Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Catfish Friday Presents: Mujer/Woman

Catfish Friday Women's Artist Collective Exhibit for Newark Open Doors, September 24, 2010. 1. Janice Anderson (me!); 2. Lynn Presley; 3.Nancy Michielle Martinez (mi prima!); 4. Adrienne Wheeler, Gladys Grauer, Bisa Washington. 5. Sadee Brathwaite; 6. Shonda Nicholas; 7. Adrienne Wheeler; 8. Rear: Malcolm King (poet); Toni Thomas; Janice Anderson; Elaine Lee (poet); Aura Highsmith; Front - Shonda Nicholas (photographer/poet); Lynn Presley; Gladys Grauer; Aura Highsmith; Bisa Washington; Sadee Brathwaite. Photos by ToKz Adesanya. Not shown: Jody Lee, Ujima Majeed, Krystle Lemonias, Terry Body, Kathleen Heron, Lorena La Grassa.

My first experiences as a "co-curator". Mujer/Woman is an art exhibition about anything that represents women, from what a woman does, to the way she looks, how she smells, acts, dances, walks and talks. Whoever she is, wherever she is, all aspects of women are explored. The artists in this exhibition represent all realms of what a woman represents from fantasy to realistic; from conceptual to iconic whatever can be imagined or conceived about women were be explored in this exhibition. Special thanks to Catfish Friday founder/curator Toni Thomas, and to featured artists Sadee Brathwaite, Adrienne Wheeler and Kathleen Heron for their artist vision and assistance hanging the show.

Catfish Friday, Women’s Art Collective is a growing community of women artists in visual and literary arts. The collective began in 2007 in Newark, NJ and has grown to include women across the Northeast and the Caribbean. Catfish Friday strives to create community among women artists in a supportive, non-competitive environment providing critique for works-in-progress and career building workshops and opportunities. For more information visit our website:, or write Catfish Friday is a program of ARTSETC,

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mama Haiti

Mama Haiti 24" cloth, paperclay, acrylic, wire armature.
Mama Haiti will be featured, along with The Quiltmaker & Her Granddaughter, at Essex County College Gallery, Newark, New Jersey during the month of March (opening reception March 4, 5-8pm), in the exhibit entitled Sanctuary for the Beloved.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


The Quiltmaker and her Granddaughter
Fiber Art Dolls& Mixed Media Installation
15” x 15” x 19” (cloth, paperclay, wire armature, wood, raffia)

My Grandmother, Mrs. Gertrude James, made her transition from this world in 1989 at the age of 92. I was privileged to have her presence at my birth, and to be by her side in her last moments on this earth. In between, she gave many gifts. Among them: how to help things grow, how to cook, a love of old time gospel hymns, common sense (although not always evident in my behavior) and how to make art from scraps of cloth.

24" Cloth/handdyed; paperclay; wire armature; mixed media

Don't Explain/Blues People Series
20" cloth/handdyed; paperclay

Blues Spirit/Blues People Series
18" Cloth/Paperclay

Blues Meditation/Blues People Series
12" Cloth; Paperclay

Naked. 24" cloth, paperclay, wire armature.