Art in Alternative Spaces
Bryanna Adams, Bryana Bibbs, Ken Ellis, Howard Heath, Alan Emerson Hicks,
Fran Joy, Cherie Lockett, Cabria McCraney, Tasha Nemo, SHOLO, Jevoid Simmons, Cheryl Toles
on exhibition at
Devonshire Cultural Center Gallery
4400 Greenwood St Skokie, IL 60076
FREE Artist's Reception:
Saturday, February 5, 2022 (6 pm - 8 pm)
On exhibition February 1, 2022 through February 27, 2022
Admission to the exhibition is FREE.
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Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 9pm;
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Special Guest: Close Up Magic by WHOSAY
at the reception on Feb. 5, 2022!
Artist Cherie Lockett
Artist Fran Joy
Artist Jevoid Simmons
Artist Howard Heath
Artist Alan Emerson Hicks
Artist Cabria McCraney (right) with her art instructor Maria Gedroc
An Evanston native, Bryanna Adams (she/her) is no stranger to the art world - formerly an artistic associate with Fleetwood Jourdain Theater and a participant in numerous spoken word events in New York and the Chicagoland area, her visual artistry is a more recent venture as an outsider making her foray into the world of painting. Her art, both written and visual, focuses on making black and brown faces the protagonist of the canvas, regardless of what canvas that is. Bryanna uses vibrant colors and loves to dabble in unique forms of mixed media by using broken vinyl, origami, or fabric in her artwork, to celebrate black culture, fashion, and music.
Gold - Mixed Media, Acrylic, Vinyl on Canvas - 36 x 36" $800
Dream Girl - Mixed Media, Acrylic, Vinyl - 24 x 30" $400
Cranes - Acrylic, Folded Paper - 30 x 40" $800
Five - Mixed Media, Acrylic, Vinyl on Canvas - 36 x 36" $800
House Party - Mixed Media, Acrylic, Vinyl on Canvas - 30 x 40" $800
Bonnets & Durags - Acrylic - 24 x 24" $250
Drinking Gourd - Acrylic - 36 x 24" $300
Bryana Bibbs is a Chicago-based textile artist, painter, and art educator who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work comes from her struggles with depression, anxiety, relationships, self-validation, and how to deal with everyday occurrences. She is the founder of The We Were Never Alone Project - A Weaving Workshop for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence, a 2021 - 2022 Chicago Artist Coalition's HATCH Residency Artist, and serves on the Surface Design Association's Education Committee. Bibbs' work has been on exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, along with numerous other galleries in Chicago. Her work has also been exhibited at the Evanston Art Center; and at Room 482 in Brooklyn, New York.
7.28.20 - Handwoven Flax and degummed silk cocoons, egyptian cotton;
hand-spun recycled sari silk and wool - 16" x 16" - SOLD
8.25.20 - Handwoven cashmere and hand-spun wool - 13.5" x 10" $950
8.26.20 - Handwoven hand-spun wool and recycled sari silk - 15.5" x 8" $850
Ken is a native of Chicago and credits his interest in art to his father who taught him to sew. Taken from news images and stories, Ken's creations have ranged from shocking historical scenes of the life of black and native Americans to Haitian voodoo, crime figures, Chicago's punk rock scene, Asian art and children's nursery rhymes.
Having worked as a professional bartender in Chicago, Ken's recent works are dear to his heart and feature historically lessor-known actual working bartenders, going back prior to the Prohibition period, shining a light on their colorful past.
Ken's work is exhibited around the country and was featured in Anatomically Correct's exhibition Sewing the Seeds A Look at Violence in American History and Fairy Tale Friends in Chicago. Ken's Bonnie & Clyde quilt from the Sewing the Seeds exhibition can be seen on the cover of Dr. Dog's "Fate" album released on July 22, 2008.
