2011 WE6 Artists

Charlene Marsh

Role: Exhibiting visual artist, oil paintings
Details:I will be exhibiting two, figurative, oil paintings.

Mia Beach

Role: Visual Artist
Details: Mia Erin Beach is an artist based out of Bloomington, Indiana, where she received a BFA degree in photography at Indiana University. She has exhibited in both solo and group shows around the Midwest and West Coast, and has been featured in publications in the United States and abroad. She has lived in Bloomington since 2005, and has 3 children.

Jennifer A Herrold

Role: Visual Artist
Details: My work for the WE6 show focuses on the body, how it is adorned and and the atmosphere where it sits. The figures are surrounded by expressionistic brush strokes, feathers in the forms of headdresses and stylized chickens flying through. Motifs and color around and within the body make it boldly there, but more as a timeless shape, identifiable and grounding.

Jeanne Smith

Role: Visual artist, performer, organizer or volunteer photographer
Details: I have have been a photographer since childhood 4H where I was taught the composition by my mother. Professionally I have produced several calendars of Japan over a period of three years, otherwise I am a amateur photographer with the Bloomington Photography Club. Much success in juried shows over a period of many years has given me the confidence to feel I am doing something right. I use Broad Perspectives Photography as my copyright name. It defines my view and the scope of my images. Much of what I shoot is rather journalistic or street scene in nature yet my method is more about framing the "found art" of life then "message" or meaning.I have ventured indoors for pageant and burlesque photography lately. This is requiring new openness to more expensive equipment and tricks of artificial lighting and exposure techniques. This is a new challenge. This past year I have ventured into video, producing a music video for the Pride Film Festival video shoot out, featuring Bloomington transgender singer song writer Kay Bull and a slice of the community broadly GLBT affirming. I too am "T" in that alphabet, btw. Last year I found WE on Facebook. The rules for submission called for women and women affirming artists to submit. I had a photo accepted and was proud to be told I was accepted as a woman artist here. I worked as hard as any volunteer last year on the day of the show to help with set up of the show. I expect to put in a similar effort this year, using my height (despite my fear of ladders) to good advantage. Find me on Facebook. I own Bikesmiths Bicycle shop... that helps find me.

Holly Streekstra

Role: Visual Artist
Details:Holly Streekstra attended Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where she received an MFA in Sculpture in 2006. In 2008, she was a Jerome Foundation Fellow at Franconia Sculpture Park, where her portable camera obscura is installed. Her work is concerned with ideas of time, technology, cultural myths, and illusion. These devices are explored in her work through the mediums of collage, assemblage and theater, using found objects, video and audio.

Rebecca Drolen

Role: Visual Artist

Elaine Miller

Role: Visual Artist
Details:Elaine graduated this past December from the BFA Photography program at Indiana University. Currently, she is expanding upon her latest body of work, 'It Would Lose All Purpose', shot with 4x5" film.

Christine Golden

Role: Visual Artist
Details:Christine Golden has been creating art for over 15 years and has been an educator in the arts consistently since 2003. She has exhibited at various institutions such as The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, in addition to receiving representation in magazines such as, Ceramics Monthly. Christine works predominantly with the human figure sculpted in clay, and focuses on issues dealing with the human condition. Christine attained her BFA at the University of Utah in 2005, and in 2010 she received her MFA from Indiana University. While attaining her MFA, Christine became an Associate professor, teaching 3-D design fundamentals and ceramics to art majors. She also received a "Kiln God fellowship" to attend Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, was invited exhibit at Santa Fe Clay, and was invited as a visiting artist at Herron School of Art. Christine received several awards in school, such as the Grant in Aid of Research & Creative Activity Award, Tanner Fellowship, Indiana University Fine Arts Fellowship, and the Della Fricke Teaching Scholarship. Christine has exhibited in numerous juried shows including: "A New Decade of Clay: 2010", SOFA gallery, "Clay & Context", where she won Best of Show, "National Society of Arts and Letters", an emerging artist regional competition where she placed second in the visual arts division and won the Ilknur P. Ralston Memorial Award. She has also participated in numerous workshops and residencies, including Peters Valley Arts and Craft Center, Vermont Studio Center, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Santa Fe Clay, Arrowmont, Penland School of Arts and Crafts, and Red Lodge Clay Studio. Currently Christine resides in Flagstaff, AZ where she is working in her studio, participating in juried exhibitions, currating an exhibition for the 2012 NCECA independent exhibitions, exhibiting at Gebert Contemporay in Scottsdale, and attending various residencies and workshops.

