Sunday, August 19, 2012

Salon Solo presents Marge Doherty, photographer

Hyde Park Hummingbird   
Digital photo on canvas     16"x20"

In collaboration with venue partner, Producers Club,
International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to present a solo exhibition of salonista Marge Doherty. “Color, Form, and Feathers” is series of photographs on canvas by Ms. Doherty that captures the unique and colorful qualities of some of the bird species and their environs found in Eastern North America.

This is the fourth solo show installment of IWAS' Salon Solo project, inaugurated with venue partner of Producers Club.
“Color, Form, and Feathers”
August 14 – September 3rd , 2012

Producers Club
358 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues, closer to 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10036
Just one block from the A/C/E subway lines.

Digital photo on canvas    16"x20"

Viewing Hours:
12 noon to 10 pm, 7 days a week

Or by appointment by emailing: or

Artist reception:

Tuesday, August 14th, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

 “Color, Form and Feathers” is the result of my turning the camera on just a few of the many bird species found in Eastern North America, specifically in the state of New York.  All but one of the eleven images in this photographic series were taken in northern Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park.  As I became something of a bird-watcher through the camera lens I learned to appreciate the stillness within me and around me necessary to capture images of wildlife.  And while these birds are, for the most part, quite recognizable, I believe the photographs help illustrate the notion that—when it comes to living creatures—there is no such thing as ‘ordinary’.

Marge Doherty is a New York-based photographer whose work was first exhibited in 2008 as part of Artists Alliance Inc.’s Works on Paper exhibition at the Cuchifritos gallery/project space. She followed that with group shows at the Fresh Fruit Festival’s 2009 Passion: Lesbian Visions and 2010 Crossing Boundaries exhibitions at Leslie-Lohman Gallery.  She participated in the 2010 and 2011 HK: Artist Studio Tours’ Artists in the Kitchen festivals as well as 2010’s Exhibition ONE: Zero Gravity show at NYC’s Lolita Bar.  Doherty works in digital, 35mm and film-based stereo photography exploring such themes as isolationism, color in nature, and hyper-real imagery.  Her 3D stereo slide photographs have been projected at the American Museum of Natural History and she is a member of the New York Stereoscopic Society and the International Women Artists’ Salon.  Doherty is also a guitarist and singer/songwriter, having performed solo shows in New York and Los Angeles, as well as a video and television producer/director.  She has produced programming for VH1, The Food Network, A&E, Animal Planet, The Travel Channel and The Sundance Channel, among others.
Ms. Doherty welcomes you to contact her at

Digital photo on canvas   16"x 20"

Monday, July 23, 2012

Salon Solo presents Maria Petrovskaya, painter

In collaboration with venue partner, Producers Club, International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to present a solo exhibition of salonista Maria Petrovskaya. “The Garden of the Earthly Delights” is a showcase of recent paintings by Ms. Petrovskaya that explores shape, color and sensuality in a whimsical painterly style.

This is the third solo show installment of IWAS' Salon Solo project, inaugurated with venue partner of Producers Club.
“The Garden Of Earthly Delights”

July 23rd - August 13th , 2012


Producers Club
358 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues, closer to 9th Avenue) New York, NY 10036

Viewing Hours:
12 noon to 10 pm, 7 days a week

Or by appointment by emailing: or

Artist reception:

Tuesday, July 24th, 7 - 9 pm

UPDATE: Artist Reception changed to Wednesday, August 1st, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Artist Statement

My own paintings are created with a sense of humor that I consider vital to my work. As Dubuffet wrote—«Art and the Joke—these two categories have common blood». If I were to choose a literary form that best fits my paintings that would be a fairy tale or a fable. I was fascinated with fairy tales well beyond my childhood years, and I often feel that an incredible story with fictional characters can best describe the most common problems or difficult psychological situations. My paintings may look surreal and whimsical, but the underlying layer of my often «funny» works is usually serious.

I am more concerned with painting a psychological portrait or describing a psychological situation rather than with just creating an image, and my paintings are rather introspective. I try to create a surreal world, but its inhabitants are not displayed for the public entertainment, rather they are busy with the lives of their own.

Artist Bio

Maria Petrovskaya was born in Moscow, graduated from the School of Visual Arts (New York) and currently resides in the New York City. Her recent shows include “Black and White” at Ouchi gallery (NYC), Ai Weiwei benefit at WhiteBox (NYC), «International mixer» at the Institut Francais-Arthur Rimbaud, Djibouti City, East Africa; NY Studio Gallery and QAS at Webster Hall (NYC). Select bibliography includes "At the Edge" magazine, Art in America gallery guide,

Thursday, July 5, 2012

IWAS On Location in Hawaii: Three Women Artists in Paradise

International Women Artists' Salon Member Sabina Pieslak caught up with Three Women Artists in Paradise to discuss their work.

What is it like to be a woman artist on the most isolated island chain in the world? Living on the island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i, for the past nine months has offered me a glimpse into the creative life of some wonderful artists, and I decided to invite three of them to tell their artful stories: Natasha Young, Licia McDonald, and Jennifer Hill.

Thank you to the artists who contributed their insights, and to Heidi Russell, founder of the International Women Artists’ Salon, for the opportunity to share these experiences.


Born on Maui, Natasha Young was raised on Kaua’i and her mother’s family has lived in the Hawaiian Islands for three generations. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the islands and raised by art consultant parents, Natasha found inspiration and support from an early age. She completed her BFA in painting at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2010) and now specializes in portraits and island scenes, showing her work at the Kapa’a Art Night and at the Nani Kaua’i Gallery in Princeville. Strolling through the gallery one day, I happened to see her jewelry and vibrant landscapes. Her first landscape triptych, Ai'opio Fishpond, captures some of the intense colors that characterize the island’s land and sea.

Ai'opio Fishpond. Acrylic on canvas. 8x30.

Natasha’s portfolio displays a wide-ranging creativity: earrings, hair pieces and pins made out of feathers, tattoos and logos, landscapes, paintings of nudes playing musical instruments, and striking portraits. Her self-portrait, Picking up the Pieces, provides some insights into her personal relationship with art. For Natasha, the process of “putting things back together” involves the creativity of supporting herself through challenging economic conditions.

Picking up the Pieces. Acrylic on gessobord, 11x14.


How did Ai’opio Fishpond come about?

Ai'opio Fishpond was my first landscape triptych. Thus you could say it was kind of an experiment, like any untried idea, and I was not sure how it would turn out. When it came out well I decided to reproduce and sell the work in the gallery.

Sabina: I really like the deeper reddish brown of the background for Picking up the Pieces. Would you also be willing to share the personal statement you mentioned about this work? It's such a fascinating self-portrait.

Natasha: This piece is a self-portrait of this time in my life, both inside and out. When I was about 14 I decided what I wanted to do with my life as an artist: I wanted to be an illustrator for a particular gaming company. Ever since then the scholastic and artistic moves I made were aimed at one day achieving this end. Half way through my senior year of college, it was brought to my attention that my dream job was not what I thought it was, and could not support me as an artist, even a starving one… Thus, I walked away from University with a three-letter degree and no job prospects, like many college graduates these days. This portrait reflects how I’m feeling at this time in my life: torn apart by unexpected circumstances, but slowly piecing myself back together as best I can. When dreams are shattered, and hopes are dashed, it’s the only thing to do.

