first time since my junior year abroad in 1990. Whoa!

“NOW•FRIENDS ; Artist Residency, Kenya  gives an artist the opportunity to immerse themselves in real communities and obtain authentic experiences. During the 2 week residency artists are encouraged to step out of what they would typically consider their “work”.

While in Residency, I plan to work with community members on a collaborative project weaving hair from local textiles and found materials. I also plan to visit other artists working in Kenya. Please send artist suggestions.

I look forward to meeting new friends and seeing how my work becomes influenced by my time in Kenya. I can’t wait to go textile and bead shopping.

Theda @ Newark Arts Festival

Women’s Narratives: Brick City Blues

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10 | 7pm – 9pm

Hahne & Co, 46 Halsey Street Newark, NJ

Exhibition Dates: October 10 -13, 2019

Curated by: Atim Annette Oton 

Women’s Narratives: Brick City Blues is an ode to, a celebration, a challenge and a questioning of women’s narratives in the context of a racial, socioeconomic and political paradigm shift of the body. This exhibition pivots on the notion of the artist’s inner voice, socio-political stance and metamorphosis in conept, material and technique.

FEATURED ARTISTS :
Alvaro Franco, Jacqueline Hernandez, Kelley Prevard, Amrisa Niranjan, LAS COLLLITAS, Aminah Keith, Bithika Adhikary, Chase Walker, David James, Tiffany Williams, Simone Bailey Campbell, Kern Bruce, Sean Jamar, B. Curtis Grayson, III, Akil Roper, Anthony Gartmond, Cali Smith, Camila Crivelenti, Siona Benjamin, Elaine Shor, Danielle Richardson, Donchellee Fulwood, Kay Reese, Irene Christensen, Lawrence Ciarallo, Brynissa N. Francis, Ray Johnson, Redens Desrosiers, Margaret Rose Vendryes, Shoshana Weinberger, Steve Green, Theda Sandiford, Joshua Fennell, Heather Williams and Beverley McCutcheon.

I was Considered the Ugly Duckling Size: 12 x 12 x 1 in Medium: Acrylic paint, Xerox image transfers, stencil printed deli, paper, paper punched recycled envelops, tissue paper, buttons, glitter appliqués, glitter, Diamond Dust on canvas. July 2018

Spread Spectrum

Opening Reception: Friday, October 11 | 6pm – 11pm

1 Theater Square, across the street from NJPAC

Friday, October 11th: Opening reception and dance party 6-11PM
Saturday, October 12th: Buyers Brunch 10AM – 12 PM.
Sunday, October 13th: Closing Reception: 3PM- 6PM 

Curated By: Armisey Smith

gravity[tional]

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12 | 1PM – 5PM

Walker House, 540 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Closing Reception: Saturday, October 26, 1PM-5PM

Curated by: Mary A. Valverde

Featured Artist(s): William Cordova, Esperanza Cortes, Oasa Duverney, Carol Pereira, Chloe Reison, Juan Sanchez, Sarah Tortora, and Ronny Quevedo.

A group exhibition of interdisciplinary artists’ projects that include a range of work including painting, sculpture, installations, site specific projects, and video projections. “gravity[tional]” is an exhibition that considers the OBJECT or noun definition, as well as the DESCRIPTIVE or adjective definition of the word GRAVITY or GRAVITATIONAL. Valverde makes use of the duality of the word to introduce select works of art made in response to the (adjective) severity or seriousness of a cause, political stance, protest, OR (noun) works of art made intently considering the physical qualities of materials and space, including weight, structure and innate or perceived forces of those materials. Through this exhibition and project space, Valverde brings together selected works by established and emerging artists that present the conceptual theme of “gravity[tional]”.

Theda Sandiford “Natural Twist” Mixed Media Fiber 100’x 5/8″ 2018

Theda’s JCAST 2019 Exhibitions

I Am My Hair: Yarn Wrapping

Join me in my studio to wrap yarn onto cotton rope. Imbue your essence and becoming a part of the rope, as we discussed the trials and tribulations of our daily lives. Finding a common denominator amongst us all, HAIR.

JCAST DATES: Oct 5 and 6th, 12:00-3:00pm both days

LOCATION: Sky Garden Gallery, 150 Bay Street, PH9, 10th Floor Jersey City

Shadows and Reflections

A collection of works that evoke the theme Shadows and Reflections, either separately or combined in one composition.

JCAST DATES: Oct. 4, 5, and 6th.

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday October 4th

LOCATION: Six Columns Gallery: 672 Bergen Ave (bsmt) Jersey City

No Stopping Us Now
City Series

MASQUERADE 

What is it about masks that intrigues us, delights us, terrifies us? What compels us to obscure our own visage and put on a new identity?

EXHIBITION DATES: October 1- November 3, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday October, 1 @7pm

LOCATION: LITM, 140 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

“Masquerade” Digital photo collage. Diva Muse Series 2015 #ThedaSandiford

Where’s Theda: JC Friday 9/6/19


Theda Sandiford: Big Mouth

Please come check out my solo show at Art House Productions…

JC Friday Show Preview; Friday, September 6th, 5pm – 8pm

LOCATION: Art House Productions; 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ

As a woman, I find it is often easier to make my way in the world by keeping my mouth shut. To simply grin and bare it when haters, well-meaning friends or co-workers say or do something insensitive.

With ‘Big Mouth’, I am all of it. The sass, the crass, the erudite and more than that aware. Aware of the language used to quiet me down. To remind me of what is, and most importantly, what isn’t being said. 

