My Lefty on Exhibit at Ground Floor Gallery

I'm very pleased to announce that my Lefty "Full of it" (pictured above) will be part of the BARED exhibit at the Ground Floor Gallery. This exhibition explores the gendered narratives that clothe and fashion the body as well as gender subversion and the traditional male gaze. It was curated by Sally Deskins and features the work of selected artists from the book of the same name, published in January 2017 by Les Femmes Folles. The exhibit runs from August 2 - September 2, 2017. 

Interestingly enough when I was recently chatting with Susun Weed on her radio show she mentioned that the Goddess Ephesus who was my inspiration for "Full of it" might possibly be sprouting rows of testicles, not breasts as I had originally thought.  Hmmmm...food for thought!

"Love that image!" ~ Janet Decker Yanez, Artist/Curator/Director, Ground Floor Gallery + Studios

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About the Exhibit: BARED
Curated by Sally Deskins

Artists: Kathy Crabbe, Courtney Kenny Porto, Libby Rowe, Chuka Susan Chesney, Stacy Howe, Teresa Dunn, Cathy Sarkowsky, Bonnie Gloris, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Susan Jamison, KA Letts, Susan Detroy, Florine Desmothene, Evelyn Katz, Belgin Yucelen, Suzanne Proulx, Lauren Rinaldi, Amy Cerra, and Marlana Adele Vassar.

Ground Floor Gallery: BARED Exhibit
August 2 – September 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 5, 2017 6-9 pm

942 4th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37210
Gallery Hours: Wednesday 9am-1pm
Thursdays 5-8pm
Otherwise by appointment
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Contact: 615.478.1467

Ground Floor Gallery is committed to providing contemporary exhibitions with depth and relevance in multiple disciplines for a diverse audience with the intent to connect artists with other art professionals, community builders and potential buyers. We present artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work in an alternative gallery and collective artist community, which allows artists to take risks that are not generally supported by commercial galleries.

Parking in front of the building or on Oak Street.

About Les Femmes Folles

Les Femmes Folles is a volunteer organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art from around the world with the online journal, print annuals, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including the award-winning Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014), The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales (Laura Madeline Wiseman/Lauren Rinaldi, 2015) and BARED: Contemporary Poetry & Art by Women (Edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2017). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 available on blurb.com, including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. See the latest call for work on the Submissions page.

Sally Deskins is an artist, writer, curator, mother and wife based in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her art explores gender, the body and motherhood and has been exhibited nationally in group and solo shows. Her writing focuses on women, feminist and curatorial issues and has been published in Bitch Magazine, Hyperallergic and n.paradoxa, among others. She has curated several independent exhibits around feminism and women. She founded Les Femmes Folles, an organization providing a platform for women in all levels, genres and styles of art. She obtained an MA in art history from West Virginia in 2016 where she won two awards for her thesis research examining the curating of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. She is currently Exhibits Coordinator for West Virginia University Libraries.

Leo New Moon Oracle: Caava Kicks Butt

Caava Kicks Butt by Kathy Crabbe

New Moon Lefty Oracle:
Caava kicks butt


Mantra: I am strong.
Affirmation: I mean business.
Element: Fire

Song
I am a mean machine.
I love conflict,
getting angry,
and kicking butt.

But that’s not all!

I’m also charming, gracious,
well put-together and make
a mean strawberry/rhubarb pie.

So, don’t judge me
‘til you know me
and I’ll do the same for you.

If this card appears in a reading it’s self-evident that you need to take a stand. Who or what needs the boot in your life? Bolster your strength and courage and do something about it. NOW. Reach out for support. You don’t have to do this alone. Your heart is in the right place and you WILL move forward. There is a time and a place to take action and that time has come. Don’t charge in madly until you know exactly what you need to do. Write it down or talk it over with a friend if need be. Then move forward, one spiked toe at a time and it’s done. Good work, brave soul!

In my own life I usually like to wait to take action in regards to a grievance until I feel the fire in my veins. I’ve prepared for that moment by thinking and talking it through so I’m ready with the power of emotion and intellect for when I do take action and it gets results!

Creative Journal Prompt
Take a moment to pretend that you are climbing the tallest mountain around and that you have just reached the very top. Look around. Breathe the air, feel the exhilaration, the quiet peacefulness AND the pounding of your heart. We can be both: quiet and exhilarated. Take another moment to feel this duality within yourself. Now add a third element: knowing-ness. Then take one goal and apply these three elements to it while journaling and leave extra space in your journal entry so that you can record your progress over time.

Expressive Body Movement Challenge
Pretend that you have just climbed the aforementioned mountain. Then re-enact the part where you reach the top. What do you do? Express all three elements discussed above using expressive body movement. i.e. quiet, exhilarated, knowing.

*Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck 92 page Guidebook

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CAAVA Kicks Butt in the We'Moon Datebook!

Caava was lucky enough to kick butt in the We'Moon Datebook and in my self published book: Odds & Ends A Collection of Friends. Here is her short and sassy poem from that book.

Recipe Kickbutt
(for Virginia)


Ingredients:
strong calves
pointy shoes

Kathy's Leo New Moon Altar