Have you ever felt compelled to put your artistic calling on hold when there are bills to pay and mouths to feed? Sometimes life’s day-to-day responsibilities keep us from realizing our true creative potential. That was the case for Sherita Herring, an artist, philanthropist, and single mother who pushed her artistic dreams to the back burner in order to raise her two sons.
Today, host and NOT REAL ART founder Scott “Sourdough” Power sits down with Sherita and her son Crushow Herring, aka ShowzArt, to discuss the duo’s powerful creative collaboration. A former guest on the NOT REAL ART podcast, Crushow is an artist, activist, and community organizer who works to uplift LA’s unsheltered population. “Art took me off the streets,” he shares with us. “I felt like it could take [my mom] out of what she was in. I’m honored and there is just so much joy and pleasure to do [this] for her.”
In today’s episode, you’ll learn more about Sherita’s inaugural solo exhibition, Beverly Hills to Barnyard, which features more than 30 original artworks from the artist. Curated by the mother and son team, the event takes place at the Brewery Artist Lofts in downtown LA, with all proceeds going to Sherita’s non-profit organization, the Philanthropy Alliance Foundation. Working in collaboration with each other, Sherita and Crushow are dedicated to the growth and prosperity of those struggling in their community.
Her advice for artists at the beginning of their creative journey? “Follow your inner gut,” she advises. “Continue to do what you love and all of it will lead you to the path that is best for you. That’s how I ended up here.” Tune in to today’s compelling episode with Sherita and Crushow Herring to find out how instinct can lead you to a more creative place.