Sabina: Where did you grow up? What was your early relationship with art/creativity?

Natasha: I was born on Maui but raised in Kaua’i and my mother’s family has lived in the Islands for three generations. I was born into the art world; both of my parents were art consultants long before I came around. That being the case I was always inspired to create and pursue my calling.

Sabina: What did you enjoy the most about your art education/training?

Natasha: I enjoyed having the opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of mediums while being able to hone my skills in my area of focus.

Sabina: Why did you decide to pursue art and what are your thoughts on this experience?

Natasha: I’ve never really given this question a lot of thought. Why do we decide to walk? Because we have feet. Pursuing art always seemed like the obvious path for me; from a young age I displayed a natural aptitude for it and thus was always encouraged to continue doing it by everyone around me. Art has always been such a big part of my life that I honestly can’t imagine my existence without it. I am thankful that I had such tremendous support in following my dream but sometimes I wish I had more of a solid backup plan or a lucrative vocation to ply my talents. I love to create, but I don’t love how difficult it is to make one’s way in the art world, particularly in our current economic situation. Although I will continue to stick to it through thick and thin because that’s what I do best.

Sabina: What inspires you the most now? Please describe your current projects.

Natasha: I am inspired by a challenge. I am currently working on a brand new exciting series that a dear friend is helping me to brainstorm. Although I’m going to keep it a secret until the work is done. I will say that it involves the beauty of the Island in more way than one.

Sabina: Please share with us some highlights of your artistic life and activities on Kaua’i.

Natasha: One of my five jobs is working in a toy store and I LOVE being able to interact with happy people all day whilst scouting out new little models.

Sabina: What are some of the challenges and/or joys of being a woman artist on Kaua’i today?

Natasha: Okay, this is something I don’t really talk about, but I have noticed it and I am thankful for it. As a young woman I am able to approach a wide variety of people about modeling and I rarely get turned down. In college I needed nude models for some of my projects, and I was rarely rejected. It helped that most of the folks I asked were my friends, but still, I don’t know that I would have gotten as many willing models if I were a man. However there is a whole new level of trust when it comes to children. I have had many parents accept my request of portraying their children without them even seeing my work; again, I don’t believe I would receive such acceptance if I were a man in the same situation, so for this I am grateful to be exactly who and what I am.

Sabina: Are there any tips you would offer for women artists who want to pursue art?

Natasha: Go for it, but have a backup plan. They put ‘poor and starving’ in front of artist for a reason. It is important to follow your zen, whatever that is, but you can’t eat paint. Ask Van Gogh.

Sabina: What are your hopes and dreams for your art, and for your community of artists?

Natasha: I hope to one day be able to completely support myself and my family with my art. I also hope that my artistic community continues to grow and flourish. Sometimes it can be difficult on an Island with limited resources, but it is on these same Islands that things are able to mature and thrive that don’t exist anywhere else in the world.

Sabina: Do you have any favorite organizations or sources of artistic and economic support for artists in Hawai’i?

Natasha: Our lovely visitors. J

Sabina: If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?

Natasha: To heal our planet of pollution, disease, war, hate, violence, and greed. Because it’s about time, isn’t it?

Sabina: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world who has ever lived at any time, who would it be and why?

Natasha: Leonardo da Vinci, because he was one of the greatest artistic minds the world has ever known and I would love to absorb some of his greatness. I may have to learn Italian first.


When Licia McDonald first moved to Kaua’i with her husband, Steve Goldberg, in 1993, they established a small pottery business, Island Clayworks, making functional pieces. The work did well, but profits were low due to the very high cost of running a business on the island. After ten years they closed the business, but Licia continued to create ceramics inspired by nature, shifting focus from functional to sculptural forms.

A passion for nature developed throughout her life. Working full time while attending college in Miami, Licia majored in environmental studies and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Florida International University. Her current creativity incorporates ideas from her past experience with environmental studies, moving from a utilitarian approach to a more personal, dynamic exploration of clay.

Viewing her ceramic creations, one gets the impression that the clay has magically sprung and sprouted out of the ground, like a lotus out of the mud. The medium achieves a startling, life-like fluidity in her works.

Licia’s work can be seen on Kaua’i at Alley Kat Art in Kapa’a ( and in Honolulu at Cedar Street Galleries (

Bloom with Green Stalk (Detail). Ceramic, 7x11x9.

Blue Pod with Music. Ceramic, 8x20x9.


Sabina: Where did you grow up? What was your early relationship with art and creativity?

Licia: I was born in Michigan and lived there until I was 14. My family then moved to California and that was my first experience with the ocean. It began a life long love and I’ve lived near it ever since.

My early experience in art was the classic story of the art teacher telling me “you really can’t draw, so you should just find something else to do”. Of course, at an impressionable age I believed her and didn’t even consider drawing or painting again until later in life. And yes, I really am lousy, but that’s not the point. I’m especially sensitive to that whenever I work with kids, and thankfully, the mindset has changed in the world of teaching since then. So for kids who don’t feel like they can draw, clay can be a liberating alternative. It’s tactile, and a dimensional experience that many can relate to. I’ve had parents come to me and tell me their child always hated “art” (usually boys), but they were just hooked on working with clay.

Clay is the one medium I know of that really has some sort of “juju” effect on people. So many people tell me the story about the ash tray or hand print they made in kindergarten -- I’m talking 50 or 60 year olds too. And they say they still have it, or their mother still has it on the shelf. And they’re talking to me with this big smile on their face. It’s like they’re talking about gold. There is this strong emotional connection. It’s wonderful.

Sabina: What did you enjoy the most about your art education, training, and mentors? How was Florida International University?

Licia: When I was 18 I moved to Miami and worked full time while attending college. It took me 7 years to get a 4 year degree. My major was environmental studies and that is when I became enamored with systems of nature; adaptation and the resiliency of life. Clay was kept in the background because like most artists, I also had a full time day job. After college I worked and apprenticed for a few successful potters.

Sabina: How and where did you decide to open Island Clayworks, and what are your thoughts on that experience?

Licia: My husband and I moved to Kauai in 1993 and started a small pottery. We made coffee mugs and dinnerware. Painted with designs that were inspired by the beauty of Kaua’i. The glazing process we used is called majolica. The clay was dipped in a white glaze and we painted designs on top with ceramic stains. Our work was well received and we had a bit of a following. We sold our work in about 25 stores throughout the state. But the cost of doing business here is extremely high. We have one of the highest electricity costs in the country, so our profit margin was extremely small. We usually had about 4 or 5 employees and we were like a family. We enjoyed what we were doing, but after 10 years, it was time to move on.

Sabina: On your website you mention being inspired by nature, the beautiful and strange. Could you tell us more about that? Are there specific plants on Kaua’i that inspire you?

