For most of my professional life I sustained my need to create in a variety of positions: writer, journalist, activist, and for over 20 years, as a developer of educational equity and diversity programs at an international think tank. I managed a national center which built strong networks among social justice and education and work as it used various media to build strong support for equity. I loved it but as I considered new directions, I wanted a new adventure and returned full-time to my love of visual art. I am a painter, pastelist, and printmaker, working both in my own studio and at Manhattan Graphics Center in New York’s garment district.
My search for new ways to express my deep wonder at the implausibility of creation that first brought me to Manhattan Graphics which is now my artistic home. I came through MGC’s door about six years ago.. As a beginning printmaker, I was looking for a new space to learn more about the many aspects of fine art printmaking, I visited MGC with a friend and was warmly welcomed by the monitor. We wandered around and met several printmakers, one of whom said, “you’ll love it here, the teachers are fantastic.” She was right. I’ve learned so much, had so many opportunities to grow and have met so many wonderful people. MGC is a special place where artists so willing help one another, offer ideas, and support each other. The collective philosophy and willingness to experiment energize and challenge all of us to grow and develop as artists.
I believe in giving back for all I gotten from MGC. Serving on the board is a very concrete way to offer my organizational development, media relations, and fund-raising skills. I’ve learned ho hard the board works, how committed each board member is to MGC, its members and its future. It is helping me deepen my understanding of the strengths and weakness of our organization and of the different ways we can build a strong sustainable future. Being on the board gives one a real opportunity to create the environment and space that welcomes everyone and gives voice to each artist. That’s awesome.