Monday, April 22, 2013

Salon Radio April 22nd - Valerie Hager's "Naked in Alaska" and Singer Aimee Whelan

Salon Radio April 22nd, 2013
International Women Artists' Salon is thrilled to present Valerie Hager and her one woman show, Naked in Alaska, for our feature interview and singer Aimee Whelan for our Salon Solo {Radio} segment.

Jenny Green hosts, with presenter Cristina Doikos.

Tune in www.CityWorldRadio.com to listen live 9:00-9:55 pm
Show archived and available for on-demand listening from April 26th on. 







Naked In Alaska by Valerie Hager

Just in!  Naked in Alaska has been selected for both the New York City and Chicago Fringe Festivals!  Watch our Facebook fan page for updates (insert link here for the fan page). Congratulations Valerie!!!



Dixon Place

Saturday, April 27th
10 p.m.

Dixon Place. 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY. (between Rivington and Delancey)

http://dixonplace.org/html/dixon_place_directions.html


Before stepping into the 120- seat main stage theater. The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. It’s also the same location as the theater itself. This will be a place where Salonistas can grab a drink (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic) and connect after the performance with each other and other audience guests. Proceeds directly support Dixon Place’s artists and mission.

DIXON PLACE PERFORMANCE SERIES PRESENTS:
NAKED IN ALASKA: THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TRUE STORY OF STRIPPING IN THE LAST FRONTIER.

ONE NIGHT ONLY! April 27th 10 pm.
161A Chrystie Street, New York.

VALERIE HAGER stars in her autobiographical story of an exotic dancer searching for redemption in strip clubs from Mexico to Alaska to California in NAKED IN ALASKA.

NAKED IN ALASKA premiered with a sold out house in the 7th Annual Women at Work Festival 2012 held at NYC’s Stage Left Studio. Laurie Lawson, Theatre Critic for Off-Broadway wrote, “Utilizing much humor and some very impressive pole dancing, the story unfolds as Valerie combines vulnerability and honesty with the survival skills needed to navigate the murky world of strip clubs and private party rooms…You will root for her indomitable spirit and celebrate the triumph of Valerie Hager in NAKED IN ALASKA.”

NAKED IN ALASKA was BEST SELLER in last years 13th Annual EstroGenius Festival 2012 held at TBG Theatre. And, most recently NAKED IN ALASKA was accepted into a New Works Series in Paris, France.

This 70-minute show uses a stripper pole, archival video, and rock hits to take the audience on one magical ride! A young woman on the verge of eviction. A best friend who offers an adventure she can’t refuse. A ten-year career that tests the limits of friendship and the will to survive. Naked In Alaska is the true story of Valerie Hager’s career as an exotic dancer in clubs from Mexico to Alaska to California. Told with live pole dancing and over a dozen characters who danced in and frequented these clubs, Naked In Alaska is a fearless look at the objects we make of ourselves to fit in and the buried truths we must face to have a chance at coming home.

Event info site www.dixonplace.org






Bio

Valerie Hager is a "not to be missed” (NoHo LA) actor, improviser, and movement artist. She’s appeared in Warner Brothers’ The Invention of Lying, Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia, Discovery Channel’s Guilty or Innocent.
Her recent theatrical performances include Dracula at Symphony Space, The Ensemble Workshop at The LAByrinth Theatre, and a sold out run of Naked in Alaska. Valerie performs in Selected Shorts at Stage Left Studio, and The Room’s Salon Series, which she co-founded.

Naked In Alaska, has been accepted into Emerging Artists, Planet Connections, Women at Work, Estrogenius and Dixon Place. Naked in Alaska was recently invited to perform in Paris, France and The Acorn Theatre in Cornwall, Scotland.
Valerie studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck, Tony Greco, Karen Kohlhaas of Atlantic Theater Company, and Cinda Jackson. She is a graduate of the LAByrinth Theater Master Class.

Valerie studied improv at UCB, The PIT, and Second City.  She began performing as a child alongside her father, mime artist Jerry Hager, as his sidekick Punky the Clown. Her earliest training came from him in the form of mime. Later, she trained in mime under Rick Wamer at The School for Mime and Lorin Salm at Mime Theatre Studio.


