Open Studio


Open Studio and update
Hi friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve utilized this blog and a lot has happened that I have not posted. Time seems to slip away but the art making never stops, well not for too long.

I have been on a positive streak of art making and expanding my sphere and idea of what I want to do with my work and I have decided to start a small business out of it.

I have found that I really enjoy participating in festivals. I love the interaction with people as they interact with my prints and work in general. It’s always fun when the work takes on a life of its own and people often ask “Is this ALL your work”? I guess it’s my Gemini moon mad woman

Anyway, I will be part of multiple art festivals in the next couple of months. And I’d like to invite you to attend any of the festivals or events you find interesting as there will be a lot of interesting artist and vendors at all of them.

Here is a flyer for Open Studios on Friday and Saturday November 1st and 2nd. I will be participating in Open Studios with Kathy Keler and Lauren Raine, two artist and good friends that I highly respect and admire.

This event will be held at Kathy’s house on Ft. Lowell and Dodge ( so it’s not at my actual studio) but I will have art set up and for sale.

I do studio visits by appointment and you can email me @ if you are interested in setting up an appointment.

I will post separately about the various events and flyers coming up as this is getting long!

Thank you for reading my post.


Lauren Raine 

Kathy Keler

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Write up for the Angry Woman Exhibition in Untitled Magazine



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Uprise "Angry Woman Exhibition"


Looking forward to being part of the Uprise, Angry Women Exhibition this month!


A Group Exhibition of Female Artists Curated by Indira Cesarine
A Portion of Proceeds to Benefit the ERA COALITION and the Fund for Women’s Equality

January 17 - 28, 2017
January 17th VIP Preview 4pm – 6pm // Opening 6pm – 9pm
More events to be announced

45 Lispenard Street Unit 1W
NYC 10013

ARTWORK FEATURED IN "UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN" Exhibit, left to right, Ingrid V. Wells, Annika Connor, Lili White

Allison Hill-Edgar, Alonsa Guevara, Alyson Provax, AM DeBrincat, Andrea Mary Marshall, Anna Rindos, Anna Van Schaap, Anne Arden McDonald, Annika Connor, Anya Rubin, Audrey Lyall, Bia Monteiro, BooLynn Walsh, Camilla Marie Dahl, Cara DeAngelis, Chantal Bruchez-Hall, Christina Massey, Cinnamon Willis, Daniela Raytchev, Danielle Siegelbaum, Desire Rebecca Moheb Zandi,Diana Casanova, Elektra KB, Enid Crow, Erin Lynn Welsh, Fahren Feingold, GILF! (Ann Lewis), Gin Stone, Haile Binns, Hye Ryung Na, Indira Cesarine, Ingrid Wells, Jasmine Williams, Jennifer Dwyer, Joan Bemel Iron Moccasin, Jordie Oetken, Kat Danziger, Kat Toronto, Katrina Majkut, Katya Zvereva, Kelly Witte, Kristen Williams, Laura Murray, Lauren Rinaldi, Leah Oates, Lili White, Linda Friedman Schmidt, Lucia Fainzilber, Lynn Bianchi, Maggie Dunlap, Maidenfed, Mary K Theinert, Meredith Ostrom, Mila Rochenner, Miza Coplin, Natalie White, NatSuko Hattori, Olga Filippova, Parker Day, Pat Badt, Patty Horing, Rebecca Leveille, Renee Dykeman, Rosary Solimanto, Rose McGowan, Rute Ventura, Ruth Rodriguez, Sara Jean-Baptiste, Sarupa Sidaarth, Shawnette George, Sophia Wallace, Stephanie Hanes, Taira Rice, Tania Alvarez, Tatyana Murray, Tiffany Trenda, Tracy Brown, Virginia Wagner, Yasmine Diaz, Zen Sevastyanova

ARTWORK FEATURED IN "UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN" Exhibit, artist Danielle Siegelbaum

The Untitled Space gallery is pleased to present exhibition, UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN, curated by Indira Cesarine, featuring the work of female contemporary artists responding to the current social and political climate in America in light of the recent presidential election. The exhibit will take place from January 17- 28, 2017, opening the week of the presidential inauguration, with several events to take place including an opening reception on January 17th and event on January 22ndwhich marks the 44th anniversary of landmark case Roe vs Wade.

The UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN exhibit is presented in partnership with the ERA COALITION, a political organization that is working to support passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, and a portion of proceeds will benefit their Fund for Women’s Equality. The Fund for Women's Equality is a charitable organization, working to raise awareness on gaps in the law that leave women without legal recourse from sex discrimination, and developing educational resources on the need for a constitutional provision to protect and promote equal rights for women. Founded by Jessica Neuwirth, author of "Equal Means Equal", the ERA Coalition board also includes Gloria Steinem, Teresa Younger and many other prominent women's rights activists.

"UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN" Exhibit, Left to right, Ruth Rodriguez, Anya Rubin, Linda Friedman Schmidt

“Right now it is important time for women to demonstrate solidarity in face of the threats upon us in regards to women's rights. The 2016 presidential election has brought to the surface extremes of sexism, racism and discrimination. Many women are deeply disturbed not only by the negative stereotyping and sexist attitudes towards women that have surfaced but also the threats to roll back women's rights. The “UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN” exhibit gives female artists a means to express themselves in regards to the social and political climate in America, and empower others with their visual imagery. We are proud to partner with the ERA Coalition and help raise money for their Fund for Women’s Equality. Right now more than ever women need to unify and work together to ensure that our rights, which were fought for with blood and tears for many decades, are not only assured, but continue to progress.” - Curator Indira Cesarine

"UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN" Exhibit, left to right, Parker Day, Laura Murray, Chantal Bruchez-Hall


The Untitled Space is an art gallery located in Tribeca, New York in a landmark building on Lispenard Street. Founded in 2014 by Indira Cesarine, the gallery features an ongoing curation of exhibits of emerging and established contemporary artists exploring conceptual framework and boundary pushing ideology through mediums of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and performance art. The gallery is committing to exploring new ideas vis-à-vis traditional and new mediums and highlights a program of "Women in Art" as well as special events aligned with our creative vision.


The Fund for Women’s Equality, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, promotes legal and lived equality in the United States by increasing public understanding of the need for comprehensive, fair and equal treatment of women and girls under the law and the need to end sex inequality in all its forms. The ERA Coalition, a 501 (c)(4) political organization, works with Congress and grassroots activists for the passage and ratification of an Equal Rights Amendment. All men and women are created equal and that must be reflected in the Constitution. For more information visit online

*Please note artworks created for this exhibition do not reflect the ERA Coalition’s opinions. All works are the creations of respective artists, and the ERA Coalition’s does not specifically endorse or accept any responsibility or liability for the content of the artwork featured in the UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN exhibition.

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Nasty Woman Exhibition


Meet the ‘Nasty Women’ artists trying to topple the patriarchy before Trump’s inauguration
They don’t want you to be nasty. via IG user @bir_gi, edited by Sam Corbin

The nation’s artists have gradually been picking themselves back up since the election, aware that they’ve got real work to do in a Trump presidency — but the nation’s women artists are feeling especially nasty. And in NYC, a group of Brooklyn-based women have gone so far as to create a “Nasty Women” arts initiative, “calling all Nasty Women artists” for a group exhibition right here in New York City with the hopes of inspiring similar exhibitions in cities around the world.

Armed with the label Donald Trump once used to insult Hillary Clinton during debate season, the initiative, co-founded by Bushwick ceramics artist Roxanne Jackson and Crown Heights-based curator Jessamyn Fiore, hopes “to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights.”

Brokelyn chatted with Jackson about the show’s inception, what exactly makes a “Nasty Woman” artist, and the growing need for political art leading up to a Trump presidency.

“It’s a way to bring people together,” Jackson told Brokelyn. “To let people know that we’re not gonna forget about this, we’re not gonna stop protesting, this is not OK, we don’t agree.”


Credit: Carolina Sandretto

The idea for Jackson and Fiore’s show first caught the attention of their own female-identified creative circles a few days after the election, when Jackson posted a call to arms on her Facebook page: “Hello female artists/curators! Lets organize a NASTY WOMEN group show!!! Who’s interested???”

