Celebrating Inspirational Women: Women In Art

By: Terisa Brooks-Huddleston, Owner/Founder @ Our Hands For Hope

As we move into this month of Celebrating Inspirational Women, I sat down today to write a piece about women artists, but found myself instead intrigued by “Women IN Art”.

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It struck me that inspirational women can emerge from art whether painted by a man or woman.

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One of my favorite artists is Gustav Klimt. I have always been intrigued by his Art Nouveau style, (elaborate mosaic patterns and costumes that have glimmers of gold), but more importantly the women he portrays always evoke a strong emotional response in me.

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The faces of the women in his art capture so many different qualities: strength, dignity, passion, nurture, courage, stability and creativity.

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There are reviews everywhere about Gustav Klimt the man and the art. As an artist, and an artist’s wife, I am continually amused by art reviews and critiques provoking an influence on how I’m suppose to respond. For me art is both subjective and objective. My first  intuitive reaction is to respond to it, jaded by my personal thoughts and emotions. I have an initial gut reaction of liking it or not.

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But by practicing a “closer study” I can learn to respond with a more objective point of view. It’s through this objective appreciation that I can find a deeper meaning within a piece. Looking for this deeper meaning is how I/we learn to appreciate what we don’t understand; the same can be said for understanding a woman. Each of our individual stories is what give us the depth and complexity that creates our uniqueness.

So, may I encourage you as we Celebrate Inspirational Women to always look for the deeper meaning through the stories we share.

I am blessed to be a woman and I am grateful for artists like Gustav Klimt to have captured on paper the emotional complexity of what women are made of.

Celebrating Inspirational Women

By: Terisa Brooks-Huddleston, Founder/Owner @ Our Hands For Hope

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April showers bring May flowers and just in time for Mother’s Day. As we move into this season of honoring our mothers, at Our Hands For Hope we will be celebrating inspirational women in our lives by showcasing the strength, dignity, wisdom, support, love, comfort and creativity that defines women.

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We all hold images and memories of humorous, sentimental, empowering, and introspective moments we’ve had with women who inspire us. Throughout the month of May we will be celebrating women of all types, mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces and friends.

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We’ll be posting ways we applaud womanhood, from artistic expressions of female artists, humorous tales of fond memories, to the stories about changed lives and new adventures.

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We want you to share your memories and moments with us as well. Send us a blurb or a brief story about a woman you would like to honor, we would love a picture to attach to it too! Share your ideas, art, quotes and stories about the women in your life, so we can all celebrate together.

 

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We will be having two giveaway gift drawings for those of you who participate.

One will be announced on May 10th and the other on May 31st, 2014.

So get those notes sent….we are so excited to honor WOMANHOOD with you!

How to send us your story:
Email us at: info@OurHandsForHope.com
Please keep your story to around 300 words or less.
You’re welcome to post directly onto our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/OurHandsForHope
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