I wrote Naked In Alaska because shame, self-esteem, and self-forgiveness have been themes throughout my life that came to a dramatic head during my time as an exotic dancer. Upon leaving exotic dancing and reflecting upon my experience, I saw this period of my life as a rich context through which to address issues that women struggle with in all walks of life: worthiness, friendship, loyalty, forgiveness, and finding a place in oneself and in the world to be whole. I saw Naked In Alaska as an opportunity not only to inform and demonstrate the courage to reveal my own truth but also to honor the experiences of so many other women and open a door for them to connect with their own truth.

Naked In Alaska is dedicated to the outcast, the forgotten one, and the star that shines inside each of us. I believe Naked In Alaska has been and can be a source of inspiration and hope for all those who’ve ever felt different, alone, or on the fringe, and long to be included.

I am passionate and proud of Naked In Alaska and feel it would be an incredible honor to share my story with you!




Reviews
"Valerie Hager is the real deal: stunningly beautiful and even more stunningly talented. Evocative characterizations and a compelling personal story combine in a finely executed piece of theatre. Go, just go."

Jen Thatcher - Producer, Estrogenius Festival

"As a performer, Valerie is luminous. As a writer, she is fearless. Naked In Alaska highlights her talents in both fields, and the result is theater that is equal parts  gut wrenching and inspiring - in other words: theater that is not to be missed." - Molly Pearson, Co-Artistic Director, Partial Comfort Productions


www.dixonplace.org
www.valeriehager.com
www.facebook.com/ValerieHagerRocks
twitter.com/ValerieHager1
www.youtube.com/user/ValerieHagerRocks


valeriehager@me.com





Cristina Doikos is “a pert antidote to the melancholy that hangs in the air, and is reliably seductive and na├»ve at the same time…” as described by Nytheater.com.  As a professional actress in NYC, she has appeared in the Off-Broadway production of The Jeweler’s Shop, directed by Sue Lawless; performed as Anne Frank on the national tour of The Diary of Anne Frank; and acted as Lulu in The Birthday Party, featured on Harold Pinter’s official website. Cristina’s work can be seen in the award-winning film The Ride, which won the Martin Scorsese Filmmakers Award, and most recently in the indie film Awake and the TV pilot Erroneous Convictions.  She enjoys an active and successful voiceover career and can be spotted in numerous commercials.  www.CristinaDoikos.com

Salon Solo {Radio} Aimee Whelan



The songs featured on the radio are from a band I was involved in called Any Questions, they are all original songs by Sarah Baker, Natalie Waddington and myself. Here in NYC I am ccurrently involved with another acoustic group we have a show at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre on Friday May 24th at 7pm

Originally from the North of England has been acting in both countries for the past 15 years. Her favourite roles include: Dick (Dick Whittington a Panto for NYC) Dixon Place, Chantel (Citizenship) National Theatre of Great Britain and Mae (Billy Carver) Manhattan Theatre Source.


http://www.theduplex.com/~thedup/webcalendar/view_entry.php?id=7623&date=20130524


aimeewhelan@hotmail.com



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All Salon Radio shows will be rebroadcast in a rotation with the other week's shows during CityWorldRadio's non-live 24/7 airtime, and will be archived for on-demand listening at
CityWorldRadio.com on the Thursday each week.


City World Radio reaches over 30,000 listeners in over 30 countries around the world.

Thank you to City World Radio for helping make Salon Radio possible.

If you are interested in sponsoring a show or being a regular Salon Radio sponsor, please contact Heidi Russell, at womenartsalon@gmail.com, with the subject "Radio Show Sponsor."

IWAS thanks you for your ongoing support!





   





Monday, April 15, 2013

Salon Radio April 15th - Art Boundaries Unlimited and Heather Archibald

Salon Radio April 15th, 2013

International Women Artists' Salon is thrilled to feature Art Boundaries Unlimited with founder Anita Gonzalez and ABU guest Susan Austad, presented by Candi Sterling.  Salon Solo {Radio} presents poet Heather Archibald.
 
Jenny Green hosts.

Tune in www.CityWorldRadio.com to listen live 9:00-9:55 pm 
Show archived and available for on-demand listening from April 11th on.