"My early childhood was in BronzeVille, one of my earliest memories is drawing on the blank pages of a set Biblical storybooks my Ma had bought me. I attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Art from 1973 to 1975 studying Cartooning, Animation & Film Making and the School of the Art Institute in 1975/76 studying animation, I also studied writing, television production & intro. into television at Columbia College in 1976/77. I have been drawing & painting as long as I can remember I originally painted in oils & was introduced to this medium by my x-wife Marilyn. We would use the dyes to make hand painted tee's , pillows, & baby blankets, Marilyn had some painting she had done w/ the dye which she quilted by adding a batting to the back of the painting which gives the piece a quilted/ relief effect. Working with the fabric dyes, needle & thread I feel as though I'm working WITH the piece as oppose to working ON a piece with paint, this makes me feel more at one with the piece. Most of my early pieces are portraits of historical figures, both known & obscure. Themes I've incorporated in the early pieces gangsters, musicians, black western, native Americans, freaks. Since the late 90's I've began to use different drawing styles & adding beadwork & objects to my pieces & some of the recent themes have been Haitian Voodoo, African- American Northern Migration, I also have done a series of Fairy Tale & Nursery Rhymes and pieces based on Japanese prints."
Ken's artwork can be seen in the film " High Fidelity" & you can read about it in the book "Wild Chicago" and he appeared on a WTTW television episode. Several of his quilts are featured in the International Review of African American Art - vol.17 #1- The Black- Indian Connection in American Art. Ken was also featured in the film, You Weren't There, a history of the Chicago Punk Rock scene from 1977-1984.
His quilts have been exhibited in many galleries in Chicago, New Mexico, Michigan and Minnesota. In 2013/2014, the Chicago Cultural Center featured his quilts in a solo exhibition.
Ken is represented by Anatomcially Correct Arts. More of his work can be seen online: https://www.anatomicallycorrect.org/KenEllis.htm
Mary Mcleod Bethune was an American educator, philanthropist, humanitarian, womanist and civil rights activist
Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted with beaded necklace - 24 x 24" $780
I and I - Portrait of Haile Salassie and Bob Marley with the Lion of Judah based on Rastafarian religion
Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted with rhinestones - 25 x 20" $1,170
Chango, from Yoruba Deity Series
Chango or Shango is the Orisha of fire and lightning
Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted with rhinestones and beads - 25 x 30" $1,430
Elegua, from Yoruba Deity Series is the Orisha of the Power of Chance
Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted with beads, sequins & feathers - 25 x 30" $1,560
Orula, from Yoruba Deity Series is the Orisha of wisdom, knowledge and divination
Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted with beads and sequins - 25 x 30" $1,300
Ochun, from Yoruba Deity Series, is the Goddess of love, sensuality and feminity
Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted with beads, sequins and feathers - 25 x 30" $1,820
Ogun, from Yoruba Deity Series is an Orisha of iron, fire, hunting agriculture and war
Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted with chains and beads - 25 x 30" $1,300
Howard Heath is a product of Chicago Public Schools and graduated from Wendell Phillps High School. After college, he taught at Lane Technical High School for 31 years as a math and computer teacher. He was active in the teachers union his entire career and was a union delegate for more than twenty years.
In 2001, he was elected Vice-President of the Chicago Teachers Union. His position not only included filling in for the President when needed, but also lobbying for current and retired teacher issues, which he still does. In my role as the Vice-President of the union, he was fortunate enough to work politically with, most notably Lisa Madigan, Jesse White, Barack Obama and our current State Senator Omar Aquino.
After his stint at the Chicago Teachers Union, he returned to Lane where he retired in 2007. Currently, he volunteers with the Chicago Teachers Union and serves on the Class Size and Teacher Evaluation Appeals Committees. He also serves as the National (AFT) Retiree representative from the CTU. Recently, he co-authored several articles for the Chicago Union Teacher monthly magazine, on issues related to retirees. He is a serious photo fine art, nature and journalism photographer for over forty years and regularly have photo credits in the teacher publication Chicago Union Teacher (CUT).
In the last ten years, he has exhibited at the "Uri-Eichen" and the "The Health in the Arts" Galleries and several local cafes including Mathers LifeWays. His photos were recently exhibited in Anatomically Correct's exhibition All the World's a Stage at the Devonshire Cultural Center in Skokie.