The post drew enough reactions and responses to inspire a website for the project, which was designed by San Diego-based artist Barbara Smith. Fiore is on the curatorial board of the Knockdown Center, an arts venue in Maspeth, Queens, and coordinated with the venue to make the show happen there in January a few days before Trump’s inauguration.

“There’s not just an interest in it but a need,” Jackson told us. “To have a voice, to stand against upcoming oppressors in this visual art format.” 

Slated for a three-day installation at the Knockdown between Jan. 12 – 15, 2017, the show will consist of 10 ft. tall wooden letters spelling out N-A-S-T-Y  W-O-M-E-N, with contributors’ artworks hung on a durable mesh plastic material skinned around the letters.

“It’s more of a dramatic installation, the iteration at the Knockdown Center,” Jackson said, “but we’re talking with international venues to do their own version of the show.” 

As of today, a few “Nasty Women” shows have already been scheduled at galleries in a few other cities — among them a female-owned gallery in Brussels, the Mathilde Hatzenberger Gallery — and the organizers are in talks with another gallery in Glasgow. American arts venues have also reached out to the Nasty Women team from swing and red-leaning states like Arkansas and Ohio.


Jackson is definitely a nasty woman. Credit: Ryan Frank, via FB

Since it will also serve as a fundraiser to support organizations defending women’s rights and act “as a platform for organization before the Trump Presidential Inauguration,” the show aims to represent creative voices from all around the world in solidarity. But with over 100 submissions already — and counting — since the website’s creation last week, those wooden letters are looking pretty crammed.

Jackson told us the show “won’t turn anyone anyway,” but emphasized that the open call for submissions from “all Nasty Women artists” will have to be subject to “some vetting” from the curatorial team, which includes Fiore and another BK-based curatorial advisor, Angel Bellaran. There’s also the expectation that those applying will self-edit with regards to the Nasty Woman label.

“We basically overall agreed that a person will self-edit, what [Nasty Woman] means for them,” Jackson said. “We are positing this [as] female artists and female identified-artists, and anyone who identifies as a Nasty Woman.”

This Nasty Women show certainly isn’t the first creative response to crop up since Trump’s win, nor is it the only iteration of feminine anger out there (even this writer tried her hand at drawing blood, albeit with puns): There’s an “Angry Women” art show coming to TriBeCa in January, too.

Adhering to similar principles of inclusion, “Angry Women” curator Indira Cesarine told Bedford & Bowery that “it was important to open up [her] particular exhibit to female artists from all over the country [..] to promote solidarity, diversity and gain insight of a wider selection of artists on the subject.” 

It is interesting to note that both Cesarine’s ‘Angry Women’ and this ‘Nasty Women’ show are slated for mid-January, just before Trump’s inauguration. Inklings of a last-minute coup? At the very least, it’s an indication of a profound hope that women’s voices will resonate with those coming into power on Inauguration Day — and, perhaps, be acted upon.

With a Women’s March on Washington planned for the Saturday following the inauguration, Trump’s ascension to the White House will certainly be bookended by reactions from a sizable percentage of women in this nation who refuse to stay silent. Forget the old saying about ��not going down without a fight” — Jackson and her cohorts are determined not to go down at all.

“We definitely have four years to do this show,” she said. 

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One Minute Videos At The Bohemian Gallery


Bohemian Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION // Friday, July 8 // 5:00 - 8:00 pm

In this fast paced world that we live in, with information and imagery coming at us from all directions, it is hard to escape what we consume on a daily basis. This exhibition focuses on short films and what they can be outside of what we are so familiar with. The artists included in this exhibition, have created films that take us to a whole new place filled with imagination, creative stories, and experimental ideas. Whether it be the films by Arron Foster and Martin Nelson, both using experimental video footage, but one pairs that media with other animated elements created through hand and digital processes, while the other adds edited voicemails to create an interesting story of a man’s life on the road, or Zoe Cinel’s film that explores the beauty and architectural designs that make up the Castle of Sammezzano, in Tuscany, Italy, each film is unique in its own way and shows a variety of imagery, creativity, and cultural aspects from their given regions all composed into one minute of footage. Films created in experimental, surreal, animation, found footage, silent, and documentary themes will be on display. 43 artists from the following countries will be taking part in this exhibition: USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Hong Kong, Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, France, Norway, Lithuania, Slovenia, Pakistan, and Iran. All films will run on a continuous loop in the gallery and last for around 60 minutes.