Art Boundaries Unlimited, Inc.
Anita Gonzalez, Susan Austad, Candi Sterling


Dedicated to fostering international exchange in the arts, Art Boundaries Unlimited Inc. presents and produces innovative, diverse, and often original arts projects in multi-cultural and global contexts.

Fulfilling their mission through art exhibitions, theatrical productions, and arts workshops, Art Boundaries Unlimited Inc. initiatives also include lectures, touring and outreach programs, international/cultural exchange programs, artist and scholar residencies, and research and publication projects.

With ongoing activities occurring in a variety of locales, Art Boundaries Unlimited Inc. uses their global positioning to extend the reach of international arts education and exchange by connecting to local, national and international communities. By using art as conduit for international experiences, activism and artist expression, the deep cultural scope of their work is ever-expanding.

The organization’s commitment to engage in collaborative initiatives that match their core principle of promoting national and international linkages in the arts is supported by a diverse collective of professionals that comprise Art Boundaries Unlimited Inc.’s board, staff, and affiliates.

A member and official recipient for Materials for the Arts, the ecologically-conscious organization supports reuse in qualifying projects by integrating their access to a wide range of donated materials, specifically allocated for creative activities happening in New York City.

Art Boundaries Unlimited Inc. is currently accepting proposals for collaborative projects and partnerships that align with their mission of international and cultural exchange in the arts. Contact candi (at) artboundariesunlimited.com to learn more about this opportunity. Art Boundaries Unlimited Inc. is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.

 



Anita Gonzalez
Anita Gonzalez is the Founder and Executive Director of Art Boundaries Unlimited Inc. She developed the organization in 2003 in the back woods of Wakulla, Florida as a way to bring international art to rural residents. Now the organization produces and presents international art and artists in NYC. As a director/writer/choreographer, Anita’s work has appeared on PBS television and at Lincoln Center Out-of Doors, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place and other venues. Theatrical plays and musicals that she has authored include Liverpool Trading <->New York, Le Hot Blu, , and Ybor City. Recent directing projects include Nobody, a play about Bert Williams and George Walker by Richard Aellen (2011), two short plays for Manhattan Theatre Source’s Estrogenius Festival (2009/2010), and full productions of Blood Wedding (2009), The Promise Keeper (2008) and Tony Kushner’s The Illusion (2006).  Gonzalez was a founding member of the Urban Bush Women. The NEA, NYFA, and the Rockefeller Foundation have all funded her work. She has been awarded a residency at Rockefeller’s Bellagio Center (2003) and three Senior Scholar Fulbright grants.  Academic writings include two books Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality (2010) and Jarocho’s Soul (2005) and a co-edited volume Black Performance Theory. Learn more at www.anitagonzalez.com


Susan Austad
Susan Austad, artist, was born in Minneapolis, MN, but grew up on the North Shore of Lake Superior. After joining the Peace Corps a she became immersed with work in the Peruvian Andes.  In the late 1970's-early '80s Austad created ambitious quilts. A large group of these were exhibited and at the Hudson River Museum, in New York and the E.C.T. Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Some found homes with well-known collectors, such as, Holly Solomon (Gallery), Agnes Gund (President of the Board of Directors of MoMA) and Bob Feldman (Gallery). Austad spent over 25 years developing curriculum for the Studio in a School.  With SIAS, she collaborated with the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.  She created and participated in teaching exhibitions over these years, some sponsored by Paine Webber and other major companies in New York City. She was included as a "Master Teacher" in the collaboration of SIAS with the Department of Education (N.Y.C.) in a project called "Blueprint for Teaching in the Arts." In 1998 Austad began studying in the Venice Program of New York University, and earned her MFA Degree in May 2000. Her pieces have been exhibited in Italy and in two university exhibits in the New York area ("Being" and "Stuck”).


