FREE FILM SCREENING- “A Woman Like That” . . .


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(from my email)

We are thrilled to announce the Tennessee premiere of

a woman like that 

an evening with Artemisia Gentileschi

Memphis College of Art Callicott Auditorium – 7:30 PM Thursday, April 4, 2013

a woman like that is:

a celebrated new feature documentary film about Artemisia Gentileschi, featuring scholars Mary Garrard, Elizabeth Cropper, Ann Sutherland Harris, Richard Spear, Elizabeth Cohen and many others.

The provocative art and heroic life of 17th Century female painter Artemisia Gentileschi inspires filmmaker Ellen Weissbrod’s own coming of middle-age struggle to be “a woman like that.”  Filmmakers Ellen Weissbrod & Melissa Powell and will introduce the screening and stay for a Q & A after the film.

Check out our website and Facebook page for more about the film and Artemisia Gentileschi.

Read recent reviews here and here.

a woman like that is:

“A stunning film!” – Carol Gilligan, New York University

“Smart, witty, moving – tremendous!” – Jill Deupi, Director, Bellarmine Museum

“Audacious, touching, funny!” – Susan Wegner, Bowdoin College

“An amazing achievement!” – Mary D. Garrard, Emerita, American University

a woman like that has screened at over 40 museums and colleges world-wide including: the National Gallery of Art, The Detroit Institute of ArtThe Davis Museum at Wellesley College, The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Denver Art MuseumThe Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers, the Portland Art Museum in conjunction with Reed College and Portland State UniversityThe St. Louis Art Museum and The American Academy in Rome. Recent college screenings include Tufts University, Hofstra University, University of Denver, University of Pittsburgh, Fairfield University, Bowdoin, Bates and Colby Colleges, and many more.

Please contact us below to ask about screening at your school. The educational DVD is scheduled for release in 2013.

Please forward this announcement to area friends and colleagues who you think might enjoy the film.




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Muse TV needed some resurrection and what better way than chatting with the “prophetess” in Sibella!  The group was founded by Tamar Love in 2006 at first with three members, since then, it has changed out and grown currently to four.These multi-talented sirens are composed of Tamar Love- vocals, strings, song-writing; Sarah Diestche- vocals, keys, song-writing; Valentine Leonard- percussion, and Fields Falcone- bass.

Muse tv- What do you want to convey with your art?

SIBELLA- Working together making emotional, thoughtful music feels like more being true to one’s inner self.  We’re very collaborative with one another and we don’t try to outshine each other. 

M- When did it “click” to you that your work was more than a pastime?

S-  (Sarah) Tamar thought of it over time after meeting in church at First Congo.  We knew of each other’s talents.

M-  Where can folks find your works?

S-  (Valentine) We anticipate a CD this summer 2013.  There’s also an EP on our MySpace page. 

M- What other artists, things, or places that inspire you?

S-  (Tamar) everyone, everywhere; (Sarah) Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls, jazz piano; (Valentine) Cuban & jazz; (Fields) Firehouse, rock, punk-rock.

M- What pearls-of-wisdom do you want to share with current and future generations of female artists?

S-  It takes courage.  Check out Girls ROCK! camps. Find others like you. (Valentine) Don’t be afraid to make noise!

The Late Muse, Mrs. Ethel Taylor Maxwell


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(from the Commercial Appeal, 1/6/2013)

ETHEL TAYLOR MAXWELL, 97, prominent musical singing star and voice professor passed away peacefully at her home on January 3, 2013. Daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E.W. Taylor of Memphis, Ethel Taylor was educated at Hutchison School, Southwestern at Memphis (B.A.) and Memphis State University (M.A.).

She received vocal education in New York City where she was finalist runner-up in the Metropolitan Opera auditions and was in Oscar Hammerstein’s first Broadway show. Her performing career continued in Memphis as star of the Memphis Air Theatre from 1938-1950. She was soloist with the NBC orchestra, and sold war bonds with Abbot and Costello. Ethel married Early Maxwell, sports editor of the Evening Appeal and founder of public relations firm Early Maxwell Associates. It was Maxwell who approached Liberty Bowl promoter Bud Dudley in 1965 with the idea of relocating the game to Memphis. Early brought many attractions to Memphis including the Beatles in 1966. Early Maxwell Boulevard which leads to the Coliseum was named for the promoter.