Maria Domene-Danés

Role: Visual Artist
Details: Maria Domene-Danés. Born in Olot, Catalonia, 1975. BA in Art History and MA in Art Criticism and Culture Communication, Universitat de Girona (Catalonia). MA in Art History (contemporary Art), IUB. Currently she is a PhD student in the Art History Department at IUB. She has worked (from 1997 to 2007) in the cultural field as researcher for Desacuerdos, Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA); coordinator and assistant curator, Museu Comarcal de la Garrotxa (Catalonia); exhibition coordinator and theatre producer, Consorci Transversal Xarxa d'Activitats Culturals (TXAC); and co-coordinator of the contemporary theater festival "Panorama" (PNRM). She has also worked as a cultural journalist for the Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia, and journals such as Papers d'Art, El Temps d'Art, Revista Transversal, and Revista de Girona. From 2003 to 2007, she coordinated the Masters in Art Criticism and Culture Communication at the Universitat de Girona. In 2010, she collaborated in the Universitat Pompeu Fabra pilot project "C3i2" to develop new interactive software for cultural centers and museums.

The Edgerton Sisters and Dyani

Role: Visual Artists
Details: When our father's career in international development took us overseas as babies, our life became a map of our travels. We grew up traveling the world: we lived in Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. We grew up bilingual. While we have lived in the U.S. for a number of years now, and feel drawn to our roots here, when we are away from Latin America, we are never really here nor there. We left a part of us back among the rhythm of salsa music and the whispers of palmeros that line the streets. While Jessica works mostly with collage and pen and ink and Hannah mostly with photography, the sense that we live in between two places always informs our visual and conceptual aesthetic; our art plays with our sense that we walk a bridge that connects two worlds and holds these worlds apart. We are both here and there. Dyani, Hannah's daughter, loves to travel, too. Her drawings and paintings explore alternate dimensions and imaginary realms, often inhabited by fairies. Dyani is also a performance artist and tap dancer.

Hikari Rene Nakagawa

Role: visual artist, performer, organizer or volunteer
Details:I am 12 years old, currently in 7th grade, and I am enrolled in the Bloomington Project School. My favorite subjects in school is writing, art, and music. My least favorite subject is science.I was born on May 15, 1998, in Houston,TX, but my origin is Japan. I've stayed in Japan for 6 months with my father when I was 6 years old. That is when I discovered Manga (Japanese style graphic novels). Since then I've loved the style of modern japanese graphic novels since I was 6 years old,and I've taught myself how to draw the style in my own fashion. Whenever I'm in class or doing homework, I end up doodling different types of "Manga" eyes, mouth, hair, or even a full face on my worksheet, and it drives my teacher crazy! At the beginning of the school year it was a problem, but now I manage not to doodle so much.

Juliet Shapiro

Role: Visual Artist
Details: Juliet Shapiro is excited to be exhibiting her work as a visual artist at Women Exposed as her first show in Bloomington. She was born and raised in Boulder Colorado, and received a Bachelors degree in studio art from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She has also studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was awarded an independent research grant to explore the nature of visual art as a tool for social consciousness. Her work is inspired by the vastly different subjective experiences of people, whether across oceans or at the same kitchen table, but she is more inspired by their amazing abilities to connect and love each other despite these differences. Another major influence on the work which will be shown in WE is her upbringing as a first generation American Buddhist.

Maria Luisa Estrada Sanchez

Role: Visual artist (etching)
Details: A brief bio/description of your role in WE6... I study visual arts in Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and I´ll present at WE some of my work that I have done using etching technique.

Mariel Coen

Role: Visual artist
Details: Mariel Coen is an MFA student in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Writing Poetry at Kingston University in the United Kingdom. She is originally from Nicaragua, was raised in the United States and Guatemala and currently lives in London where she plans to pursue a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing. Mariel writes in three languages and is currently working on a bilingual Spanish/ English poetry collection.

Keira Norton

Role: Visual artist
Details: Through the ceramic medium, I use the hybrid figure to explore ideas of beauty v. grotesqueness, female sexuality, and the implications of depicting and viewing the female nude.

Fenella Jean Alice Flinn

Role: Visual artist
Details: Born in Kenya, Africa and educated in England. She has lived in Kenya, Zambia, England, Italy, and Switzerland. She moved to the United States where she currently resides with her husband, dog and a cat. She has been actively painting for the last 10 years but has throughout her life time has been involved with the arts. Art work: Her paintings range from traditional to abstract with her medium being oil. Her abstract paintings are created from the palettes of earlier completed traditional paintings. For Women Exposed Exhibition Fenella will exhibit two abstract oil paintings.

