Welcome to the Friday's Food For Thought Women's History Month Series.

Meet local artist Antionette Simmons Hodges (Affectionately referred to as "MiMi' by our Youth Director Brykyta Shelton and a WVSU classmate of Deacon Carl Piggott)

Antionette Simmons Hodges is a retired District of Columbia elementary art teacher. Her professional painting career began in 1994, as an artist with Ethnographic Card Company of Santa Barbara, CA. Antionette's art has enhanced the cover of "Harlem Blues," a book written and published in France by Christine Duale' (2014). She received The DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities grant for FY 2017. Also, Martha's Table, Inc. of DC added one of her paintings to their permanent art collections (2018). In 2021, she decided to give back to her native city of Buffalo, NY, by donating a portrait of Harriet Tubman in memory of her parents to the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library's African and American Studies Center. Antionette is a member of Black Artists of DC (BADC).

Antionette is featured in two local shows this month, The 2022 International Women's Month Exhibit (Friendship Gallery - Bethesda, MD) and The March Gallery Walk (Wellspring Manor & Spa - Upper Marlboro, MD)

The 2022 International Women's Month Exhibit (February 28 - March 20)

Meet the Artist Reception (Sunday, March 6th, 11:30 am to 1 pm)

Friendship Gallery (301.656.2797)

4433 South Park Ave.

Chevy Chase, MD 20815

The March Gallery Walk (Sunday, March 20th, 2 pm - 5 pm)

Wellspring Manor & Spa (301.691.2454)

11311 Drumsheugh Lane

Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


Please join the Youth & Young Adults of Mount Calvary when we visit Friendship Gallery on Saturday, March 19th. All members of the congregation and community are welcome to join us, details are below.