SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST LYDIA OKUMURA:

If you have some problem in your life, you can manage it by putting it into some form, with materials that represent what you’re thinking. I use such simple materials, but it’s enough for whatever you’re fighting inside.” –  Lydia Okumura 

Check out more of her work at: http://www.lydiaokumura.com/

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST ROCHELLE CLARKE:

To be an Artist to me is to see and document what others don’t see. It is to speak when other are unable to. It is to bend things others see as a straight line. It is creating community where you were once an outcast. – Rochelle Clarke

Check out more of her work at: www.rochellecreative.co.uk

and : www.instagram.com/rochellecreative

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST BEVERLY Y. SMITH:

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. –
Twyla Tharp

Check out more of her work at www.beverlyysmithart.com

ww.instagram.com/quiltbev/

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST APRIL BEY:

To be an artist to me is to stay alive. It keeps me breathing on this planet. – April Bey

Check out more of her work at www.aprilbey.com 

https://www.instagram.com/aprilbey_/

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST LAVETT BALLARD:

I work with wood because it is a living example of history, within each of its rings.  My use of Fences is a symbolic reference to how fences keep people in and out, just as racial and gender identities can do the same socially. As an Artist, I feel a responsibility to my ancestors to be the creative visual storyteller for lives lost, forgotten, & ignored. And, to represent those lives to those that never cared about them to afford a greater appreciation of the contributions from my community. – Lavett Ballard

Check out more of her work at www.LavettBeArt.com;

 https://www.facebook.com/LavettBallardArt/

https://www.instagram.com/lavettballardarts/

SPOTLIGHT ON FIBER ARTIST SHERRY SHINE:

Telling the African American story through quilts – Sherry Shine

Check out more of her work on Instagram: @sherry_shinefiberart