Angel's Destiny: A Novel Story of Poems & Illustrations by April Martin Chartrand

‘ANGEL'S DESTINY: A Novel Story of Poems & Illustrations’ by April Martin Chartrand

‘ANGEL'S DESTINY: A Novel Story of Poems & Illustrations’ by writer/artist April Martin Chartrand


Similar to novel style chapters, each advances you from one stage of life’s emotions to another. This collection of poems & illustrations mimics a novel in an unexpected way – similarly, it tells an emotional plot of a character which interweaves the four emotion elements Illusions, Anger, Awareness, Love - progressing forward towards a healing resolve. Each emotional character takes the reader through a progressive journey of a multi-cultural woman’s self-discovery . . . far away from adversity.


Trade paperback, 5.5” x 8.5”, 152 pages/48 illustrations ISBN 978-0-615-30251-5 | $13- USA.
Library of Congress number 2009914167
Copyright Registration #TXu 1-652-473




Friday, November 2, 2018

RESS RELEASE October 13–November 9, 2018 –
April Martin Chartrand, M.S., Researcher, Fiberalchemist, Curator, & Author
~April Martin Chartrand, M.S. is an exhibiting Altar Designer in the "Honoring Our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future: Día de los Muertos 2018", an annual exhibition with over seventy locally and nationally recognized professional artists.

Exhibit Run:  October 13–November 9, 2018  (Free admission during gallery hours)
For gallery hours:  Tues-Sun…
http://www.somarts.org/events/diadelosmuertos2018/

*Closing Reception: Friday, November 9, 2018, 6pm–9pm   
Closing Reception Cost:  $7–$10
Tickets:  
diadelosmuertosclosing2018.eventbrite.com (for the closing
reception)
Where:  SOMArts, 934 Brannan St. between 8th/9th Streets), San Francisco,
CA

APRIL MARTIN CHARTRAND, M.S., Researcher, Fiberalchemist, Curator, & 
Author
Heritage: Honoring Our Ancestors Ameri-KKKa’s Love ofLynching (2018)


     APRIL MARTIN CHARTRAND, M.S. is a social justice pedagogical researcher who obtained her graduate degree from San Francisco State University (2017 - Department of Counseling) and graduated with scholastic distinctions as a
vetted member of the ‘Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society’ (2017-2014), and diagnosed with Breast Cancer 8-months after her June 2017 graduation date. Unfortunately, Chartrand is experiencing acute post-surgical Necrosis infection.  Finally, in 1996, Chartrand began building heart-shaped rock/earth altars in Zenia, CA.  Finally, upon
completion of the heritage ceremonies, Chartrand was renamed by her Native Elder. Chartrand’s spirit elder name is 'Spirit Heart.'

        In 2013, Chartrand curated ‘A World of Women of Color’ assemblage exhibition with designs by Eddie Valentine, at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL).  The SFPL exhibition featured eighteen of Mr. Valentine’s
all so “Brown Betty” and ah-so-Naughty Black Divas’ assemblage totems. Additionally, Chartrand is a national award-winning textile artist, and is the author & illustrator of ‘Angel’s Destiny: A Novel Story of Poems &
Illustrations’ (2009).

       Current writer/editor Michael Leaverton, at Lumina Media and former
art critic writer/editor for the SF Weekly, raves about Chartrand’s “Treasured Cigar Box series”…”Chartrand kicks the cigar-box genre up a few notches, linking tobacco, a major export of the New World, to the colonial slave trade and the global trading companies that profited by exploiting African slaves! Her boxes come across as totems from another time, ritual containers filled with all manner of evocative materials (keys, coins, and currencies from various countries, miniature skeletons, jewelry, beads, precious stones) arranged into haunting, mysterious tableaus -- not unlike something you might see in the Museum of Jurassic Technology, to be honest.”   SF Weekly, Michael Leaverton, 6/27/2012, San Francisco, CA. 

*Closing Reception Free-bie!   During the closing reception, Chartrand will give away parts of her altar to the attendees, starting at 8:30pm.  PRESS, please review Chartrand prior to November 9th, 2018.  Please attend the Closing Reception as well, Press. Thank you.
Chartrand’s Private & Corporation Collections (Short list)
  1. Dr. Gaetano Zanelli, M.D., CEO/Owner of Z Skin Center for Aesthetic & Medical Dermatology, San Francisco, CA
  2. Miria Toveg, MS, LAc, owner of the Lotus Center, San Francisco, CA
  3. Myers Stevens Inc., San Francisco, CA
  4. Second Baptist Church, Santa Barbara, CA
  5. Synopsys Corporation, Mountain View, CA
  6. Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Atlanta, GA (1st-Place Textile Division  – National Competition)

Academic:  Chartrand is an Alumnus of:
2018  (Certificate of Completion:
           California Institute of Integral Studies-Black Psychology as a
           Professional as a Gateway Project, San Francisco, CA  
2017  M.S.  (Counseling) San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA  
           3.91 GPA (Vetted member of:  Chi Sigma Iota International….2017-2014
2016  A.S.  (Behavioral Sciences) City College of San Francisco, CA  3.55 GPA
1982  B.A.  (Inter-disciplinary Arts) San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA  3.55 GPA
1980  A.A.  (General Studies) City College of Santa Barbara, CA  3.25 GPA
1976  A.A.  (Merchandising) Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA  3.0 GPA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_exUemQV-Zs&t=3s

#APRILMARTINCHARTRAND
#SOMARTSDAYOFTHEDEAD2018
#DAYOFTHEDEADSanFranciscoSOMARTS2018
#APRILMARTINCHARTRAND,M.S.

