Up The Scale

And, upward and onward along this Scale of Life, everything is moving. All are on the Path, whose end is THE ALL. All progress is a Returning Home. All is Upward and Onward, in spite of all seemingly contradictory appearances. Such is the message of the illumined.

Chapter 7, Paragraph 8 The Kybalion  

“Up The Scale” 48×60″ Mixed Media & Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 1,100 USD. Prints of this piece are available on my Etsy.

I’m excited to be making space in my life for more blessings. I am finally starting to feel like I am finding my way. The Indy art community is growing in a way that is really encouraging personally and professionally. Everywhere I go I meet a new dope person and I couldn’t be happier to be exactly where I am. I am firm believer that there is space for everyone in the creative economy; I am grateful to be finding my spaces and my places.

Again, I am super blessed. God is good. This year started rough and the turn-around is real. So much awesome news! I’m so happy that my chest hurts and I am a little overwhelmed. This is my first year as part of Flava Fresh! So dope.

I am so excited to be showing with Flava Fresh this year!

Flava Fresh

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

I showed at the Garfield Park Art and Music Festival. I danced all night and had my best sales day ever. It was exactly what I needed. That win is giving me great momentum going into this 3-day intensive art and business workshop I have coming up.

I showed up to a networking thing…proud of me for showing up. I have faith that will get easier. Either way I am putting myself out there.

I showed at the public library again with Gary Gee and a host of other talented artists. The Hip Hop Anthology show is something you should check out every year and should happen forever.

Excited for the work I will get to do at Arts for Lawrence.

And it’s back! My show goes up in August this year at the Storefront Theater. I can’t wait for everyone to see what I bring. It will have good art & good music. It will be a great opportunity to get to know me and my work.

Good Art. Good Music. Good Life.

Gathering Me’s
August 2021 @ The Storefront Theater | 717 Broad Ripple Avenue
Reception | August 21, 2021 7- 10pm
Details Coming Soon.

Exciting!!!!

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

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

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.

Press Release: Waiting to be Seen

This show had a press release, which is crazy. And they used things I said… I’m always surprised by stuff like that. It takes me outside of myself. I posted the entire thing below; it features some really interesting commentary from the other artists.

This show has 2 more receptions. I will be attending the Saturday reception on September 12th from 12-3pm. It is free admission and reduced capacity. Wear your mask. See live artwork.

Indianapolis, IN  September 1st,  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.

Staggs, an engineer by training and a self-claimed car guy by DNA explained “It’s learning about Art and how Art works.”

His contribution to this show is the nearly 20 pieces selected from hundreds of images he has collected. He admits he purposely selected “personal”, not “predictable”.  

He suggests a “predictable” image is one that is easily and universally recognizable because persons have “seen” it many times before.  A “personal” image may eventually be recognizable, but in a very unique perspective, or it may be a very abstract perspective.  

All of the images are captured, but some may be “created” after capture. 

Brinton Farrand, a retired educator who’s studied classical realism at Studio Escalier in France, selected his image based on the people in the photo and the title ‘Crossing Over’. He saw similar ingredients of his work in the time travel, meditation, and introspection elements. He appreciates the obscure and unnoticed point of view. 

Kristy Quinn, a Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC) studio artist, conceptualizes a piece in her mind and then executes the art to match that vision. Quinn thought the elk rib cage, highlighted in the photo she chose, seemed to symbolize arms waiting to embrace the wolf in focus, assuring that even in death the elk will continue to sustain the cycle of life. 

Quinn’s most recent pieces have evolved with a theme of “Do you see me?”, to represent social justice viewpoints. An example, Monumental Women, depicts women’s faces

emerging from clay, symbolizing that women deserve their own version of Mt. Rushmore; honoring female voices, leadership, and strength. 

Cierra Johnson’s background in graphic design is molded with intense color and extreme tactile surrealistic bends. She favored Somewhere West of Monrovia as her inspiration because she sees symbols of significance to humans in the sky- the afterlife, renewal, and return.

A shared concept to Quinn’s perception.

Johnson begins with the quiet moments of observation and never starts with an empty page. 

She does her best to uplift and exalt black and brown people in all of their humanity and possibility; showcasing joy, power, love, and triumph in her work but admits, along with JD Bills and Staggs, that their work is rarely a direct reflection of the current political climate rather an attempt for relief.

Unexpectedly, local influences like Satch Artist, Gary Gee, William Ray Denton, Justin Vining, and Anthony Radford, can also be found in the participating artists’ work.

Many of the participants have begun sharing sneak peeks on social media. Jerry Points, Lacy Pearson, and Corey J. Mills indicate the artwork presented for the first time will be easily identified to their personal style while others, like Lynn Medsker, are being innovative with a technique called Quilling. The leap definitely helped her produce a nearly exact replica of the experimental photograph and has received an abundance of positive feedback already. 

Amy Ward, an abstract painter, and Gary Lynn, a welder and gallery owner,  partnered to construct a unique self-standing mixed media sculpture and revealed they heavily leaned on the quote presented by the curator, “It’s not what you Look at that matters, it’s what you See.”   by  Henry David Thoreau.

Collectors Night – Thursday, 3-September 6-9pm

Saturday Reception – 12-September 12-3pm

Closing Reception – Friday, 25-September 5-8pm

Free Admission. Masks required.

Yellow: A Color Exhibition

The Garfield Park Arts Center presents its 2nd annual Color Exhibition, featuring the color yellow. Yellow, the color of sunshine, often represents warmth, happiness, optimism, energy, and intelligence. However, it can also signify caution or fragility. View artwork created by local artists containing various shades, tones, and meanings of yellow and see how the color has moved them.

The show goes live on June 5, 2020 and runs until the 27th on the Garfield Park Arts Center Website. Click here to visit their website.

A Virtual First Friday is happening on Instagram June 5 from 6-8 PM. Follow @gpacindyparks to see my work and the other talented artists!