View the trailer below for a sneak peek of some of the films that will be shown in the exhibition. 

Participating Artists: Brian Hart, Peter Barnard, Crystal Beiersdorfer, Jean-Philippe Paumier, Johannes Christopher Gerard, Hande Zerkin, Teresa Leung, Darko Aleksovski, Sebastian De Lancey, Elijah Davis, Penelope Anstruther, Jean-Michel Rolland, Tracy Brown, Myrte Van Der Molen, Suzanne Schireson, Herve All, Sean Costas, Peter Christenson, Phil Mudd, Martin Nelson, Mitchell Cory Nelson, Brian Harris, Cedric Van Eenoo, Zainab Haidary, Anja Malec, Arron Foster, Vanja Mervic, Ariel Jackson, Reza Rafiei Rad, Susan Timmins, Tamsin Kavanagh, Jonathan Johnson, Marsil Andelov Al Mahamid, Ruta Bauzyte Jarosz, Muhammad Zeeshan, Miles Rufelds, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Jem Raid, Anne Murray, Angelina Voskopoulou, Akis Karanos, Marion Tu, and Zoe Cinel. 

This exhibition runs from July 8 - July 23. The Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 12:30 - 5:00 pm, or by appointment. 


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Les Femmes Folles Presents Tales at Monongalia Art Center WV


Les Femmes Folles Presents: TALES, A Group Exhibition

I'm looking forward to a part of Tales at the Monogalia Art Center in WV.

Thank you Les Femmes Folles for putting this exhibition together and including my work in it!


Organizers/Contact: Sally Deskins and Lauren Rinaldi


Venue: Monongalia Art Center, 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV

Dates of exhibition: May 8-30, 2015

Opening reception: May 8, 5:30-7:30pm


Featuring art by Lauren Rinaldi, also with art by:

Cheryl Angel ~                Launa Bacon ~ Tracy Brown ~ Chuka Susan Chesney ~ Kim Darling ~ Sally Deskins ~  Jacqueline Ferrante ~ Michelle Furlong ~ Sheila Grabarsky ~ Cindy Hinant ~ Marisa Lewon ~ Cathleen Parra ~  Christie Neptune ~ Courtney Kenny Porto ~ Marlana Adele Vassar


This group exhibition is themed around the 2015 Les Femmes Folles book, The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales, written by Laura Madeline Wiseman. The book explores themes of girlhood, coming-of-age, beauty, and the female body and is illustrated with art by Lauren Rinaldi, who will be the featured artist of this exhibition.


Sixteen artists from around the nation will show works alongside featured artist Rinaldi’s original artwork from the book. The art explores the theme with tenacity and subtlety via painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and video by artists who submitted and were selected by Les Femmes Folles founding Editor Sally Deskins and featured artist Lauren Rinaldi. More information on the artists’ below.


Though this exhibition features women (as LFF the organization), it does not seek or attempt to represent all women; it is merely a celebration of the women featured in this exhibition, a small address to the national and looming issue of under-(and mis)-representation of women in art institutions, sales and texts which perpetuates the myth of the outlier woman artist.


This will be the seventh Les Femmes Folles exhibition since its establishment in 2011. Les Femmes Folles exhibitions have been nominated for awards and reviewed in local and national publications.

The exhibitors, in collaboration with the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center in West Virginia, would also like to welcome gallery visitors to bring in-kind donations for young women in need including toilet paper, trash bags 13 gallons or larger, cleaning products, gallon/quart size storage bags; food storage containers; plastic coat hangers; new women’s underwear (all styles/sizes); new or gently used women’s pajamas; new make-up (all sorts); sunglasses; purses or tote bags; shaving cream; hair styling products; and alarm clocks/clock radios. RDVIC is a nonprofit agency serving Monongalia, Preston, and Tayor counties in West Virginia providing services to men, women and children currently experiencing or survivors of domestic violence.

