Gathering Me’s

I’m super excited for this!!! It’s finally back. And it’s coming together beautifully. I’m so blessed to have this opportunity to show all the things that I can do.

We will have good art, good music & good people. Come thru. It will be fun. More details at the link below.

Gathering Me’s opens August 2021 at the Storefront Theater in Broad Ripple.
717 Broad Ripple Ave Indianapolis, IN 46220

Sky’s The Limit

Have what you want. Be what you want.

Thank you again to Gary Gee for curating this amazing show! I’m honored to be showing with so many great artists. Watch the clip & go check out the show.

Sky’s The Limit (2021) 

Acrylic & Mixed Media

36 x 48” | 825.00 USD

I have prints of this piece available on my Etsy. Click the link to shop. Check out the song below.

Hip Hop Anthology Vol. 2
Curator: Gary Gee

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

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.

Rooted Scales | Finding Life’s Balance

I am so geeked!!! This artwork is from part of an on-going collaboration between myself and Rooted Scales. I am super excited about our partnership. Rooted Scales is a local, black and woman owned company that produces CBD products for health and wellness.

As a mother, an employee, a wife and an artist, I advocate not only for the whole humanity of others but of myself. One of my goals for this year is to invest more into my own wellbeing. CBD helps me live a more balanced and well adjusted life.

Click the link to learn more. They are super dope.

They have a quality product and I like their vibe. Make sure you check them out.

February 2021

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.

I am working on new pieces for Gathering Me’s in April and I’m excited about what I will get present.
More information here: https://cjcrtv.com/gathering-mes/

Make sure that you check out these awesome shows, that are happening right here in Indianapolis.

Links to these shows will be at the end. They have events all month long.

Work In Progress

Links as promised.
https://indyarts.org/about/art-soul
https://www.indypl.org/blog/for-adults/meet-the-artists

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/

Invincible Summer

“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.”

Invincible Summer. 10X10″ Mixed Media on Gallery Wrapped Canvas.
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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

Art Adventures

Went to check out a new spot this weekend. It was really cute. I can’t wait to go back and see “A Fence For Art.” It is located in Fountain Square at Wildwood Market every Sunday afternoon.

Also wanted to remind people to check out the ladies of We Are Indy Arts at the Central Library in downtown Indy. It’s up until the end of September.

And dont forget to check out, Waiting To Be Seen at Lost Dog Gallery, just outside of downtown. Our last reception is September 25th. Swing by.