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

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Upcoming Exhibitions: August

HCCC Pow(h)er

Exhibition Run Dates: August 1- September 24, 2019

Opening Reception: August 1, 2019 from 4:00-7:00pm

LOCATION: Hudson County Community College, 70 Sip Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA

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


Exhibition Run Dates: August 2- September 21,2019

Opening Reception: August 2, 2019 @ 4:00pm

LOCATION: BSB Gallery143 East State St. Suite 4, Trenton, New Jersey 08608

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


August 1st: Opening Reception, 4-7 pm

Curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis & Michelle Vitale
Hudson County Community College
Dineen Hull Gallery
71 Sip Avenue, 6th Floor
Jersey City, NJ  07306

A contemporary exhibition honoring the women’s equality movement and the centennial anniversary of the Woman Suffrage Movement.
“Pow(h)er” features the work of 13 fierce females of New Jersey.

Featuring art by Ekaterina AbramovaCaroline K BurtonPam CooperJodie FinkJan HulingBlond JennyZo Sua KayDonna KessingerTrix RosenLucy RovettoTheda SandifordLeslie Sheryll, and Judy Wukitsch.

Join us on the following dates:

August 1st: Opening reception with music provided by DOCAS’s house deejay, DJ Vaselli. Light refreshments served.
September 6th: JC Fridays, 11 am – 5 pm
September 24th: Closing Reception, 4-7 pm

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 appliques, glitter, Diamond Dust on canvas. July 2018

Upcoming Exhibitions

2019 State of Art

Exhibition Dates: June 28 – August 9, 2019

Location: Studio Montclair; 127 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 

Kitt And Kabodoodle Size: 14 x 11 in Framed Size: 18 x 14 in Limited edition 1/5 Digital Prints on Metallic Photo Paper May 2018

Repurposed: 4th Annual Juried Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: July 5- July 27, 2019

Location: Arthaus Projects; 140 W. 4th St. Williamsport, PA

“Repurposed” is a juried exhibition focused on the adaptive reuse of materials to create new art. Participating artists were asked to create an original piece of artwork that utilizes some sort of found object, or unusual recycled medium as the base for the piece. I used bottle caps.

Mixed Media
36″x36″x2″ mixed media assemblage on cradled birch. Matte medium, self leveling gel, acrylics, gel ink, tissue paper, newspaper, handmade paper, die cuts, recycled bottle caps, beads, glitter, rhinestones, wood beads

Combined Talents 2019 Juried Competition

Exhibition Dates: August 19 – September 29, 2019

Location: Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts; 530 West Call Street, Tallahassee, Florida 

There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 30th, from 6:00-8:00pm.

48″x36″x2″ Mixed Media 2017 I LOVE Wonder Woman. I grew up watching the Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman and wanted to be a bad ass too. After seeing Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman in Theaters, I knew I had to pattern my next Super Selfie after Wonder Woman

Let Me Tell You A Story: Artist Talks & Workshops:

Drawing Rooms: 926 Newark Ave, #T107, Jersey City, NJ

Saturday 6/22/19 from 3:00-5:00pm 

Artist Talk

3:45-4:15p Kimberly Becoat

3-3:30p Ibou Ndoye

4:30 – 5p Shoshanna Weinberger

Artist Talk

Sunday 6/23/19 from 3:00-5:30pm

3 – 3:30p Adebunmi Gbadebo

3:45 – 4:15p Theda Sandiford

As a woman, I find it is often easier to make my way in the world by keeping my mouth shut. These works are from a collection of one-sided conversations. The things I wish I said or could say, the things I say under my breath or the affirmations I use to remind myself that my voice is relevant even when I think no one is listening.

Workshop Sun

Sunday 6/23/19 from 4:30 – 5:30p

4:30 – 5:30 Theda Sandiford

Join me for a hair-raising yarn wrapping workshop to wrap and hitch knot yarn, recycled sari thread and ribbon on 100″ of cotton rope. Impart your essence and become a part of this community art making project.

Let Me Tell You A Story

Artist Reception: Thursday 5/23/19 6:00-9:00pm

LOCATION: Drawing Rooms; 926 Newark Ave # T107 JC, NJ

Artists Talks:
6/22/19 Sat: Kimberly Becoat, Ibou Ndoye and Shoshanna Weinberger
6/23/19 Sun: Adebunmi Gbadebo and Theda Sandiford

Artists Workshops:
6/23/19 Sun: Theda Sandiford

Gallery Hours: Thurs/Fri, 5-8p, Sat/Sun, 1-6p​

“Let Me Tell You a Story”, 5/23/19 – 6/23/19, presents five artists: Adebunmi Gbadebo, Ibou Ndoye, Kimberly Becoat, Shoshanna Weinberger and Theda Sandiford, whose works celebrate Black culture. Drawing from their rich and varied experiences, these artists explore historic and contemporary issues of race, gender and identity that African-American, Caribbean-American and mixed race cultures deal with. In these artists’ materials, scale, imagery and message, they proclaim their lives while exposing topics important to the lives of the communities with which they identify. Curated by Anne Trauben.

Astronauts Moon Landing Earth

World Collage Day & Pop Up Show

Celebrate World Collage Day with Garden Level Gallery as we honor our local community of artists and the art of collage!

World Collage Day Pop Up Exhibition

Saturday, May 11th, 1-5:00PM
Garden Level Gallery
315 Third Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Get inspiration from our Collage Pop Up Exhibition and spend an afternoon making artwork with our participating artists.

Make art with us.

Let’s show the world what it looks like when people come together as a community. #worldcollageday

Saturday, May 11th, 1-5:00PM
Garden Level Gallery
315 Third Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302


Participating Artists:

Luis Alves: Luis Alves’s photo collages utilizes appropriated imagery from magazines, to incite dialogue on the role the media plays in the shaping of our lives. Each collage is hand-manipulated with the goal of transformation as a way of commenting on, satirizing or criticizing the source material. Website

Theda Sandiford: Theda Sandiford: Using internal conflict and diverse recycled materials as a starting point she constructs a mixed media mask to protect herself from fear. What may start off as an ugly statement about herself, is in the end transformed into something beautiful. Theda photographs her process and then digitally manipulate these images to extend the narrative.

Leslie Sheryl: Leslie Sheryll’s photo based collages start with appropriated 19th century tintypes which she scans and digitally manipulates. Sheryll then incorporate historical facts, imagery, personal experience and an infusion of fantasy to create a new narrative about women Website

Brad Terhune: Brad Terhune is forever seeking out new materials to work with leads to changes in style and subject. Terhune looks to create a weird, surreal world, and have been influenced by early twentieth century art movements that embraced and explored collage, while continuing to explore this vibrant medium in the contemporary arena. Website

Psykhe Size: 20 x 20 in Medium: Fine Art Print
Psyche was the goddess of the soul and the wife of Eros god of love.