Licia: Obviously, moving to Kaua’i and experiencing first hand all of the beauty and the abundance of plant life here has been an inspiration. Of course the incredible flowers and fragrances, but what I’m really drawn to is the seed pods. Palm trees - and there is such a huge variety -- I still cannot resist an opening pod. The beautiful Lawai fern...just turn over a leaf and there are thousands and thousands of tiny spores. Reproduction ....this is sexy.

Sabina: What motivates and inspires you the most now? Please describe your creative process and current projects.

Licia: I’ve been inspired by the photography of Karl Blossfeld. He was a botanist, so his photos were largely clinical, but I feel he captured all the intrigue and intimacy of plant life. The beauty, but also the strangeness that exists in much of the plant world. Incredible and intricate seed pods, and tendrils and just wild shaped leaves and stems.

Stevie Wonder’s: The Secret Life of Plants had a big effect on me. There is such a huge story going on in the understory of the plant world. Before the invention of the microscope, scientists didn’t even know the tiny, microscopic world existed. The thought of that still knocks me out. There are usually a few microscopic photos of plant life up on the board in my studio, and at least one of Karl’s photos is always there.

The best words of inspiration came to me recently from a friend of mine who is a very successful painter. He was responding to my questioning and second guessing what I was doing in the studio. He listened for a while and then he finally said “Screw it, just do want you want to do”. That was just when my current work really started to develop, and that is now one of my guiding principles for being in the studio. There has to be integrity, but you have to do what you feel; do what you want to do.

Sabina: Please share with us some highlights of your artistic life and activities on Kaua’i.

Licia: Before I moved to Kauai, I mostly thought of clay in a utilitarian way. But I found it to be the perfect medium for expressing how I feel about the natural world. It flows and moves and responds. In the last few years, my background in environmental studies came to the foreground with thoughts of how plant life may evolve in the future. What forms, textures and methods of reproduction will be required for them to sustain themselves? How will they reproduce effectively to insure their future. I imagine they will have to adapt to live in any environment. Land, underwater...that is why I’m not interested in defining my work. My forms could be plant or coral derivatives. They’re prepared for any environment.

I’ve received some recognition and awards in the last few years, which I’m grateful for. One award was for a triptych that I called “Burial Ground”. I’m happy with the way it turned out, but it was one of those pieces that, the minute I finished it, I knew I would never make another like it. The basis for it was 3 box like forms, and I found the shapes to be way too confining and constricting. I felt claustrophobic. This piece led me to examine the odd thing that people do to clay. Clay is this incredibly pliable, soft, fluid material, and we turn it into shapes with right angles or hard edges or perfect round forms. My interest is in letting the clay “be”. Yes, it has to be fired to a hard surface, but my goal is to convey that fluidity that it has in its raw state.

Sabina: What are some of the challenges and joys of being a woman artist on Kaua’i today?

Licia: I don’t feel any challenges to being a female artist on Kauai. Women are strong here, and they do amazing things. Incredible athletes, business women, mothers, artists, and some of them do it all. I feel that strength when I work. I’ll think about friends who get up early in the morning and swim down the Na Pali coast. Just out in the ocean in a very remote environment with 1 or 2 other people. That is strength and determination, and I think about that and get inspired; women are amazing: we can do anything. Kauai is also a very beautiful and sensuous place. It’s perfect for women.

Sabina: Do you have any favorite organizations or sources of artistic and economic support for artists in Hawai’i?

Licia: I belong to Hawaii Craftsman and Kauai Society of Artists. I’m thankful for the organizations here in Hawai’i. We are here on such a small island and there is not a lot of opportunity for shows. I think many visitors are surprised at the caliber of work that is shown here. There are many art galleries on the island, but understandably, because of the beauty and inspiration, most do well with landscape paintings. It’s a little more challenging to find a venue if you work in 3D.

Kaua’i is a very nurturing place for artists. Generally speaking I find that people are very accepting and appreciative of creativity here. Everyone is inspired by the beauty, and by those who can express it in some way. That said, there are not a lot of venues or forums for art to be displayed. Artists have to be creative in their approach to getting their artwork seen.

Sabina: What is it like on a typical day in your studio?

Licia: I love the work that I’m doing now. I live for that time in the studio when you’re “in the zone”. I love when I can get to a place of “not thinking”, and that feeling of being compelled to do something, and you have no idea why. It might be hours, or days or weeks later when you discover “oh, that’s why I did that”. I’m working in the realm of strange beauty. I aim for an elegant shape, but there is always an can’t be too beautiful. I can’t handle too beautiful (that’s probably a whole other story).

Aside from college courses and lots of workshops, I’ve really learned from just being in the studio. There is a famous quote about “the learning is in the doing” and I think that is especially true with clay. Of course you have to learn the technical aspects and you have to learn the craft, but you also have to experience it. You have to work it, listen to it, and then you have to stop thinking. There is the “living on the edge” aspect of being a ceramic artist, because there is about 500 chances along the way in the formation of a piece for things to go wrong. It can crack in the drying process, it can blow up in the kiln. You can have a bad glaze effect. And even if all goes well, you can drop it and break it before you deliver it to the gallery. The first rule of clay is: detachment.

Sabina: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world who has ever lived at any time, who would it be and why?

Licia: If I could have lunch with anyone....maybe Frida Kahlo. First of all I could count on an incredible Mexican feast, but also to be in her rich surroundings and with her dynamic and emotional spirit. We could get drunk and tell stories till early in the morning...of course I’d be doing most of the listening.


In her open-air studio on Kaua’i, Mikioi Ceramics—“deft and dainty” in Hawaiian—Jennifer Hill creates small ceramic works that make a big impact with texture, color and shape. The tiny proportions of her humorously-titled Sobriety Sakes seem to invite careful sips of the Japanese rice wine.

Sobriety Sakes. Ceramic, 3x3.5x3.5.

Before moving to Kaua’i in 2008, Jennifer traveled, studied, and lived in many places throughout the US. Her parents were not artists, but were open to letting her explore art. After obtaining her BFA in Ceramics from Southern Methodist University (1997), she pursued a year of post-baccalaureate study at the University of Florida (1998) and an MFA in Ceramics at Utah State University (2001). Now on Kaua’i, she finds inspiration in the scenery around her, and the photography of her science teacher/actor husband, Aaron Martin. The colors used in the Spectrum series recall the rich, lively hues of the Kaua’i plants and flowers.

Spectrum. Ceramic, 2.5x3x3.

Jennifer is connected with several arts organizations, including Hawaii Craftsmen, Kauai Society of Artists, The Studio Potter, The Potters Council, and the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts. Her art is shown on Kaua’i at the Island Art Gallery in Hanapepe; Halele'a Gallery in Poipu, and on Oahu at the Cedar Street Galleries in Honolulu


Sabina: Could you describe your earliest memories of your relationship with art and creativity? How was your creative world growing up in your home city, Dallas?

Jennifer: My serious relationship with art began as an adult, fortunately. It's fortunate because I can honestly say that when we got together we meant it. Growing up I did in fact want to become an artist but had not idea why or with what media. My parents are not artists but were always willing to let me try things out, so I had that freedom but lacked direction. Thanks to the magnet public school system in Dallas I could attend a high school with various career and pre-college courses available in place of typical electives. I was a pragmatic child and came to the conclusion that I could get a license in cosmetology (creative and practical) and at least have a good job to see me through college. This was figured out in eighth grade. If only I were as savvy now as then!

