"View from the Easel" in Hyperallergic

"View from the Easel" in Hyperallergic
My studio is at Project for Empty Space in Newark, New Jersey. Recently I have been reworking old forms to make new sculptures. The old forms are made from canvas and stuffing, usually wired and sewn together. I rework these forms, cover them with bright colors of fabric, and then sew the different forms together. A finished sculpture may have gone through many incarnations.
The smaller works in the foreground represent a home under construction. Dad is talking on his cell phone, Mom is relaxing on the couch, a gay pride flag flies outside, a child is sleeping in a different room and a cat strides through the house amidst works of art. All of these pieces can be wrapped up and snapped together within the white rectangle they are placed on, to make it a traveling home.
The canvas rectangles with drawings, that are hung on the wall, are sewn drawings that I am working on. I take photographs from my home neighborhood or of downtown Newark and work from the photographs to make drawings on the canvas. I then use both pencil and thread to complete these sewn drawings. These sewn works are a slow process and may take weeks to complete.

Cross Cultural Perspectives at the Newark Museum

Cross Cultural Perspectives at the Newark Museum
The Newark Arts Festival 2023 signature exhibition, open to the public from September 27 through October 29, will provide Cross Cultural Perspectives in a truly powerful way: through the visual arts. This poignant exhibition will enhance each attendee’s cultural experience by providing a rich bounty of diverse viewpoints, artistic mediums, and voices to be valued.
The exhibition is co-curated by Adrienne Wheeler, Visual Artist and Independent Curator, and Atteqa Ali, Associate Curator, Arts of Global Asia at The Newark Museum of Art. It will feature artworks by a remarkable roster of 90+ artists from Newark and beyond. Participating artists will include: Cecilia Martinez, Marina Carreira, Doune Clermont, Allison Capel, Nette Forné Thomas, Timothy Simmons, Sherwin Banfield, Theda Sandiford, Antoinette Ellis-Wiliams, Anonda Bell, Cathleen McCoy Bristol, France Garrido, Kervin Andre, Fausto Sevila, Ida Ochoteco, Gregg Banks, Beau McCall, Kathleen Heron, Patricia Dahlman, Kirk Maynard, PaulA Neves, Aubrey J. Kauffman, Sandra Charlap, M.Malcolm King, Ife’ East, Ameerah Shabazz, Sue Eldridge Ward, Martryce Roach, Joseph Eze, Simone Bailey Campbell, Caren King Choi, K. Eleven Muldrow, Melisa Gerecci, M’nard Derosena, Ron EA Powell, Beth Heit, Kay Reese, K Brown, Maria Estela, Dionne Jackson, Josephine Barreiro, Nathan Williams, Fatou Ridgird, Anthony Akanbi, Manman Huang, Terry Boddie, Armisey Smith, Kween Moore, Eric Valosin, Tiara Fitch, Ricardo Osmondo Francis, Malik Whitaker, Rachel Fawn Alban, Serron Green, David James, Yvonne Onque, Teena Soni, Suliman Onque, Anibal Padilla, Samad Onque, Denise Toney, Dawn Tighe, Jazlyne Wooden, Gwen Charles, Darryl Dwayne, Samantha Treadwell, Emanuele Cacciatore, Devin Alexander, Amira Rogers, Rebecca Goyette, Kortez Artist, Cali Smith, Elizabeth Menzie, Devynity Wray, Judyann Affronti, Linda Street, Terence Grimsley aka Alkhem Eternal, Anniyah Bilal, Stephen B. Ellis, Dominique Duroseau, Maimouna Sow, Anker West, Luisa Fernanda Pinzon Romero, Mashell Black, Heather Williams, Ziui Chen Vance, Anne Dushenko Dobek, Frank Soto, Patricia Andrea Patzi, David Christopher Orrell, Kilolo Kumanyika, Dennis Chima Dike, Vazquez, Diana Candelejo, Pam Owens, Juan Giraldo, Dominant Dansby, Danielle Scott, Yasmine Barboza, and Anindita Dutta.

"Going Deep: Work and Process Presented by Three Artists"

"Going Deep: Work and Process Presented by Three Artists"
As part of North2Shore Festival, join us for Index Art Center's "Going Deep: Work and Process Presented by Three Artists" on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 12-5 at 245 Halsey Street in Newark, NJ. This will be a three person exhibition with Bisa Washington, Stafford Woods and Patricia Dahlman. Each artist will be giving an individual lecture about their work and then will be interviewed by Colleen Gutwein-O'Neal. The event and exhibition is co-curated by Colleen Gutwein-O'Neal and Lowell Craig. 