Ringmaster of Universoul Circus - Digital Photography on Canvas - 12 x 16" framed - $125
Miles Davis with Chris Berg in Concert - Digital Photography on Canvas - 12 x 16" framed - $150
Fire Limbo Dance at Universoul Circus - Digital Photography on Canvas - 12 x 16" framed - $125
Parliament with George Clinton - Digital Photography on Canvas - 12 x 16" framed - $125
Alan Emerson Hicks
Alan is a "creator of temporal sculpture". He uses plastic from found objects and stickers to create his sculptures and mixed media pieces in an effort to show how plastics do not bio-degrade in the environment. He received a BFA in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Illinois State University and previously taught at the Luther High School in Chicago for 7 years. His work has been exhibited at many galleries in and around Chicago.
Madame Butterfly - Found Plastic Objects and Stickers - 32 x 38" $3,500
Mariposa - Found Plastic Objects and Stickers - 32 x 38" $4,000
Van Gogh Sunflowers - Found Plastic Objects and Stickers - 32 x 38" $2,500
Flutter - Stickers on Board - 20 x 26" $800
Fran Joy is an artist, designer, curator, and life coach currently living in Evanston. Born and raised in southern Illinois, she moved on to New Orleans and then to the greater Chicago/Evanston area. This life experience plus ten years of residence in Los Angeles and frequent visits to New York City have flavored and colored her passion as an artist.
After studying oil painting, creative writing, and drawing at Columbia College in Chicago, Joy combined her own experimentation with the impromptu training she received from independent artists whose work she admired. Joy is known for her images on social justice, women, spirit images, iconic portraits, colorful abstract landscapes, and large designer wood screens and wall mounts. Her paintings usually begin with an acrylic base on canvas or wood followed by oil pastels, which are used with various sponges for texture, blending and intensity. The colors are usually vivid!
Joy has been featured on the cover of Evanston Magazine and has appeared in the Evanston Review and in the Chicago Tribune.
Joy completed an artist-in-residency at Garrett Theological Seminary on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus exploring themes of social justice and non-violence; it comprised four exhibitions, and two large pieces remain as part of Garrett’s permanent collection: “Violence Interrupted” and “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.” Joy also served a residency at Garrett’s Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) focused on “Women in the Day of Trump.”
Joy curated and produced Justice for Peace, a show at Noyes Cultural Art Center that included spoken word artists, spiritual vocalists, and voter activists. She participated in the traveling Chicago/Evanston exhibit Faces Not Forgotten to shed light on young victims of gun violence. She participates in the Evanston Made group show each year. Women Speak, Joy’s exhibition and inspirational event celebrating women at the Lorraine Morton Civic Center, drew over one hundred attendees. Her social justice works were featured in the powerful Mudlark/Art of Evolution theatre production I.D.
Joy has exhibited at the Evanston Art Center, the Noyes Cultural Art Center, 1100 Florence Gallery, Curt’s Cafe, Open Studio Project, Garrett Theological Seminary, Artem Gallery, Danon Gallery, Lorraine Morton Civic Center, and Creative Coworking and her works are in private collections nationally, as well as in Canada and New Zealand.
She received the Evanston Mayor’s Artist of the Year Award in 2019 for her work on social justice and women. Joy formerly served on the Evanston Arts Council and on the board of Young Evanston Artists!. Currently, she serves on the Evanston Public Art Committee and on the Exhibition Committee of the Evanston Art Center.
Emmett - Oil Pastel/Acrylic on Canvas - 24 x 30" $3,000
On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a 14 year-old boy from Chicago, was brutally totured and murdered white visiting his family in Money, Mississippi. It is said that the killing of Emmett Till marked the start of the Civil Rights Movement.
Amazon Prime is currently showing the documentary, "The Untold Story of Emmett Till" and a six part series titled the “Women of the Movement” about Emmett and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, aired on ABC television January 6, 2022 and can be found on various streaming platforms.
Value My Life - Oil pastel/acrylic on wood - 18 x 24" $750
This portrait of a young Black girl represents innocence. She is asking for her life to have value, with no put downs, no bullying, no sexual abuse, and no racial devaluing.
Tamir Rice - Oil Pastel on Canvas - 24 x 30" $1,200
Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old Black boy killed in Cleveland, Ohio by Timothy Loehmann, a white police officer for carrying a toy gun. His death is one of the many police killings which have sparked the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.