Monongalia Art Center is a nonprofit arts and culture center serving Monongalia County and surrounding areas with exhibitions, productions and educational programing.




Les Femmes Folles is a volunteer organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women).  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 available on, including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund; 100% of proceeds from LFF Anthologies throughout December.  (Find TALES on Amazon:

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Artist Bios:

Cheryl Angel (b. 1987) is an artist from Pasadena, California, who paints and draws young women on the cusp of a realized adulthood. Set in a dreamscape of messy flowers and vibrant colors, the young women in her paintings retain the feral energy and melancholy of rosy-cheeked creatures who are leaving childhood behind to take on the previously unwanted and unknown pains of love and heartbreak.


Launa Bacon is a multidisciplinary artist traversing disciplines of painting, video, sculpture, performance and installation.  Bacon received her BA from Skidmore College in New York and her MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London.  Bacon has shown traditionally and non-traditionally internationally.  As a recipient of such grants as the Art in Motion grant from USC and the Sachs Grant from Skidmore, she has been able to create work in numerous countries. Bacon is the founder and director of Darger HQ, a new 501c3 gallery and arts initiative featuring international, national and local artists' work, based in Lincoln, NE. ”My work explores the strange phenomena of entangled memories and the moulding of psychological individual behaviour through the influence of various cultures, mass media and social structures.  I am interested in a kind of sublime play that explores the nature of female identity and the human condition in relation to nature.  My work is not bound to any particular medium, traditional display or expression but driven by content and intent.”  Studies of international art and cultures continually inform her work:  she re-examines the presupposed construct of her own culture’s visual landscape.

Tracy Brown was born and raised outside of Detroit Michigan and attained a BFA with a major in education from Michigan State University.  For the past 4 years she has been an international, national, and young member of the Women's Caucus of Art. She has had her work on display in galleries and museums across the nation. Venues in which she has exhibited include the SOMARTS Cultural Center in San Francisco, Denise Bibro Gallery in NYC, Gallery 825 in LA, The National Steinbeck Center, and the Women's Museum of California. Her work on male bonding is included in the private collection of the Gwangju Cultural Foundation in South Korea which is host to one of Asia's major biennials. Her work was selected by Maria Medua the director of artist’s galleries at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the "Contemporary Women Artists" exhibition at the Chico Art Center in northern California in 2014. “I find beauty in the bright and dark side of imagery. Currently, I’ve been working on a “Fashion Monster” mixed-media and digital series. This series explores the anxiety and degradation of the female psyche created through mass media's exploitation of women.”


Chuka Susan Chesney is an award-winning artist who has shown her work nationally including Harvard University. Her awards include the Pasadena Society of Artists at the 2014 Annual Exhibition. She is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association, and her work has been including in many shows at Gallery 825 (LAAA's gallery) in West Hollywood. Her paintings and sculpture are represented by Aarnun Gallery in Pasadena, CA.  She is also a poet and her poem "My Brother's Death" has been accepted into the Poet/Artist Collaboration show at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota, Minnesota. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, she mainly focuses on painting with watercolor and gouache with a special interest on women as subjects. “They are lovely and complex. One of my favorite painting techniques is to mix bold and spirited free brush strokes with tiny, obsessive patterns. My paintings go beyond just being portraits. Each painting tells a story that layers nuances of feelings, secrets, and daydreams, half hidden in the compositions and textures of the work. Sometimes I add words and sentences to my paintings as an additional pattern and as a hint about what I was thinking and sensing as I created these images.”

Kim Darling (Kim Reid Kuhn) resides in Omaha, Nebraska and engages in personal studio practice, teaching and curating. Her painting and drawing works utilize iconic imagery and mark making generated in a method much like automatic drawing. The artist holds a BFA in studio art from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She participates in residencies throughout the country and has been featured in regional solo and group shows. Darling’s passion for collaboration has led her to social practice and partnership with local, national and international artists, as well as to open Sweatshop Gallery in the Benson District of Omaha.


