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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Glorious New Spring

"Glorious New Spring" Pheralyn Dove Image
The first signs of Spring
fill me with optimism,
peace, love, hope and joy.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ever So Thankful

Me, Mom & Dad at "Art of Nature" Photography Show Opening March 2015
The gift of having
Elders in my life is way
too precious for words.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Rare Celestial Event:Solar Eclipse, New Spring, Super Moon,& Sun Ra!

Homer Jackson snapped this pic of me during the Sun Ra Mixtape Recording Session

The New Spring is here!
Welcome this awesome chance to
Live in Peace and Joy.

Recently I was humbled to contribute a poem to a recording that will commemorate the life and legacy of Sun Ra, the master musician, mystic, intellectual, thought leader and cosmic force behind the Sun Ra Arkestra.  It is being curated and produced by Homer Jackson - a prolific artist across genres in his own right, and  director of the Philadelphia Jazz Project.   The “Sun Ra Mixtape” project’s recording engineer and co-producer is the amazing musician and culture-bearer Anthony Tidd. 
Producer Homer Jackson is the creative force behind the Sun Ra Mixtape Project
It was dreamy working in the studio with these guys. I felt so honored.  It was a day I will never forget.  I wore my Sun Ra sweat shirt to mark the occasion.  The recording will be released to coincide with Sun Ra’s birthday on May 22nd.  (I will keep you posted.)   This pre-spring recording session is just one of a number of artistic activities I find myself immersed in as we mark this space in time. My photography exhibit, “The Art of Nature,” will hold forth at the Gold Standard Café in West Philadelphia through the end of the month and as time progresses, I will unveil a number of other creative projects I am in the midst of preparing.  I feel so grateful. Just to be alive to witness this day and to know I am working towards my goals as an artist.
Anthony Tidd is an amazing musician who is also a recording engineer and producer.
With each new day comes fresh opportunities and challenges.  The New Spring dawned today.  It arrived with a rare celestial event that marked the Vernal Equinox along with the confluence of an Eclipse and New Super Moon.  As the earth rotates around all of these celestial signs, I am aware of my own internal signs that are marking this stage of my development. I am taking this moment to set intentions for myself, to make changes in my thoughts and behavior, to accentuate what I love in my life, and release what is not working for me.  

I rose this morning before daybreak, grabbed my camera and rushed outside with every intention of photographing the new moon, but the sky was so cloudy the moon wasn’t visible. But I knew it was there. And that was enough. It’s like so many aspects of our lives as we soldier along on this journey. Our success is just around the corner. We don’t quite yet have the material proof of it, yet we know it is there.  However it is the journey itself that makes these lives we are living so special.  Just like the Sun Ra Mixtape. It’s not here yet, but I know it is coming.  I can’t see it, but I know it’s there. Being a part of the incubation process is just as special as being a part of the finished product.  Again, it’s all about the journey.

It is joyful for me to realize I made it through another winter -  lived to experience another New Spring. The change of seasons is a blessed time for me.  I feel so encouraged.  I hope and pray you can say the same.  And please remember:
The New Spring is here!
Welcome this awesome chance to
Live in Peace and Joy.

Friday, March 13, 2015


"Peace & Blessings" is featured in my photo exhibit, "The Art of Nature"
Treasure each step of
the journey. Each step is a
unique precious jewel.

My photography show is featured in the Philadelphia Tribune. Please click on the link below.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Nature’s Blessings

Here I am at the opening of "The Art of Nature" Exhibit

Grasp onto all the
Blessings that come your way and
Be grateful for them.

"Promise" is one of my signature photographs in "The Art of Nature"
  The recent opening for my very first art exhibit was an awesome experience. "The Art of Nature" is comprised of 22 nature photographs I have captured over the years.  So many people came out to show me support and express their love. I am so grateful.  
Judy Lamirand organizes all of the exhibits at the Gold Standard Cafe.
 For those of you in the Philadelphia region, the exhibit continues through March 31st at the Gold Standard Café, 4800 Baltimore Avenue.   
My dear friend Denys Davis designed the layout and hung the show.

Denys is an Interior Designer and host of Indaga Home
This creative milestone represents a significant step on this quest to become more of myself. It is an expression of faith on my "sacred journey to self love."  And it could not have been possible without all of the people who contributed to make it a success. 
(And there were many!)
Jimmy Lewis (the renowned ice skating coach) joined us at the opening.
Asante Sana.
Peace, Love & Blessings Always.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

My First Photo Exhibit Opens March 2nd

"Lovely Lilies" Pheralyn Dove Image
Flora, Fauna and
Vistas on Stunning Display:
"The Art of Nature." 

Event:                 “The Art of Nature:  A Photographic Exhibit by Pheralyn Dove”
Dates:                 March 2- 31 2015; Opening Reception, March 2, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Place:                  Gold Standard Café, 4800 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, 19143

 “The Art of Nature” is my very first photographic exhibit. It will be on view throughout the month of March at the Gold Standard Café in West Philadelphia. I am honored to have this opportunity to present my digital images to the public. The work includes a “Pink Sunrise” I witnessed in my Overbrook neighborhood, an exquisite “Orange Sunset” that fell over my shoulders while vacationing at Newport Beach in Orange County, California, a neon yellow chrysanthemum in full bloom that evokes the feeling of “Brighter Days Ahead,” and the petals of a snow-white peony blowing in the wind.  I call this piece “Ancestral Crossing.” With the drop of each petal, the flower is getting closer and closer to crossing over into the next realm with the ancestors. 