Hands Up - Acrylic on Wood Panel 24" 48" $2,500
This painting reflects the numerous, senseless killings of Black youths in Chicago.
Illinois State Rep LaShawn Ford reported that 415 young kids under the age of 17 were victims of gun violence in Chicago in 2021; and 60 were fatalities.
Originally from Michigan, Cherie had her initiation in the ceramic arts in kindergarten and held the fascination throughout her primary and secondary school years. Later in college, she experimented with sculpture taking classes in welding and bronze casting. After earning her BA and MPH and working abroad, she returned to being a weekend ceramic potter while working as a Healthcare Professional during the day.
A creative in several of the arts including music, playwriting, mine/mask work, and dance, Cherie continues to explore different themes across time and continents. Always a student of the arts, she attended a workshop at the Maine art school Haystack. Much of her ceramic pottery work pulls from the power of animals and people expressed in the cave paintings and artifacts of our human ancestors, as they laid bare their stories, histories, and the forgotten shadows of their genius. Hers is a passion fueled by the layers of what we see, hear, smell, and feel combined with a deep desire to engage in the artistic exchange.
Cherie has exhibited in several local shows in Evanston and Chicago. A work of hers is published in the Lark Ceramic Book Collection: 500 Raku Bold Explorations of a Dynamic Ceramics Technique. She is a member of the Midwest Clay Guild. Cherie lives in Evanston, IL.
Bull Run - Ceramic Vase - 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" (shown both sides) $150
Cave Drawings -
Ceramic Bowl - 11" x 6" (shown 3 sides) $250
Cave Drawings - Ceramic Bowl - 11" x 6" (shown 3 sides) $250
An illustrator, painter, designer, and sculptor these titles all speak to who I am…an artist. Just as I have many titles as an artist, I also have a passion for many styles of art. But the art I find myself drifting towards the most is realism. The idea that I could recreate life on paper just as we see it with our own eyes with merely a pencil and eraser is so compelling to me. Creating portraits is especially appealing because it is one of the most complex three dimensional forms to master. In the same way that I enjoy the challenge of making realistic art, I also embrace the challenge of creating art that has some idealistic qualities. It allows another level of creativity and inspiration. When entering the realm of idealism, it allows me to tap into the design mode of my creativity, where I can convey emotion and more in depth messages to the viewer by usage of various colors from paints, colored pencils, or pastels.
I was born in Downers Grover. I am a graduate of Rasmussen University and will be a graduate of Concordia University, with a degree in Art and Graphic Design. I have been featured artworks at the Ferguson Art Gallery in River Forest and I have also exhibited with “A Spectacular Black Girl Art Show.”
Good Hair - Mixed Media(acrylic paint, glitter glue, and bamboo earrings) - 11 x 14" - $ 550 each
This series of four paintings highlights African American hair and hairstyles. It focuses on how versatile African hair can be and how so often “good hair” has been defined by how long or manageable a person’s hair is, when that should not be the case because all hair types are beautiful.
Luxury - Mixed Media(acrylic paint and false eyelashes) - 18 x 24" - $460
The state of great comfort and extravagant living. This piece is a representation of luxury and what it feels like. She is embodying contentment, confidence, and comfort. While still developing herself into a deeper being that is not as materialistic.
I create artwork that celebrates and pays homage to African American and African contributors to the arts and social justice. I believe it is impotant for people to have art that speaks to the positive works of African Americans that are overlooked by the status quo. We stand on the shoulders of so many, and my artwork is a "thank you" to all those that came before me.
This painting is an homage to the founders of the Black Panther Party.
