Showing posts from November, 2013

Women in Art 278's December Issue

It's that time! Women in Art 278 is proud to announce the release of our December issue. And, we are even happier to announce the winner of our cover page art contest: Ilisa Millermoon! As many of you are aware, our December issue is our first "themed" cover - this month pays tribute to Human Rights, which is internationally recognized on December 10th. Ilisa Millermoon's art is a beautiful representation of a person breaking away from imprisonment and finding their freedom.

The mission of our magazine is to showcase talented female artists from across the globe but we would be remiss if we didn't also take the opportunity to talk about (or use art in lieu of our words) incredibly important social issues that afflict every country around our globe. As female artists, we often find inspiration for our art from our daily lives, by society, by nature and ... well, it seemed fitting to incorporate some of these global issues into our magazine. 
As always, we offer ou…

Give Thanks.

Today it's Thanksgiving Day in the USA. Even if the holiday isn't celebrated everywhere, sometimes it's nice to take the time to pause and give thanks ... just because. 

Happy Thanksgiving (Day of Thanks)!

And, while on the subject of "giving thanks" I'd also like to just vent about the Thanksgiving Day shopping nonsense. Stores will stay open if customers demand it so until people stop demanding it, it will continue disrupting the ONE day when people are suppose to come together and give thanks.  Sure, you might not enjoy thanksgiving or want to spend time with the family but that doesn't mean that employees don't want to. The sales can wait. Honestly ... there are so many sales all the time. Is there a reason to eat, rush out of the house and make all those employees lose their holiday to accommodate your needs?

Everyone deserves a break. The holidays are chaos enough if you work in retail ( I did years ago ) so maybe next year we can do better as a co…

A Little Teaser (December 2013 Issue)

In only a few days we will unveil our December issue - and, let me tell you, it is BEAUTIFUL! As a little teaser, here are a few of the artists the December issue features ...

Our artists are incredibly diverse and it's through diversity that we are able to offer all our readers something that compliments their artistic tastes perfectly. It is so difficult to describe anything as universally beautiful (I'm biased to our artists, of course) but completely understand that what I define as beautiful might not be another person's definition. So, by offering many artists and many different genres, we are confident you will fall in love with (at least) one of them.

               Until December 1st ...

        Standby for the unveiling! 

p.s. have you "liked" us on facebook yet? please join us there. 

Holiday Spending - Making it Count

I know many societies tell us that we "need" name brand items or should shop discount at the large chain stores such as Walmart but what does that money do? Does it help out the cashiers? Does it help the people manufacturing those goods in countries hidden from our purview? Often times it simply makes the owners and shareholders rich but doesn't affect the many wonderful employees who keep those businesses operating.

How about this holiday season you shop from local and independent artists. Money paid toward small businesses makes a huge difference. It will help the artist or small business owner buy gifts for their families, pay bills, grow their businesses and hopefully expand them enough that they hire additional workers! Yes, oh, yes,shopping directly from the artists and small businesses matter greatly!

Etsy is a wonderful platform to purchase handmade goods from independent artists. In fact, many of the artists featured in Women in Art 278 magazine have an online…

November's Printed Edition. Yay!!

Our November issue's cover page artist, Silvia Cataudella, opens our issue with an interview (in Italian and English) then leads you on an artistic journey around the globe from painters to photographers and jewelry designers to mesh-wire designers. 
Many of these women are world travelers - born in one country and finding home in another. So, you will see that some are nestled under countries where they currently reside but their origins often inspired their love of art and it's through art that they carry their culture(s). 
Art has a way of overcoming physical and emotional barriers ... beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and the art we connect with can easily come from someone whose language we don't share or history we don't share but connect with them nonetheless. 
This connection we find through art is beautiful - as are the creators of art featured on our pages. 
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They left war, but war never left them.

It's estimated that 22 Veterans take their lives each day. That's entirely too many. I mentioned on a facebook post the other day that instead of being told, "Thank you for your service," I'd rather people take the time to understand Veterans' issues or employ them. I think that public acceptance for service members who have visible and invisible scars from war as well as respectable, gainful employment would help tremendously.

I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom - I still don't know what we accomplished though. We funneled money into a country that is still plagued with violence and instability, we have sent an unthinkable amount to Afghanistan to a corrupt government ... the wars have been so mismanaged. One thing that gets under my skin is the fact that the military hasn't seemed to learn its lessons from the previous years and engagements (combat). I recall one team leaving base every single day at the same time every single day ... that's a …

Did you know

Did you know that there was an International Day For Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict? It's true!
The United Nations created this November 6 holiday in 2001. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, over the last 60 years, 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources and these conflicts are also twice as likely to relapse. The holiday links war and natural resource exploitation and peace and conservation.

And the spokesperson for this day is none other than Angelina Jolie.

Enjoyment without overindulgence.

We have to eat to live ... but is dessert in that equation? I say, "Yes!" There is nothing wrong with a little indulgence in a healthy and thoughtful way. Sweets made with organic, natural ingredients that are consumed in moderation are GREAT! Particularly if you have a sweet tooth like me ...

Soon, a client of mine, will launch their website. Until then, I'll keep the name of their company under wraps (pun intended?). Their decadently rich sweets are made with organic ingredients and are currently only offered locally in South Florida.

As a mom and a foodie, I truly appreciate the transition so many businesses are making to offer organic products. Having options for sweets and natural produce alike is wonderful. I think some may underestimate the ease and enjoyment of living a healthy and organic life. With treats like this (and no, I'm not talking about those gross, chalky desserts that "taste healthy") it's easy to eat healthy foods and even treat y…

Women in Art 278 (November 2013)

November is here!! 
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance. -Aristotle 

As many of you know, I publish a monthly art magazine that showcases female artists across the globe. Why only females? Well, as a feminist, a mother, an artist and a business owner, I believe that women are often underrepresented. In a still male-dominated world where many countries treat women as second-class citizens, this is my way of uniting (across geographic and artistic genres) a collection of highly skilled women who are exceptional artists.
Consider the magazine PRO-woman instead of anti-man.

As I converse with the contributing artists throughout the month, I love learning a bit about each of them. Most are mothers. Most are inspired by their lives and experiences. Many of them are inspired by nature. I love that women (some, at least) feel a strong connection to the natural world around them.
It's this connection that inspired me to create the…