Sally Deskins is an artist and writer. She is currently a Teaching Assistant in the Art History Graduate Program at West Virginia University. She holds a BA in Art from UNL and MPA from UNO. Heavily inspired by contemporary artist Wanda Ewing's work challenging society's definitions of femininity, Deskins' art explores womanhood and motherhood in her life and others'.  Her art has been exhibited in galleries in Omaha, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago; and has been published in publications such as Certain Circuits, Weave Magazine, and Painters & Poets. She has curated various solo and group exhibitions, readings and performances centered on women’s perspective and the body. Her writing has been published internationally in journals such as Stirring, Prick of the Spindle, Bookslut and Bitch. She is founding editor of LES FEMMES FOLLES. She has published four LES FEMMES FOLLES anthologies of art, poetry and interview excerpts can be found on Her first illustrated book Intimates & Fools, with poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, came out in 2014.

Jacqueline Ferrante is a Brooklyn-based artist working to uncover the overlooked beauty in conventional spaces. Her work lends a critical eye to the deconstruction and decay of aging surfaces in the environment. She finds these surfaces by being cognizant of her surroundings, on the lookout for the atypical and imperfect. Through the use of color and texture within her work, each mark elicits a new understanding of the world around her. Jacqueline's work has been exhibited at A.I.R. Gallery, Trestle Gallery, Gallery 360, and Greenpoint Gallery. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Theater Production from Northeastern University. Jacqueline is also a muralist and scenic painter.

Michelle Furlong, the artist behind One Peace at a Time Art, focuses on positive message pieces. She finds her experiences, good and bad, have been an inspiration in her life.  She believes that the way she chooses to live is a form of art. She uses mixed mediums to create and repurposes items for her pieces. Michelle compares her life to a bracelet and those moments when she has profound human connections are the charms. She creates from those charm moments.  She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia with her Australian husband.  She has raised money for local charities by donating pieces to be auctioned.  She has exhibited at Mon Arts, and was a featured artist in the publication, Appalachian Jamwich where she was referred to as the “Mother of Positivity”.  She was recently interviewed for two publication articles, LES FEMMES FOLLES and My Morgantown Magazine, scheduled to be published this spring.  She states, “If one kind act is the result of someone responding to one of my pieces and in turn causes a positive chain reaction, my goal has been met.  It would be a dream to create something that would change the world”.

Sheila Grabarsky is a seasoned, classically trained, national award-winning artist with biographies in numerous Who's Who's. She has worked and exhibited across the U.S. for over 20 years in corporate, educational, commercial, and healthcare venues as well as museums and online.  Her work in numerous private / public collections. "Color creation is very exciting. As a small child I painted a yellow watercolor sun into a blue sky and was thrilled to have accidentally created green, which hadn't been there before! I remain awestruck, still, at color creation." Classically trained at Syracuse University, Sheila's work evolved from expressionistic portraits into gestural abstraction." I do not have a preconceived notion as I approach my easel. I work in multicolored, multitextured layers. Lately I've been adhering dried skins of acrylic residue off my palette, as I find them incredibly beautiful and inspiring. Watching as forms literally present themselves as foreground is an amazing experience, always requiring hours of concentrated studio time. I am fascinated by the discovery and the mystery of harnessing chaos into a cohesive composition.

Cindy Hinant is a New York based feminist artist who utilizes video, audio, internet and digital technologies, as well as performance and traditional art mediums as part of her conceptual based practice.  She received a BFA from the Herron School of Art and Design and holds a MFA from the School of Visual Arts.  She has been the recipient of the Robert D. Beckman Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship and the Edward Albee Visual Artist-in-Residence Fellowship. She has had solo shows at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Joe Sheftel Gallery, and Interstitial. She has also participated in group exhibitions at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museo de Arte El Salvador, Gezira Art Center, and the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. 

Marisa Lewon is an artist based out of Connecticut. She has a BFA with a concentration in painting from the University of Connecticut. Lewon has been a part of several group shows, including the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Art Show in Mystic, CT (2010) and most recently an untitled group show at the Kerri Gallery in Willimantic, CT (2014). Working in multiple mediums, Lewon is able to use the form of the female body, bold colors and repetitive marks with her embroidery to create evocative works that touch on issues of body identity and control.

