Flava Fresh! XVIII 2021-2022

This is so awesome. I am so excited to be a Flava Fresh Artist for the first time this year. I remember taking my son to one of these shows and how much fun we had, how welcoming the space was. It is so important for local black art to exist in public spaces to remind us of our presence and importance. I’m honored to be in Ms. D’s events.

Each show is different so check out each one.

FLAVA FRESH ! ARTISTS: An Annual Juried Multi-Art Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art based in Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Artsgarden | June 29th, through August 29th, 2021
110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center – Museum | Sept. 3rd, through Oct. 30th, 2021
225 W Hawthorne St. Zionsville, IN 46077

North College Avenue Library | Sept 2021 through Jan 22nd, 2022
4180 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205

June 2021

Additional Dates Added! God is good. So Excited.

Garfield Park Biergarten

Enjoy an evening in the Sunken Garden with the Garfield Brewery and The Original Swayzee Hand Breaded Tenderloin! The Garfield Park Biergarten events will take place every 3rd Thursday May-August.Visitors can listen to live music, participate in themed activities, purchase artwork from local artists, and meet community partners. Event admission is free, and there is no need to register.

5:30- 8:30 PM | 2505 Conservatory Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46203 | Find More Information Below

Fort Ben Cultural Campus Grand Opening

I am so excited for this event! Not only am I an Artist Partner at Arts for Lawrence, I am also a member of the Visual Arts Center Committee. I had the privilege of showing at their VIP night and I can’t wait for the public opening!

June 18th, 19th & 20th | 8920 Otis Ave Lawrence, IN 46216 | Find More Information Below

Happy Juneteenth! Happy Solstice! Happy Pride! Happy Black Music Month!

God is good. I’m so excited to be showing this month! Make sure you check out these shows!

Hip Hop Anthology Vol. 2
Curator: Gary Gee

June 1-30, 2021 at the Central Library
40 East Saint Clair Street Indianapolis, In 46204

Hip Hop Anthology Vol. 2 is a Visual Narration. Collectively curated by visual artists that are authentically inspired and influenced by Hip-Hop culture, music, fashion film, literature, lifestyle, politics, social commentary, and the voice of the underdog.

Garfield Park Art and Music Festival

The Garfield Park Art & Music Festival is hosted by the Garfield Park Arts Center, Indy Parks, and Garfield Brewery at Garfield Park, the oldest city park in Indianapolis. The 4th annual Garfield Park Art & Music Festival (GPAMF) is an outdoor festival celebrating the art, music, and culture of Indianapolis. The festival will feature a handful of local musicians and bands of diverse genres performing their original music. Up to thirty local artists working in a variety of mediums will also host artist booths with their fine art and handmade wares for sale. The mission of this festival is to showcase and celebrate local talent in the art and music scene in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable way.  

June 26th, 2021 4-10pm at the MacAllister Amphitheater at Garfield Park
2450 Conservatory Drive Indianapolis, IN 46203

Please register here:

Check back in on this post for more details on my upcoming pop-ups and events. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @CJCRTV.

Thank you to The Storefront Theater, Arts For Lawrence, Garfield Park Arts Center for having me in the month of May. I can’t wait to come back.

May 2021: VIVE & Power

God is good. I am so excited to be showing new work this year! I am featured in “Vive, A Group Exhibition” with Kori Bethea and Aaron Scamihorn at the Storefront Theater in Broadripple. We had a great soft opening. Not only did I collaborate on the playlist, but I made a sale!

All three of us will be featured there later this year in solo events so be on the look out for those shows as well.

I do have select availability for personal tours, so contact me if you would like to see the show in person. We are planning on having a closing reception; so stay tuned for those details. This show will be up until the end of May 2021.

I am also excited to announce my participation in, “Power: Hoosier Women In Art.” The exhibit will run from May 7-29, with an exhibit opening reception during First Friday on May 7, 5:15 – 8:00 PM. You and your guests will need to register for a time slot at tinyurl.com/gpac-first-friday.

Check out the facebook event below:

Lastly, I have new listings on my Etsy:

Gathering Me’s: Moments of Decision


“Inanna placed the shugarra, the crown of the steppe, on her head…Inanna set out by herself.”
Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Diane Wolkstein, Pg12

Imagine who you could be if no told you that you can’t. Imagine what you could be if you were really charged up. Then start moving that way. I make it sound really easy right…It’s not. But it is possible. It starts with a choice.

I want to see more variety in the examples of womanhood presented to black and brown people. We are catalysts, decision makers, holders of authority and autonomy. Part of my interest in mythology comes from a need to explore female archetypes that are untethered from struggle, respectability politics and expectations. I want the freedom to be equally glorious and fucking flawed.

The only thing necessary for Queen-ship is the decision to be a queen. Everything you need is available to you in the moment of decision. The world is yours, if you want it.

I’m an doing a show. Find out more information here.


Mood Music at the bottom.

“To my daughter, Inanna, I shall give truth!…Inanna replied, I take them!”
“Then Inanna, standing before her father, acknowledged the me Enki had given her”
Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Diane Wolkstein, Pg14-16

“Then more me appeared – more me than Enki had given Inanna”

“Inanna brought the me:
She brought the placing of the garment on the ground.
She brought allure.
She brought the art of women.
She brought the perfect execution of the me.”
Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Diane Wolkstein, Pg26

The Me*: The Perceptive Ear | The Power of Attention | The Making of Decisions | The Placing of the Garment | Allure | The Art of Women | The Perfect Execution

*There are a lot of them but these are my faves.

December 2020: Tiny Show | Localized

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.

Click here to view the exhibit.

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

Click here to view “Tiny” show

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/

Localized: Garfield Park Artists Celebrate Indy’s Bicentennial

I’m honored to be participating in this show.

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!

More information at the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/769900190454005

http://www.gpacarts.org/upcoming

SHOP VIP

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

For more information visit the VIP Center for Business Women here: https://www.vipcenter.works/shopvip

See and Be Seen

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

Waiting To Be Seen – September 2020

Somewhere, something incredible is… Waiting To Be Seen.
A conceptual art exhibit featuring 17 diverse Indiana artists displaying their visions of selected artworks of photography by experimental photographer Darrell Staggs. Coming in September to Lost Dog Gallery in Indianapolis.

I am so incredibly excited about this show. I can’t wait to see all the different work that will be displayed. I will be attending the Saturday reception, so definitely stop by and have a chat. Or check us out on one of our other dates.

Collector’s Night | Thursday, 3-September | 6-9pm
Saturday Reception | 12-September | 12-3pm
Closing Reception | Friday, 25-September | 5-8pm
Masks Required — RSVP below.

“It’s not what you Look at that matters, it’s what you See.”
– Henry David Thoreau

#WaitingToBeSeen #IndyKeepsCreating #indyartscene #IndyArtists

Each artist has selected a photographic image, some “predictable” and some ‘abstract/surreal”, and are replicating what they “See” in their own personal style and medium. It’s learning about Art and how Art works.
Artists: Kylin Brown – Lacy Pearson – JD Bills – Amy Ward – Gary Lynn – Molly Dykstra – Susie Blackmore – Brinton Farrand – Bryan Bromstrup – Lynne Medsker – Kristy Quinn – Cierra Johnson – Jerry Points – Corey J Mills – Linda Wesolowski – Garth Gathers – Jessica Hancock

To see a sneak peek of the show visit:
https://www.darrellstaggsphotography.com/