Exhibition Run Dates: September 6th- 29th

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Sunday, September 15th, 1pm-3pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 5pm – 8pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Saturday, September 21st, 1pm-3p

I Am My Hair: JC Friday

LOCATION: Sky Garden Gallery, 150 Bay Street, PH9, Jersey City, NJ

JC Friday After Hours: September 6th, 8pm-10pm

I Am My Hair is an interactive art installation that explores identity through our relationship to hair. With each participant, the yardage grows, bit by bit. The rope, imbued the essence of each participant, becomes a common denominator amongst us all, HAIR.

Pow(h)er

JC Friday; September 6th, 11am – 5pm
Closing Reception: September 24th, 4-7 pm

LOCATION: Hudson County Community College, Dineen Hull Gallery
71 Sip Avenue, 6th Floor Jersey City, NJ 

A contemporary exhibition honoring the women’s equality movement and the centennial anniversary of the Woman Suffrage Movement.
“Pow(h)er.” Curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis & Michelle Vitale.

If You’re Not Invited to the Party, Throw Your Own Size: 12 x 12 x 1 in Medium: Acrylic paint, Xerox image transfers, stencil printed deli, paper, paper punched recycled envelops, tissue paper, buttons, glitter appliqués, glitter, Diamond Dust on canvas. July 2018

September Exhibitions

September is a big month for me. I’m having a solo show, a series of talks and yarn wrapping sessions at Art House Productions in Jersey City. And McCarty and me are soft launching Sky Garden Gallery…. Come on out and see what Ive been up to since moving my residence, studio and gallery into 150Bay…

Theda Sandiford: Big Mouth

LOCATION: Art House Productions; 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ

As a woman, I find it is often easier to make my way in the world by keeping my mouth shut. To simply grin and bare it when haters, well-meaning friends or co-workers say or do something insensitive.

With ‘Big Mouth’, I am all of it. The sass, the crass, the erudite and more than that aware. Aware of the language used to quiet me down. To remind me of what is, and most importantly, what isn’t being said. 

Exhibition Run Dates: September 6th- 29th

JC Friday Preview; Friday, September 6th, 5pm – 8pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 5pm – 8pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Sunday, September 15th, 1pm-3pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Saturday, September 21st, 1pm-3p

“Neon Auto Tune” Theda Sandiford Digital Collage on Metallic Photo Paper, AP 14″x11″m 20″x16″ framed

I Am My Hair: JC Friday

LOCATION: Sky Garden Gallery, 150 Bay Street, PH9, Jersey City, NJ

I Am My Hair is an interactive art installation that explores identity through our relationship to hair. With each participant, the yardage grows, bit by bit. The rope, imbued the essence of each participant, becomes a common denominator amongst us all, HAIR. Join me and see what we can create.

JC Friday After Hours: September 6th, 8pm-10pm

Pow(h)er

LOCATION: Hudson County Community College Dineen Hull Gallery
71 Sip Avenue, 6th Floor Jersey City, NJ 

A contemporary exhibition honoring the women’s equality movement and the centennial anniversary of the Woman Suffrage Movement.
“Pow(h)er.” Curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis & Michelle Vitale.

JC Friday; September 6th, 11am – 5pm
Closing Reception: September 24th, 4-7 pm

Kiss of Life Size: 14 x 11 in Framed Size: 18 x 14 in Limited edition 1/5 Digital Prints on Metallic Photo Paper May 2018

InterWoven

BSB Gallery: 143 East State St. Suite 4, Trenton NJ 08608

InterWoven features regional fiber artists, highlighting the various skills and versatility of the fiber community. From functional craft, to fine art, InterWoven features fiber and textile works in exciting and unexpected ways!

The exhibition runs until September 21st.

Theda Sandiford “Ultra-Violet” Mixed Media Fiber 100′ x 1/2″ 2019

Theda Sandiford: Big Mouth

Exhibition Run Dates: September 6- 29th

LOCATION: Art House Productions; 62 17th St, Jersey City, NJ

JC Friday Preview: Friday, September 6, 5:00-8:00pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 5:00-8:00pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Sunday, September 15, 1:00-3:00pm

Artist Talk & Yarn Wrapping: Saturday, September 21, 1:00-3:00pm

Big Mouth is a collection of one-sided conversations. As a woman, I find it is often easier to make my way in the world by keeping my mouth shut. To simply grin and bare it when haters, well-meaning friends or co-workers say or do something insensitive.

As a child, my father would say to me, “Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt”. So in keeping my mouth shut, I learned, to be seen, and selectively heard.

With ‘Big Mouth’, I am all of it. The sass, the crass, the erudite and more than that aware. Aware of the language used to quiet me down. To remind me of what is, and most importantly, what isn’t being said. 

Thanks to Big Mouth… look who has the last word now.

“Neon Auto Tune” Theda Sandiford Digital Collage on Metallic Photo Paper, AP 14″x11″m 20″x16″ framed

Sky Garden Gallery

We are moving on up…

Garden Level Gallery has moved to 150 Bay Street, PH9 Jersey City, NJ and has a new name…

Introducing Sky Garden Gallery

Artful living at the intersection of visual and culinary arts: Sky Garden Gallery curates visual art exhibitions and a Salon Series. For the lifestyle enthusiast we offer exclusive dinners, wine & spirits tastings within the walls of the gallery and garden. We bring color to your life.

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