Art Adventures: Fall 2021

God is good. I’m incredibly blessed. I have so many experiences to be grateful for.

I had a fantastic conversation with Michael DeCamp on the Cutter’s Notch podcast. You can listen to that here:

The Visual Arts Center Committee had it’s Gallery Grand Opening. It is so exciting to have a home for the arts on Indy’s Eastside! We have a great slate of programming available. Come get involved!

Thank you to Irvington Vinyl & Books. I received a grant from The R/evolution Fund so please be sure and support them:

Excited to be back at SHOP VIP this November! I will be attending the mixer on Friday night and I will be there selling original art & objects on Saturday. Get your tickets for the whole weekend now. They start at (5.00). Come have an exclusive and elevated shopping experience with incredible artists & vendors.

I’m back at the library with We Are Indy Arts. I’m geeked to be showing with this group of artists! So dope. Please come to our reception on November 16th 5-7:45pm at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. It is going to be a phenomenal show! Come join us. Stay tuned to this space for more details about the reception.

I’m also excited to be back at the Garfield Park Arts Center for their annual Autumn Art Fair.

This is from the website, “Our annual art fair will feature two days of handcrafted and original artworks to purchase along with free family-friendly entertainment and kids’ activities. Over forty local artists from Indianapolis and surrounding areas will be selling their one of a kind and affordable items. ”

Nov 20 & 21, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA

September Events

God is good. I am so excited to be teaching again. I’m grateful to have opportunities to share my creativity with Indy’s Eastside.

Thank you to Angelita Hampton for putting this programming together.

Artwell | Tuesday’s This Fall
PRESENTED BY: COLLECTIVE LIBERATION ARTS & ANGELITA HAMPTON
A 10-week series focused on artmaking, wellness and mindfulness.

This program explores the connections between art and health. Each session has an art creation component and a component focused on health, wellness and mindfulness.

Tuesdays, August 24 – October 26 6:30-8:00pm
10 East Arts HUB | 3137 East 10th Street

Free. All ages and abilities welcome. Class is limited to 20 People. Advance Registration is Requested.

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

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center – Museum | Sept. 10th, through Oct. 30th, 2021 | 225 W Hawthorne St. Zionsville, IN 46077 | Public Reception Planned | September 17th | 5-8 PM

North College Avenue Library | Sept 7, 2021 through Jan 25nd, 2022
4180 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Let’s Get Excited with Indy Jazz Fest
Lugar Plaza | Wednesday, September 15 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
200 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. and Indy Jazz Fest Present: Let’s Get Excited!
Join us for an evening of live music, food, and drinks on Lugar Plaza.

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. 10th, through Oct. 30th, 2021
225 W Hawthorne St. Zionsville, IN 46077

North College Avenue Library | Sept 7, 2021 through Jan 25nd, 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