The Divine Mind Mural Dedication by Wilmington Artist, Terrance Vann

Reposted from DeDivahDeals

On a brisk, beautiful Autumn day I drove to Wilmington, to 7th and Jefferson Streets to support my “adopted son” on his Mural Dedication.  “The Divine Mind” which as you can see is a 60 square foot masterpiece painted on the side of a multi-story house.

Terrance Vann is a local fine artist and illustrator who started sketching and drawing at a very young age.  He is a graduate of the Cab Calloway School of the Arts and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York as well as at the Art Institute in Philadelphia.

I first met Terrance when he moderated the National Entrepreneurship Week Workshops sponsored by The Money School of Delaware earlier this year.

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Not knowing at the time that he was an artist I was impressed with not only his ability to command the podium when asking each of the panelists pre-written questions; but with following up with un-rehearsed, insightful and in-depth commentaries regarding each of our businesses.

The following evening at the second Entrepreneurship Workshop he brought in one of his paintings, The Divine Mind and it was amazing.  I labeled him a “Millennial in Motion” and asked if I could cover one of his events for my blog.  Below are a few of the other pieces that were on display at the Art Loop in Wilmington which you can read more about HERE

Terrance sports a hairstyle which was similar to own son’s and when he told me how his mom first reacted, which was the same as my reaction, I started calling him my “adopted son”.

“The Divine Mind” Mural Dedication started a little after 2:00 pm with a welcome from Dr. Carrie Gray, Managing Director, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation followed by remarks from Terrance.  If you are following me on Facebook, you can see the full live feed from the event.

There were several members of the community in attendance and because it was a bright beautiful day it made for a larger crowd.  DJ Ryan Foxx played in the background and a performance from Kae Hock had the audience clapping in unity – something that we desperately need these days – UNITY

On the inside of the programs, there was a black and white version of The Divine Mind and markers were available for the young crowd to create their own masterpieces.

Closing remarks were made by Laura Semmelroth, Creative District Strategist followed by cake which made the day even sweeter.

You can find and follow Terrance on his social media platforms:

Instagram – @terranceism

Facebook – terrancevann

Website – terranceism.bigcartel.com

Stay tuned for more great things coming from this “Millennial in Motion”  as I will be interviewing him on this Sunday’s Podcast – Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger on BlogTalkRadio/AAUTeenTalk

The following is the Press Release of the Event

WILMINGTON ARTIST UNVEILS 60 SQ. FT. MURAL, INSPIRES COMMUNITY

Terrance Vann completes mural inspired by his most well-known painting entitled “Divine Minds”

WILMINGTON, DE (November 17, 2016) – Terrance Vann, an up-and-coming artist well known in Wilmington, DE with growing national buzz, recently debuted his greatest work yet- a 60 square foot mural of his painting “Divine Minds.” The dedication took place on November 12, 2016 at the mural site of 7th and Jefferson Streets (Wilmington, DE).

Over 100 community members, public figures and supporters from the tristate area gathered to commemorate the monumental work standing at 34 feet tall and 33 feet wide with a 20-foot glass mosaic crown. The program included a performance by hip-hop artist Kae Hock, music by DJ Ryan Foxx and a community coloring session where community members created their own “Divine Minds” inspired work. Notable speakers included Delaware State Senator Robert Marshall, Carrie Gray of the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation’s Creative District and the Lead Artist himself.

“This is really a dream come true. I’ve been sketching and drawing my whole life, so the fact that something like this is here and will be in the city for a long time is something I only dreamed about” Vann said. “That’s what I really want this mural to be, a testament to dreams becoming a reality.” Senator Robert Marshall followed saying, “What impresses me the most is the symbolic message the mural offers us…and all the young kids that live in this neighborhood. The message is that no zip code should dictate the outcome of your future, and that every kid who lives in this neighborhood should have the opportunity to reach their best and brightest talents.”

Vann was selected by a juried panel of artists and community leaders to be Lead Artist on the project, which was the largest of a series of projects developed as part of the Creative District’s 7th Street Arts Bridge. Vann worked under the mentorship of renowned muralist Eric Okdeh of the internationally recognized Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and hopes to complete more mural projects in the future.

About Terrance Vann

Terrance Vann is a fine artist and illustrator based in Wilmington, Delaware. Terrance studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the Art Institute in Philadelphia where he developed as a designer and graphic artist, in addition to being a painter and illustrator. Terrance’s first solo exhibition was in February 2015, and since then he has pursued art as his full-time career, showing and selling his work throughout the East Coast. Through various community art initiatives, Terrance works to promote a creative culture in his native city and beyond by engaging all people, especially youth, in creative expression. Terrance’s work is vividly colorful and is inspired by friends, family, love and observations of inner city life. To view Terrance’s work, visit www.terranceism.bigcartel.com.

For more information call 302-310-0587, email terrancevannart@gmail.com. To learn more about Wilmington’s Creative District, visit www.creativedistrictwilm.com/About

Live Each Day To It’s Fullest, As It May Be Your Last!