Candi Sterling
A native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Candi is currently based in New York, serving as secretary of the board for Art Boundaries Unlimited Inc. After spending her undergraduate years at SUNY New Paltz, she concluded that educational adventure with a B.A. in Journalism and Theatre. Fusing her eclectic collection of talents and interests, she soon launched her own communications consulting operation and has spent the past several years helping a multitude of clients tell their story and articulate their message. Her creative marketing/communications strategies are goal-oriented, aiming to help clients fulfill their unique aspirations. Today, she is known for being a writer, as well as a voiceover professional, on-camera spokes-model, and public speaker. She spent four years with Hudson Valley theatre company Passing the Torch Through the Arts as an actor, director and arts educator, and has performed at Arts Society of Kingston, Performing Arts of Woodstock, and the Howland Cultural Arts Center. She has also performed with Half Moon Theatre Company and was a news correspondent for Buzzine Magazine. A former Singularity University Teaching Fellow at NASA Ames Research Park in California, she facilitated the development of technology projects focused on alleviating the global water crisis. Learn more at www.candisterling.com

 





The next Art Boundaries Unlimited event is coming up at the Players Club - Friday, May 10th at 10pm!

In New York this May? Join your fellow Players and a group of animated actors for a presentation of excerpts from Shakespeare’s Tempest and Lewis Carroll's Hunting of the Snark in the library of the Players Club at Gramercy Park on Friday, May 10, 2013. This performance is open to the public and we invite you to come revel in the language of fantastical poetry!

Performance - 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Admission - Suggested donation of $20

Proceeds from this performance will benefit theatre students travelling to London to learn more about Shakespeare and his works.

There will be a Pre-Show Happy Hour 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (RSVP Required for Happy Hour)

Please indicate if you will be attending Happy Hour when you RSVP to koconnor16np (at) gmail.com


About the Presentation

The Tempest, set on an abandoned island, is “the bard’s” last play. Prospero, with his servant Ariel, weaves magic and wrecks a ship that brings star-crossed lovers to their fates. In The Hunting of the Snark the Bellman takes the crew on a voyage to find a monster with the Butcher the Baker and a Beaver. A Banker and a Barrister who come along for the ride have nightmares. Finally the Baker finds his fear, sees a boojum and disappears.

For more information and to RSVP to the show, please contact producing artist Kelly O'Connor at koconnor16np (at) gmail.com


Visit our website for all our latest projects! 

www.artboundariesunlimited.com

Join the conversation on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/Art.Boundaries.Unlimited  


Support Art Boundaries Unlimited Inc. and Earn! We invite you to become a preferred ABU shopper at www.shop.com/abuarts and a percentage of your purchase will benefit the organization. With over 4,000 partner stores, our community can earn cash-back on a wide range of purchases while supporting Art Boundaries Unlimited Inc. This program provides you with alerts on daily deals and coupons that will transform the way you shop, save, and support the arts.

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ABU_Arts



Learn more about Art Boundaries Unlimited Projects:


Liver Pool Trading: http://www.liverpooltrading.com/blog/

Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality by Anita Gonzalez:
http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/gonafr

Art Connecting Spirit Through Dance:
http://www.laesquinats.com/artconnectingspiritthroughdance.html

Art Connecting Spirit Through Dance: http://www.lowereastsideny.com/event/art-connecting-spirit-through-dance-opening-reception-friday-december-16/
 


Contact
anita (at) ArtBoundariesUnlimited.com
candi (at) ArtBoundariesUnlimited.com




Salon Solo {Radio}
Heather Archibald


Heather Archibald migrated to New York from St. Kitts to study English at
Lehman College where she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She has taught English as an adjunct of various CUNY colleges (mainly Lehman
and City colleges) and currently teaches at Westchester Community
College.  Heather is also a poet.



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All Salon Radio shows will be rebroadcast in a rotation with the other week's shows during CityWorldRadio's non-live 24/7 airtime, and will be archived for on-demand listening at CityWorldRadio.com on the Thursday each week.


City World Radio reaches over 30,000 listeners in over 30 countries around the world.

Thank you to City World Radio for helping make Salon Radio possible.

If you are interested in sponsoring a show or being a regular Salon Radio sponsor, please contact Heidi Russell, at womenartsalon@gmail.com, with the subject "Radio Show Sponsor."




IWAS thanks you for your ongoing support! 



 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Salon Radio April 8th presents Marla Mossman, Peace Caravan Project and dancer Anahid Sofian

Salon Radio April 8th, 2013
International Women Artists' Salon is thrilled to present Marla Mossman and her Peace Caravan Project for our feature interview and dancer Anahid Sofian for our Salon Solo {Radio} segment.

Jenny Green hosts, with presenter Heidi Russell.