Ethel Maxwell taught 35 years as Professor of Voice at Memphis State University and 10 years as instructor of music at Lausanne School for Girls. She was soloist for 10 years at Calvary Episcopal Church (1950-1960) and choir director for 20 years at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church (1960-1980). During the 1950’s she sang the National Anthem each year on the Mississippi River barge to begin the May Cotton Carnival.

Mrs. Maxwell had many students with national and international singing careers including Richard Vernon who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for 27 years. Mrs. Maxwell served as president of the Beethoven and Renaissance music clubs and was a member of the Camarata club. She also served as a LeBonheur volunteer.

Mrs. Maxwell is survived by her daughters Ethel Maxwell Scrivener of Memphis, TN and Margaret Alice Maxwell of Corpus Christi, Texas; sister, Celeste Conn of St. Petersburg, FL and granddaughter, Meg Scrivener Dyck of Castle Rock, Colorado. Services will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Visitation will be held from 12 noon until service time at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be give to the Beethoven Club, Opera Memphis or MIFA Memorial Park Funeral Home, “Behind the stone wall”, 901-767-8930.

Musing Around Town: Closing Reception, WKNO Gallery Ten /Ninety/One




“A Minute and A Half Of Summer:
Ninety Miniatures by Mary Norman”

An exhibit of ninety miniature oil paintings – each one representing one second frozen in time – from recent summer vacations in New England. The scenes go from rural to urban, macro to micro-views, landscape to still life.

The paintings all measure 3 ½” x  6″.

Closing Reception Thursday / January 17 / 5:30 – 7:30PM


THANK YOU, Our Ranting AND Raving Actually Worked!!!!! ;-)



(from Ovation TV)

14 days ago we announced that Time Warner Cable intended to drop Ovation from
its lineup, and we asked you to stand up for the arts. You did:

Over 25,000 of you signed the
imploring Time Warner Cable not to drop Ovation, and
we’re now adding nearly 5,000 new signatures every day.  From the bottom of our
hearts, THANK YOU!

I want to share one message in
particular from a young woman who identified herself as Dana:

Time Warner Cable: I may still be a teenager, but this channel matters to me. I
love being able to sit down and watch a play with my friends, and that led me to
become involved in the arts. I based my life around performing all because of
the things I’ve seen here. Please, don’t take this away from me.”

received hundreds of messages like this from people of all ages and backgrounds.
Your messages are being sent to Time Warner Cable’s top executives, but despite
these impassioned demands for independent, thoughtful, arts programming on TV,
Time Warner Cable has not yet changed its mind.  They still intend to drop
Ovation. But,

Please don’t give
If we make our voices heard loudly enough, Time Warner Cable will
hear us.

Here’s what you can do:

1.     Call
Time Warner Cable directly.
It only takes a minute and gives you
the chance to tell a live human being how important Ovation is to you.
Call Time Warner Cable at
. When you call, please be sure to say that you are
calling to ask them to put Ovation back in the

2.     Activate your network.
Use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or good old-fashioned face-to-face conversation
to ask your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to sign the petition at

our deepest thanks for your viewership and support. Please keep standing up for
the arts in 2013 – It’s worth


Tiah Carter
Social Media Manager,

Portrait of A Lady (Believed Founding Mother of Alma Mater) …


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 21, 2012 Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
(662) 329-7124

COLUMBUS, Miss. — An oil on canvas portrait thought to be Annie Coleman Peyton, one of The W’s founding mothers, has been returned to campus after a quest for its restoration that started more than 40 years ago.

The story starts with Alan Thurlow, who worked in New York prior to joining MUW in 1965 as a commercial artist instructor.

Because of his many connections in the art world, Thurlow was asked by Dr. Ralph Hudson, head of the art department at the time, to find someone who could restore the painting and find an antique oval frame for the portrait.

“No one wanted anything to do with it,” Thurlow said. “I tried several antique dealers and one agreed to find a frame.”

