We are artists, musicians, actors, poets. Kitchen wizards, medicine women, plant whisperers and earth mamas. We dance, we sing, we listen, we create. We are alive and engaged in life on this planet! We invite you to share in our magic and weave your offerings into the web. Learn more here:
Mountain View, California, USA
Annette is a visionary artist and intentional creativity teacher who weaves the practice of female shamanism into her work. She blogs and writes articles, mentors other artists and is certified teacher of the intentional creativity Color of Woman method developed by Shiloh Sophia McCloud. She also studies with American Master painter Sue Hoya Sellars. She has a Masters in Women’s Spirituality with a certificate in Creative Expression from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). Her background includes over 25 years of hi-tech experience including 21 patents.
Washington, Virginia, USA
“When the soul wants something to be known,
she throws out an image in front of her
and steps into it.”
This quote by Meister Eckhart was gifted to me recently by one of my sons. It has put my life of painting into perspective. In the past 40 years of painting, she has given me three such images in order to know myself. Woodlands, the trees and the spaces between them. The Kitchen, lit in the evening when the day’s work is done, and most recently, The Birch.
I saw these trees daily on the road between Salzburg and Freilassing, Germany. When I stopped to photograph them the image was made known to me.
The tree was held and supported by the landscape to each side. Nothing reflects my present consciousness more clearly than this image.
The tree is my body, the space holds this body, and we are gracefully becoming one and the same.The visual and visceral impact of this image can have a surprising effect on the viewer. The paintings are a mysterious mix of abstraction and representation.
I make this image in oil and watercolor and collage. I write about my experience of being a woman who paints, walks in the woods, and ponders and feels all of this life we are sharing and caring for on planet earth.
I am a mother of three home grown, home born amazing sons. I live in a beautiful part of the world, near the trees and mountains and fresh water.
Born – 1953
MFA in Painting, American University, Washington, DC – 1982
My original work can be seen in Studio 3 at River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Bonnie Gloris is a visual artist, illustrator, and independent curator, originally from Albany, NY. Gloris has participated in group and solo art shows across the country. She earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design (NYC) and is now a graduate student in the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA).
Bonnie is currently the Marketing and Social Media Intern for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.
I find it imperative to engage with the mystery of light and dark, to play with ideas and ways to bring people together across all divides. The beat of the drum released me, the shafts of light sustain me, bird flight, tumbling water wild winds and distant starlight inspire me. Let us transcend all perceived differences and rejoice in the life we all share, to create a fair and just society for all.
I am a young 20-something full of passion, adventure and energy. While I work a 9-5 job like most of us, I let my creative side sore through my paintings and writings. I enjoy writing about culture, courage and spiritual things. Music inspires me in both my paintings and writings. I love the outdoors and bright colors.
Boulder, Colorado, USA
Helene Rose, MS, is passionate about supporting women to live brilliant lives and founded Be Brilliant Network to serve as a portal for women to step into their radiance. She believes that when a woman fully acknowledges and embodies her brilliance, she is an authentic and successful contributor to society — no matter where she is and what she chooses to do. Her inner brilliance shines forth in all she does. Helene’s experience provides her with a deeply compassionate perspective and understanding of the modern woman’s struggle for mindful living and feminine empowerment. She is the author of “Blessed Womb,” a healing memoir and “Love Poems.” She facilitates “Women Who Write Rock” virtual writing retreats. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family.
Savannah, Georgia, USA
I’m a writer, a singer and a devoted daughter of the Goddess. Whether expressed through poetry, essay or music, my writing explores my connection with the Divine Feminine and how She is intertwined in all aspects of life. My work has appeared recently in Issue #84 of SageWoman magazine and I blog at Quill of the Goddess. Inspiring others through my words is my divine purpose in this life and I am blessed to be surrounded by others who allow and encourage my creativity to shine.