Sabina: You’ve traveled, studied, and lived in a variety of places throughout the US (Texas, Florida, Utah, Maine, Pennsylvania, Portland, Kaua’i -2008 – did I get these all right?:)) Which places resonated most strongly with you as an artist?

Jennifer: Everywhere I've lived has been great in its own way, although my home state made me unable to tolerate cold for too many years. Florida had a strong impact artistically for specific reasons. It was the first time living away from my home city, I was in school at UF as a post-bacc student in ceramics and was only staying one school year. A big change yet comfortably familiar. And my work changed a lot which was confusing but interesting. It still had a long way to go which is why I applied for grad school. Getting a taste for moving made me want to go somewhere completely different and I ended up at Utah State. Kauai is visual overload and I have to beat back the jungle of ideas -and the literal jungle that is my backyard- to get any work done, poor me.

Sabina: What did you enjoy the most about your art education, training, or mentors?

Jennifer: I loved being in school particularly because I had great teachers. Linda Arbuckle at UF is a cherished gem to most who have known her. She is an exceptional artist and I can't put into words how much I gained from my experience with her. I never even had a hands-on class with her the entire year I was there, yet I learned so much. My hands reached a more refined level of function via John Neely at Utah State. He too is an excellent teacher defined.

Sabina: On your website you mention being inspired by nature, by the “surrounding luscious flora and its tasty coloring.” Could you tell us more about that? Are there specific plants on Kaua’i that inspire you? Are there certain activities you enjoy more than others, which connect you with nature?

Living on the "Garden Isle" makes it nearly impossible to not be influenced by the landscape. I’m not great at identifying plants but enjoy letting things with interesting textures soak in subconsciously and come out when a piece I'm working on can use it. With the ocean so handy, I get to absorb sea life while snorkeling. My husband is a diver and photographs all the good stuff I miss so I have a library of photo references as well. Ironically, people have consistently commented on how I must be influenced by sea life, long before I was near an ocean. But just like when staring at the clouds you see what you see, and I'm all for it.

Sabina: In your studio on Kaua’i, Mikioi Ceramics – “deft and dainty” in Hawaiian – you create marvelous, small ceramic works that speak boldly with texture, color and shape. (I love the incredible mini spinners, debutantes, and sobriety sakes!) What motivates and inspires you the most now? Please describe your creative process and current projects.

Jennifer: As an artist I am media specific and clay is the one medium that truly works for me. I'm also a huge fan of utility and love artwork that can be used in your hands, which makes me a potter at heart. Some of the work I make however is barely user-friendly, such as the "Sobriety Sakes". They sound humorous but I'm really laughing at myself for wanting to be a potter but creating all these pots that are "perplexing for use" as I put it. But I do make fully functioning vessels as well and currently am working on a series of tea bowls, tumblers, and sake sets, all with textures inspired by the sea. I like the intimacy of drink ware and the fact that a series or set can make it socially interactive.

Sabina: What are some of the challenges and joys of being a woman artist on Kaua’i today?

Jennifer: I haven’t noticed any difference in being a female artist here so can only speak to the fact of living on Kauai versus the mainland. The most obvious challenge is the higher cost of every single thing, which is the trade off for living in this lush beauty. Making a living from art fluctuates with the flow of travelers and I do send work to exhibits off island as well. I suppose the look of my work fits well with the scenery so it has been well received. People have given me wonderful feedback at shows here. The daily joy is working in an open-air studio (aka my carport) which is also a challenge as every manner of creature likes to come into my space.

Sabina: Are there any tips you would offer for women artists who want to start their own gallery or art business?

Jennifer: I can only give the same advice I’ve often been given: Make work that you love and put it out there. I still depend a lot on galleries to do the selling part so I don’t feel entirely in business for myself –that end seems more collaborative right now.

Sabina: What are your hopes and dreams for your art, and for your community of artists?

Jennifer: For my art, I hope to keep investigating and discovering ideas, and to always look forward to being in studio. I find that when I’m enjoying what I make other people do too. I also hope to live off my work entirely someday. I wish success for my fellow artists in whatever form that takes for them.

Sabina: Do you have any favorite organizations or sources of artistic and economic support for artists in Hawai’i?

Jennifer: Hawaii Craftsmen is the most relevant organization for me. They are statewide and as you can guess by the name, are particularly concerned with art made with traditional craft media. I feel that I’ve been seen more on Oahu thanks to being a member.

Sabina: What is it like on a typical day in your studio?

Jennifer: It depends if it’s a making day or glazing day. If making, I might throw a handful of forms that may be dry by afternoon for trimming and texturing. Often the texturing carries over into the next day. There is always some maintenance to do, such as laying out soaked reclaim clay to reuse. And body maintenance too. I have to break midday to stretch and exercise. Intermingled may be a kiln firing or I’m taking time out to photograph work.

Sabina: If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?

Jennifer: These days, the power to regenerate and cure pain. Why not?

Sabina: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world who has ever lived at any time, who would it be and why?

Jennifer: Usually people want to meet someone they think they can learn something from. I’d pick myself 20 years ago instead -I could teach that girl a thing or two!

Like Natasha, Licia, and Jennifer, and many other artists in the area, I have been inspired by the energy and beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. I make colorsculptures out of shredded paint chips from the Benjamin Moore paint company, which generously gave me paper materials to use in my art (for the story please visit Since my first visit to the islands in 2000, I have been moved to create pieces that express some of the powerful dynamics of nature here, from lava that flows into the ocean to the embrace of the tropical water that soothes the body and soul.

Sabina Pieslak

Streams of Kilauea. Shredded paint chips on ragboard. 40x60.

Pacific Embrace. Shredded paint chips on ragboard. 32x40.

IWAS thanks Sabina for her time and talent in bringing us information about women's artistry on location in Hawaii and introducing to the world some women artists from that location.  This is the beginning of an IWAS article series that will introduce women's artistry and feature women artists from locations around the world.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Art Boundaries Unlimited WORKSHOP

International Women Artists' Salon is pleased to announce a workshop by partner organization Art Boundaries Unlimited

Breath, Song, Dance; Singing Dance, Dancing Song

Breath is an essential component of dancing and singing. Connecting breath to sound to rhythmic impulse is the goal of this workshop for dancers, singers or theatre artists. In three days of intensive workshops, participants will find their voice through breath and then use sound, melody and rhythm to create dance phrases and movement scores. The integrated power of voice and movement is a prime component of vivid performances, onstage experience and the power of the voice-moving body while your body sounds its way through choreography.

Gonzalez and Giraud met as founding members of the Urban Bush Women and have been working together for two decades to develop theatrical works that blend music/dance/theatre practice. Their art shares the power of integrated voice and body in performance.

These workshops take place at Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway (entrance at 53 Chambers St.) NYC June 4-6, 1130-2.30pm
Full Workshop:
$150 for Non Members
$135 for DNA Members 
3 points + $93 for Visa Students
Single Day:
$55 per day for Non Members
$45 per day for DNA Members
 1 point + $31 per day for Visa Students
To register contact Hillary Jackson, Education Director, at
 or 212.625.8369 ext. 223.

