November Exhibition Schedule

American Contemporary Craft: National Juried Exhibition

Exhibition dates: October 2 – November 28, 2020
Location: LHUCA; 511 Ave K, Lubbock, Texas

Opening receptions: October 2 and November 26, 2020
during the First Friday Art Trail 6 – 9 pm

I answered a call for artists utilizing traditional and innovative craft techniques while maintaining contemporary relevance and broadening the interest of craft as a modern medium.

Neue was selected for the show and won Honorable Mention.

New Directions 2020: 36th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Barrett Art Center: 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Exhibition Dates:  Oct 10 – Nov 14 , 2020

I’m thinking of taking a road trip up to Poughkeepsie to see the show and explore the local sights for the weekend.

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Viewpoints 2020

Studio Montclair: 127 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ

Exhibition Dates: 10/28/20- 11/27/20

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 1-4pm.

ZOOM reception and Cash Awards: Friday, October 30 from 7-8:30pm

ViewPoints 2020 Zoom Reception

Please join me at for the ZOOM reception for ViewPoints 2020 on Friday, October 30 at 7:00pm ET,

The gallery is following strict COVID guidelines – masks are required and the number of people is limited. The gallery is open by appointment only until further notice.

There will be an online tour of the exhibit with audio from the artists for viewing alog with a Zoom Reception with juror, Virginia Fabbri Butera, PhD, who will talk about the exhibit and the work she chose. Awards will be presented. 

Register for the ZOOM reception here.

The in-person reception will be Sunday, November 1 from 1-4pm. I’ll be there on the early side.

Studio Montclair is located 127 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair, NJ 07042

The exhibition run dates are October 30th – November 27th, 2020.


October Exhibitions

JCAST 2020 Live

The 30th anniversary Jersey City Art & Studio Tour features nearly 70 virtual events,  held entirely on Zoom from Oct 1st – Oct 4th. Audiences will be able to take a look inside the studios and galleries of the diverse artists that call Jersey City home.

My segment is live on Zoom Saturday October 3rd at 5:10pm ET

Register HERE for ZOOM link.

Exhibition Dates: 10/3/20-10/5/20 

I’ll b Love Saturday October 3rd @ 5:10pm

CraftHiltonHead2020

7th National Juried Fine Art Craft Guild Exhibition

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: 14 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Exhibition Dates: 10/6/20 – 10/31/20

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“Ultra Violet” Mixed Media Fiber 100’x 1/2″ 2020


New Directions 2020: 36th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Barrett Art Center: 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Exhibition Dates:  Oct 10 – Nov 14 , 2020

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“Trench Town” Mixed Media Fiber 100’x 1/2″ 2019

Viewpoints 2020

Studio Montclair: 127 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ

Exhibition Dates: 10/28/20- 11/27/20

CoVid19 Fall Out

It has taken me a moment to adjust to the new normal of being stuck in the apartment 24/7, worrying about my elderly parents, a non stop parade of 10-6p video ZOOM calls for work and figuring out how to get comfortable with not know when this will all end.

I thrive on making artwork in community and I can’t do that right now. Its been an adjustment being solo in the studio again. It is not the same for me

With all galleries and museums temporarily shuttered, several of my shows have either been postponed or are now virtual. And who knows when I will receive back art from arts institutions that are currently shutdown. My Now Friends Residency in Nairobi Kenya scheduled for July is now up in the air too. There is so much uncertainty right now.

Here is what I do know..

Annual Art Supply Swap Postponed

We shifted Sky Garden Gallery’s annual Spring Art Supply Swap to September 5, 2020. And will close Oshun after we shoot a virtual tour of the show this week. Thi

Wonder Women @ Bridge Art Gallery

Wonder Women was installed at Bridge Art Gallery days before NJ shut down all non-essential businesses. You can visit via the virtual tour below. Contact Bridge Art Gallery if you are interested in seeing any of these works in person, a private viewing may be possible.

ViewPoints 2020 @ Studio Montclair

You will have to wait to see Caribbean Friendship Bracelet in person at ViewPoints 2020. The exhibition has been pushed from May to October of this year.

