Sugar Creek Folk Art represents the creative work of Jevoid Simmons, specializing in Afrocentric carvings, paintings and Americana crafts. Soon to be released is his first book, Up Frome Down Home, A Family's Journey North. The book details the circumstances that forced his family to flee the South in the early 1950s as part of the historic black migration. The book's written narrative is supported by seventeen original paintings by Simmons.
March 1, 2021, Simmons appeared in second of a four-part series “Celebrating Life, Community and the Arts” Performing Arts Installation Series was aired on March 1, 2021, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and The Musical Offering, collaborated with Simmons and Theatre Zarko's master puppeteer Michael Montenegro. Collectively, they share the true story of his family’s journey out the Jim Crow South.
Simmons paints and carves and has exhibited his work locally at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center (April – October 2019); Evanston’s Noyes Cultural Art Center; the Evanston Art Center; Garrett Theological Seminary (Northwestern University); The Art Institute of Chicago and Creative Coworking Gallery.
Black History Month 2015:Simmons on February 7, 2015, at Noyes Cultural Arts Center for the opening of an exhibit featuring his family's migration story. Exhibit was curated by Harvey Pranian of Harvey's Antiques. Video courtesy of Shorefront Legacy. Visit Shorefront at: http://www.shorefrontlegacy.org/