Tune in www.CityWorldRadio.com to listen live 9:00-9:55 pm
Show archived and available for on-demand listening from April 11th on.



Peace Caravan Project by Marla Mossman



Mingsha Sand Dunes
Dunhuang, China

About:
Photographer and artist, Marla Mossman, and the Peace Caravan Project are traveling from Jerusalem, Israel to X’ian, China by car, foot, horse, mule and camel to document places of historical and religious significance. In the quest to explore the Silk Road's heritage and its spirituality and the connection to Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam, Mossman has already taken six expeditions to photograph China, India, Turkey, Afghanistan and the Middle Eastern countries of Syria, Jordan and Israel.

Mossman’s photos capture the people along the journey in their daily lives and remind us that even though we have differences, we share similar loves, hopes and dreams. Her writings report the intimate moments she experiences with these people along the way. In her blog she shares graphic experiences, her soul-searching moments, sometime sleepless nights, and also the many joys she finds as she visits these historical places.

When the photographs are viewed as a collection, on the website, in the photography books, videos, and on display in the exhibitions and at the lectures; the Peace Caravan endeavors to inform and inspire others to achieve understanding, respect, and acceptance. This twenty first Century caravan traveling along the Silk Road, provides a network of individuals exchanging ideas, cultures, and traditions as they have for over 2,500 years.



Bridal Offering
Kierya, Xinjiang, China



Bio

Marla Mossman is an international artist and photographer who has traveled extensively documenting the human condition. 
Interested in arts and education she began her Peace Caravan Project in 1996 traveling solo from Israel to China along the ancient Silk Road. 
Mossman’s photographs of people’s traditions and culture help us see that we share similar loves, hopes and dreams.


Artist Statement

I walk on the same paths as the great Sages, Prophets, and Saints.
I am a woman traveling alone.
I am on a journey of religious, cultural, and inner discovery to find answers;

“Why is mankind still at war?”

In the media today, there are many images showing violence and hate. With my Peace Caravan project, 
I visit the places where beliefs originated and the ancient Silk Road captured my imagination to walk with the locals and 
document with video and photography the people who reside in the shadow of the religious and historical ruins that remain there today.

More than a conduit through which early civilizations exchanged goods and materials, ideas were also shared, influencing our fundamental religions. 
From the vast deserts of the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East, to the Taklamakan and Gobi Deserts in China,
these intertwining trade routes are known collectively as the Silk Road.


Burkah Sellers
Herat, Afghanistan


More InfoThe Peace Caravan's mission is to inform and inspire others to achieve understanding, respect and acceptance. By photographing the wonderful religious and cultural heritage of the Silk Road nations, by nourishing international cooperation, the exchange of cultural values and the equality of all people, including women and children, a new appreciation and a new way to peace will reveal itself.


Contact

Marla Mossman

www.peacecaravan.com
Email:info@peacecaravan.com


Click here for a video: Caravan Journey Along the Silk Road; Xinjiang China


Prayers in the Cave of the Prophet Abraham
Sanliurfa, Turkey





Salon Solo {Radio} Anahid Sofian

Anahid Sofian studied ballet with Mary Clare Sale, formerly of the NYC Ballet, and modern dance with Bella Lewitsky and Erich Hawkins.  She performed with the Richard Oliver Modern Dance Company in Los Angeles, and in New York participated in Tina Croll and James Cunningham's The Horses Mouth Greets the New Millennium at the Danspace Project of St. Mark's Church.  She also studied jazz with Luigi and Afro-Cuban with Sevilla Forte. Ms. Sofian was one of the pioneers in taking Oriental Dance out of the nightclub and onto the concert stage.  She has performed both as soloist and with her company in such mainstream venues as The Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden, the United Nations, the Uris Theatre on Broadway and Carnegie Hall, and was the first oriental dancer to be accepted into the New York Dance Festival at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park .  She has also been hired to curate numerous performances including the Middle Eastern Festivals. http://www.anahidsofianstudio.com



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All Salon Radio shows will be rebroadcast in a rotation with the other week's shows during CityWorldRadio's non-live 24/7 airtime, and will be archived for on-demand listening at CityWorldRadio.com on the Thursday each week.

