Card Reading with Danielle Ellis


Danielle Ellis is an Oak Cliff native always ready to share her love of the arts with everyone at a moment’s notice be it painting live or holding workshops. Her art education came from her parents, summer workshops at the South Dallas Cultural Center, attending Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts and later The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her mission since a
young age has always been to bring the Arts to the people.

As a spiritualist/minister honed in ATR, her first priority is to heal. She has established altars and taught many to tap into their divine selves. Her biggest public work is an ancestor altar that was the base of her solo show Mother in 2019 which had an extended stay in J. Erik Jonsson Library. There she invited people
of all backgrounds to pray and share personal histories at the very active altar honoring African Americans
in Dallas, Texas. This large altar was draped in fabric of deep blues and had 50lb of pure white cowrie
shells as offering.

As an activist she spoke often about the importance of our Black Townships and advocated for the rights of
the citizens of Sandbranch, Texas. Her initiative Mermaids Bring Water took part in providing clean water to
the area. During the Winter Storm of 2021, the organization distributed 150 cases of water to the
communities in desperate need. Mermaids continue to be a watch group and advocate raising the alarm of
the scarcity of clean water. Clean Water is a Right.

In conjunction with the exhibit uncertain beacons presented by artist Krista Chalkley, Danielle will be hosting light public card readings at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center on February 18, from 7 – 8 pm. Her unique readings are to encourage and bring out the best in everyone.


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