California, Connecticut and New Mexico, USA
Clinical herbalist Jiling Lin sees distance and in-person clients on a sliding scale basis, makes and sells wild-crafted herbal concoctions, and teaches herbal, yoga, and nature-based classes in the USA and Asia, primarily in the northeastern and southwestern USA. She teaches with Two Coyotes Wilderness School in Connecticut, the Traditions in Western Herbalism conference in New Mexico, and various other organizations. Jiling travels frequently; contact her to set up a mini class, tea party, or herbal free clinic in your town!
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
I work with wax because it contributes a wonderful luminosity that I finds aesthetically pleasing. The medium also shows action and no pour can be recreated, it makes process obvious in the final product which is something I believe is valuable in our world of the mass produced image.
Thematically, my paintings are a journey to understand my own identity, particularly the edges of the personal that meet up with the realm of archetype.
I have showed nationally, including the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, CA, Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA and AS220 in Providence, RI. I am director of Peregrine Gallery in Providence, RI and currently live and works in the AS220 artist Mercantile Building.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Raised in the tiny artist colony of Taos, New Mexico, I grew up in the midst of creativity. Believing that everyone is an artist of some sort on the inside, regardless of what they show on the outside. I’m still convinced of that.
I taught myself how to paint and everyday is a new lesson. For years I painted whimsical dogs and loved every minute of it, until I didn’t. So I opened a restaurant for a few years and let the creative juices flow as food, until I couldn’t stave off the yearning for a paintbrush, rather than a spatula, in my hand.
I was in Australia when I dreamt of lovely, mighty features with wondrous birds perched atop their heads. Back I went to New Mexico and began to paint them.
They are fixed minutes of simplicity.
It’s as undemanding as that.
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
In the topside world I am an educator, teaching academic writing at the university level. In another world, I am a writer who also works in the mediums of photography, collage and masks. Lately, my blog has to do with my adventures as I research in the islands for a trilogy I’m writing: a historical fiction of the sacred queens of Hawaii.
Mel Shapcott, brings talents from both art and industry. Her work explores the intersecting edge of these two divergent worlds. Her technical skills honed as Owner and Project Manager at website design and development company Cyberian Frontier and as Vice President of web hosting and publishing company Solar Flare, LLC, are intertwined with her work as a visionary artist and intuitive. She is driven by a genuine passion to collaborate, create, and innovate through an artistic process, yet she has the critically necessary ability to synthesize the needs and goals of her team in order to tailor efficient solutions that culminate in project completion. Shapcott guides ideas from germination to manifest reality.
Shapcott founded Wild Woman Rising, an online magazine for artists and activists, and created the Akashic Oracle, a visionary art deck for intuitive inspiration. She is an agent of understanding in a rapidly evolving universe, and her individual and collaborative projects often explore and celebrate the melding of art with social issues, women’s empowerment, and community building. Shapcott is a graduate of the Priestess Path women’s leadership program, and in 2012 she won the Larger Visions Positive Change Award from Peregrine Gallery, Providence, RI. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Bend, Oregon, USA
Nadine is a retired teacher (42 years) who grew up in Northeastern Oklahoma. She taught in Oregon, Arkansas, Oklahoma and East Africa. She has taught in one-room schools, been a principal, head teacher and head of a Humanities Department in a Middle School. As a member of the United States Agency of International Development and the National Education Association (USAID-NEA) TEACH CORPS, Nadine assisted in upgrading African teachers at Mpwapwa Teachers College and Marangu Teachers College (Tanzania). After receiving a grant from The Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, Nadine researched Wahehe folk tales in Iringa Region, Tanzania. Her work has been published in educational journals and in the U.K. (poetry), the Phillipines (poetry), in The Delta Kappa Gamma International Bulletin (articles, poetry). One of Nadine’s tanka was selected for The Best Tanka of 2010. An article on Phillda Njauu, an artist from the U.S., living in Nairobi Kenya was published in SAGE, a journal for Black Women (Spelman College) Nadine’s poetry has recently been published in Pyrokinection and Napalm and Novocain, both online publications. Nadine is presently writing a novel of East Africa (c.1969). She lives in the Pacific Northwest in a log house with her cat, Mama Chai.