Filiz Cicek

Role: WE2-6 Artist, WE4-5 Curator, WE4-6 Organizer
Details: Filiz Cicek is a Turkish-Georgian-born American visual and performance artist and scholar-journalist. Her work has been exhibited in major galleries and museums in Istanbul, New York, California, Chicago, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. In collaboration with fellow artists, Cicek has been curating and organizing local and international art exhibits the past few years, including Women Exposed, Museum of Broken Relationships and BloomingtonKatmandu. She serves as a 2011 Regional Coordinator for The Feminist Art Project based in New York City. She teaches a Gender Sexuality and Popular Culture course at IU.

Karen Baldner

Role: visual artist/collaborator, organizer of "The Bloomington Breast Project"
Details: Karen Baldner is a visual artist based in the Book Arts and Printmaking. She initiated The Bloomington Breast Project" in 2000. Karen grew up in Germany in a Jewish family who had been persecuted by the Nazi regime. Her work is inspired by the dynamics of life's paradoxes and takes this interest to the cathartic aspects of collaborative projects. Karen's work has been supported by Fulbright and NEA Grants as well as state grants from Arkansas and Indiana. She shows extensively throughout the US and Europe and teaches at Herron School of Art & Design at IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Bristy Day

Role: visual artist

Jerrilyn Arthur

Role: visual artist

2011 WE6 Performers

Friday Night Street:

Kali Ma~is a dynamic and multi-faceted fire dance troupe that strives to share the beauty of the ancient art of fire dance with our local community and beyond. We dance using Maori Poi, Fire Fans, Tibetan Bowls, and other fire props and theatrics to create an atmosphere of ritual and respect for the gift of fire.

Belly Belly~Troupe Belly Belly is a Middle Eastern Ensemble based in Indianapolis, Indiana, under the direction of Badriya bint Daa'ood. We are a handful of sassy women dedicated to the spreading of playfulness and joy through dance. Belly Belly has performed for Gathering of the Goddesses, the American Heart Association's Heart of Gold, Feast of Lanterns, Indianapolis International Festival, Naptown Roller Girls bouts, Courage Night for the Young Survival Coalition, and the Rivoli Revue Fundraiser at the American Cabaret Theater. We are so proud to add Bloomington Women Exposed 2011 to our list, and to add our bodies (and bellies!) to the celebration.

Friday Night: The Lodge

Bobbie Jane Lancaster~is a radiant and powerful singer whose original material spans rock with blues and rootsy shadows and delightful children's music. A mother, a working musician (Code Blue, Stella & Jane), and friend to the cause of Middle Way, Bobbie was among the first to bring her enthusiasm to WE6. Her albums include a self titled solo album and two volumes of Little Folks which appeal to all ages!

Dena El Saffar & Friends~ Dena El Saffar, of Iraqi and American heritage, was exposed to Arabic music in the suburbs of Chicago, where she grew up attending Iraqi gatherings with her family. She began learning the violin at the age of six. At age 17, completely engaged in classical music, she accompanied her father to Baghdad and became enchanted by the music of Iraq and the Middle East . In 1993, while obtaining a classical music degree from Indiana University , she founded the group Salaam, a Middle Eastern music ensemble which has performed throughout the United States . She has studied with Hamid Al-Saadi, Munis Sharifov, Mohammed Gomar and Anwar Abudragh, and has performed with the Master Musicians of Jajouka and Youssou N'dour. Dena, who plays the viola, violin, joza and kemanche, has also performed with Central Eurasian ensembles, salsa groups, bluegrass, blues and rock bands. She is the older sister of Amir, is married to percussionist Tim Moore, and is the mother of two: Jamil and Layla.

Ritmos Latinos Indiana~ The primary mission of Ritmos Latinos Indiana is to foster a supportive and inclusive social group through rueda de casino for all interested individuals at all skill levels, while cultivating an appreciation for Latino music, dance, and culture. Ritmos Latinos strives to create a learning environment that is friendly, engaging, and free from pressure.