Monday, May 21, 2012

IWAS to Partner a Third Time with Hell's Kitchen Arts Festival!

International Women Artists' Salon is pleased to announce our third year of partnering with Hell's Kitchen Arts Festival.

Please join us at one of our two venues this weekend, Friday through Sunday, May 18-20th.

The festival includes several parties each evening, over 100 open studios and venues featuring artist visual artwork, performances, and more.

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Announcing a special transatlantic collaboration with the Open Ateliers Jordan in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Salonista Daniella Rubinovitz lives and works in Amsterdam and has her studio open during this same weekend there. Her studio is number 74. She has one piece in the Salon showcase at Producers Club. Details for Amsterdam open studios at:

Looking forward to seeing you!

for more information and connecting: 646.272.8879

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Announcing the Inaugural Salon Creative Lounge on March 31st in Support of "Support Women Artists Now" Initiative


Kick back and move forward with the inaugural Salon Creative Lounge to promote the health and wealth of women in the arts in New York City.

The International Women Artists’ Salon is marking the ‘Support Women Artists Now’ initiative with brunch time treats of visual and performance snapshots, discussions & workshops.

Individuals, artist groups, and arts organizations are invited to participate and attend the following roster of events:
*market stalls to share/advertise info on work of arts-related orgs/individuals; arts & crafts shop presents affordable wares
*art-exchange workshops promoting aspects of health & wealth e.g. from reiki to leveraging funds online
*pitch & performance platform as open mic for everything e.g. from monologues/spoken word to public pitches for artwork/ideas
*town hall meet on state of the arts for women; continues April 4th with Women Occupy discussion
*”becoming other” multi-media visual art exhibition

There will also be a brand new interactive art installation, video of the International Women's Day readings and of course an afternoon tea party.

Celebrate Women’s History Month in style and Support Women Artists Now together from 11-7pm on Saturday 31st March at 154, 154 Stanton Street, NE corner at Suffolk (one street south of East Houston), NYC.

Note: The arts and crafts shop along with the art exhibition will run through April 10th.

The public is welcome to celebrate with us and support us!
If you are not able to attend in person, please tap in and follow us here at now and into the future to see what women artists are doing and contributing to the world.

This is a FREE event.  For more information, to book a Market Stall, Art Exchange or Performance or Pitch spot contact subject line SALON CREATIVE LOUNGE or call Heidi Russell 646.272.8879

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Member Spotlight: Visual Artists Kristen Reed and Maggie Cousins - "The Shift: Art & Spirit"

International Women Artists' Salon is happy to call attention to a group exhibition currently up at Knox Gallery,
The SHIFT: Art & Spirit. The show is curated by Salon member Kristin Reed and features fellow Salonista Maggie Cousins.

The SHIFT: Art & Spirit 
at Knox Gallery

Artists Speak Thursday 22 March featuring Paula Overbay, Nate Ladson and Kristin Reed speaking informally about there work in the gallery with refreshments and audience dialogue

Thursday March 29 Artists
Speak featuring Karen Fitzgerald, Diane Davis and Shirley Taylor

Friday April 13 

Closing reception featuring all artists Maggie Cousins, Karen Fitzgerald, Diane Davis, Nate Ladson, Kristin Reed, Paula Overbay, Atanaska Tassart and Shirley Taylor

Time(s) 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Knox Gallery, 129 West 129th Street just west of Lenox Ave.

Closest subway is 2/3 to 125th Street—walk four blocks North, turn left on North side of street

“THE SHIFT: Art & Spirit” 
opens at the new salon-style KNOX Gallery in West Harlem 
From 9 March – 13 April 
a group of 8 artists selected 
for their use of abstract light and color to conceptually explore 
energetic dimensions of human consciousness. 

Knox Gallery, Harlem’s newest and most stylish art salon, opened in December 2011. Located in an elegantly renovated townhouse on a quiet residential street, art collectors, visitors and art enthusiasts warmed the space throughout the holiday season into the New Year. Over the next twelve months, Creative Director, Al Johnson, will bring in a host of impressive guest  curators, and the gallery is now on its third installation —

THE SHIFT: Art & Spirit, an exhibition, curated by Kristin Reed, whose artists explore the non-physical realms of consciousness and the space in-between our ordinary reality and the abstract blueprint of alternate realms-— paintings based on simple mathematical principles and processes that reveal a profound order existing on the archetypal planes. 

At the opening on 9 March special guest RaShu Aten will play Sacred Healing Gongs. Sound healing is the therapeutic application of sound frequencies to the body/mind with the intention of bring them into a state of harmony and health.

THE SHIFT: Art & Spirit opens on Friday, March 9th, 2012 from 6–9 pm with a reception for participating artists: Maggie Cousins, Diane Davis, Karen Fitzgerald, Nate Ladson, Paula Overbay, Kristin Reed, Atanaska Tassart and Shirley Taylor. There will be a closing reception on Friday April 13th from 6–9 pm and “Artists Speak” events will be on Thursday evenings March 15, 22 and 29th during the show from 6–9:00 pm. For a schedule of these events visit

To R.S.V.P. for openings and other events: 646.963.0498 or

Artist Bios:

Kristin Reed graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA and from Pratt Institute with an MFA. She has worked as a photo journalist, travelling to Central and South America and is a freelance commercial graphic designer in NYC. Kristin has painted several large public murals in NYC and Long Island as a member of Artmakers Inc. And she was the subject of a documentary film “Firmitas per Populum” during the making of a 30 x 80 ft. community mural in Erie PA. The mural by the same title was commissioned by the Erie Art Museum, the Erie Public Art Committee, and funded in part with a grant from The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Several of her murals can be found in Braun-Reinitz and Weissman’s On the Wall, Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City. Her work travelled for two years in the show “The Realm of the Coin” with the
Smithsonian Travelling Exhibitions program (S.I.T.E.S.) to major museums around the country, including The Queens Museum of Art in NYC, Her work is in MoMA as part of the Hand-to-Hand “On Enemies” collection. Currently she has a studio residency award from at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. In addition to her artistic career, Kristin does hands-on energy healing work, frequently traveling to Central and South America working with a humanitarian group, Healer2Healer, who collaborates with indigenous Maya and Amazonian populationsdoing acupuncture and Reiki clinics.

Maggie Cousins describes herself as an artist and visual communicator who expresses her vision through pen and ink as well as digital drawing. Maggie’s work combines her strong spiritual connection to the Earth and the universal energy that is within us and surrounds us. Her current pen and ink drawings invoke both macro and micro representations of birth, destruction and rebirth, continuing her interest in strong visuals and spiritual themes. Maggie graduated as a graphic designer from Bournemouth College of Art and Design, Bournemouth, UK. After selling her highly successful design and branding consultancy in the UK a few years ago, Maggie went back to her first love, drawing. In 2006, Maggie was nominated and accepted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Since moving to New York in 2007, Maggie has shown at Art Gotham, Chelsea and in 2008 Maggie was selected as the only painter to be shown at a UK/US creative excellence event at the Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center. A British Consulate event attended by his royal highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. She has also shown at the ArtExpo NY and LA, Leslie Lohman
Gallery NY, Climate Gallery NY, Queens Museum of Art NY, Fizz Gallery UK, Fusion Gallery UK, ABC Treehouse Gallery Holland. Her work is held in many private collections in New York, Amsterdam, Sydney, London and Milan.

