Open Studio Party March 1

Im celebrating my birthday by opening my studio March 1st as part of JCFridays. Come take a tour of Garden Level Gallery. See new works in progress and maybe try your hand at wrapping some rope. All are welcome.

DATE: Friday, March 1st

TIME: 6:00pm -9:00pm

LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery; 315 3rd Street, Jersey City NJ. Between Cole and Monmouth Streets. From Manhattan take the PATH train to Grove Street. It is a short walk from there up Newark Avenue.

RSVP: Please let me know if you are going to make it so I get a headcount and can make sure there is enough food and drink for all….

Come see what I have been up too…

Planet Cowboy Boot Launch Party

Sandiford launches a Wearable Art collaboration with Planet Cowboy based on her painting Future Past. The piece is reimagined as boots—handcrafted in Mexico, embroidered heel to toe.

Witness selections from various collections by the People’s Choice Award-winning mixed media artist who charts new territory with her self-reflective works.

February 28th 7:00-9:00pm @ Space Cowboy Boots

LOCATION: 234 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Pours by Brooklyn’s  Dukes Liquor Box  

#cowboots #wearableart #wherewillyourbootstakeyou 

Theda’s Exhibition Schedule

Expressive Creative Soul:  on display now through mid March

LOCATION: Bridge Art Gallery; 199 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002, USA

Seven works from my Woman of Wonder collage series. A pure celebration of expression, music, femininity, and belief in oneself.  A confirmation of life repeated as a cannon of ‘I am who I am.’ We often travel to the corners of the planet looking for safe places to BE. When what is actually necessary is a declaration: “We are our own selves!” There is a place for all of our being; the sexy, the demure, the loud and the reticent. On our own terms of being in our own skin when and how we need to be: Ella, Eartha, Grace, Diahann, Billie, and Nina (YES! Nina) taught us and made way for the Cardi’s, Beyonce’s and even Nikki’s of this world. We all fit and there is plenty of room for us. When we make room for ourselves.– 

Cat Woman Forever Size: 36 x 24 x 2 in Acrylic paint, Xerox image transfers, stencil printed deli, paper, paper punched recycled envelops, tissue paper, buttons, glitter appliqués, glitter, embroidered collar on canvas. February 2018

Boot Launch Party @ Space Cowboy February 28th

I’m launching a Wearable Art collaboration with Planet Cowboy based on my painting Future Past. The piece is reimagined as boots—handcrafted in Mexico, embroidered heel to toe.

February 28th 7:00-9:00pm @ Space Cowboy Boots

LOCATION: 234 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Pours by Brooklyn’s  Dukes Liquor Box  

#cowboots #wearableart #wherewillyourbootstakeyou 

Open Studio Party @ Garden Level Gallery on March 1st

Join me for a tour of Garden Level Gallery and celebrate my birthday too. Come see my new rope works in progress and maybe try your hand at wrapping some rope. I’lll be demoing rope wrapping at 7:00pm. All are welcome. Step down to #GardenLevelGallery

This is what we will be making

Pro Arts “Identity”… March 5- March 30th

LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery: 315 3rd Street Jersey City, NJ. Between Cole and Monmouth Streets. From Manhattan take the PATH to Groove Street and walk up Newark Avenue.

Wonder Woman Selfie is having herself a moment… She will be on display as part of Pro Arts “Identity” show in Rahway NJ, March 5- 30th. Join me for the Opening Reception on March 10th.

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 10, 1-4pm

LOCATION: The Gallery Space; 1670 Irving St.Rahway, NJ

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

Devine Femme @ MoCADA…….March 8 – April 12

It is amazing what can happen when, I get out of my own way and share my art work. I shared an art post on LinkedIn and invited to participate in Divine Femme at MoCADA museum in Brooklyn, NYC. Jut like that. Social graph = Serendipity…

Over the last 20 years The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) has used the visual and performing arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture. Some notables who have been featured at MoCADA include Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness), Wangechi Mutu, Jamel Shabazz, Ava DuVernay, Saul Williams and now me.

Neon Autotune, below was chosen as the main promotional image for the show that is representative of how far (or NOT) society has come in our understanding, recognition, and celebration of the femme form –mind, body, and soul– as a spiritual rite.

LOCATION: 80 Hanson PlaceBrooklyn, NY 11217

EXHIBITION DATES: March 8 – April 12

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

Big Mouth On View

Catch Big Mouth on View at Paradigm Talent Agency NYC Office through the end of February

This body of work 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 incorrect or 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.