Exhibit Dates: 10/28 – 11/27

Opening reception: Friday, October 30

Caribbean Friendship Bracelet, Mixed media fibre, cotton rope, yarn, chenille and recycled sari silk, 77 x 10 x 11 in, 2019

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

Spring Exhibitions

Grand Opening: Somewhere We Landed

Opening Reception: Friday May 3th, 7:30-9:00pm

LOCATION: Drawing Rooms: Topps Building; 26 Newark Ave #T107, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Artists were asked to create works that relate to new beginnings, new adventure, new body of work, outer space, atmosphere, place, transportation, land, nature, or utopia. Hundreds of works are on sale during the course of the show, 5/3/19 – 5/11/19, for $200 each.

I made a series of collages from my airplane ticket stubs and a lino print i carved in flight from LA to Newark.

Gallery Hours:
5/5/19 Sunday, 1-6p
5/9/19 Thurs & 5/10/19 Fri, 5-8p
5/11/19 Saturday, 12-6p

Exhibit runs through 5/11/19.

View Points 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

LOCATION: Studio Montclair Gallery located at 127 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, NJ.

This exhibit will be on display from May 2 to June 15, 2019.

Wonder Woman Selfie’ is a collage for the ages. Colorful, warm and strong – it reflects the best of what a person can see in themselves.

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 ‘

No Boundaries Benefit

BENEFIT: Saturday, May 4th, 2019 8:00-11:00pm

LOCATION: The Woodland; 60 Woodland Road Maplewood, NJ

You can bid on the piece I made for this show. … herehttps://www.accelevents.com/e/NoBoundariesBenefit/A/TSA

Open Orange 2019

Opening Reception: May 9th, 6:000-9:00pm

LOCATION‘: Community Gallery at ValleyArts: 400 S. Jefferson St., Orange, NJ

Mark your calendar for the Artist Talk and Closing Celebration on June 8, 3-5pm to see this piece and learn more about my Wonder Women series.

“Most performers take themselves too seriously. They forget there is a difference between the characters they play on the screen or stage and themselves, but the public doesn’t forget there is a difference. They see how silly it is if you try to be the same person all the time.”

Grace Jones
“Grace Jones is my Muse” 36″x24″x2″ Mixed Media; Acrylic paint, Xerox image transfers, stencil printed deli, paper, paper punched recycled envelops, tissue paper, buttons, glitter appliqués, glitter, embroidered collar on canvas, 2018

Portraits and Narratives- Artist Talk

SAVE THE DATE: Friday May 10, 2019, 7:00-9:00pm

LOCATION: Akwaaba Gallery, 509 S Orange Ave, Newark, NJ

Come Meet and speak to me and artists Kortez and Jimmy James Greene about our work in the “Portraits and Narratives” Exhibition.

World Collage Day Pop Up Exhibition

Pop Up Collage Show : Saturday May 11, 2019, 1:00-5:00pm

LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery: 315 3rd Street, Jersey City NJ

Celebrate World Collage Day with me, as we honor our local community of artists and the art of collage!

Get inspiration from our World Collage Day Pop Up Exhibition and then spend an afternoon making artwork with the participating artists.
#worldcollageday

Participating Artists:
Luis Alves Collage: 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.

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 Sheryll: 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

BradTerhune: 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.

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

Bring paper, magazines, found materials and your preferred substrate. I have paint, scissors and various glues…
$5 suggested donation to cover material costs.

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.

 2019 Cathedral Arts Festival

CHAMPAGNE GALA: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:00pm.

LOCATION: Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie St, Jersey City NJ

Exhibition on view through June 7th,

I’m always down for a champagne gala. Join me. Tickets may be purchased for $50 by cash or check at drop-off or online at www.cathedralartslive.org.Tickets will cost $60 at the door.

I made these abstract figurative self portraits over the course of 5 weekends using the fine print from my MS infusion drug, Tysbari, paper scraps and mono-printed deli paper. Take a close look at the fine print to see the multitude of symptoms i’m dealing with this hidden illness. Each drawing is representative of a MS treatment, I get infusions every 6 weeks to suppress my immune system and slow the progression of the disease.

Love and Fear Exhibition

Please join me for an exhibition visually depicting love or fear on a personal, social, or cultural level.

Love: warmth, tenderness, kindness, compassion, devotion, affection

Fear: anxiety, terror, hatred, malevolence, jealousy, anger. We all experience these emotions. I channel my emotions into my artwork so I can feel FREE from constraints.

Exhibition Dates: April 2- 29, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 7, 2009, 3-5:45pm

Panel Discussion from 4-5pm.

LOCATION: Montclair Public Library Gallery located a 50 S. Fullerton Avenue in Montclair, NJ.

