independent artists

Steal This Quote: Helena Bonham Carter

By |July 1st, 2019|

I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk.
Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea.
How you decorate your home. Or […]

Lotus Moment: Up From Under

By |June 17th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: Last month was so hectic that I may be spending the month of June trying to course-correct from the May madness. But I assure you, despite my full calendar, I made sure to work in a quick visit or three to gallery […]

Consider This Quote: William Sydney Porter

By |March 18th, 2019|

I’ll give you the whole secret to short story writing.
Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself.
There is no Rule 2.
— William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry), American short story writer, speaking of the storytelling genre he mastered like no other 

You Will Know Them By Their Art

By |March 11th, 2019|

I’ve been nesting a bit lately. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve bought a new rug, two new bookcases, and some art for the wall in my hallway. Although I really liked the images and the way they made me feel as I walked […]

Lotus Moment: Larger-Than-Life Toy Robot

By |January 14th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: I’m always fascinated by the variety of art that gets chosen to be included in a development project or outdoor space. Whether it’s murals, statues, dancing installations, or something even more esoteric, art in open spaces is one of the ways that art […]

Steal This Quote: Frida Kahlo

By |December 31st, 2018|

I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.
— Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist, activist and feminist icon

Let Artists Be Artists

By |November 19th, 2018|

I know the title of this post sounds pretentious, but watch out, because in a few seconds, it’s going to sound presumptuous and offensive too. Here’s why: Although it’s not a new phenomenon, there’s been an outbreak in recent years of this disease I like […]

Lotus Moment: The Face In The Tree

By |August 28th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: On my way to return (and check out) some books at the Newark library branch downtown, I walked through the nearby Washington Park to return to my car. It was there that I saw this fascinating image painted (?) on a […]

What Is The Artist’s Role In Gentrification?

By |August 20th, 2018|

About a year ago, I attended a local community meeting here in Newark for citizens concerned about the changing face of the city. You see, Brick City, after 50 years of neglect, economic disenfranchisement, and disproportionate criticism fueled by racism, xenophobia and class discrimination, is […]

Steal This Quote: Magdalena Abakanowicz

By |July 2nd, 2018|

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind, born out of struggle
between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality, in our mind.
— Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish sculptor and textile artist