Images de Femmes 2010

I recently made a trip to the Mile End Library at 5434 Park Avenue to see the Images de Femmes art exhibit in celebration of International Women's Day. Fifty Mile End women artists are displaying their work from March 6 to 21 both at the library and at a few other venues throughout the Mile End. Unfortunately, I missed the opening event or vernissage on March 6, but was informed that fun was had by all. The work on the left, entitled Goddess of Love by Shola Doumma, is one of many works you will see.

This is the 17th year that Images de Femmes has been running, and it's a great opportunity to see the work of the many talented women living in the Mile End.

In addition to this exhibit, I also popped in at 5319 Park Avenue at Artistri, a boutique offering original handcrafted gifts and accessories from both local women artisans and women artisans from the developing world. To celebrate International Women's Day, Artistri was presenting Beyond the Silk Road: Glimpses of Contemporary Textiles in South East Asia. It features 14 interpretations of contemporary silk weaving by Cambodian and Laotian craftswomen. Owner Jennifer Lonergan, who recently returned from South East Asia, told me that Artistri was also taking part in the Images de Femmes project and showed me the work of a Mile End weaver displayed prominently in the front window.

Although Images de Femmes will be wrapping up shortly, there are still two cultural events not to be missed this weekend: the Prayer for the Women of Juarez on Saturday, March 20, (To find out why the Women of Ciudad Juarez need our prayer, click here) and Dance and Song from the Orient on Sunday, March 21.


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