"Arc of the Viral Universe" notebooks at Hudson Valley MOCA

"Arc of the Viral Universe" notebooks at Hudson Valley MOCA

"Arc of the Viral Universe" notebooks at Hudson Valley MOCA
Peekskill, NY
Throughout the summer of 2023, Saturdays 11am-5pm
“Thanks to the generous efforts and collaborative spirits of Studio Theater in Exile's Director, Mara Mills and her colleague, Jeremy Gratt, we have been invited not only to exhibit the notebooks, but to participate in a uniquely interactive event that will encourage the public to engage with the notebooks on a whole new level.”
Carla Rae Johnson 

BLOOM! Gallery Aferro's 20th Anniversary Benefit Art Auction & Party

BLOOM! Gallery Aferro's 20th Anniversary Benefit Art Auction & Party
Gallery Aferro’s 20th Anniversary Benefit Art Auction & Party
Saturday, May 20th, 7-10PM
73 Market Street Newark, NJ
Advance tickets of only $35/regular or $125/VIP on sale here

“A rose is a rose is a rose” and art is in full bloom at Gallery Aferro’s 20th Anniversary Benefit Art Auction & Party. Make your way to the verdant art-covered walls of Gallery Aferro for cake, cocktails and contests for a celebration of Newark’s oldest operating artist-run alternative space.

There will be 
two full floors of artwork up for bid, to enlarge or establish your collection.

Artists with works in this year's auction include: Judyann Affronti, Isser Aronovici (1932-1994), Lolu Aguda, Julian Adon Alexander, Mauro Altamura, Sybil Archibald, Nora Evita Aresti, Kenseth Armstead, Aileen Bassis, Deborah Bell, Angel Bellaran, Katrina Bello, Kim Berman, Ruth Borgenicht, Debby Branch, Emily Brown, bydemilade, José Camacho, LG Carpenter, Patricia Dahlman and Michael Dal Cerro, William Clutz, Santiago Cohen, Christopher Cozier, Kevin Cuddy, Christine DaCruz, Evonne M. Davis, Derek Jay Dent, Nitjuan Designs, David Driskell (1931-2020), Predrag Dimitrijevic, Anne Dushanko Dobek, Kevin Durkin, Kate Eggleston, Dahlia Elsayed, Rachael Faillace, Eileen Ferara, Benedicto Figueroa, Jessica Floyd
Parastou Forouhar, Matilda Forsberg, Aaron Leonard Freeland, Michael Fresco, Julie Gallagher, Iliana Emilia Garcia, Melisa Gerecci, Bryan Nash Gill (1961-2013), Elizabeth Gilfilen, Marsha Goldberg, Allan Gorman, M. Gosser, Jaz Graf, Gladys Barker Grauer (1923-2019), Katelyn Halpern, Eric Hartl, Vincent Hawley, Zuzu Hill, James Horner, Heather Johnson, Jan Kathleen, John Keefer, Kendog, Donna Kessinger, Ian King, Katarina Kissoczy, Robert Kosinski, Rory Krupp, Vijay Kumar, Sylvia Alejandra Padilla Lalaleo, David LaMorte, Zohar Lazar, Paul Leibow, jc lenochan, Laura Lou Levy, Crystal Marshall, Faith Ringgold & Grace Matthews, Jose Trejo Maya, Stephen J. McKenzie, Anne Q. McKeown, Hasnat Mehmood, Jennifer Morrison, Alejandra Munizaga, Margaret Murphy, Elisa Nadzieja, Nelle, Olga Nenazhivina, Linda Lee Nicholas, Leslie Nobler, Christy E. O'Connor, ShyU ONE, William A. Ortega, Jeff Oyo, Nell Painter, Kelly Ann Pinho, Gail Winbury, Psy.D., Elisabeth Page Purcell, Dominic Quintana, Carol Radsprecher, Kay Reese, Victor Reynolds, Gabriel Ribeiro, Derrick Riley, Jillian M Rock, Steve Rossi, Cassandra Saint-Jean, Christine Sauerteig-Pilaar, Sam Sebren, Fausto Sevila, Erika Shallcross, Michael Sherman, Joseph Silvestro, Penny Siopis, Armisey Smith, Kiki Smith, Buzz Spector, Christine Stoddard, Lizzy Storm, Kristina Taylor, Rollo Thomasey, Bleriot Thompson, time, Anne Trauben, Samantha Treadwell, Chris Twomey (1954-2012), Miyuki Tsushima, Christopher Ulivo, Thomas P. Valenti, Eric Valosin, Mary A. Valverde, John Walker, Bisa Wendy Washington, Ken Weathersby, Kenneth Webb, Tenesh Webber, Adrienne Wheeler, Barbara Wilk, Heather Williams, Philemona Williamson, Sara Wolfe, Agnieszka Wszolkowska, Aaron Wuerker, Layqa Nuna Yawar, E.Y. Yun, Ozaki Yutama, Mág Ne Tá Z'air, Juno Zago and more to be announced in the coming weeks.