City World Radio reaches over 30,000 listeners in over 30 countries around the world.

Thank you to City World Radio for helping make Salon Radio possible.

If you are interested in sponsoring a show or being a regular Salon Radio sponsor, please contact Heidi Russell, at
womenartsalon@gmail.com, with the subject "Radio Show Sponsor."

IWAS thanks you for your ongoing support!



   

Member Spotlight: Performance Artist Valerie Hager's Theatrical Production, "Naked in Alaska."






International Women Artists' Salon is pleased to announce Salonista Valerie Hager in her solo exhibition "Naked in Alaska."



Naked In Alaska

Dixon Place

Saturday, April 27th

10 p.m.

Location
Dixon Place. 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY. (between Rivington and Delancey)


Directions
http://dixonplace.org/html/dixon_place_directions.html


Before stepping into the 120- seat main stage theater. The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. It’s also the same location as the theater itself. This will be a place where Salonistas can grab a drink (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic) and connect after the performance with each other and other audience guests. Proceeds directly support Dixon Place’s artists and mission.


DIXON PLACE PERFORMANCE SERIES PRESENTS:

NAKED IN ALASKA: THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TRUE STORY OF STRIPPING IN THE LAST FRONTIER.

ONE NIGHT ONLY! April 27th 10 pm.

161A Chrystie Street, New York.






About

VALERIE HAGER
stars in her autobiographical story of an exotic dancer searching for redemption in strip clubs from Mexico to Alaska to California in NAKED IN ALASKA.

NAKED IN ALASKA premiered with a sold out house in the 7th Annual Women at Work Festival 2012 held at NYC’s Stage Left Studio. Laurie Lawson, Theatre Critic for Off-Broadway wrote, “Utilizing much humor and some very impressive pole dancing, the story unfolds as Valerie combines vulnerability and honesty with the survival skills needed to navigate the murky world of strip clubs and private party rooms…You will root for her indomitable spirit and celebrate the triumph of Valerie Hager in NAKED IN ALASKA.”

NAKED IN ALASKA was BEST SELLER in last years 13th Annual EstroGenius Festival 2012 held at TBG Theatre. And, most recently NAKED IN ALASKA was accepted into a New Works Series in Paris, France.

This 70-minute show uses a stripper pole, archival video, and rock hits to take the audience on one magical ride! A young woman on the verge of eviction. A best friend who offers an adventure she can’t refuse. A ten-year career that tests the limits of friendship and the will to survive. Naked In Alaska is the true story of Valerie Hager’s career as an exotic dancer in clubs from Mexico to Alaska to California. Told with live pole dancing and over a dozen characters who danced in and frequented these clubs, Naked In Alaska is a fearless look at the objects we make of ourselves to fit in and the buried truths we must face to have a chance at coming home.

www.dixonplace.org



Bio

Valerie Hager is a "not to be missed” (NoHo LA) actor, improviser, and movement artist. She’s appeared in Warner Brothers’ The Invention of Lying, Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia, Discovery Channel’s Guilty or Innocent.

Her recent theatrical performances include Dracula at Symphony Space, The Ensemble Workshop at The LAByrinth Theatre, and a sold out run of Naked in Alaska. Valerie performs in Selected Shorts at Stage Left Studio, and The Room’s Salon Series, which she co-founded.

Naked In Alaska, has been accepted into Emerging Artists, Planet Connections, Women at Work, Estrogenius and Dixon Place. Naked in Alaska was recently invited to perform in Paris, France and The Acorn Theatre in Cornwall, Scotland.

Valerie studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck, Tony Greco, Karen Kohlhaas of Atlantic Theater Company, and Cinda Jackson. She is a graduate of the LAByrinth Theater Master Class.

Valerie studied improv at UCB, The PIT, and Second City. She began performing as a child alongside her father, mime artist Jerry Hager, as his sidekick Punky the Clown. Her earliest training came from him in the form of mime. Later, she trained in mime under Rick Wamer at The School for Mime and Lorin Salm at Mime Theatre Studio.


