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