Coming Up In January…

Yarn Wrapping: Sewing Circle
There is something cathartic about wrapping yarn and rope. The yarn in my hand. The dexterity of my fingers. My failing eyesight…

If you join one of my upcoming sewing circle sessions, we will wrap rope and embellish the rope with pony beads, garland and pink army men. No experience necessary.

Saturday Jan 12th 12-3pm RSVP here
Saturday Jan 26th 12-3pm RSVP Here
LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery 315 3rd Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

 

Fall Exhibitions Last Look and Artist Talk
On Sunday, January 27, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will hold a “last look” reception and informal artist talk for the closing of their three fall exhibitions Kevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue, Messages from the Interior, and me Stair-gazing: Theda Sandiford. Sampson, Sandiford, and Fred Scruton will be in attendance and each will discuss their work, process, and answer questions from the audience. Join us from 3–5 PM.

January 27th, 3:00-5:00pm
RSVP Here
LOCATION: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm St, Summit, New Jersey 07901

Wonder Women Stair Gazing

Later on
I’ll be showing at 14C Art Fair with Calabar Gallery.

March 15-17
Friday 4–9 (VIP only)
Saturday 12–8
Sunday 12–7
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Exchange Place Jersey City, NJ 07302

 

2018 International Juried Exhibition

Out of nine hundred entries from over three hundred artists from across the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Japan, Korea and Singapore, Side Eye won one of 40 spots in 2018 International Juried Exhibition curated by Dr. Midori Yoshimoto at The Center for Contemporary Art this November.

The exhibition dates are November 8th-December 22nd. Please join me for the opening reception.

OPENING RECEPTION: November 8th, 6:00-8:00PM

LOCATION: The Center for Contemporary Art;  2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921

Side Eye
For a perfect side-eye you have to keep your head steady and straight ahead and do it all with your eyes. Side Eye 24 x 20 x 1 in Aluminum Print Subject Matter: Identity 2015

Theda’s November Art Calendar

Ever wonder what a beautiful migraine looks like? See Headache at Body Glitch in the Window Gallery at Paul Robeson Galleries, Newark NJ. October 4th through March 16, 2019.

OPENING RECEPTION: October 18th, 6:00-8:00pm

LOCATION: 54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor | Newark, NJ 07102

GALLERY HOURS: Monday-Wednesday, 12pm-5pm, Thursday, 12pm-8pm, Saturday, 12pm-5pm

Headache
I get horrible describable migraines. I decided to make this piece to show what my headaches feel like.Digital collage of mixed media collage #Selfie

 

If you didn’t make it to Art House Gallery during JCAST this is your last chance to see Welcome to Fight Club during ChromoZones at Art House Productions!

CLOSING RECEPTION: November 3rd, 6:00-8:00PM

LOCATION: Art House Gallery; 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Welcome to Fight Club
Welcome to Fight Club Digital Print On Metallic Photo Paper 20 x 20 in Framed Size: 22 x 22 x 1 in 2017 Being a black woman in corporate America is like Fight Club. I must mold my personality to be palatable as a peach and keep my opinions to myself. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.  The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!  Third rule of Fight Club: if someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, or taps out, your career is over.

Look for Side Eye in 2018 International Juried Exhibition curated by Dr. Midori Yoshimoto at The Center for Contemporary Art. The exhibition dates are November 8th-December 22nd. Please join me for the opening reception.

OPENING RECEPTION: November 8th, 6:00-8:00PM

LOCATION: The Center for Contemporary Art;  2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921

Side Eye
For a perfect side-eye you have to keep your head steady and straight ahead and do it all with your eyes. Side Eye Limited Edition (3/5) Aluminum Print 24 x 20 x 1 in 2015

 

ChromoZones Closing Party 11/3

If you didn’t make it to Art House Gallery during JCAST this is your last chance to see Welcome to Fight Club during ChromoZones at Art House Productions!

Please let me know if I will see you there…

CLOSING RECEPTION: November 3rd, 6:00-8:00PM

LOCATION: Art House Gallery; 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Welcome to Fight Club
Welcome to Fight Club Digital Print On Metallic Photo Paper 20 x 20 in Framed Size: 22 x 22 x 1 in 2017 Being a black woman in corporate America is like Fight Club. I must mold my personality to be palatable as a peach and keep my opinions to myself. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.  The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!  Third rule of Fight Club: if someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, or taps out, your career is over.