Closing Reception Nov. 9th, 2018 FRI 6pm-9pm  Tix $7-$10
Free give a ways at 8:30 at Chartrands Altar
Located next to the Main Stage and Art Room (in the back).
https://youtu.be/6n3u0hxpR6Q



April Martin Chartrand, M.S.
#SOMARTSDAYOFTHEDEAD2018
#HonoringOURancestors2018SanFrancisco
Closing Reception 11/9/2018 Fri, 6pm-9pm  $7-$10 tickets
8:30pm Chartrand will give parts of her altar away for Free
Food Trucks, Music, Performance....

https://youtu.be/6n3u0hxpR6Q

Saturday, June 30, 2018


 AFROPUNK.COM

‘The Black Woman Is God’ exhibit pays homage to natural hair artistry & black women’s glory' By Eye Candy


http://afropunk.com/2018/06/the-black-woman-is-god-exhibit-pays-homage-to-natural-hair-artistry-black-womens-glory/

 “The Black Woman Is God Exhibition Presents 'A SACRED BEAUTIFUL – Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé”
San Francisco Human Rights Commission
25 Van Ness Ave, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 
AUG. 30 – OCT. 2, 2018
Mon. – Fri. | 9am -12noon— 1pm-4pm | Cost: Free 7 Open to the public


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#TBWIG
#ASacredBeautiful
#SFHRC
#SOMARTS
#AFROPUNK.COM

'The Black Woman is God' Exhibition Presents "A Sacred Beautiful Natural Heritage Hair:  An African Disporan Photo Expose.'

August 20 - October 2, 2018
San Francisco Human Rights Commission
25 Van Ness Ave., 8th floor.  San Francisco, CA
Mon - Fri:  9-noon & 1:00pm - 4:00
Free and Open to the public

#TBWIG
#SOMARTS
#ASacredBeautiful
#SFHRC
 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


'The Black Woman Is God' Exhibition Presents 'A Sacred Beautiful
Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo ExposE'
San Francisco Human Rights Commission* | 25 Van Ness Ave., 8th Floor | SF, CA
Mon. - Fri. | 9am -12noon— 1pm-4pm | Cost:  Free & open to the public | www.FaceBook.com/groups/ASacredBeautiful
August 30 – October 2, 2018

About the Artists and Curator
KaliMa Amilak is a Bay Area photographer and is an Afro-Caribbean photographer native from Brooklyn, New York.  Amilak has been working on her photojournalistic series entitled, Evoke the Goddess, which are platforms for self-expression and celebration for women sharing their life experiences of evoking the goddesses within as a cultural movement of empowerment.  Amilak was the head photographer for the artist-collective Brooklyn Artistry and Company. Amilak's work was published on 6.15.2018 in AFROPUNK.com http://afropunk.com/2018/06/the-black-woman-is-god-exhibit-pays-homage-to-natural-hair-artistry-black-womens-glory/   laydeekaye.com

Nye’ Lyn THO is a Bay Area photographer & designer and was born and raised in New York.  Tho specializes in a unique merging of graphic design and photography. Specifically, Tho’s artistic passions are finding the heart and soul of a brand, a website or any other representation of a company, and individual.  In addition to passion; Tho’ is an adept graphic and photo skills incorporate creating logos, branding, print pieces, web sites, and portraits.  With spirited diligence, Tho’s artistic approach and artistic problem-solving requires a commitment, a trip into a deep and fragile part of why one believes they exist.  Tho's work was published on 6.15.2018 in AFROPUNK.com http://afropunk.com/2018/06/the-black-woman-is-god-exhibit-pays-homage-to-natural-hair-artistry-black-womens-glory/  nyelyntho.com


Egyptsia McGILLVERY is the owner & operator of the Bay Area ‘Pro-Quad Natural Hair Studio Lounge’ and was born in Chicago, IL.  Mcgilvery’s passion for social change, art, beauty, and community education blossomed into her engagements with community youth and providing natural beauty and haircare, soulful music, and health symposiums.  McGillery's work was published on 6.15.2018 in AFROPUNK.com http://afropunk.com/2018/06/the-black-woman-is-god-exhibit-pays-homage-to-natural-hair-artistry-black-womens-glory/     facebook.com/proquadhairdesign