March 31 - April 28, 2023
Westbeth Gallery
Opening reception: Friday March 31, 6-8pm
Closing reception: Friday, April 28, 6-8pm
For exhibit updates and events:
Westbeth Gallery
55 Bethune Street at Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
Exhibit hours:
Wednesday through Sunday, 1-6pm
(And by appointment)
Westbeth Gallery will host Luminous Elsewheres, an exhibit featuring artists who actively explore visual domains that
are evocative, mysterious and unexpected. Eschewing the confines of logic and linearity, Luminous Elsewheres artists are receptors through whom “the echoes and reflections of an irrational elsewhere flow freely and take form.” (Daniela
Ferretti) The exhibit will be on view from March 31 through April 28, 2023
The following artists will be featured in Luminous Elsewheres: Phoebe Adams, Tracey Adams, Cheryl Aden, Deborah Barlow, Hedwig Brouckaert, Janine Brown, Leigh Anne Chambers,
Mi-Jin Chun, John Cox, Alison Cuomo, Patricia Dahlman,
Silvia De Marchi, Tina Feingold, Karen Fitzgerald, Kathryn Geismar, Caroline Golden, Ed Grant, Laura Gurton, Lynette Haggard, Carole Kunstadt, M P Landis, Joanne Lefrak,
Denise Manseau, Donnelly Marks, Elizabeth McAlpin, Diane McGregor, Elizabeth Mead, Elizabeth Mooney, Kellin Nelson, Paula Overbay, Heather Palecek, Sky Pape, Deborah Peeples, Laura Ann Perry, Mary Pinto, Taney Roniger, Larry Rushing, Ann Sgarlata, Julie Shapiro, Sarah Slavick, Rhonda Smith, Malu Tan,
Linda Tharp, Priya Vadhyar, Debra Weisberg.
Luminous Elsewheres is curated by Deborah Barlow, Alison Cuomo and Karen Fitzgerald.
Press contact
Deborah Barlow

Project for Empty Space Open Studios

Project for Empty Space Open Studios

Newark Arts Festival’s annual fall exhibition

 Newark Arts Festival’s annual fall exhibition
The Newark Museum of Art hosts the Newark Arts Festival’s annual fall exhibition and the opening of NAF 2022.

The arts provide some of the most powerful outlets for spreading healing in our world. The theme in 2022 features art as medicine. As an acknowledgement of the challenges of our times, NAF 2022 aims to create a collective restorative experience through thoughtfully curated artwork, performances, and programming meant to help our artist community and Festival attendees heal holistically. Participating artists have been challenged to demonstrate what healing means or looks like to them and inspire others with their messages of hope, comfort, and encouragement. Through October 30, 2022. For more information go to https://newarkmuseumart.org/

Arc Books on the Road Again

Arc Books on the Road Again
The “Arc” Notebooks are on the Road Again!
“The Arc of the Moral/Viral Universe” will be on exhibition at
SUNY WESTCHESTER, Center For Digital Arts
Exhibition: through April 26, 2023
27 North Division Street, Peekskill, New York 10566
Gallery Hours:
Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday - 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
For more information, please call 914-606-7300
Sherry Mayo, Gallery Curator

Participants: “Arc of the Moral Universe”
Gabriel Adames - Karen Allen - Ori Alon - Inez Andrucyzk - Gus Angelos – BOLDFACE - Sally Bowring - Jo-Ann Brody - Anne Bruce - Edward Burke - Angela Carrozza - Judy Collischan - Sarah Connors - Ada Cruz - Linda Cunningham - Kathy Daley - Ellen Hackyl Fagan - Karen Fitzgerald - Marcy B. Freedman- Wendie Garber 
Fred Gillen, Jr. - Bonnie Glauber - Pearl Rosen Golden - Susan Grabel - Sarah Havilland - Hillary Hoffstatler - Phillip Hopper  - Carla Rae Johnson – Rick Kline Robin Kline - Harry Kollatz - Mary McFerran Brook Maher - G Ray Mak - Willie Marlowe Mara Mills - Linda Mylish - Ilse Schreiber Noll - Susan Obrant - Amie Oliver Barbara Page - Mary Tooley Parker - Marina Payne - Cristina Ramos Payne  - Francine Pearlman  Bonnie Peritz - Jessica Rechtschaffer  - Sheilah Rechtschaffer  Jacqueline Rivera - Marilyn Rosenberg - Jeanne D. Shaw – Rose Spano Swider - Laurie Steinhorst - Nadine Gordon Taylor - Peg Taylor - Lavinia Wiggins - Dava Frog Wing - Maureen Winzig - Marjorie Z.

