Introducing our new Guest Blogger: Allita

Allita brings a warm and inviting attitude, with her love for storytelling, literature, and connecting with others. I met Allita through her work as an artist of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance when she contacted me to share her  book, Fourth Sunday, with local artists. Fourth Sunday tells the real-life story “of seven women and their journey towards friendship by way of a simple book club. Over time, their friendship grows beyond books, as their lives, relationships, careers, and families become one.” I cannot imagine a better example of the power of art speaking to the heart and the subsequent connections those hearts can make. It is this drive and her extensive background that makes us honored to have Allita share her story with us.

Allita Irby grew up in Oklahoma where she appreciated the Native American art and dance of the Great Plains Indians. At an early age, she learned floral arranging at home. From her mother, Mary Price Irby, Allita found her Native American heritage through her relatives in Tennessee and Ohio. Allita studied Art History and Drawing at Cameron State University (OK). At Bowie State University (MD), Allita earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with heavy concentration in Anthropology. There she furthered her knowledge of indigenous folkways and arts. Allita went on to get a Masters of Administrative Science from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (MD). During her 20+ year career in telecommunications, Allita participated in the development of the Native American People of Verizon (NAPV) employee resource group. She served as National Secretary and Local Chapter Vice President. During her involvement with the NAPV association, Allita learned about ‘friendship bundles’. In 2003, with her creativity and love of nature, Allita designed dried botanical friendship bundles with dream catchers attached as “thank you gifts”. She has developed her unique style using natural materials, flowers and feathers in each bundle. Friendship bundles may be given at anytime as gifts or used in home decorating and office spaces. Since 2005, Allita’s 2D and 3D visual art work has been juried into multiple shows in the Washington Metropolitan Area. read more about Allita >> here

Welcome Allita! To learn more about Allita’s artwork, visit http://www.allitairby.webs.com.

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