“I AM A WOMAN WHO ” Returning to Boston on Nov. 19 – 20 @ Somerville’s Brickbottom Artists Open Studios

Empowering Women Through Painted Self Descriptions 

What: On Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, Boston area women are invited to participate in a powerful event, where they can have their portrait taken behind a canvas painted with their own self-descriptions. The I AM A WOMAN WHO project uses photography and confessional writing to explore the threads that connect women to other women in the world, no matter what their backgrounds or experiences. The project inspires the release of raw, uncensored truths captured in the moment through stream-of- consciousness writing, coupled with imagery that serves as both catalyst and canvas. Pant suits welcome! Register ahead of time at: http://iamawomanwho.com/open-call-3/. 

Boston native and I AM A WOMAN WHO Creator, Jill Valle, addresses issues and beliefs commonly faced – and shared – by woman of all races, ages, sizes, status, occupations, and religious backgrounds. See the process unfold, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD5VRHrAbg0&noredirect=1. 

This can be a very healing experience as women get a sense of self worth, identity, purpose, confidence, and the ability to see – through self portrait and the painted word – who they are in their own eyes. 
When: Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20
There are three time slots to can choose from:

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Register ahead of time at: http://iamawomanwho.com/open-call-3/. 
Where: Brickbottom Artists Open Studios
               1 Fitchburg St     
               Unit: B553
               Somerville, MA 02143
Cost: $200 and includes:
§ One on one engagement and guidance through the writing and portrait process
§ One digital download
§ The finished piece of art used in the portrait to take home
§ $5 of every registration goes into a community fund to support someone who would be prohibited from participating due to cost and/or bringing the campaign to local community based organizations serving women and girls of all walks of life.
Who: Boston native, JILL VALLE , grew up on Cape Cod and studied photography, psychology, and the art of surfing on both East and West Coasts. As an educator and a psychotherapist with her own practice for the past 15 years, she’s generated a body of visual and written work that reflects precious and vulnerable moments in time she witnessed or was a part of, then incorporated that art making practice into her work with people of all ages. Jill is drawn to photography for its nonlinear nature, imperfection, and potential for authentic self-expression and biographica truth. Her photographs are layered with complex textures, color, shadow, and light. They – along with other mixed media work – have bee exhibited in galleries in the Boston area, Los Angeles, and New York.
For interview requests or images please contact Laura Mooney at LauraWMooney@gmail.com. More information can be found on http://iamawomanwho.com/open-call-3/ or visit I AM A WOMAN WHO on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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