I belong to a group called MamaCITA - A Mother's Cooperative in the Arts.
MamaCITA is an Award–Winning Cooperative in the Arts whose members have won numerous honors, including grants, fellowships, and various awards.
MamaCITA members are artists who are authors, educators, business owners, art editors, international workshop leaders, designers, curriculum developers, jewelers, painters, photographers, muralists, and bloggers. Their work is collected, published, and exhibited worldwide, and shown in such publications as Trends, Country Living, Philadelphia Stories and more. Members have been profiled on NPR, in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsworks.org, PHL Channel 17, and many local publications.
These artists work in a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, encaustic, collage, casein tempera, photography, watercolor, fabric, printmaking, metalsmithing, wire, digital media, and paper mache.
Just this past Friday (January 4, 2013) five of our members debuted their year-long project, One Year at The Painted Bride in Philadelphia. From our website: "One Year is an exploration of the public apathy towards rising urban violence. Through the creation of hundreds of sculptural wire vessels– one for each murder in Philadelphia in 2012– One Year examines the numbing of society towards this epidemic." They worked so hard on this project, and to finally see it all come together was a proud moment for all of us. They also included the rest of MamaCITA with a companion exhibit, upstairs at The Painted Bride. It is called Begin: Hope, Faith, Resilience.
The exhibit is at The Painted Bride until February 8, 2013.
Here are a few pictures of the event:
And here are the pieces I created for the companion show, Begin.