*Closing Reception: Friday, November 9, 2018, 6pm–9pm
Where: SOMArts, 934 Brannan St. between 8th/9th Streets), San Francisco,
APRIL MARTIN CHARTRAND, M.S., Researcher, Fiberalchemist, Curator, &
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 &
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.
- Dr. Gaetano Zanelli, M.D., CEO/Owner of Z Skin Center for Aesthetic & Medical Dermatology, San Francisco, CA
- Miria Toveg, MS, LAc, owner of the Lotus Center, San Francisco, CA
- Myers Stevens Inc., San Francisco, CA
- Second Baptist Church, Santa Barbara, CA
- Synopsys Corporation, Mountain View, CA
- Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Atlanta, GA (1st-Place Textile Division – National Competition)