Christie Neptune is a Brooklyn based Visual Artist. Neptune received her B.A. in Visual Arts  from Fordham University. Neptune works primarily with film, photography and mixed media.  She uses these mediums to create provocative images that challenges the limits of self within  the collective world.    Currently, Neptune is working on a 3­part Experimental Multi­Media Series, Eye of The Storm (EOTS). It uses exhibition space and social media as a platform for paneled discussions, workshops and forums on mental health in communities of color. Untitled #70, a precursor to the project, premiered at the Maysles Documentary Cinema in Harlem and is currently on view at Rutgers University’s Institute for Women and Art, Online Film Festival.

Cathleen Parra is a photographer living in Jersey City, NJ. She has studied photography at Parsons The New School For Design and New Jersey City University.  She has exhibited work through out the country in states such as Chicago, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Texas. She has had her first exhibit over seas as part of the "Now You See It. Now You Don't" group show at Terrace Studio and Gallery in London last summer. In 2014 has been selected as the October 2014 Arts Guild New Jersey Artist of The Month for her on going project The Childhood Series.

Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Courtney Kenny Porto is known for her charcoal drawings and yarn paintings. Porto’s work focuses largely on satire, authenticity, and feminism, three concepts she feels strongly about. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS), and has exhibited work in numerous juried and solo exhibitions throughout the United States.

Lauren Rinaldi creates unbiased portraits of woman’s bodies and uses them as a vehicle to explore ideas and conversations about body image, sexuality and self-Identity. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she received her BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in 2006. She is a painter, illustrator and has worked on various projects with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Her most recent visual works have been exhibited at Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia and Scope Miami Beach – International Contemporary Art Show in Miami. She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and son.

Marlana Adele Vassar is a Pittsburgh-area artist and University of Pittsburgh alum (2006). Largely self-taught as an artist, Vassar's philosophy of balancing style and substance has attracted a diverse audience to her work. Using figures as the primary subjects, she weaves symbolism and surrealism throughout her art, creating images that are personal yet open to interpretation. Vassar began her career as a graphic designer with the intention to move into game design, however a series of personal events turned her focus to the world of fine art. Since 2008, her work has been featured nationwide in museums, galleries and public projects. Known for her sumptuous style and attention to detail, Vassar has earned numerous accolades for her images. Her most recent accomplishments include a 2013 fellowship award with the August Wilson Center, as well as a TALL grant award from Gateway to the Arts here in Pittsburgh.


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Solo Exhibition and Artist Talk at La Fashionista


I'm looking forward to my Solo exhibition "Fashion Monster" at La Fashionista downtown Tucson 45 S. 6th Ave. Artist reception Saturday April 11th from 6-10pm. It's an honor to have been invited to have this exhibition on display in it's entirety  at La Fashionista.  I'm really looking forward to sharing it as well as speaking about  the monster the following Saturday April 18th from 5-6.


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Up Coming Events


Come support Bicas this Friday and Saturday at the Drawing Studio "25th Annual Bicas Art Auction." I will have  a mixed media prisma and paint illustration up for auction along with a ton of awesome Tucson artists work. All art is bicycle themed and helps support Bicas and their work with the community throughout the year.

December 12th and 13th from 11-5pm is the Toole and Stone Solar Culture "Arts Bizarre" I'm participating this year and will have a lot of smaller prints and works up for affordable pricing. Also, I've been working on a bunch of kitschy recycled arts/crafts that would make excellent holiday gifts. Come out and say hello and check out the many local artist selling their works.

TCWAC was invited to hold an exhibition at YAY big gallery in February. Katty May May and I will be meeting to gather the details and we will put out a call to artists in the very near future.

I'm starting to feel like myself again artistically. Things are finally settling down at my new teaching job and I feel myself having the time and inspiration to focus a little more on other projects and thankfully my own work again. So yay to that and hopefully it continues!


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Summer Position Teaching youth at the Drawing studio


   I'm looking forward to and honored to have been asked to teach two youth summer courses at the Drawing Studio down town this summer. I will teach a watercolor and mixed media/narrative course to 9-12 year olds. If you know anyone who is interested please attend the open house this sunday. Details below. 