Kati Gleiser~ Kati Gleiser is an internationally recognized pianist, vocalist, and electronic musician. An active proponent in new electro-acoustic piano repertoire, she has performed at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) (Miami, 2011) and at the New York Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at CUNY (New York University) (2010). She commissions new works, including Blue Traces for piano, electronics, and strings, by John Gibson (Indiana University Faculty). Her voice formed the electronic component of the piece Ayin Shel by the Israeli composer Iddo Aharony, in collaboration with the Grammy-Award winning ensemble The Eighth Blackbird at the University of Chicago (May 2010). Her solo piano improvisations form the soundtrack for Stephen Moss's film The Summer of '99, which was awarded the Best Canoe Film at the Reel Paddling Film Festival (2007) and was shown at 42 cities across Canada and the US. She recently completed her second film with Moss, Journey to the Northern Seas (2009). Kati is an award-winning classically trained pianist, receiving her West Virginia debut at Carnegie Hall (2007). She was a prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition (2004) and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association (CFMTA) Competition (2001), and she was a finalist at the National Chopin Competition (2004). Kati is currently completing a Doctorate in Piano Performance at Indiana University, with a minor in Computer Music, studying with internationally recognized pianist and teacher, Menahem Pressler.

Saturday Salon

Yuriria Rodriguez~ Costa Rican mezzo-soprano Yuriria Rodriguez was a prize winner at the National Society of Arts and Letters voice competition, in Bloomington, Indiana, and a winner of the 9th Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and LatinAmerica, which allowed her to tour the United States as an artist sponsored by the Embassy of Spain, giving recitals of Zarzuela and Latin American/Spanish Art Song. In 2006, she sang the role of Maria in the tango-operetta by A. Piazzolla and H.Ferrer, Maria de Buenos Aires, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, receiving a standing ovation in a sold out performance. Ms. Rodriguez also sung the role of Despina in W.A. Mozart's Cosí fan tutte (Costa Rica) and one of the three Rosales sisters in Indiana University's collegiate premiere of Oswaldo Golijov's Ainadamar, conducted by CarmenH. Téllez. Reviews have praised Ms. Rodriguez as a singer "with a beautiful voice which recalls a force of nature"

Bette Lucas-Bloomington's Flamenco Baila! Baila! Loves to demonstrate that flamenco's appeal is universal. Bette Lucas and her students are an ever evolving mix of experienced and beginning dancers united by camaraderie and hard work. Flamenco's intricate hand work, arm movements, footwork, plus castanets, the fan, and shawl are featured in performances by this group. Spain's most popular traditional dance, the Sevillanas, danced by ordinary people in nightclubs as well as at annual feria, or fairs, are at the heart of this genre of dance display by Bloomington's own Flamenco group.

Grateful Divas: Rebecca Keith, Caroline Dowd Higgins, Pam Freeman~ The Grateful Divas are passionate about paying-it-forward by using their musical talents to raise funds and awareness for charitable and non-profit organizations. This all-women group of professional singers has charmed audiences with their clever and entertaining concerts and original cabaret shows featuring repertoire from the Broadway stage to grand opera. From solo concerts featuring a single Diva to fully scripted musical shows with the full ensemble – the Grateful Divas have performed across the USA in a variety of venues. To date, they have raised $40,000+ for their favorite causes and that number is steadily on-the-grow. Shows are customized based on the needs of an organization and scaled to fit unique venues and budgets. For WE6, the Grateful Divas have put together a delightful and witty program.

Lazy Susan: As Lazy Susan, the duo comprised of Merrie Sloan & Kate Long melds gorgeous vocals, an elegant touch of melancholy and glowing warmth. Songs evocative of the beautiful autumns and springs of Indiana, their original music is pure Hoosier, quintessentially local and also timeless, lovable and stirring. Veterans each from hardworking bands, both past and current—playing and singing since they were very young, joining the roster of performers of WE6 for a special performance continues their spirit of generosity to their hometown community.


Sarah Flint: Sarah Flint was written up in Bloom magazine as one of the top 25 Jazz musicians in Bloomington. Sarah has performed with national act; Dr. Bop and the Headliners, and recorded with John Mellencamp. For 7 years she was the vocalist with the Stardusters Swing Band and the Stardusters Jazz Orchestra. Her own group Sarah's Swing Set featuring Robert Stright on vibraphone, has 2 cd's she and Stright produced: Sarah's Swing Set CD and their holiday collection, The Perfect Gift. Last summer Flint performed the part of June Carter in the Johnny Cash tribute show Man in Black in Brown County, Indiana and will return this summer. Flint is also a part of Pink Floyd and Beatles tribute bands with School of Music professors Glenn Gass and Andy Hollinden. Sarah loves music, and shares her love by teaching guitar and voice in her private studio on the the square in Bloomington.