Artist Statement

I wrote Naked In Alaska because shame, self-esteem, and self-forgiveness have been themes throughout my life that came to a dramatic head during my time as an exotic dancer. Upon leaving exotic dancing and reflecting upon my experience, I saw this period of my life as a rich context through which to address issues that women struggle with in all walks of life: worthiness, friendship, loyalty, forgiveness, and finding a place in oneself and in the world to be whole. I saw Naked In Alaska as an opportunity not only to inform and demonstrate the courage to reveal my own truth but also to honor the experiences of so many other women and open a door for them to connect with their own truth.

Naked In Alaska is dedicated to the outcast, the forgotten one, and the star that shines inside each of us. I believe Naked In Alaska has been and can be a source of inspiration and hope for all those who’ve ever felt different, alone, or on the fringe, and long to be included.

I am passionate and proud of Naked In Alaska and feel it would be an incredible honor to share my story with you!


Reviews
"Valerie Hager is the real deal: stunningly beautiful and even more stunningly talented. Evocative characterizations and a compelling personal story combine in a finely executed piece of theatre. Go, just go."
Jen Thatcher - Producer, Estrogenius Festival


"As a performer, Valerie is luminous. As a writer, she is fearless. Naked In Alaska highlights her talents in both fields, and the result is theater that is equal parts gut wrenching and inspiring - in other words: theater that is not to be missed." - Molly Pearson, Co-Artistic Director, Partial Comfort Productions




Contact
www.valeriehager.com

www.facebook.com/ValerieHagerRocks

twitter.com/ValerieHager1 


www.youtube.com/user/ValerieHagerRocks

Email: valeriehager@me.com

Friday, April 5, 2013

Member Spotlight: Visual Artist Cornelia Jensen's Solo Show "Sand & Sky"

The Saguaros 2012 Oil stick,
latex paint and shellac on canvas (36" x 42")




International Women Artists'
Salon is happy to announce Salon member Cornelia Jensen's solo show "Sand & Sky;" a wonderful collection of landscape paintings.



SAND & SKY


Steeplechase Coffee Shop


Friday April 5th Opening, show up until May 29th 2013

8 -11pm

Location
3013 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

Directions
For those who wish to attend, take the F Train to the "Fort Hamilton Parkway" stop and exit at the front of the train. Turn right and walk up the slope to the street and continue in that direction on Fort Hamilton Parkway for two blocks. The coffee shop is on the right.
www.steeplechasecoffee.com



About

This show is called SAND & SKY because it is a collection of paintings of Arizona desert scenes. These are images that I saw, some I photographed, some are from memory, some are pleine-aire studies. I participated in an artist residency at the Petrified Forest National Park and have taken several road trips out there. I have a deep love of Arizona and the great west.

For many years I have enjoyed working in various diverse media including film, video, welding, collage, found-object assemblage, and light sculpture. But I will always return to my first love of drawing and painting. Growing up, my father was a plein-aire landscape painter who loved barns and fields and water scenes. He studied with the reputable landscape painter Wolf Kahn. Occasionally he took me with him on his painting excursions. He passed away when I was eighteen. Now, almost thirty years later, I am following in his brushstrokes and embracing a love of landscape painting...even using some of the very same brushes he used.



Bio
Cornelia Jensen received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2008. From 1988 to 1991 Jensen attended the graduate program in Film/Video Performance at the formerly named California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1987, she received a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College. In 1986 she studied at the Syracuse University Studio Art Program in Florence, Italy. She graduated with honors in Art from The Masters School in 1983 and received the Linda Wyatt Chissell Art Award. Jensen has curated numerous exhibitions in New York and San Francisco and has exhibited her work in the United States, Europe and Asia. In San Francisco, Jensen was a resident artist at the Lola Gallery, which she also helped create. She also designed and created the art and film venue called The Werepad, where she produced independent films and multi-media events. In 2011 Jensen attended an artist residency at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona where she followed in her father's footsteps and pursued landscape painting, which is now one of her main forms of expression. Jensen also creates found-object assemblage and recycled Styrofoam light sculpture. Jensen currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a painter and lighting designer.


Artist Statement
Jensen's landscape paintings portrays natural vistas so far removed from urban life that the scenes have become mythical. Her work addresses the presence and absence of nature in our environment and a personal concern with the existence and lifespan of our natural environment…what it offers, what it requires…how it suffers or wins.



Website: www.corneliajensen.com
Email: corneliajensen@yahoo.com