Edmonton, Alberta, CA
Nathalie is a graduate from the women’s mystery school apprenticeship Priestess Path with ALisa Starkweather and on the path of becoming a certified Shadow Work Facilitator. Her thirst for living life fully has expanded as she steps forward with her dreams of leading and inspiring women through a journey into women’s mysteries. It is her prayer that in the sacredness of these precious moments together, you too will find your way home.
Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA
Nicole Adele Rosaria Manieri lives deeply rooted in her community of Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is a mother, wife, and community member dedicated to cultivating local food, medicine, ritual and community culture with a strong sense of place. She cultivates wild edible gardens and wild children with her husband, and cultivates local tribe to work and celebrate with in peak seasons. She creates healing ritual space with her soul sisters on a weekly basis all year round. Nicole IS ALSO a wild gypsy expressive artist that has tremendous SOULFORCE to express in the world at-large. She has a need to cross-pollinate with tribe all over the US and even world. Her expressive artform is rooted in her personal path of healing and transformation, dreams and imagination as a prayer for our liberation and celebration of life.
Nicole Taylor lives in Eugene, Oregon and currently has no MFA’s but many hopeful projects, a varieties of styles and a wide variety of subjects. She is an artist, a hiker, a poetry note taker, a sketcher, a volunteer and a dancer, formerly in Salem’s DanceAbility. Her poems have been accepted in BareBack Journal — an online Canadian journal, Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac, Camel Saloon; Cirque Journal; Clackamas Literary Review; Denali Journal of Lane Community College, recently Eugene’s 150th Birthday Poetry Collection Anthology, Four and Twenty Journal; Full of Crow; Gloom Cupboard; Haggard and Halloo; Just Another Art Movement Journal — New Zealand, KenAgain; Kerouac’s Dog; Miller’s Pond, Outlaw Poetry Network; Pemmican; Sketchbook, Snow Monkey; Symmetry Pebbles; Tiger’s Eye, Watercourse Journal, West Wind Review, Yes (an anthology of the Silverton Poetry Association), Zygote in my Coffee and others. She has won bookstore gift certificates, workshop scholarships, a small online Beatnik contest and respect from many Oregon poets. She blogs at Facebook, Bogspot and at Oregon Poetic Voices, a collection of Oregon poets with written and audio poetry available online through Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA
The study I did with an incredibly intuitive, talented artist was when I finally figured out WHY I painted. First question she asked me was, “Why? Why do you paint?” I was stumped, and then started making up bogus answers that sounded good. Or so I thought. She saw right through the fog and indecision. “Paula, why do you paint?” It was then I settled into listening to my internal voice about the actual why. “I paint, because I never allowed myself the time to PLAY!” It was a total surprise to me. Was that true? Had I never allowed myself to actually PLAY? I thought that when I was painting I was playing….turns out the reason I was painting was so that I could eventually support myself. I DEMANDED that of myself. I never allowed myself to just play and make mistakes.
AHA! Total V-8 moment. When I played, when I allowed myself the luxury of losing time, getting lost in the process rather than the result, the actual “play” of my gift, I created Mona Lisa’s.
And so began the unfolding of me, my internal knowing, that I am here to play – to teach others to play and to LOVE what they are doing.
My paintings unfold and develop intuitively. I converse with the canvas, sometimes starting with an intention, or sometimes just allowing and knowing that this process works best for me. I paint a layer, and then glaze – layer after layer – allowing the layers to build upon themselves creating the depth and richness in the paintings that I love. I find that even the “mistakes” frequently become an intrinsic part of the painting, and I instinctively know that this is much as our lives are. Our “mistakes” or learning experiences as I prefer to call them, are layered with time and other experiences, creating the fine masterpieces that we are today. And so…I say…Let the PLAY and the JOY of the creation begin!!