Tyler Ferguson~ an emerging artist, Tyler will have a debut of sorts soloing for WE6 singing original and favorite songs. An extraordinary athlete, Tyler is well known for her long time involvement in soccer, and, more recently, as an awesome member, #17, Kaka Caliente, of the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls. Her recent foray into music was yet another challenge to herself. Inspiring others to grow is an inevitable outcome of being in the presence of Tyler. The gift of music will be on the audience.

Janas Hoyt~ fronted the Mary Janes. A veteran of the seminal early 90's line-up of the Vulgar Boatmen, Janas Hoyt's original music is American music from the heart of the Midwest. Hoyt, writes plain-spoken poetry about love, faith, loss, pain and joy and sings them to music that comfortably mingles the values of old country, new americana and hard-edged indie rock. Hoyt delivers a cycle of songs delving deeply into the heart and soul of a woman both struggling with loss and celebrating the redemption of truth.

Antonia Matthew, poet

Shana Ritter, poet

Nicole Kousaleos, poet

Sunday Intergenerational The Lodge:

Hoosier Raging Grannies~ It's been said that "well-behaved women rarely make history." In Bloomington, Indiana, a group of women 'of a certain age' is putting that adage to the test, upending notions about 'little old ladies' and the traditional American songbook as they sing for global justice. While imploding the traditional songbook, the Grannies also do a number on the persona of the little old lady, performing in aprons and shawls, toting rolling pins and laundry baskets.

The Vallures~ The Vallures are five ladies who are giving the hits of the sixties a fresh new face. Bringing girl group era Motown, rock, soul, rhythm and blues, to life once again with new twists and all the energy and creativity of the originals. Although the focus is on the girl group covers The Vallures are all from very diverse musical backgrounds (everything from punk to salsa) and this reflects in song choice and style. Jes Franco (ex Coinslot lead vocalist) put the group together...

"We Three"~ Three friends, Amy Roche, Lara Weaver, and Amanda R. Biggs, gather together to bring WE6 a special performance: This trio has blended their voices around bonfires and kitchen tables alike. Letting the song lead the way, they find pleasure in developing harmonies and rhythms, drawing from their broad composite vocal history which includes musical theater, children's bands and workshops, various world music ensembles, school and church choirs, opera houses, and women's a capella troupes. These three women enjoy utilizing the wide range and textures their voices allow. They are honored to be a part of WE 2011.

Bobbie Jane Lancaster Music for Little Folks ~ Ms. Bobbie's "Music For Little Folks" program is a live, interactive music experience geared toward preschool children and their families. Her live program and interactive workshops are designed to encourage children and families to dance, sing, and laugh together, while promoting positive values and FUN!

Patricia Coleman, poet

Gwenette Gaddis, writer/fiction

Alisa Alering, writer/fiction

Sunday May Day Courthouse Lawn:

Maypole Ribbon/Circle Dance

Bloomington Quarry Morris Dancers

Dark Side Tribal~ A joyful troupe whose mission is to celebrate life, all of life. All that life is and is not, the highs and the lows, the light and heavy, the joys, the sorrows, the ups and downs, outside and inside, the bright side and the Dark Side. They hope to celebrate with you. The Dark Side Dancers are committed to sharing the joy and vitality of belly dance. They welcome all to join the dance! Dark Side Tribal desires to use this social form of dance to create a community that fosters friendship and self-expression.

Hudsucker Posse~will present a hoop jam for May Day. Hudsucker Posse Founder Paula Chambers says this about hooping: "I have never seen people have so much fun doing something so simple and beautiful. When we help people learn or re-learn to hoop, something lights up the inner child in them. Kids take to it like breathing and everyone gets so much joy out of it, we just knew we were onto something and have just kept hosting the hooping every week. In tough times it is hard to make people laugh, but laughter is the main ingredient every time we get together."

About curating the performances:

Performance curator Sophia Travis sought to integrate performance organically into the mission of Women Exposed. Drawing on deep connections to the community in which the event is based came naturally-- Sophia Travis is also a busy performer and community activist. Classically trained as a pianist, Travis has played independent, unconventional music in Indiana since 1984. From punk bands, all girl groups, organizing an accordion ensemble, to playing Nuevo Tango or teaching lessons, the highlight of her life is connecting with people. "It's an honor to work with the great women who have championed the creation of space for women through Women Exposed. In all areas of life, from political to artistic life, women continue to need this kind of safe and sacred space." Sophia Travis is also grateful for the life changing help extended to her by Middle Way. Being involved with WE6 is a way to express that gratitude.