Ayinza trip to the village

Ayinza is a group of people from Africa and from the USA who have bonded across the Atlantic for the benefit of a village in Uganda. We view our relationship as multi-generational, committed, and egalitarian.  This is a single community separated by an ocean.   Ayinza is committed to visiting Mpongo twice a year; however, COVID-19 has played havoc with that!  The airport at Entebbe has reopened to "tourists", so we are tentatively planning a trip this coming June or July. Trips are open to all with a heart that longs to get to know those different from ourselves.  Trip initiatives depend upon the skill sets of the participants and the needs of the community. To get involved at any level, contact me or Ayinza.

Event Date: 2021-06-01 12:00 AM - 2021-08-01 12:00 AM
Event Location: Mpongo, Uganda

Beautiful Possibilities

Woodwalk Galleries, based in Door County, WI, has sponsored a national invitational exhibit under the following call:

This show looks to give online exposure to both amateur and professional artists working in 2D mediums. You will see pieces that demonstrate ingenuity and inspiration. These talented artists from all over the US, including Wisconsin and Door County, reach for your heart, evoking excitement and emotion and in some way embody their idea of a beautiful possibility in their work. We hope you enjoy the show and share their beautiful visions.

'Thurman By Firelight' was selected from nearly 1000 entries for inclusion in the exhibition.

Event Date: 2021-03-01 12:00 AM - 2021-04-30 11:00 PM
Event Location: Woodwalk Galleries, Door County, WI


Webster Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of art in the St Louis, MO, area, is sponsoring a national invitational show with the following call:

At Webster Arts, we say "art elevates life." In these trying times, we believe art can bring people together. For this themed exhibition, we invited artists from across the country to submit artwork that uplifts, inspires, and elevates us all. Elevate was juried by internationally recognized St Louis artist, Cbabi Bayoc.

Both 'Testimony' and 'Crossroad' were chosen out of 541 entries for acceptance into the show; and 'Crossroad' was judged Best of Show by the juror!!  A virtual opening reception was held the evening of 03/16/2021 and is available on YouTube

Event Date: 2021-03-16 12:00 AM - 2021-04-30 11:00 PM
Event Location: Webster Arts, Webster Grove, MO

Embracing Our Differences

Embracing Our Differences is an annual event held at Bayfront Park, Downtown Sarasota,
Ringling Boulevard & Bayfront Drive/US Route 41, Sarasota, FL 34236

For 2021, fifty chosen works from all over the world will be displayed in the form of large banners; 12 feet tall and 16 feet wide.  Of the 15,912 works submitted, I am proud to say that 'Thurman By Firelight' was one of the works chosen!!

More so, I have studied all the art that will be on display and come away with a feeling of hope--real hope for our world.  You can view all of the art here.  See if you come away with the same feeling I did:)

Event Date: 2021-01-20 12:00 AM - 2021-04-02 12:00 AM
Event Location: Sarasota, FL

Marianne Oberg Foundation for the Spiritual Arts (MOFSA)

The Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art (MOFSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire, encourage and support the creation of spiritual art, which deepens us, fosters healing and wholeness, and catalyzes growth and transformation. MOFSA pursues its educational mission through grants to artists and exhibits of spiritual art.

In February of 2020 I found that the Spiritual Art Grant for 2020 had been awarded to me!!:0  Since then COVID-19 has played havoc with schedules and plans, and the show has been pushed back into 2021.  The work of the grant has not been inhibited, however; as I have been freed up to pursue the discipline of spiritual art and all that means.

Here is a link to an interview the MOFSA board created regarding the grant and my participation.

Event Date: 2020-09-30 12:00 AM - 2021-09-30 12:00 AM
Event Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Race in America

Since the pandemic and social unrest of 2020, art shows are adapting to the new reality.  Many have gone online.  More have asked the question: 'What does art have to offer in times of social unrest?'  This show, curated by Professor Rebecca Miller, invited artists from across the nation to address the question.  I am proud to have three paintings in the show:  Crossroad, Rosa's Angels, and Thurman by Firelight.

Psychologist Rollo May asked the question: 'What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?'  Our nation is looking for comfort, looking for answers.  I will be studying the work of the 18 other artists in this show with Dr May's words in mind.  Here is a link to a piece that KOLR10 news did regarding the show.



Event Date: 2020-11-06 12:00 AM - 2020-11-25 12:00 AM
Event Location: Drury University, Springfield, MO

The Bakhita Prize for Visual Arts

Dappled Things, a Catholic arts magazine, sponsored a call to artists based on the following:

We find ourselves wondering what we can bring to the table during our country’s current crisis. The shocking death of George Floyd has shaken not just the United States but the whole world, reminding us starkly of how far we still are from seeing each other’s infinite dignity as children of God.

Most tragic of all is realizing that, if Floyd’s death has led to a great societal outcry, it is because he is only one among so many who have lost their lives in similar circumstances. Like many others, we are asking ourselves questions of how to respond to violence and the violation of human dignity, including persistent racial violence that has been directed especially against the black community.

Dappled Things is calling on visual artists to help us see more clearly: to help us honor and highlight the infinite worth inherent within each victim of racial violence. To do so, we are establishing the Bakhita Prize for the Visual Arts, which will be awarded for a photograph, painting, illustration, or sculpture that helps us better see the humanity and God-given worth of victims of racial violence. Saint Josephine Bakhita, after whom the prize is named, was a Sudanese slave brutalized by her captors, who later became a religious sister renowned for her joyfulness, gentleness, and charity. Today she is the patroness of Sudan and survivors of human trafficking. 

I am happy to say that 'Thurman by Firelight' was chosen for publication in the magazine and for inclusion in a physical show at an undetermined time in the future pending developments with Covid-19.

Event Date: 2020-11-14 12:00 AM - 2020-11-14 11:59 PM
Event Location: Online

We're Doing It ALL Wrong

We're Doing It ALL Wrong is the intriguing title of a national invitational exhibit hosted by Edward A Dixon Gallery of Dayton, OH, with the following call:

The 3 month long exhibition opening in May 2021 planned by the Edward A. Dixon Gallery seeks to create dialogue and spark ideas related to the many ways humanity continually fails itself. 

'Testimony' has been accepted into this exhibit.

Event Date: 2021-05-01 12:00 AM - 2021-07-31 12:00 AM
Event Location: Edward A Dixon Gallery, Dayton, OH