I was born and raised in Philadelphia and have lived here my entire life save for the four years I spent at Hampton University in Virginia acquiring my bachelor’s degree in mass media arts. For most of my career, I have been known as a word-warrior. Spitting, spewing, huffing and puffing pages upon pages of thoughts and themes. I traveled to Bahia, Brazil to research their culture’s proliferation of African retentions. My writing took me to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of writer Richard Wright’s birth at his “Centennial Celebration” in Paris, France.  My performance art has taken me to Jazz al la Villette, also in Paris, as well as the Vision Festival in New York City and the Kimmel Center in my beloved Philadelphia. For my book of poetry, “Color in Motion,” I am humbled to say the legendary drummer Max Roach wrote the foreword. Words define my multi-media work in performance pieces such as “Little Girl Blue,” a one-woman show in which I portray 17 characters about a Black woman’s journey from victim to victor. However the visual arts also beckon. I love making sculptures out of sticks, twigs and branches - and I have always made collages. In recent years, I have returned to my photography practice, which I first discovered as a teenager at Germantown High School.   Coming back to my origins feels good.

Monday, February 23, 2015

“Refreshing Thoughts Lead to Positive Action”

"Talking Tulips" Pheralyn Dove Image
As I sit here in
silence, refreshing thoughts give me
hope, peace and faith.

It has been said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Two books were introduced to me this past week, both of which have “transformational” qualities:  “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo and “The Artist’s Way” byJulia Cameron.

From Marie Kondo, a Japanese woman who developed the “KonMari Method,” I learned that I have been approaching my domestic practice the wrong way all these years. She claims that if you clean a little at a time, you will never be finished.  (That is certainly my case.)  She also claims “storage experts are hoarders.” (I must admit that I am the queen of tucking things out of the way.)  Because all of the surfaces and sight lines in my home are clear, I am under the false illusion that I have “de-cluttered.” Where in fact I have actually moved stuff around and put it in storage bins and boxes. Her advice is to commit yourself to a “tidying up marathon” of sorts, during which you go about a massive purging and then choose a place for every single object in your home. After that, she invites you to live in peaceful orderly bliss for the rest of your life!

Here are the highlights of the “KonMari Method”
#1 – Clean by category, not by location. So instead of tackling, for instance, your bedroom, change your approach. Go after organizing every single piece of clothing in your home, whether in your main wardrobe, a hall closet, stuffed away in storage bins in the basement or neglected in a chest of drawers in your guest room.
#2 – Discard first! Gather all of your clothes, place them on the floor or bed and then handle each piece, asking yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If it doesn’t get rid of it. Pure and simple.
#3 – Once you are settled on the items you will keep, choose a place where they will belong, always and forever.
#4 – Go about this process in the following prescribed order – no exceptions!

(I will keep you posted as I embark on this journey.)

Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” gave me a way to further refine and ritualize my morning routine. 
Here’s a synopsis of Julia Cameron’s three most salient ideas:
#1 - Morning Pages – Spend twenty minutes or so each morning writing three pages in long hand. This is a “free write,” so no censoring allowed. Just write down whatever comes into your mind.  She likened the practice to a meditation. As opposed to sitting there watching your thoughts, write them down.

#2 - Artist’s Date – Once a week, do something creative, freeing, pleasurable. Dive into an art project. Browse shelves in a bookstore for inspiration. Take yourself out to dinner and let you mind go free – whatever. Just make sure you claim this as your immensely personal “Artist’s Date.”

#3 - Take a Walk – at least a couple of times a week, take a 20 minute walk, let your mind go free, let your thoughts clear. Be refreshed and see the long-term benefits.

Here’s how I am Implementing suggestions from “The Artists Way”
#1-I have adopted the “Morning Pages” writing practice, which is an extension of my “Morning Haiku” writing practice that I learned from studying with Sonia Sanchez.

#2 - I am making a priority to have an artist’s date with myself on a weekly basis. I look forward to this stress free “me time.”

#3- I enjoy getting exercise and combine a series of yoga postures and tai chi movements in my morning routine. Aside from these floor exercises I do before I leave my bedroom, walking has been a morning ritual I have observed for many years. However sometimes, like during this frigid artic vortex we are currently experiencing on the East Coast, I let my practice wane.  I feel so lazy when I don’t get out in the morning. Julia Cameron gave me encouragement to stay on track. This inspiration is coming just at the right time. Because not only do I walk, I also jog.  I learned this week I was selected in the lottery for Philadelphia’s annual Broad Street Ten-mile Run, the first Sunday in May. So I am keen on getting my training started. Rather than a speed goal, my goal is the same for this year as it was last year:  be safe, enjoy the run and make it to the finish line!

What about you? As we encounter the moments, days, weeks and months of 2015, what kinds of inspiration have encouraged you to go after your heart’s desires? How are you living your best life? Please let me know.
Asante Sana. Peace and Blessings Always.