Artist Statements:

Kristin Reed “In practicing ancient healing modalities and art I began to see  the world as energy… to experience a shift in the way I perceive our planet and its place in the cosmos. This has changed my art, bringing it closer into abstraction and harmony with light forms, sacred geometry and color. This was the inspiration for finding other artists making this shift, and curating this exhibition.” “In microcosms and in macrocosms there are huge interstitial spaces.
It is in these “in-between” places—where we normally cannot perceive being—that there exists an energetic fluidity of movement. Chaos encounters harmony. Moving back far enough or moving in close enough, patterns form and the architecture of life appears. It is here that we connect and interconnect, dancing with all existence. Internally and externally our bodies an uls churn in constant life-seeking motion. Only when we are completely still is this observable.”

Maggie Cousins “I created this work in response to the spiritual shift that’s happening to us all. Capturing cause and effect, how not being there affects being there, and how what we don’t see creates what we see. The space between the space—lost moments held in that space, the illusion between past and present, then meeting now. It is the universal that everyone experiences and can relate to—things coming together, and things moving apart, sometimes in succession, sometimes all at once. How, as individuals, we are all connected to each other through time and space, how we move through that space and our relationships to one another, interwoven even when we are not aware of one another’s presence. When that space begins to shift, crack or breakdown we can enter new and uncharted landscapes and make them our own. At the core of everything, taken back to a cellular existence, is the world and everything in it made perfectly beautiful in that one moment. In that simplicity, when we no longer conform to the norm, those boundaries that constrain and contain us are no longer there, that is when the impossible becomes the possible. Limitless possibilities of who we might become in this spiritual shift.”



Visual art plays a significant role in the healing and flourishing of humanity. Artists are capable of testifying to the deepest truths of the human experience and its many overlapping layers of being and consciousness. The visual arts accomplish this through an ability to portray honestly and intuitively all aspects of human experience. Art has always had the prophetic power of imagining new
modes of being in the world beyond the physical realms.

The artists in this show explore the non-physical realms of consciousness and the space in-between our ordinary reality and the abstract blueprint of alternate realms. They are moving toward a new understanding of the world as an energetic totality that focuses on the heart-centered—mirroring human consciousness in the world around them at this extraordinary moment in Earth’s history. On the surface things may appear somewhat foreboding for humanity, however, there is also much cause for hope. There is a massive spiritual awakening and a connecting to higher cosmic frequencies. Growing numbers of people seek the path of self-awareness and a more meaningful purpose in life. New communities and social structures are arising based on principles of partnership, co-creation, cooperation and sustainability.

There is a renaissance of natural healing modalities, art, and music. It is the quality and intent of our consciousness that will determine the direction things will take. The universe is made of energy and that energy takes form through the thoughts of those that participate in the world. Our consciousness is our energetic contribution. The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness. If we want a new world, we will need to co-create it.The artists in this exhibition are working toward this “shift” in consciousness. The work presented here offers unchanging principles in a rapidly changing world and opens us to the oneness of all things. The purpose of this exhibition is to showcase artists as they help attune human consciousness to the harmony of universal order, paralleling scientific advances in the 21st century. The work
here is based on simple mathematical principles and processes that reveal a profound order existing on the archetypal planes. This order emanates from source and opens us to a state of harmony that exists beyond space and time.
May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Kristin Reed

Festival/Sponsor: Al Johnson, Creative Director at Knox Gallery

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Celebrate International Women's Day at Salon sYmphoNY!

Dixon Place Presents...

Salon sYmphoNY

More than a dozen New York-based performers from across the globe will celebrate inspirational women from their homelands on International Women’s Day on Thursday March 8th.

The International Women Artists’ Salon in collaboration with Art Boundaries Unlimited (ABU) is presenting Salon sYmphoNY to give new voice to notable artists from countries of origin in honor of the annual homage to women.

There will be monologues, poems, play excerpts and, even songs from countries from Croatia to Canada, Sweden to South Africa, as well as America, where these performers have made their homes.

Dixon Place is providing their Lounge space for this free sampling of women’s contribution to the arts across the world. The event is curated by Jenny Green and The OPTimistiks.

This is a FREE event.
Doors open at 7pm, for a 7.30pm curtain at Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, (between Rivington and Delancey) NYC

For more information please contact Heidi Russell at or 646.272.8879

International Women Artists' Salon

Art Boundaries Unlimited

The Lounge at Dixon Place

The Dixon Place Lounge is open before,
during, and after the show. Proceeds directly support Dixon Place’s artists and mission.

salon sYmphoNY 2012 artists bios
(Honorees are listed after each country and presenters in Red)

AMERICA Toni Morrison:
Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor, and professor. She is known for her epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed black characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She has won nearly every book prize possible, and has been awarded honorary degrees.  In a time of personal strife and discovery, her work allowed me to connect to a deeper part of my self, art, and most importantly, my Momma Mia.

Starr Kirkland is an actor/spoken word artist. She is lucky to perform in many plays/readings, and perform her original spoken word in CA, DC, and NY.  She works with Realize Your Beauty, promoting positive body image and eating disorder awareness through theatre arts. Thanks, Loves!

AUSTRALIA Joanna Murray-Smith:
Joanna Murray-Smith is a Melbourne based playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Her plays, which include Honour, Rapture, Bombshells, Nightfall, Redemption, Love Child and Flame, have been produced around the world. Honour has been produced in over two dozen countries, including productions on Broadway and at the National Theatre in London and most recently in the West End. Amy will be reading the part of Sophie in Honour: It tells the familiar tale of a middle aged man, George, who leaves his wife, Honour, and their 24-year-old daughter, Sophie, for a relationship with a much younger woman by the name of Claudia.

Amy Browne moved from Melbourne, Australia to NYC at 19 to study at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, then the New School. She has been working on her own short films and with producer Steve Holmgren and Steady Orbits. She is extremely excited to be performing again after a short hiatus.

CANADA Alice Munro:
Alice Munro was born Alice Laidlaw in 1931, in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. She attended the University of Western Ontario and in 1968 her first collection of short stories, The Dance of the Happy Shades, was published. In 1974 a second collection of stories was published and Munro’s only novel was published in 1971.  Considered Canada’s own ‘Chekhov’, Alice married James Munro and had three daughters before her works were published.  She won numerous awards including the Man Booker Intenational Prize, three time winner of the Governor Generals Award for fiction, received a Medal of Honor for Literature from the U.S. National Arts Club and was a contender for a Nobel Prize in Literature.  Munro’s style was so highly admired for it’s humanity and reflections of the complexities of the human psyche.

Kelsey Lynn Stokes is a writer and actress, having written her debut novel, Clouded Visions, at 17.  She filmed the lead role in a feature film entitled, April Grace last summer and will be filming several more independent features this year.