Participants: “Arc of the Viral Universe”
Karen Allen - Inez Andrucyzk - Anne E. Bruce - Jo-Ann Brody  - Angela Carrozza - Laurel Garcia Colvin - Linda Cunningham - Patricia Dahlman - Maria DeLaney - Beth DeWitt - Maureen Dillon - Flori Doyle - Linda Jean Fisher – Marcy B. Freedman Wendie Garber - Bonnie Glauber - Steve Jacoby - Claudia Jacques - Carla Rae Johnson - Barbara Lipp - Mary McFerran - G. Ray Mak - Brook Maher - Willie Marlowe - Susan Obrant - Amie Oliver -  Francine Perlman - Pearl Rosen Golden Cristina Ramos-Payne -.Jacqueline Rivera - Sharon Rubinstein - Ann Shapiro Devin Siglock - Barbara Suggs - Peg Taylor - Lavinia Wiggins – Dava Frog Wing

Artists For Reproductive Rights Art Auction

Artists For Reproductive Rights Art Auction
FAIRSHARE ART AUCTION on Instagram for Women's Reproductive Rights from July 26- August 2


Pleased to be included in "DEMOCRACY NOW!" curated by Jackie Lima at Gallery Gaia https://www.facebook.com/Gallery-GAIA-545429298888167 79 Hudson Ave. Vinegar Hill (short walk from DUMBO) Brooklyn, NY through August 28, 2022. Hours: Saturday and Sunday 2-7. 

Arc of the Viral Universe: a Notebook Project

Arc of the Viral Universe: a Notebook Project
Where: Ossining Public Library Gallery
When: April 3 – April 27, 2022
Library Hours: Monday: 9am-9pm – Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday:1pm-9pm – Thursday: 9am-9pm – Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm - Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 3, 2022, 2pm – 4pm
At the opening you can meet the “Arc-ists” and see a presentation by “Arc-ivist,” Carla Rae Johnson
Imagine you are about to meet someone new in 2022. You do not know their politics; nor their attitudes toward social justice; nor what they think about masks, vaccines, or climate change. You have no idea what their approach is to science or history. Imagine gaining insights into what they think is most important about being human; learning about their dreams and hopes for the future; finding out what catches their attention in the morning and what they worry about each night before they drift off to sleep. Imagine getting to know all of this through words and images, without having to ask a single question, without running the risk of offending, or fearing a disagreement! Welcome to the “Arc of the Viral Universe” notebooks!
Curator/Arc-ivist Carla Rae Johnson conceived of Arc of the Moral Universe: a Notebook Project” following the 2016 presidential election and expanded upon it with Arc of the Viral Universe at the start of the COVID pandemic. She recognized that these world-altering events presented unique historic moments, and that it would be important to invite thoughtful, creative colleagues to record and document their lives, works, and thoughts during this critical moment in time - first between 2018 and 2019 and then again between April 2020 and April 2021.
Curator/”Arc-ivist,” Carla Rae Johnson describes the origins and intentions of these profound and timely notebook s: “In recent years, I have been increasingly concerned about the trajectory of justice in our country. A quote by Theodore Parker was recurring in my mind:”
“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.” Theodore Parker 1853 (quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Barak Obama)
Does the arc indeed bend towards justice? How has the pandemic influenced the arc’s trajectory?
At the Ossining Public Library Gallery, you will find more than thirty notebooks on display in the gallery so that you can browse through each page. These notebooks are beautiful, personal, insightful, and thought-provoking.
“Arc of the Viral Universe”
Karen Allen - Inez Andrucyzk - Anne E. Bruce - Jo-Ann Brody
Angela Carrozza - Laurel Garcia Colvin - Linda Cunningham
Patricia Dahlman - Maria Delaney - Beth DeWitt Maureen Dillon Flori Doyle - Linda Jean Fisher - Marcy B. Freedman- Wendie Garber Bonnie Glauber - Steve Jacoby - Claudia Jacques
Carla Rae Johnson - Barbara Lipp - Mary McFerran - G. Ray Mak Brook Maher - Willie Marlowe - Susan Obrant - Amie Oliver Francine Perlman - Pearl Rosen Golden - Jacqueline Rivera
Sharon Rubinstein - Ann Shapiro - Devin Siglock - Barbara Suggs Peg Taylor - Lavinia Wiggins
Please visit these Facebook pages for additional information, images, and exhibition updates:
Arc of the Moral Universe@thefirstnotebookproject
Arc of the Viral Universe@anotebookproject
Visit Carla Rae Johnson’s website for more information on the arc-ivist/arc-ist

"All Will Be Recognized"

"All Will Be Recognized"
Pleased to exhibiting with Spliced Connector group on Artsy with the online exhibition "Everything Will Be Recognized." Curated by Karen Fitzgerald and Ann Sgarlata.