During the last week of December as I sat reading the Facebook timelines of family and friends there was a common thread – RIP – there were RIPs for George Michael, RIPs for Carrie Fisher, RIPs for Debbie Reynolds and RIPs for Ricky Harris, but in my heart I was thinking about a fellow blogger who lost her battle with breast cancer.

I never knew George Michael personally, Carrie Fisher, nor her mother Debbie Reynolds, and not Ricky Harris therefore, their deaths didn’t cause me to grieve. Don’t get me wrong, I feel bad for their family and friends because death is death no matter who it is, and it leaves a whole in the hearts of those left behind.

I never knew or I should say, that I never personally knew Katherine Scraper of Pillows-a-la-Mode but the news of her death, as reported on her blog by her husband really hurt.

Years ago when I first started blogging I was a newbie who didn’t know much – however, there were certain veteran bloggers who encouraged and recognized me and my little blog.

Katherine actually nominated me for a “Good Neighbor Award”!  I so was so thrilled because I had been blogging for only 8 months.  I couldn’t wait to share the news and then pay it forward to other bloggers.

 

 

Years passed and although we didn’t follow each other as closely as we once had, I did however, check her blog periodically…unfortunately, not as closely as I should have because on December 21st she lost her battle with breast cancer…her husband reported the news as she requested as the last post on her blog.

Death is a debt that we all have to pay, so please live each day to it’s fullest as it may be your last.

Rest in Heaven my friend Katherine.

Branding Your Small Business

Check out this week’s Podcast “Branding for Small Business” with special guest Frances Frisby @clientmonster
Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger Podcast

Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business, large or small, retail or B2B.  An effective brand strategy gives you a major edge in increasingly competitive markets. But what exactly does “branding” mean?

How does it affect a small business like yours?

Listen in as I talk to my special guest, Frances Frisby, owner of Client Monster, as we discuss the importance of branding for your small business.

www.GoClientMonster.com

Snowy Saturday Was Fun Now Bring On The Spring Sun!

Okay, that was fun, now bring on the Spring sun!
Friday’s flakes weren’t too bad but Saturday’s snow was just the beginning of what is going to be a long and cold winter.
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What to wear in the winter
I had been putting off getting new tires but today’s snowstorm proved that I can wait no longer, therefore, bright and early Monday morning I will be at Tire King in Middletown.
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This is what I wore to work on casual Friday.  The pants were purchased from Walmart and the sweater was thrifted from Goodwill, the scarf was a purchase from the “Bag Lady” at a home show several years ago.
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fashion after fifty
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The “combat boots” were purchased from Rainbow Shop which is one of my favorite stores because they carry inexpensive yet trendy shoes and clothing.
Today, I conducted a Blogging Basics Workshop – Part 3 (Social Media and a Blog) at the Bear Library.  With heavy flakes falling, I called the library before leaving home to ensure that they would be open.  Although I didn’t think anyone would be in attendance, there were seven who braved the winter winds and snowstorm to be there.
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To see more pictures head over to my Instagram page.
attendees at Blogging Basics Workshop
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The snow had continued throughout the morning and early afternoon and by the time I had arrived home there were more than 2 inches on the ground.
Fortunately, the snow was light and it wasn’t too extremely cold, hubby and I were able to clear the driveway and sidewalk in less than an hour.
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hubby using the snow blower
snow on the back deck
snow in Summit Farms 2017
Okay, so that was fun, now bring on the Spring sun!
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Snow was fun now bring on the Spring Sun!
 Let’s Chat: what’s the weather like in your neck of the woods (Al Roker voice)?
Head over and leave your OOTD link for this week’s Top of the World Style party

Banana Pudding – My Sister’s Favorite Sweet Treat

My sister’s favorite sweet treat was Banana Pudding.  I remember every Christmas or other special occasions including my Bridal Shower she would be in the kitchen making this sweet and tasty treat.

Using a dozen bananas, 2 boxes of vanilla pudding, milk, and Cool Whip she would prepare her’s and my favorite dessert.

I always looked forward to her making Banana Pudding every holiday and never attempted to make it myself until this year.  You see, my sister was killed in a car accident in 1992 and for the last 24 years, not a day goes by that I don’t think of her with the holidays being the hardest.

However, this year, I felt the need to try and make my sister’s favorite sweet tweet for my own sons and thankfully it tasted just as good as I remembered.  The banana pudding was sweet but the memories of my sis were sweeter.

When it comes to the holidays, most families have a traditional pie, cake or another sweet treat that they like to serve and now my sister’s Banana Pudding Sweet Treat Dessert is going to be mine again.

Ingredients:

  • 10 bananas
  • 1 Box Nilla Wafers
  • 2 Boxes Vanilla Pudding
  • 2 Cups of Cold Milk
  • 1 Container of Cool Whip
  • 1 Teaspoon Banana Extract

Instructions

  • Pour pudding into a medium bowl then add milk stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Fold in Whipped topping using a whisk then add banana extract.
  • Slice bananas
  • Begin layering a bowl or glass cake pan with Nilla Wafers, followed by slices of banana and top with pudding mixture.
  • Continue layering ending with Nilla Wafers
  • Chill uncovered in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving

Let’s Chat: what is your favorite holiday dessert?

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