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

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!!!!

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.

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/

2020: Hindsight

Are y’all ready? This is a long post.

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:

Center For Black Literature & Culture at the Central Library
Central Indiana Community Foundation
WeAreIndyArts
Lost Dog Gallery
Amy Ward Studios
Darrell Staggs Photography
VIP Center for Business Women
The Garfield Park Arts Center
Big Car Collaborative
The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts
The Indianapolis Arts Center
The Arts Council of Indianapolis

Thank you to all the individuals who purchased prints and originals from me this year. Your patronage means everything. Sales and support from the Indianapolis area have allowed me to keep creating.

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times… I protested this year.

In many ways the work I made this year has been a departure from my previous work. My work got more political than it has ever been. I found it hard to be silent.

You can support The Bail Project, Inc here.

Congratulations to my brother Kevin. You are courageous and you inspire me every single day. I love you.

More than anything 2020 has helped me focus on the stuff that matters. I matter. My life is essential. I am totally valid.

I got more comfortable in my skin.

Making predictions for 2021 still feels like an overreach but the world is full of possibility. Life can be as you imagine it.

Still alive…crazy right?

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