Rose exists to make and share her art. Her Gallery creates community and presents an opportunity
for discourse about American History through Rose’s collection of Black Americana.
From the position of "A Better Tomorrow," we remember how far we've come.
By holding these symbols of the past, as hurtful as they can be,
the objects come under new ownership and we can diffuse the power they once had over us.
There is a metamorphosis between the time these artifacts were made and the time they were collected, showing us the strength, leadership, and perseverance of our ancestors.
Through this, we teach our children.
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Rose was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1951, and has spent most of her adult life in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Over 20 years ago, after a successful career in the international duty-free industry,
Rose stumbled across her artistic interest and talent when she and her younger sister Maxine Jones,
a founding member of the female R&B recording group EnVogue, started a line of bath and skin
care products in California. Soon after, Rose discovered her passion and talent for creating art
and has been painting on ceramics, leather, and canvases ever since!
Rose received national recognition in 1999 after appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Her work has also been featured in "O" Magazine. Gayle King, well-known as Oprah Winfrey's
best friend, commissioned Rose to paint a set of plates for Oprah.