Ashland, Oregon, USA
Within, perhaps, a summary of my own life’s perspectives and observations (yet with no conscious agenda), I’m captivated by the creative process, swept up in the work, the medium and the opportunity.
My hope is that the final works will cause the viewer to immerse and then to emerge with the initial design in tow…moving in and out…with an intentional choice to be there again and again. Energized by life’s experiences and dreams of how it should, or could be if only…
While immersed in a project, there are times when I see it as primitive and at other times refined. Regardless, I am pressed to move forward, aware of pending modifications, yet enjoying the expression of the moment. I work from the canvas with no pre-sketching, but a more innate exploration of my own inner space, while being aware of the necessity to remain open to the spontaneous, hidden dimensions appearing and reappearing on the canvases — with an endless appreciation that color is such an obvious and important part of my life.
Am I discovering aspects of my own identity in the process. Wondering ‘is this about me?’ Maybe so. Regardless, I am there and somehow absent, while the actual painting occurs. Appeared to and appealed to by the urgent necessity to cooperate with what is developing and yet making my own voice heard as a distant director of what must be the reluctant conclusion of that one work…if another is to begin.
Thank you for the privilege of sharing my work with you.
Samantha Archer is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist. With an upbringing in classical piano and clarinet, playing in jazz bands and acting, singing and dancing, her music is expressive and crosses over into many genres, from classically inspired to world and experimental.
Since she began playing the handpan in late 2012, her musical vocabulary is being ever challenged and stretched to encompass her creativity through its limitations. She is never short of new ideas, new collaborations and new music.
Born on Wurrundjerri land in Melbourne, Australia. My Mountain is Mt. Dandenong (which means lofty mountain) and my River is the Yarra (which actually means river). My ancestry is Celtic. I am a daughter of the Scottish/Irish MacGillivray clan. I grew up by the sea and have always played with magic, danced with spirit and surrendered to music. I became a Liturgical music schollar and studied a Bachelor of Arts Degree in performance studies and a post grad in community engagement and cultural development. I practiced massage and shamanistic healing, wellness, meditation and yoga. I travelled within and around the world many times. I’ve camped in places of natural wonder, sang at peace festivals and sacred ceremonies in temples, churches, hospitals and forrest glades. I have managed to release 12 albums so far and been part of the soundtrack for several films. I continue to live and learn, share and shine, in wonder of it all…Blessings…
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
In the 49th year of my life I became…I became the woman I dreamed I could be, I became a goddess. I became fearless and passionate though sometimes still I lose my way, the old skin still clinging in places here and there. Born in the South, and that being said I survived and I became more than what was/is allowed and as I move forward into my fifties I hope that my words will inspire others to become as well…because becoming is the best journey of all.
All the artwork I make evolves intuitively. I rarely plan any piece and I never have an intended outcome. A face just emerges and sometimes that process is easy and at other times it’s really hard; erasing, redrawing, erasing… and on, and on… until the magic happens.
I am inspired by beauty (inner and outer), emotion and softness in a face. This is my starting point. Mostly this is a face from my imagination and it is a mystery to me where she comes from. Currently I am inspired by the sea and blue lagoons and sands made up of thousands of tiny pink seashells as this is where I am living geographically.
I used to paint giant abstract oil paintings, influenced by architecture. I love buildings and arches and windows. But when I really connected with myself artistically, after giving up teaching a few years ago and claiming back my soul… I find myself painting fairies and mermaids. I don’t know why. But, that’s OK with me.
I have been working in a mixed media way for the past few years and am constantly fascinated by how the addition of each new layer relates to the last one applied. I allow mistakes to happen during the middle stages of the process when I can loosen up enough and then (hopefully!) pull it all together in the end. Sometimes it’s like being in a deep meditative state when I truly let go. And I always get my best result when this happens.
I sometimes feel vulnerable showing my work. Like I am naked, on the page… Quite simply, because it is truly from my heart. This is my gift and if I don’t make art, then I wouldn’t feel alive.