It was founded by Martha Richards 20 years ago.
Today she turned 65 and WomenArts turned 20. She wrote a post celebrating both and it inspired me, so I'm sharing a few excerpts:
I want to emphasize the point that WomenArts started with a small group of women gathering in my kitchen and talking about our dreams. Once we started talking we were able to identify positive steps we could take to move towards our goals.
I encourage all of you to do the same this holiday season. Take time to think about what you would like to accomplish in the coming year and then figure out whether there are people who could help you. Maybe you will gather with friends to start a new organization as I did twenty years ago, or maybe you will create some ambitious new work or plan a spectacular event... Whatever it is, please know that there are women here at WomenArts and all over the world who are rooting for you to succeed.
I have one more birthday wish. As you are sending out your holiday greetings, please take a few moments to contact your favorite women artists and tell them what you love about their work. This simple action is much more powerful than you might think. I have learned that you can often give someone the courage to keep working or try something new just by listening to them carefully, acknowledging their hard work, and finding kind, supportive things to say.
What a great birthday wish!
In the spirit of that idea, I am listing three women artists who have inspired me. There are others, but their work is not online yet, so I am going to
My three merci:
Thank you Leah.
Leah heals with her words as a story teller and writer, and with her touch as a massage therapist. She gets inspired by ideas and then forms groups, she gets inspired by books and then organizes readings. She makes things happen. If you want to dive into your dreams, contact Leah. She just finished a two year program. About dreams. How cool is that.
Thank you Alli.
Alli selects beautiful fabric and goes to her attic to turn it into things. She lives with all boys: husband, sons, male dog, male cat. Her attic has been declared "penis free zone" and it is where she creates beauty and more beauty. She kicks arse with a sewing machine.
Thank you Christine.
Christine paints and teaches and lives by intuition. Twenty years ago she dreamed of living in Hawaii and now she lives and paints in Hawaii. You can find her work at Maui Hands.
"Give and Take" by Christine Waara
Crayon purse by Allison Clark
A class taught by Leah, titled,
"Who’s Wicked? Taking Another Look at Rapunzel"
If you have someone you know who creates things you love, or someone you don't know who creates things you love, send them a thank you for creating.