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Muses: Inspiration, Creative Process And Resulting Work

Shonda's Art Club

Friday, August 3, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

Muses: Inspiration, Creative Process And Resulting Work

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Muses Art Show
First 100 guests at event will each receive goodie bags
Jul 28, 2018 Free  

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This art show offers a behind the scenes glimpse inside the minds, inspiration and resulting work of eight local artists: Nikki Cade, LaShonda Cooks, Kacy Latham, Kerian Massey, Lily Ngaruiya, Ashley Reedy, Jessica Small and Stephanie Yearby. Join us for a night celebrating each artist's inspiration, process and amazing work. 

Interview with Stephanie Yearby

1. When did I first start creating?
I have always loved art. As early as second grade i loved drawing and it was my favorite past time. My favorite things to draw was the animated character,  Charlie Brown and the peanuts.
2. Who/What inspires you?
I was inspired by American Illustrator and artist,  Norman Rockwell because he captured the culture and spirit of everyday life. I am also inspired by African American photographer, Gordon Parks. These artist both inspire me due to their ability to take the viewer on a yesteryear experience.
3.Viewers / about my work
I want the viewer to express that my work  takes them on a journey back in time. I want my paintings to connect them to their own personal family experiences and remind them of their own ancestry and legacies. 
4. Upcoming Projects/Goals
I am currently working on a series that highlights Southern University and the legacies of HBCU's. It is my ambition to create a body of work that displays the love that "Jaguar Nation" will appreciate and embrace. Also, my objective in this series is to highlight the family stories behind struggles and successes of HBCU students from mid twentieth century to the present.
5. Goals
It is my goal to honor God in my passion for painting. and work hard to accomplish my every dream.


Interview with Nikki Cade

When did you first start painting globes? In 2016
What sparked the idea?
I actually ran out of canvases one day and decided to paint a globe I had that was sitting around. I posted it on Instagram and it sold the same day. Little did I know they would work in my life as sort of a catalyst to begin manifesting my desire to see the world.
How does travel inspire your work?
I love to incorporate treasures from my travels into my work. While in Cuba I found vintage stamps and a book of maps. I use things like this to collage into my work. I think it makes my work super special and deeply personal.
What do you want people to see/feel when they look at your work?
I want people to feel a sense of wanderlust and be inspired to explore more and stay open to adventures.
Goals? Upcoming projects?
I am looking forward to my first art retreat in Bali, Indonesia this September. My goal is to continue to build a successful career as an artist and creative entrepreneur.
Any quirks or necessities for your creative process?
I have to have natural light when working. I didn't realize how important this was until I rented a studio with no windows. Getting sun on my skin and staying connected to nature is a necessity.
Who/What inspires you?
I'm actually super inspired by other artists, the people I meet when traveling, peeks into others sketchbooks/journals, and nature.
What's your favorite piece and why?
My favorite piece to date was sold to a pediatric surgeon in Botswana, Africa. I love it because it connected me to someone I otherwise may not have met. I am planning to hand deliver this piece after leaving Bali. It's a huge feat for this small town girl but I've always wanted to visit Africa and this all seems very kismet.


Interview with Photographer Jessica Loren


When did you first start shooting? Summer 2015. I had opportunity to take photos of former NBA players during a summer event. What a great experience and start to my photography journey.

What's the most important lesson you've learned about capturing a great shot? The most important lesson I learned about capturing a great shot is having good lighting. I learned that shooting early mornings or late evenings are best times for natural light photography. Unfortunately, I learned it the hard way lol.

What's your favorite subject? Kids are my favorite subject by far!!

Favorite location for photoshoots? My favorite location is Deep Ellum. It's super artsy with lots of color and creativity.

Goals? Upcoming projects? My goal is to do Concert/Event photography or become a photographer for a Movie or TV show.

Anything to add about your inspirations? Creative process? So many photographers have inspired me to keep challenging myself no matter how many times I mess up. Also, to take as many photography classes/workshops etc.

Whats your favorite photo? My favorite photo is a shoot I did of my homeboy, Joshua. I made him look like a different person through my lens while still being himself. He and I both didn't know what we were doing but the photos turned out amazing. 

Who/what inspires you? My family and friends that have supported me since Day 1 have helped inspired me to follow my dreams in pursuit of becoming a dope photographer. I am also inspired by local photographers and their awesome work, which motivates me to work even harder to get to the next level.


Interview with Artist Kerian Massey,

When did you first start creating?
I was making things since I was a little girl. I seemed to really blossom with art in high school where I had a teacher really push
for me to pursue my art. I was always being encouraged, so I just felt like it was the right path for me. The best moment was when I gifted a painting to my mom. She asked me who painted it, and almost didn’t believe I did it. That was when I knew I wanted to do art for the rest of my life.

Who/What inspires you?
I think nature really inspires me in all that I do. Even when I paint cars, I want the rust and the elements of the earth reclaiming them as a part of the painting. I’m also inspired by artists like Frida Kahlo, Georgia Okeef and Salvador Dahli as they were all a bit ostracized yet they did their own thing.

What do you want people to see/feel when they look at your work?
That’s easy, I want them to use their own imagination and get their own message. Kind of like listening to  a song. I hope they feel a bit excited and inspired, but honestly I just want them to leave it feeling full, like they had a plate of food for their artistic soul. I’m getting there. Not sure I’m quite there yet.

Any quirks/necessities to your creative process?
I don’t sit still when I paint. I get up and move around a lot. I need every color available and I like to paint into the wee hours of  the night. I have to look up all my references and bugs need to match the trees/ flowers I paint/draw. I can’t create a butterfly from Asia and then put it on a flower from South America…. Yeah, I’m a bit anal when it comes to those details.

Whats your favorite piece and why?
Gustav Klimt, The Kiss. I think it’s just glorious. The colors, the curve of the bodies,
the gold leafing, the texture and print of it… I also love Mucha’s art… Oh there are so many pieces


Q and A with Artist Ashley Reedy,

STYLE: My painting style is Impressionism. I like a loose style of painting.
The shift: I did not want to be a one trick pony. So I decided to broaden my perspective of what goes on my canvas. Most of all I LOVE COLOR.
Honestly, my favorite color are compliments. I really love color compliments. Purple and yellow. Blue and turquoise speak to me the most.
My next move involves putting my work out more aggressively. I'm planning on entering art shows and even flea markets. Art should be fun, big and affordable. And of course: world domination.
I LOVE my piece of Billie Holiday.
I'm inspired by 'what's missing'. I know that sounds odd. I grew up in a small church with a few faithful members. My best memories are of us doing things to make church fun. So, I'm constantly looking for what can be added to my art repertoire. So, I've added landscapes. Next is exotic animals. Who knows what next.

I'm from Dallas.
I'm 39 years old.
I love chocolate chip cookies. And I'm a teacher turned stay at home mom to 4 kiddos.





What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Street parking available. There is also a parking garage for the Plaza of the Americas that charges hourly.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

214-709-3998 or


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Digital version is fine. 


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Plaza of The Americas
600 North Pearl Street
TVAA Gallery, Lower Level
Dallas, TX 75201

Friday, August 3, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

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