Mini Emotional Baggage Carts @ Affordable Art Show

This week is your last chance to pick out your very on mini emotional baggage cart before they are shipped off for my solo shows in Seattle and Michigan this Spring.

Please join me for the close of the Affordable Art Show at Art House Productions Gallery

Closing Reception: January 27, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Art House Gallery at The Hendrix – 345 Marin Boulevard (on Marin Blvd between Morgan St and Bay St.)

I Found Chaney

A hybrid of the words for “china” and “money,” chaney is the porcelain shards found in the soil after a hard rain and washed up on the beaches of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

I found this shard in The Gut, the riverbed on my property that runs down the Blue Mountain out to the Salt River estuary.

Ceramics, broken in symbolic acts of destruction by slaves, is a symbol of colonial resistance.

I wonder if the tourists buying chaney repurposed into jewellery are aware of the sociopolitical postcolonial critique of colonization and slavery.

For now, I will keep collecting chaney until It is ready to find it’s way into my work….

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

Inspired By…

Fishing nets.

I buy retired authentic nylon commercial fishing nets for my work. Most nets get approximately 2 years of use before they lose integrity from being torn and repaired too many times.

I find the flexibility of the grid, fascinating. Everytime I look, i see something different in the lines.