Saturday, September 20, 2014

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place - September 20, 2014

Dixon Place presents...

"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"

a monthly showcase of performance/literature/film-video by women

an International Women Artists’ Salon series

Saturday, 20 September 2014 ~ Host: Heidi Russell

Historical Woman Artist Honoree: Marie Bracquemond (1840 – 1916)

Marie Bracquemond was a French Impressionist artist described retrospectively by Henri Focillon in 1928 as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. Marie Bracquemond participated in the Impressionist exhibitions of 1879, 1880, and 1886. In 1879 and 1880, some of her drawings were published in the La Vie Moderne. In 1881, she exhibited five works at the Dudley Gallery in London. Many of her best-known works were painted outdoors, especially in her garden at Sèvres. One of her last paintings was The Artist's Son and Sister in the Garden at Sèvres.

Video: Reproductive Justice, A Walking Tour, with Cindy Cooper
The Reproductive Justice Walking Tour, a performance-art project on video, is mapping reproductive justice in our history, our communities and our lives, as we take to the streets of lower Manhattan.

Cindy Cooper is a playwright, producer, and founder of Words of Choice, supporting reproductive rights activism through arts and creativity.

Literature: Valerie G. Keane and Audrey Dimola, representing the Queens Literary Community

‘capricho’, Valerie G. Keane

Poets in Hell – Revisited’, Audrey Dimola

Audrey Dimola, writer/poet, performer, curator and member of the Queens Literary Community.

Celebrated for her dynamic presence both onstage and on the page, Audrey Dimola is a well-known Queens-born writer/poet, performer, curator, host, and arts crusader. She has performed at Bowery Poetry Club and Brooklyn Museum, curated shows for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and Queens Museum, and has been featured on NY1 for organizing the first ever Queens Literary Town Hall, but what she really wants you to know is that you should never give up hope - because the magic only stops when you say so. She is the author of poetry and prose collection "Decisions We Make While We Dream" (2012) and the forthcoming "TRAVERSALS" (soon to be released in November 2014). For her next trick, she will resume living out her childhood fantasy of becoming an acrobat...

Valerie G. Keane, poet and member of the Queens Literary Community.

Valerie G. Keane is very honored to be part of the current Queens literary scene. Her work was recently published in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of the Newtown Literary Journal and she is the founder of Poetry & Coffee, a very juicy discussion group in Queens for writers and readers, where people are waking up to great poetry and to life. Valerie has been featured at Inspired Word, Boundless Tales Reading Series, First Tuesdays Reading Series, REZ Reading Series, and the NYC Poetry Festival. When asked if she is a poet, Valerie says, “I still don’t know how you qualify as one and no one seems to know where the application form is."

Theater: Nicole Kontolefa
I Am Me, excerpt

I Am Me is a site unspecific play and mobile performance. It is a story about a woman and a bus; an exploration of who we are to ourselves and others. Public space becomes the world of the play peopled by passersby and you, the audience.

Nicole Kontolefa was born and raised in NYC and is a graduate of the only American Class of the Moscow Art Theater. She is the managing director and a founding member of Studio Six Theater Company - the sixth studio to be born out of the Moscow Art Theater School. Nicole also performs with other theater companies, performance artists and is developing new solo performances. As part of Studio Six she has performed at The Chekhov International Theater Festival, in several Fringe Festival in New York and New Orleans. Nicole helped to produce tours of the company's shows in Montreal, Moldova and even Baltimore. She has been in over a dozen short films and web series.

Dance: Patrice Miller
The Sands/Geology of a Stone, part one of the Geography of Healing project, commissioned by Spark & Echo

If healing is a place, what its topography? Is it a destination like Jericho or is it an endless landscape, constantly unfolding before us? What are its borders? What does it take to get the water to change from contaminated to life giving? Most importantly, what does it feel like to travel this land (or what is its relationship to our notions of time and space)?

Patrice Miller is a director/choreographer currently living and working in New York City. Her work has been presented at 3-Legged Dog, La MaMa Etc, Theater Row, Prelude/CUNY Graduate Center, The Brooklyn Museum, The Brick, FRINGENYC, and non-theater spaces like outside of the 68th Street subway stop, NYC Fashion Week, and 571 Projects. Her work is interdisciplinary, "idea-driven," and good, weird fun.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Salon Solo: Painter Naomi Goldie Wasserman

International Women Artists' Salon is pleased to present painter Naomi Goldie Wasserman, whose work is featured on The New York Optimist.

In Progress

Painter Naomi Goldie was born in 1973 on one of America’s most famous communes, “The Farm”, and spent her childhood years surrounded by artists and musicians. From an early age, Naomi immersed herself in making art. In 1980, when the family moved to rural New Hampshire, to run their own organic produce farm, Naomi’s grandmother took her to Concord, to her first formal art classes at the Currier Gallery of Art.

Naomi’s artistic talent, evident in the local schools as well, prompted a wave of encouragement to continue in art school. Instead, 15-year old Naomi moved to New York City. Living in the vibrant melting pot of the Lower East Side in the late 1980’s, Naomi was entranced and amazed by street art everywhere and dreamed of capturing the technicolor city life around her. She developed a strong technique she describes as “Urban Impressionism”—stylistic cityscapes which reflect that vivid dream! While continuing her non-traditional art education in New York and, later, at The River Gallery School, a small visual art school in southern Vermont, Naomi raised her two children in New York and Brattleboro. After painting in oils for 15 years, and raising her children for the better part of 20 years, Naomi is loving the ability to bring her art to the place where it all started and where it needs to be seen!
Naomi Goldie’s work is in collections around the United States and internationally. Her painting, now appearing in art shows in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, is gaining popularity and a loyal following of collectors.

Most nice days, Naomi can be found painting and selling her work, as a popular NY street artist. Naomi teaches one on one art instruction and is available for commissioned art and custom fresco murals. She is also seeking interested dealers/galleries for representation.


Born on "The Farm" and nurtured in rural communities, including my family’s organic produce farm in New Hampshire, I moved to New York City when I was 15-years old. On the Lower East Side, I was entranced and amazed by street art everywhere and the vibrant melting pot I was in. I submerged myself in this culture and emerged with a painting technique I call “urban impression-ism”. Using this technique, I am able to capture the “Technicolor” cityscapes that I vividly dreamed of painting as a young woman arriving in New York, experiencing the city for the first time. At any given time I can be found in one of many locations, on the streets of NYC painting and selling my artwork.



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