I am a photographer and an active member of the Minneapolis arts community. As an emerging artist, I am always seeking avenues for artistic expression. I have been a passionate lover of photography for many years and continue to be amazed by the world that I am blessed to see. As a trained scientist, I am curious and most intrigued by that which is not obvious at first glance. My goal is to explore my subjects and create images that reverently extend my world view. I continue to seek more opportunities to tell stories about the incredible souls that I am fortunate to meet. My hope is that my work will be a provocative commentary on the observation of life.
Melodee Strong, Painter/Illustrator/Muralist
Myra Bolling-Smith, Painter
A native of Virginia, Loretta studied Fine Arts at Norfolk State University then relocated to Minneapolis and completed a Commercial Arts program at Minneapolis Technical Institute. Day has since participated in numerous arts and community events such as with Minneapolis Public Schools Parks and Recreation, The Heart of The Beast Theatre, Juneteenth and Rondo Days. Loretta’s solo exhibitions incude, “Women of Color” series at Pillsbury House – followed by exhibits at Augsberg College, 3M, Honeywell, HCMC, Minneapolis Foundation, General Mills, WorkAround, the Basilica of Saint Mary, InterMedia Arts, and Metropolitan State University. As a Creative Director of Roho Collective, she’s curated exhibits at Hennepin Gallery. Day has also participated in group and public art exhibitions such as with UROC, Obsidian Art, Big Blaq, Fade II Blaq, and Northside Art Flow. Her public works include: Celebration of Life Mural, Arts on Chicago, Lee Family Project and presently, the John Biggers Seed Project.
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An honor graduate of Brown College who majored in Visual Communications, Day's works span from print media to Photography, and Animation to Web Design. She has displayed artwork at U.R.O.C. (Urban Research and Outreach Center) in the "Purple Reinz" exhibit, Hennepin Gallery (Hennepin County Government Center) for Black History month, at The Cowles Center for Dance and at Northside Art Flow (2016). Delsita's artistry began in the form of poetry. She has found a way to merge the two arts together to create what she calls "Poet Tree in Motion." It is with great gratitude and respect Delsita pays to her Instructors, mentors and fellow artists for their continued support of her work and journey as an emerging artist, as she showcases what "otherwise would have been immortalized in a time capsule, preserved for an indefinite unveiling."
Patrick Cunningham is a visual artist who is versatile in selecting types of medium that represent an individual art concept. His artwork serves as a bridge by which he can introduce and communicate cultural images. Cunningham’s work reflects different levels of society and the result is mostly contemporary or culturally symbolist influenced, and abstract expressionism. Once he has defined a concept, Patrick then seeks to identify a type of medium that represents the overall concept by bringing out the realism of his images.
Melodee received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She works as a freelance illustrator and community artist. Strong teaches for Minneapolis Public Schools and for Continuing Education at MCAD. She has participated in many gallery exhibitions and book readings. Melodee has also presented to an array of audiences throughout her career including, Target’s Children's Book Festivals in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York and Boston. Her body of work has received several awards from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and New York, as well as Teacher’s Choice, Mom’s Choice and Moonbeam Awards for her illustrations in children’s books. She has completed over 30 mural and large-scale projects throughout the Twin Cities. And is currently an artist teacher and mentor for Perpich Center for the Arts, in their outreach programming for Arts Integration in K-12 education.
Chrisopheraaron’s work represents conceptual art as a result of constructed and planned processes. As a painter, the paint itself creates an epilogue to the narrative of his work. This is evident with the rice grains he embeds in each piece for texture. The rice is representative of all nations of people. Christopheraaron develops narratives that depict communities engaged in social, religious and political works while holding true to each one’s own identity and engagement of others. Deanes is currently working with Minneapolis Public Schools assisting with developing critical thinkers commitment to creative and democratic classrooms. He is also working with the John Bigger Seed Project (a public art project with the City of Minneapolis Public Works), The University of Minnesota’s Urban Research Department, and Obsidian Arts. Deanes is also working with several other public arts projects and private commissions. In 2015 he started painting mini-oil paintings that are also available.
Loretta Day, Painter/Illustrator/Designer
Chicago native Myra a.k.a. “Abstract Purple Giraffe” is an abstract artist educated and mentored under Master Artist, Gerald Griffin of Chicago. She adopts Pablo Picasso’s approach, “I paint as I think them, not as I see them.”
Smith studied Graphic Arts at Chicago’s International Academy of Design and Technology, and she incorporates these skills into her works. Smith enjoys motivating others through her use of color, adding a high level of energy in her color selections. She also enjoys creating customized works for art enthusiasts and believes everyone should have an art piece made especially for them.
“There is something so fresh, free, and creative about a blank canvas. You can let your imagination soar as you study it, then either sketch or apply paint. I am always inspired by the vivid colors of our earth’s landscape transforming into abstract images and of the celestial limitlessness of the Heavens.”