Lavett Ballard, Philadelphia Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement Lavett B. showed her artistic talents from an early age. Through elementary and high school, she explored this gift with a passion. An Artist, Art Historian, Illustrator, and Author she is always pushing the boundaries of her creativity. Lavett early artistic education included training at the esteemed Newark, New Jersey High school for the Arts, and Parsons School of Design magnate Art programs and has her Bachelors of Arts in Studio Art Painting and Art History from Rutgers University. Her Artwork has been exhibited in Museums, galleries, and shows from New York to California. Collectors of her work have included prominent Politicians, Entertainers, Artists, Professionals, and those in various Ministries. On the local scene, her works were exhibited at public libraries, Art Centers, Private offices, and the African American Heritage Museum of South Jersey. Lavett’s calling card of colorful images and diverse spectrum of illustrations of people of African descent is a gift. By using fabric, plaster, and beading she brings unique textural elements to her work that make her paintings like no other. Peers describe her work as "colorful pictures of life." Lavett resides in Willingboro, New Jersey. Lavett's work may be viewed at www.PreachersWifeArts.com, and at Astah's Art Gallery in Maplewood, NJ, Vivant’s Art Collection Gallery Philadelphia, PA, and Gallery Guichard Chicago, IL.