CROATIA Tommi Mischell:
Tommi Mischell isa  well known Croatian Pop star who moved to US to uphold a musical evolution of jazz/funk & soul. ‘Red Head’, began her singing career at age four, in a church: “they had to put me on a pedestal, I was too short, the people couldn’t see who was singing”. By the age of 19, Tommi had already changed a few bands, and gained vast media and audience recognition with her first début song with her band “Tommi” (including her brother Miro Mische- pianist of a famous Croatian rock band Tutti Frutti). By age of 20, out of a marriage which succeeded for even three months, her daughter was born, as the war in Croatia struck, she continued to perform humanitarian concerts to raise money for children and families in Croatia and Bosnia. Tommi was greatly recognized for such poetry in songwriting, and her powerful voice. “Mischelle is once and future celebrity, her voice is by turns, silky and sultry, alternatively powerful, and pleading, she looks every inch the Diva”- quotes the Philadelphia Inquire.  “Most traces of a glamorous life gone, she works amid dust and work 12 to 15 hours a day, eats and changes her clothes in her car for her recording sessions and performances. Just four hours after returning form her Manhattan’s SIR studio performance, Ms. Mischell was back to work on an elaborate massive staircase, trying to finish a job, so she could buy more studio time”- The New York Times “I am still dreaming, and I won’t ever stop”- says Tommi smilingly.

Ella Mische actress/playwright/screenwriter, grew up in a performing arts family. Ella graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her first play ‘Manhattan Lavender’ was produced off Broadway. Film credits include Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2, The Winning Season and Gossip Girl. Ella is currently editing her screenplay, working on a book project, and in rehearsals for a pilot.

ENGLAND Emily Bronte:
Emily Jane Bronte (1818-1848) is best remembered for her only novel; the masterpiece classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights. Emily was from Yorkshire, England. Shortly after her mothers death she was home schooled by her father along with her other three surviving siblings. During their leisure time they would let their imaginations run wild and create fantasy worlds. With her 2 sisters Anne & Charlotte who also became renowned for their contribution to the great British classical literature world, Emily would start to write short stories. Eventually she would go on to be a school teacher but due to ill health she returned home and became the stay home sister doing lots of cooking & cleaning. It was here her imagination ran wild and under the pen name Ellis Bell, she wrote Wuthering Heights."

Emily Eden is from Hampshire, England where she has been acting since a young girl. After singing in nightclubs from the age of 16 having lied about her age, she moved to London and since has performed on stage & screen, starred in numerous national commercials and even written/piloted a BBC comedy show. But now Hello New York. She loves you!

EGYPT Yousra:
Yousra is an Egyptian actress and singer, born on the 10th of March 1955 in Cairo, Egypt. Her birth name is Civene Nassim. She is the sister-in-law of actor Hesham Selim, son of famous Egyptian football player, actor and former president of Al Ahly, Saleh Selim. Youssra is considered as a glamorous icon for the Middle East. Despite obstacles, she has always managed to pull herself up into the limelight. Recently many people have acknowledged that Yousra has reached a point of stardom where anything she has to say will be heard by more people and to greater effect than even those in authority.

Sharine A. Mohamed
is the daughter of an Egyptian father and American mother and lives half her life in Cairo and New York, two different cultures always striving to adapt and belong to both and being accepted in each. She is a Producer/ Director for Film, creating fictional films based on true events about issues that women face, relationships and dating, cultural clashes, social stigmas and taboos.

ECUADOR/CHILE Gabriela Mistral:
Gabriela Mistral (1889–1957) was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist who was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945. Some central themes in her poems are nature, betrayal, love, a mother's love, sorrow and recovery, travel, and Latin American identity as formed from a mixture of Native American and European influences. Her portrait also appears on the 5,000 Chilean peso bank note.

Like many Latin American artists and intellectuals, Mistral served as a consul from 1932 until her death, working in Naples, Madrid, Lisbon, Nice, Petrópolis, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Veracruz, Rapallo, and New York. As consul in Madrid, she had occasional professional interactions with another Chilean consul and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda, and she was among the earlier writers to recognize the importance and originality of his work, which she had known while he was a teenager and she was school director in his hometown of Temuco. On November 15, 1945, Mistral became the first Latin American, and fifth woman, to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. She received the award in person from King Gustav of Sweden on December 10, 1945. In 1947 she received a doctor honoris causa from Mills College, Oakland, California. In 1951 she was awarded the National Literature Prize in Chile. Poor health somewhat slowed Mistral's traveling. During the last years of her life she made her home in the town of Roslyn, New York; in early January 1957 she transferred to Hempstead, New York, where she died from pancreatic cancer on January 10, 1957, aged 67.

Cecibel Cañarte was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador on July 10, 1972.  She graduated from the School of Fine Arts, in Painting, on 1991. Cecy moved to New York in 1995 and worked in the diamond industry for 12 years. During her time in New York, she participated in many exhibitions with groups of artists from different nationalities.  Cecy is now working in Ecuador and finishing her law studies, as well as maintaining her treasured ties in NYC.

IRELAND Eva Gore Booth:
Eva Gore-Booth was born 22 May 1870 , and died on 30 June 1926. She was an Irish poet and dramatist, a committed suffragist, social worker and labour activist. She was born at Lissadell House, Co. Sligo, a regular haunt of W.B Yeats who was very close to both Eva and her older  sister Constance, later known as the Countess Markievicz.Both she and Constance, who later became a prominent Irish revolutionary, reacted against their privileged background and devoted themselves to helping the poor and disadvantaged. In 1895, Eva became seriously ill with threatened T.B.  In the following year, while convalescing in Italy, she met and fell in love with Esther Roper at the villa of Scottish writer George MacDonald. They later became joint secretaries of the Women's Textile and Other Workers Representation Committee.In 1916 Eva and Esther established a radical journal entitled 'Urania,' which expressed their pioneering views of gender and sexuality.After WWI Eva and Esther became members of the Committee for the Abolition of Capital Punishment and worked for prison reform. .After Eva's death, Esther collected many of her poems for publication and wrote a biographical introduction to them.

Nicola Murphy is very proud to represent Ireland for International Women's Day! Acting credits include: 3DHamlet-A Lost Generation (Edinburgh Fringe 2011) & The Yeat’s Project; in Dublin: 100% Pure Irish dance the show & Salome. Producing credits include US Premiere of Trans-Euro Express with the Irish Arts Center & 3DHamlet A Lost Generation. Nicola is Co-Artistic director of Fundamental Theater Project.

JAMAICA (Dr Dothlyn Sterling): Candi Sterling is a creative entrepreneur based in New York. Her diverse work focuses on environmental journalism and the performing arts. Born in Jamaica, West Indies, she also represents Art Boundaries  Unlimited, an  organization that fosters international exchange in the arts.  Her mother, Dr Dothlyn Sterling, president of the Caribbean American Cultural Association, is the author of the poem she is sharing

PUERTO RICO Sylvia Rexach:
Sylvia Rexach Born 1921 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Considered the greatest contemporary Puerto Rican composer. She founded the first all female Puerto Rican musical group “Las Damiselas”. During WWII she left college to join the Women Army Corps Services as an office clerk. After the war she worked as a comical script writer at a radio station. Co-founder of The Puerto Rican Society of Women Authors, Composers and Music Editors. She was their Secretary Director until her death. Was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2001; 40 years after her death. Her music and lyrics have the ability to touch anyone who hears them because of her tormented romanticism and ability to transcend through time. Her best known songs are Alma Adentro, Di Corazon y Olas y Arenas. Two theaters in Puerto Rico and a Music Festival in the Bronx are named after her. She died at the age of 39 in 1961.