The antique dealer, whose information Thurlow no longer remembers, took Thurlow’s address and said he would send the painting to Thurlow after he finished it.

“I had forgotten about the picture,” Thurlow said, noting he received the painting in the mail about four years ago. “I have no record of the above dealer’s name. It was shipped from Washington, D.C.”

The painting sat in storage in Thurlow’s attic for about a year before he decided to deliver it to front campus with the attached note:

“I taught art for several years at MSCW/MUW and MSU and am now retired here in Columbus and would be happy to give the painting back to where it belongs (still without a frame). Thank you.”

The painting is now in possession of the President’s Office after being delivered to Richard White by Alex Stelioes-Wills, MUW professor of art. White, a conservator in Columbia, restored the oil on canvas portrait in less than a month.

Dr. Bridget Pieschel, MUW professor of English and director of the Center for Women’s Research and Public Policy, and her husband, Stephen, MUW English professor emeritus, were charged with putting a name with the portrait. The two pored over the pictures and debated back and forth and came up with Peyton as their conclusion.

The portrait will soon be framed and housed in a prominent location on campus.

[The questions STILL remain:  Who originally did this oil portrait? IS the woman featured in this very portrait, actually the Mrs. Annie Coleman Peyton? ]

Tell Time-Warner (REPEATEDLY) TO KEEP The Ovation TV Channel !!!


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Do any of you remember the Bravo Channel when it actually dealt with artistic and cultural programming??!!!!!!!!!!!!  But now!- I would rather see those pathetic “housewives” literally get flushed down the toilet where they belong!!!!!!

Time-Warner proclaims that on January 1st, it will remove the Ovation TV channel!  People and Muses everywhere, please DO NOT sit idly by and let this occur!!  Speak up and out for quality programming that will enrich, enlighten, and inspire current & future Muses nation wide from the Ovation channel!!

Sign the petition: 

my daily art display

Let me introduce you to a female artist, whom I am ashamed to admit, I had never heard of, but whom Giorgio Vasari, the Italian biographer of artists, made the following comment:

“…[She] has shown greater application and better grace than any other woman of our age in her endeavours at drawing; she has thus succeeded not only in drawing, colouring and painting from nature, and copying excellently from others, but by herself has created rare and very beautiful paintings…”

My featured artist today is the Italian Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. Her christian name came from a strong family connection to ancient Carthaginian history and her parents named their first daughter after the tragic Carthaginian figure who lived and committed suicide during the Second Punic War.  Sofonisba Anguissola was born in Cremona, a city in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, around 1532.  Her father was Amilcare Anguissola and her…

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Ms. La Havas’ AMERICAN TOUR [ Nashville, TN- 4.14.2013 ] !! ;-)


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(from my direct personal e-mail:)

Lianne La Havas is set to return to the USA and Canada in 2013!

She will be performing 20 cities throughout March and April, including New York, Los Angeles and Nashville.

See below for the full list of dates and  current ticket links. More ticket links will be announced throughout the week so be sure to visit Lianne’s website HERE for the most up to date information.

17th March – HOB Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX – TICKETS

20th March – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA – TICKETS

22nd March – Great American Music Hall – San Fransisco, CA

24th March – Crocodile – Seattle

25th March – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

26th March – Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC

29th March – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO

31st March – Varsity Theatre – Minneaspolis, MN

1st April – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

2nd April – The Magic Bag – Detroit, MI – TICKETS

4th April – Opera House – Toronto, ON

5th April – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC

6th April – The Sinclair – Boston, MA –TICKETS

7th April – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA –TICKETS

9th April – Webster Hall – New York, NY –TICKETS

12th April – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

13th April – The Loft – Columbus, GA —TICKETS

14th April – 3rd and Lindsley – Nashville, TN

Muses & Game-changers in Tomorrow’s Art World …


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Names to watch for in the art world, now and beyond:

(ANDRA URSUTA, artist)




























(BROOKE GARBER NEIDRICH, collector, philanthropist)

















(KIKI SMITH, artist)



(KRISTN BAKER, artist)


























(MARIA BAIBAKOVA, collector, promoter)


(AMANDA SHARP, publisher, promoter)


(YOKO ONO, artist, collector, activist)