Theda’s April Art Schedule

Women of Wonder

I only move forwards, never backwards, darling.

Grace Jones

Exhibition: On display through April 7th.

LOCATION: One River; 292 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ

I Only Move Forwards, Never Backwards, Darling 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

Give Me Body!: Femme Re-Divined

Give Me Body!: Femme Re-Divined Seeks to unravel how far society has come in our understanding, recognition, and celebration of the femme form — mind, body, and soul.

Exhibition Dates: Show is on display through April 12th. Don’t miss it.

LOCATION: Museum of African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA) 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn NY

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

Studio Montclair’s: Love And Fear

Exhibition Dates: April 2 – April 29, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 7th, 3:00-5:45pm with a Panel Discussion 4:00-5:00pm

LOCATION: Montclair Public Library located at 50 S. Fullerton Avenue in Montclair NJ.

Spring Art Supply Swap

Marie Condo your art supplies… Bring a bag of supplies you are not using and swap it for something else. Craft paper, paint, colored pencils, frames, yarn, fabric… you get the idea. Anything goes.

Save the Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 12:00-3:00pm. Please RSVP

LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery, 315 3rd Street Jersey City NJ

Yarn Wrapping Circle

Imagine, hair. The elusive, coveted “good” hair. On some days and for some people, that is my hair. Or was. Or can be. But you should know by now – Don’t. Touch. My. Hair. That is unless you come help me make hair made from rope and yarn in this Yarn Wrapping Circle. No experience necessary, I will teach you the knots. Come for the fellowship or to try something new.

Save the Date: Sunday, April 14th 2019, 1:00-4:00, Please RSVP

LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery, 315 3rd Street Jersey City NJ

Viewpoints 2019

Exhibition Dates: May 2- June 15, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4th from 7:00pm-9:00pm

LOCATION: Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair NJ

Wonder Woman Selfie Mixed Media 48″x36″x1″

Side Eye Banners in Montclair

Side Eye will be displayed on banners installed prominently in Montclair’s business and arts districts this Fall.

The Limited Edition, 3/5 aluminum print will be displayed in one of SMI’s gallery spaces during the fall of 2018 (more info to come). DM me if you are interested in this piece. There are two left in this edition.

A huge thank you to juror, Nette Forne Thomas for selecting my work. I am humbled.

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

June Art Life Party Time

The day after I get back from St. Croix, June 2, it’s art partying time. Let me know if you are down to play.

I have two openings on Saturday June 2. The first in Montclair and the second in Asbury Park. Im trying to hit both. Do you want to come with? ill drive.

Viewpoints 2018
Opening Reception: June 2, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Studio Montclair, 127 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ
This is the second time, i’ve earned entry into Viewpoints. The show was juried by Gary Garrido Schneider, the Executive Director of Grounds for Sculpture.

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.
She was once a mortal princess whose beauty earned the ire of Aphrodite when men began turning their worship away from the goddess towards the girl. Aphrodite commanded Eros make Psykhe fall in love with the most hideous of men but the god instead fell in love and carried her off to a hidden palace. Eros hid his true identity and told Psykhe she must never gaze upon his face. Her jealous sisters, however, tricked her into disobeying and the angry god forsook her. Psykhe searched the world for her lost love and eventually came into the service of Aphrodite. The goddess commanded her perform a series of seemingly impossible tasks which culminated in a journey to the Underworld. Psykhe was afterwards reunited with Eros and the couple were married in a ceremony attended by all the gods.

Hoboken Art in Asbury Park
Opening Reception: June 2, 7:00-10:00 pm
LOCATION: Palette Gallery, 716 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ

The opening reception of my lobby installation at A Condo is
Friday June 8th 7:00 – 9:00pm.
LOCATION: 389 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ

I am draping a huge 20’x20′ printed fabric and showing 6 new digital collages, 4 early mixed media works and a selection affordable small works on paper. Please come see and have a glass of wine on me. The wine will be flowing. Let me know if you can make it. Its a short Path train stop to Newport Pavonia or Grove Street and walk over.

“Tag 1” Digital photo collage. Street Art Mash Up 2015 #ThedaSandiford #Graffiti

Later this summer…
AHAC Window Display Aug./Sept. at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council
54 1st Avenue Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
https://aharts.org/
I have a window installation idea brewing, worthy of Anthropologie display. I need large plastic laundry and Orange Juice bottle caps. Please let me know if you can save these for me.