Vanessa Marco is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She trained in dance and music from an early age. She played the lead role in one of the biggest musicals of her country, La Verdadera Historia de Pedro Navaja. She studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatics Arts and TV and Film Production at St. John's University in NY.

RUSSIA Anna Akhmatova:
Anna Akhmatova was born in 1889 and was a Russian and Soviet modernist poet with the distinct ability to blend classical severity and concreteness with lyrical saturation. She faced much tragedy in her life – her husband was shot after being accused of being a counter-revolutionary and her son was arrested and sent to a labour camp. As a result she published very little poetry between 1923-40. Her style, characterized by its economy and emotional restraint was strikingly original and distinctive to her contemporaries. The strong and clear leading female voice struck a new chord in Russian poetry. Her work was condemned and censored by Stalinist authorities and she is notable for choosing not to emigrate and remain in Russia.  In 1965 she received an honourary D.Litt. from Oxford and soon died in 1966."

Dana Pelevine was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up in London, England. She moved to NYC in 2006 and is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Academy repertory company. She is also the Co-founder of Dare To Speak Productions that produced the controversial two-woman show I Plead Guilty.

SCOTLAND Muriel Spark:
Muriel Spark, born in Edinburgh in Feb 1918, died in Tuscany in April 2006, wrote 22 novels as well as poems, short stories & biographies including of Emily Bronte & Mary Shelley. She produced propaganda for the Foreign Office during World War II and became General Secretary of the Poetry Society. A brief, unhappy, marriage at the age of 19 gave her only child and a much racier name than her maiden Camberg. She endured several years as a struggling writer in London where she had a breakdown after a period of addiction to diet pills. The daughter of a Jewish engineer and Protestant mother, she converted to Catholicism in the 1950s as her work became more successful, most notably The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which was adapted into a Toby award-winning Play & Oscar-award winning film. Muriel lived the high life in New York for a few years before settling in Italy with her companion Penelope Jardine.
She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993 for her services to literature.

Jenny D Green is a Glasgow-born Actor and Producing Artist who has found her home in Brooklyn. Trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her production collective, The OPTimistiks, enjoy collaborations with Art Boundaries Unlimited, the International Women Artists' Salon and Origin Theatre. Next up: a Panto for NYC! Live, Love, Laugh +!

SRI LANKA Sumathy Sivomohan:
Dr. Sumathy Sivamohan, one of Sri Lanka’s senior-most and best known Tamil dissident poets,  is author of Thin Veils: In the Shadow of the Gun & Wicked Witch Performing Act/ivism (2003), Militants, Militarism and the Crisis of (Tamil) Nationalism (2003), like myth and mother: a political autobiography in poetry and prose (2008).  She was awarded the Gratiaen Prize for English Literature in 2001. Her first short film Piralayam (Upheaval) was preselected at the Annual Film Without Frontiers of Barcelona in 2005.   Most recently, Sumathy Sivamohan won the prestigious Premchand Fellowship 2011 from the National Academy of Letters in India.

YaliniDream is Sri Lankan Tamil Blood, Manchester Born, Texas bred and Brooklyn steeped, conjures spirit through her unique blend of poetry, theater, song, and dance. One of the Sri Lankan Diaspora's most prominent dissident performing artists, YaliniDream reshapes reality bringing peace through justice to lands of earth, psyche, soul & dream.

SWEDEN Selma Lagerlof:
Selma Lagerlöf, (1858-1940) was the first Swedish author and woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Some of her most famous work includes: The Saga of Gösta Berling, Jerusalem and The Wonderful adventures of Nils. Many of her books have been made into films.

Ahlgren is a Swedish, New York based film and theatre actor. She is proud to be a part of Jenny Greens initiative to celebrate strong women in our world. To see Sarah’s work please visit her website
Sarah is an AADA graduate.

TAIWAN Liu Shih-Fen:
劉世芬 Liu Shih-Fen is one of the most influential contemporary Taiwanese artists since 1996 and her work has been widely shown at prestigious international exhibitions in Taiwan, Japan, USA, UK, Israel and Italy, including the Liverpool Biennale in 1999 and the Venice Biennale in 2001. She was born in 1964 in Taipei, and her work as an artist goes hand-in-hand with her full-time work as a nurse in an obstetrics and gynecology. Without any official training in fine art either in college or at university, she started her career as a fine artist in the mid 1990s. Her first multimedia work, Murmurs - 119 Ways to Read Heart Sound (1996) was nominated for the Taipei Art Award in 1996.  Regarded by many as a pioneer, Liu Shih-Fen integrated her knowledge of medical science and her ability in multi-disciplinary mediums, exploring the struggles of power and the relationship between men (e.g. medical doctors, usually male-dominated) and women (e.g. nurses, mainly female-centred). Her work expresses her emotions of solitariness and sadness in Taiwan’s modern, changing society.

Wen-chi Chen was born and raised in Taiwan and when she was 3 years old, announced to her family: "I am going be in New York and become a hippie artist" (without even knowing where New York was). 22 years ago she moved to New York. 2 years ago she came out of her artist closet and began to paint.
Finally she is living her life as her true self ~ a woman artist!

WALES Fflur Dafydd:
Fflur Dafydd, (b.1978), is a novelist, critic and musician from Carmarthen, West Wales. She first came to prominence after winning the Literature Medal at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in 1999 while still a student of English at Aberystwyth, an award which led to publishing her critically-appraised collection of stories and poems, Y Gwir Am Gelwydd (“The Truth About Lies”) at the age of 20. Having gained an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, a PhD on the poetry of R.S. Thomas from the University of Wales, she then continued to work in several mediums, writing for stage, screen and radio before settling on her preferred medium of fiction. Her first novel Lliwiau Liw Nos (Colours by Night, Y Lolfa) was published in 2005 while her second novel Atyniad (Attraction, Y Lolfa) was awarded the prestigious prose medal at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2006. She published her first English novel, Twenty Thousand Saints, with Alcemi Press in Autumn 2008, a novel which received the Oxfam Hay Emerging Writer of the Year Award at the Guardian Hay Festival 2009. Her fourth Welsh-language novel won the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize at the National Eisteddfod 2009. She has been a writer-in-residence on Bardsey Island (2002) and in Helsinki (2006) and was recently chosen by the British Council as the first ever Welsh participant on Iowa University's International Writing Program. She travels regularly to literary festivals across the world. She is also a popular singer-songwriter who performs regularly in Wales and further afield."

Clemmie Evans hails from Wales but has been a resident of New York for three years. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has been working as an actress in the city since graduating in 2011. She loves all things literary and is proud to be giving Wales a voice tonight. Cymru am byth