Best of 2022: Top 5

All things considered 2022 was a good year. Here are a couple highlights for me…

I met so many wonderful people at ExpoChicago at my booth, I am still on endorphin high from my visit to the windy city.

I spent most of my Summer with Art Crawl Harlem at Governors Island and can not wait to do it again this year with a new interactive installation.

It was so fantastic to hang with old friends and new, at my solo art show at Ivy Brown Gallery in the meatpacking district.

Being recognized by ADWeek and my peers for my innovation was surprise and trill for me.

And lastly…. my emotional baggage carts made with Fresh Direct bags were mentioned in the NY Times and got picked up by ArtNet News.

FreshDirect, But Make It Fashion

My Emotional Baggage Carts were featured in New York Times article as one of the inventive examples of designers upcycling and turning FreshDirect plastic totes into trendy accessories and art.

Have a look….

ArtNet News even mentioned my Emotional Baggage Carts sculpture series, addressing the pressures of the pandemic that produced such a surplus of Fresh Direct delivery bags in the first place.

Bottle caps, neon yellow 550 paracord, 200′ neon yellow camo 850 paracord, hollow braided polyurethane rope, solar LED rope lights, recycled Fresh Direct bag and commercial fishing net, zip ties, gold spray paint on recovered shopping cart. Photo by April Tracey

Joyful Resistance: Closing Event

Exhibition Dates: September 8 – October 7

Location: Ivy Brown Gallery; 675 Hudson St, New York, NY

212-925-1111 by appointment

Closing Reception: Friday, October 7, 3:00-5:00pm

Come say goodbye to Joyful Resistance at Ivy Brown Gallery. And your last chance to pick up your own mini Emotional Baggage Cart…

Inside And Out

The Gallery at Hillside Square and the Hillside Square Sculpture Garden is open this fall with a dual show featuring two and three-dimensional works from Peter Allen, Kate Dodd, Jerry Gant, Wendy Letven, myself, and Charlie Spademan.

Please come see my my woven textile work Inside and my emotional baggage cart in the sculpture garden outside. I will be at the Opening Reception, Saturday, October 8, 5:30-7:30pm. Hope to see you there.

Exhibition Dates: October 8- December 16

Location: The Gallery at Hillside Square, 8 Hillside Avenue, Montclair NJ

The Gallery at Hillside Square is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Inspired By: Glass Bead Making

I took a glass bead making class as a Girl Scout but it has been a while since I have worked with a torch, marver and glass.

I spent the last couple of months researching and preparing a residency application for the Corning Museum of Glass.

Fingers crossed…

Wonderland International Juried Exhibition

The Wonderland International Juried Exhibition is the point of entry to the PKX Wonderland Festival, September 15-17, 2022. 

The show features work that disrupts standard notions of reality by exploring the Wonderland we create for ourselves. It asks, how does art help us reimagine our reality and create?

Exhibition Dates: September 15 – October 20, 2022

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15, 5:00-7:00pm

Artist Panel: Friday September 30, 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Trolley Barn Gallery; 489 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Power Puff with Black Racing Stripes

Glow Up Teddy Bear

My emotional baggage cart in progress on Governors Island asked me to make a Teddy Bear for it so naturally, I complied.

Come see the completed cart at the end of the month and save the date for my Artist Talk on Saturday October 15th at 1:00pm.

Location: Art Crawl Harlem House 406B Colonels Row on Governors Island, NYC

My Solo Show is Coming Together

I am almost ready for my solo show at Ivy Brown Gallery, in the Meatpacking District, opening September 8th and running through October 7th.

Save these dates… 9/16 Beer Tasting, 9/23 Artist Talk, 10/7 Closing Party.

Ivy Brown Gallery; 675 Hudson St, New York, NY

I just need to finish 40 mini shopping carts for the show. No pressure or anything… lol

Free Your Mind from Microaggressions

“Free Your Mind” is a cascade of story ribbons tied to fishing nets draped upon the wall like a blanket. Visitors are invited to share written statements about experienced microaggression on a “story” ribbon which I will weave into the “Free Your Mind” blanket. Infusing the essence and yarn of each participant into the social fabric of a protective blanket.

Free Your Mind Public Art Installation

Exhibition Dates: May 7, – August 27, 2022. On view for the public Thursday  through Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00PM.

Location: ArtCrawl Harlem @ Governors Island, 406b Colonels Row

Theda In Residence: June 11, June 25, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 20 from 11a – 2pm.

Someone Trashed My Trolly!

My “Emotional Baggage Carts” serve as vessels to dispose of racial trauma. – to separate myself from these experiences – to grant access to grace. – to create new possibilities, free from the constraints of the past.

The installation also provides an opportunity for anyone to let go of these experiences from their own personal narrative.

I guess this work can be triggering too.

Someone, trashed my installation of “Dorchester Road Rage: Baggage Cart” in Springfield Mo. Triggering for me, once again, an old college memory and the adrenalin rush I felt, being chased by a mob of white teens while riding my bike.

Thankfully Sculpture Walk Springfield fixed the cart.

People suck sometimes. Maybe, I shouldn’t let people touch my sculptures.

Dorchester Road Rage