Happy Black History Month. I’m happy that I made it to February 2021. It’s been alot going on.
My New Year started with a flood at my home. Then at the end of the month I wrecked my car. (We are fine. God is good.) Some where along the line, they stormed the Capitol and Cicely Tyson died. Kamala Harris is a win for representation. Joe Biden is president and everyone was dressed in beautiful monochrome.
Make sure to check out these two shows. I’m blessed to be showing work in both. “Localized” celebrates Indy’s 200 year anniversary. And Tiny show is an Indianapolis tradition that is continuing online this year. More information about both shows below.
LOCALIZED: GARFIELD PARK ARTISTS CELEBRATE INDY’S BICENTENNIAL Curated by a committee of neighborhood artists in collaboration with the Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car, this exhibition will feature artwork in a variety of mediums by local artists that reside in Garfield Park. The pieces aim to celebrate Indianapolis’ Bicentennial through the lens of these artists by exploring history, culture, and the environment of Indianapolis and Garfield Park, Indianapolis’ oldest park. Furthermore, artists will reflect on 2020 current affairs including the pandemic and protests. Artwork will be displayed online on the Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car’s websites. For the best viewing experience, please view the exhibit on a computer. http://www.gpacarts.org/online-exhibitions
TINY – December 4, 2020-January 8, 2021 – Even though the popular annual show is going virtual this year, we’re still making a big deal about TINY 2020. You can shop for original art created by past and present TINY artists at the new Art Center Marketplace hosted by the Indianapolis Art Center. Support artists throughout Central Indiana, while adding to your own art collection or buying unique holiday gifts for friends and family. #IndyKeepsCreating. TINY 2020 is in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Gallery 924. https://artcentermarket.com/product-category/tiny/
God is good. The universe is abundant. I am so blessed. Everything that I did was possible because of the support that I received within the arts community in Indianapolis. Artists are essential workers both metaphorically and literally. The support that I needed personally and professionally came from other creatives. I need to take a moment to just say thank you to the following:
“My dear, In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that… In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.
Truly yours, Albert Camus”
I started this drawing before I found this quote… It happens like that sometimes. That’s really the mood for 2020 ~ “It happens like that sometimes.”
This piece found a home. I drew it a few years ago as the start of a series and I never got back into into it. I have a fascination with classic American imagery. Part of my mission as an artist is to examine and the cultural images that are presented to us and challenge them.
Thank you again to Angie Nuttle and VIP Business Center for Women for hosting this event. Be sure and check them out.
Curated by a committee of neighborhood artists in collaboration with the Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car, this exhibition will feature artwork in a variety of mediums by local artists that reside in Garfield Park. The pieces aim to celebrate Indianapolis’ Bicentennial through the lens of these artists by exploring history, culture, and the environment of Indianapolis and Garfield Park, Indianapolis’ oldest park. Furthermore, artists will reflect on 2020 current affairs including the pandemic and protests. Artwork will be displayed in two galleries across the neighborhood: Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car’s Tube Factory artspace.
Live music will be provided by: The O’Boyz’ With Special guest Keith Beatty (https://www.keithbeattymusic.com/) Join us (virtually) for some local music and local art!
This weekend I am honored to be participating in “SHOP VIP,” a unique art and gift show provided by local artists and entrepreneurs. I will be attending both the Friday and Saturday sessions with a selection of original art and reproductions. Come mix and mingle in an upscale setting on Friday and then swing by on Saturday for the outdoor vendors.
November 6 from 4-8 pm & November 7, 2020 from 9-4 pm VIP Center for Business Women 3755 N Washington Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46205, IN Indianapolis, IN Tickets start at 10.00
The closing reception for this show is tomorrow, 9/25/2020 from 5-8pm at Lost Dog Gallery located at 1040 E New York St 46202. Come by and see the show.
Masks are required. We will be at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Safety first.
I will be there around 6 to meet the other artists and chat.
Here are a few reviews.
• @jaditmire “Waiting to be Seen”. New photography from Darrell Staggs Photography paired w local artists take on a photo. Clever and a delight to see Lost Dog Gallery #indykeepscreating Sept 3, 2020
Candid and contemporary reflection by Molly Dykstra of @darrellstaggsphotography photo. His new show Waiting To Be Seen pairs his photos w local artists take on the image. Diverse and creative work by all @lostdoggallery #indykeepscreating Sept 3, 2020
• @jaditmire Jill A. Ditmire Creative collaboration between Darrell Staggs Photography and local artists like Corey J. Mills. @darrellstaggsphotography photo on left and Coreys abstract interpretation of it on right. Opening night @lostdoggallery Sept 3, 2020
@jaditmire Safe and successful re-opening show tonight @lostdoggallery “Waiting To Be Seen” @darrellstaggsphotography His photos paired w local artists interpretations of specific photos. Clever!!! Funshow to see. Closing reception Sept 25 #indykeepscreating Sept 3, 2020
“I really enjoyed your photography show. Having other artists take off on your abstractions had some surprises, because some of your photos were more abstract than others. It is interesting to me to see how artists are concerned with the abstract forms found in everyday life whether they are depicting landscapes, still lifes or portraits. Perhaps seeing the Hopper show at the IMA made me even more interested in forms found in art work. Your interest in using the camera to making photos that depict the reality of life in totally geometric lines and forms through camera adjustment of speed, exposure time, and lens opening rather than later development alterations is very unusual. “ Holliday T. Day, retired senior curator of contemporary art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Here’s another review by Jill Ditmire:
Lost Dog Gallery hosted a safe and successful “ re-opening” on Thursday night featuring work from local photographer Darrell Staggs The retired engineer created his show “Waiting To Be Seen” by sharing one of his photos w a handful of local artists asking each to paint their take on the work. The task was much more difficult than one might think. Many artists including Corey Mills went thru multiple canvases before coming up w a final painting. Amy Ward offered a 2D-3D take on an abstract auto photo by painting a racing helmet but making it into a gumball machine. Molly Dykstra weaves the faces of Black Lives Matter into her peaceful and poignant interpretation of Staggs’ floral photo. It’s a clever concept and suits the contemporary bent of Lost Dog- one of Indys new and exciting art studios and gallery. Appointments to see daily plus a closing night reception on the 25th. #curiousmixThursday #indykeepscreating Jill Ditmire, 7-September Facebook