Allita Irby

History, Tradition & Love in Each Artistic Creation


Allita Irby grew up in Oklahoma where she appreciated the Native American art and dance of the Great Plains Indians.  At an early age, she learned floral arranging at home.  From her mother, Mary Price Irby, Allita found her Native American heritage through her relatives in Tennessee and Ohio. 

Allita studied Art History and Drawing at Cameron State University (OK).  At Bowie State University (MD), Allita earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with heavy concentration in Anthropology.  There she furthered her knowledge of indigenous folkways and arts.  Allita went on to get a Masters of Administrative Science from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (MD).

During her 20+ year career in telecommunications, Allita participated in the development of the Native American People of Verizon (NAPV) employee resource group.  She served as National Secretary and Local Chapter Vice President.  During her involvement with the NAPV association, Allita learned about ‘friendship bundles’.  In 2003, with her creativity and love of nature, Allita designed dried botanical friendship bundles with dream catchers attached as “thank you gifts”.  She has developed her unique style using natural materials, flowers and feathers in each bundle. Friendship bundles may be given at anytime as gifts or used in home decorating and office spaces. 

Since 2005, Allita’s 2D and 3D visual art work has been juried into multiple shows in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  She has been a judge in the New Carrollton (MD) Day Art Exhibition.  Allita has curated and coordinated exhibitions in collaboration with the Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) and for Artomatic, Inc. in Washington, DC.  Allita has also been invited to hold “friendship bundle making” workshops in Maryland and Virginia.  In 2009, Allita was appointed to the Art in Public Places Panel in Prince George’s County MD.


Additionally, Allita is an avid reader belonging to two book clubs and a writing group which penned a novel.  She has spent 2010 getting the manuscript edited and published.  The book was released in May of 2011 with Simon & Schuster under the pen name B. W. Read.  See    


Professional memberships and volunteer services include: Hyattsville Community Artists’ Alliance (HCAA), Prince George’s Artists’ Association (PGAA), Native American People of Verizon (Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Mattaponi Chapter) and Chair of the Cultural Awareness Circle of Locust Grove, VA.



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Allita Irby’s work has been on display and sold below:


  • Lake of the Woods Visual Arts Council Show - Locust Grove, VA; 2005, 2007
  • Colour Art Gallery & Studio - Silver Spring, MD; 2005
  • Blair Mill Arts Alley Festival - Silver Spring, MD; 2006
  • Prince George’s County Fair (First Place Blue Ribbon) - Upper Marlboro, MD; 2006
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission “For Feathers” Art Show - Sports & Learning Center Complex Gallery - Landover, MD; 2006
  • Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission - Laurel, MD; 2006, 2008
  • Harmony Hall Gallery (“Folk Art Traditions and Innovations”) - Ft. Washington, MD;  2006-2007
  • Quiet Waters Park Gallery - “Artistic Journeys”  - Annapolis, MD; 2007
  • Amos White IV Gallery (Bowie State University) – Bowie, MD; 2007
  • Lowe House Office BuildingAnnapolis, MD “With These Hands”, 2008; “Gone Green”, 2009
  • U. S. Geological Survey (U. S. Dept. of the Interior) – African-American History Month Exhibit – Reston, VA; 2008
  • Gallery Serengeti - “Women in Fine Arts” – Capitol Heights, MD; 2008
  • Snow Hill Manor - “A Spring Thing” – Laurel, MD; 2008
  • Artomatic 2008 – “Urban Nature” -- Washington, DC; 2008
  • Prince George’s Arts Council/The University Town Center – “A Flower Is…” – Hyattsville, MD; 2008
  • Oxon Hill Manor – Oxon Hill, MD; “Tea and the Arts”, 2008; “Sands of Time”, 2009
  • ArtSpin Gallery – “Sprinklers” – Hyattsville, MD; 2008
  • Huntington Center – “Cornucopia” – Bowie, MD; 2008
  • Rollingcrest Commons Community –“Celebration” – Hyattsville, MD; 2009
  • VizArts – Collector’s Choice Auction – Rockville, MD; 2009
  • Prince George’s Arts Council/The University Town Center – “Living Color” – Hyattsville, MD; 2009
  • Madeira School – “Visually Speaking” – McLean, VA; 2009
  • Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives – “Full Circle” – Washington, D.C.; 2009


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