Father, who knows the history of BPP and Malcolm X is teaching his son about
their Black liberation history in US and boy is now part of BLM movement as he
learns about his legacy. Both are kings because they are black men learning
I am a mixed media intuitive
artist living on the Northside of Chicago. I am a 53 year-old single
mother of two that has always only prioritized my children and my
art for the last twenty years. I have learned embracing my mistakes
make for a better understanding of what the universe wants for my
art. I like to consider myself a self taught artist learning through
the organic shapes in nature and the energy of the female body. I
was lucky enough to experience top art schools in Chicago while
working several jobs. I rebelled against rules of technique and
styles, to develop my own. I am a fashion junkie for textiles and
patterns, creating utopia environments with my collage and mixed
SHOLO Self Portrait - Digital Art - 11 x 17" $100
Seeing the Light - Digital Art - 11 x 17" $100
Nina - Digital Art - 11 x 17" $100
Don't Look Back - Digital Art - 11 x 17" $100
Jevoid Simmons is a 40-year resident of Evanston, IL. He and his life partner (wife) Dickelle Fonda are proud parents of Seth Simmons. Seth also resides in Evanston. Jevoid retired three years ago after a 35-year managerial career as a human resource professional. The last 17 years were spent with the Art Institute of Chicago where he served as Director of Employee Relations and Training for the School and Museum. Central to his work was policy development, conflict resolution, managerial effectiveness and diversity equity and inclusion.
Jevoid considers himself to be a work in progress. Embracing retirement, his mantra, is “I’m working to be the me I’m meant to be at this time in life”. In this life segment, a good deal of his time is devoted to making art. This has been a life-long love for him. Though he has worked in a number of artistic styles, he considers his current art making to be more in line with folk and primitive traditions. He paints and carves and has exhibited his work locally at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center; Evanston’s Noyes Cultural Art Center; Evanston Art Center; Garrett Theological Seminary (Northwestern University); The Art Institute of Chicago, Creative Coworking Gallery and 1100 Florence Gallery in Evanston.
Jevoid volunteers with new not for profit, Equity and Empowerment for Evanston Families (EEEF) with its summer camp for black and brown boys (grades 3-8). He conducts the art component for the camp. He also served on the Evanston Art Council’s Art Equity Subcommittee and worked with various working groups supporting the community.
Jevoid’s first book, Up From Down Home, A Family’s Journey North, was published June 2021. The book tells of his family’s migration out of rural Alabama in the early 1950’s. Like so many, his family was part of the mass exodus of Black folks out of the South for survival and better opportunities. The book www.upfromdownhome.com
"Racism in this country fueled economic development with unpaid labor of enslaved black people and land stolen from indigenous people. This is an ugly truth many people would rather sweep under the rug. The thought is 'let’s just move on'. Moving forward without addressing this issue is like ignoring a malignant tumor in the body. There is no healing without dealing with this truth. Racism is still alive and well in America. It’s entrenched in our institutions and is embedded within all of us. I don’t believe it can be eradicated without people who are white acknowledging this truth. Then, with this understanding, taking on the heroic task of confronting racism, privilege and supremacy. The Burial is a symbolic representation of this needed action. The painting is not a condemnation, rather it is a loving call for this essential work. The time is now!"
The Burial - Acrylic on Canvas - 24 x 30" - Prints Available - Prices vary according to print size
Ms. Toles’ collection of work includes a mixture of media including oil, acrylic, batik, and watercolor. Uses of texture, relationships of color, exploration of the African American culture and its African roots, strength of human bonds through the family and sexuality, struggle for equality, and the spiritual relationship of ourselves with our higher power are depicted in her body of work.
She received a BA in Art Education from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Colorado Technical University. She has been employed by the Cook County Criminal Justice System for over 30 years and currently a manager of sworn staff personnel. She is member of Creative Artist Association (2005), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (1977), and National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (2002).
Raising a family became the primary focus for 20 years, in addition to other interests, and Art was placed on the back burner. After having come full circle, she returned to Art with renewed passion. Currently focusing on mediums such as watercolor, pastel, charcoal, acrylic, pencil, and textiles.
She has served on the Board of Chicago's Womanmade Gallery since 2009 and served on the Board of the Creative Artist Association. She is a member of the “Sapphire and Crystals,” a group of respected African-American female artists. Her art has won awards and has been exhibited in many juried shows in Chicago and also in Dallas, Texas.
Behind the Mask - Mixed Media - 48 x 36" $1,500
Making Our Way - Acrylic on Canvas - 30 x 40" $1,500
In November 1960, six year old Ruby Bridges became the first black student to advance the cause of civil rights when she fought for integration in an elementary school.
See Chicago - Michals, Debra. "Ruby Bridges." National Women's History Museum." 2015. www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/ruby-bridges.
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