April Martin Chartrand, M.S., obtained her 2017 graduate degree from San Francisco State University and graduated with scholastic distinctions as a vetted member of the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society.  In 2003, Chartrand curated assemblage artist Mr. Eddie Valentine’s A World of Women of Color exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library.  Finally, She is a national award-winning textile artist, fiberalchemist, and is the author and illustrator of Angel’s Destiny: A Novel Story of Poems & Illustrations (2009), Available on Amazon.com.  thefiberalchemist.blogspot.com

Sponsor:  San Francisco Human Rights Commission
Creator:  The Black Woman Is God
Presenter:  SOMARTS

In-Kind
  •  April Martin Chartrand, M.S.
  •  Egyptsia Mcgillvery
  •  FLAX Art & Design
  •  Trader Joe's 

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Aug. 30 – Oct. 2, 2018


The Black Woman is God exhibition presents A Sacred Beautiful Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé
San Francisco Human Rights Commission* | 25 Van Ness Ave., 8th Floor, SF, CA
Mon. - Fri. | 9am -12noon— 1pm-4pm | Cost: Free and open to the public www.FaceBook.com/groups/ASacredBeautiful


FEATURING
  • KaliMa AmiLak & Nye’ Lyn Tho, Photographers
  • Egyptsia Mcgillvery, Natural Hair Practitioner Collaborator
  • April Martin Chartrand, M.S., Curator & Researcher

*Satellite location for ‘The Black Woman is GOD: The Assembly of GODS’ art exhibition Grand Reception: Thurs., Aug. 30, 2018 | Time: 6pm-10pm– SOMARTS | 934 Brannan St. | San Francisco, CA |                           www.somarts.org   www.theblackwomanisgod.com 

Curator’s Statement
The three principal zeitgeist artists of A Sacred Beautiful - Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé – KaliMa Amilak, Nye’ Lyn Tho, and Egyptsia Mcgillvery establish themselves as cultural zeitgeist spirits; by using the novel visual language of the natural hair movement cultural iconoclasts. Furthermore, these creative hair iconoclasts create paradigm shifts in consciousness, embody keen sensibilities, and usher in the acceptability of presenting diverse ways of being, through their prolific visual aesthetic lens. Creating exquisite Diasporan textural imagery, AmiLak and Lyn, aspirational photographers, and Mcgillvery, Natural Hair Movement designers embodying Ma’atian cultural consciousness, and are paradigm shape-shifters. In essence, these new-day shape-shifters embrace visionary sensibilities, and illuminate the acceptability of presenting diverse ways of existing in the world. Finally, the underlying inspiration for A Sacred Beautiful exhibition was inspired by curatorial research of the "reclamation of our hair-itage," the global African Diasporan Natural Hair Movement - birthed in the 20thcentury, and to bring attention to the dreadful Louisianan 1786 Tignon Law.

The 1786 Tignon Law, a “sumptuary law was enacted under Governor Esteban Rodriguez Miró,” which prohibited African woman (e.g. 1-Drop Rule = Mulatto, Mustee, Quad/Octo/Quint-roon, and Zambo) from wearing their natural hair in public. This, shame-filled law, further codified that Diasporan textured hair was to be ‘policed’ or ‘othered’ in perpetuity (e.g. Micro/Macro-aggressions) in America and globally. What was the reason for legalized hair-policing of African textured hair? According to researcher Callendar (2018), the following historical analysis is offered:


…creole, mulatto, and women of African [Diasporan] descent would adorn their textured hair with gems, beads, and other accents that made them stand out from white women, these laws were designed to regulate our hair. …it is believed that white men [were] attracted to the exotic looks of women of color, which enraged white women. 


True to form, innovative African Diasporan women found ways to circumvent these laws, by elaborately adorning their Tignons with cultural beads, luxurious fabrics, fancy hats, and ribbons – making wearing Tignons a major fashion trend and a culturally defining image that is fashioned in 2018 (e.g. AFROPUNK©). Finally, AmiLak, Tho, and Mcgillvery’s design aesthetics and their prolific interpretation of Diasporan natural hair textures illuminate special temporal coifed reconfigurations; they create a broad-spectrum of hair textures that range from the wavy 2A, an S-pattern to the tightly coiled 4C, a Z-pattern.

AmiLak, Lyn, and Mcgillvery respond to the African Diasporan ‘ancestral calls’ in order to manifest exquisite and iconoclastic textural photographic visual language, in the 21st century. Thus, we are delighted that these eighteen visually superb and extraordinary photographic examples of A Sacred Beautiful join the ranks of the African Disaporan Natural Hair Movement’s zeitgeist-makers. 



Sponsor:  San Francisco Human Rights Commission
Creator:  The Black Woman Is God
Presenter:  SOMARTS

In-Kind



  •  April Martin Chartrand, M.S.
  •  Egyptsia Mcgillvery
  •  FLAX Art & Design
  •  Trader Joe's 

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#TBWIG   #ASacredBeautiful   #KaliMaAmilak  #Nye’LynTho   #EgyptsiaMcgillvery
#AprilMartinChartrand,M.S.