Art of Summer: Open House is May 18, 2-4 pm, at the Main Studio.
Find out why the Art of Summer is the most unique youth and teen summertime studio immersion program in the Southwest. Tour the studio, meet some of the teaching artists,  and register for classes.  Bring your favorite young artist, aged 9-18. For more information contact Tanya Rich, Youth Manager, at


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Review of the Mujeres show by C.J Shane, Sonoran Arts Network


May/June 2014
Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres
at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop, Tucson

Raices Taller
Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop is currently presenting its annual Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres exhibit of artwork created by women. That’s what “mujeres” means for us gringos – “women.” For ten years now, Raices Taller, in its own words, demonstrates “our commitment to giving women artists a voice.” Considering that many of the artists in the exhibit are not often seen in local galleries, theseMujures exhibits are important for discovering emerging artists as well as enjoying the work of established artists.

This year Raices Taller has curated a large and varied collection of some very excellent artworks including paintings, photography, drawings, prints, ceramics and more.  Here are some of the highlights.

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Jennie Norris creates a body of excellent graphite and watercolor works that are finely wrought, delicate, and very elegant in presentation.  The exhibit has two of her works, Red Tail Hawk and Robin’s Nest.

Apparently the number of artists who are involved in printmaking is not as great as painters because hand-pulled artist prints are not seen as frequently in local exhibits as are paintings. Print making can be especially challenging. The Mujeres exhibit has several works by printer makers. One standout work isMeghan O’Conner’s Symbiotic Suspension, a lithograph and embossed monoprint. A second noteworthy contribution is Marika Szabo’s Come On Baby, Light My Fire, a relief print created from kitchen matches that transformed itself into an intriguing abstract.

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It’s always a pleasure to see Teri Pursch’s artwork. In the Mujeres exhibit, she shares a small scale work titled Ranch House from her Architectural Landscapes series. This painting displays the same vibrant colors with an ominous touch that we typically see in her portrayal of man-made landscapes. Her vision of Tucson’s urban landscape is unique.  See an interview Sonoran Arts Network did with Pursch HERE>.

One of the most arresting paintings in the exhibit is Sarah Masse’s A Prophetic Fragment of Holofernes.  The painting presents as a beautiful religious icon of the Madonna and Child. But take a closer look at this baby – the child’s midsection, and what she holds in her little hand.  Is this a sign of what is to come?  The Savior Child in this painting is Judith who is destined to save the people from Holofernes, as documented in Renaissance artist Artemisia Gentileschi’s famous painting.

 Glory Tacheenie Campoy, well-known for her prints, shares with us two complementary paintings Desert Flower Series Number One, and Desert Flower Series Two.  The whimsical work of Mary Theresa Dietz shows us two canine friends. And on the surrealism spectrum, we find Canyon Spiritby Khristy Thomas to be especially intriguing.

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Mixed media work is well-represented. I found myself drawn to the work of Tracy Brown who paints and collages on digital prints. Her work in the Mujeres exhibit is titled Shop, Shop, Buy and Comply from her Fashion Monster series. Brown explained her work to me. “What motivates me to make my work is the ability of large companies and mass media to alter societies perception of beauty and the consequences and negative effects it has on women.” 

Brown and co-partner Katy May Goodson are the founders of the Tucson Contemporary Women's Art Collective. In Brown’s statement, she says she is “invested in advocating for the promotion, collection, documentation, and preservation of women in the contemporary arts. She believes in women's leadership and the ability to reshape structures of power through art, collaboration, activism, and community engagement.” 

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The Mujeres exhibit includes a number of beautiful and engaging photographic work. Especially compelling are the photos of Terri Turner who creates moody and evocative black and white landscapes. Turner shared with me that the landscape shown here, Esprit Libre, was taken on Mount Lemmon.  Combined in Turner’s vision of the natural world is the sense of serenity and wholeness that we perceive in nature, combined with the sure knowledge that the nature is constantly changing, and that death is a part of life.

~~C.J. Shane

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop is located at 218 E. 6th Street.  The Mujeres exhibit will be up through June 14

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