What a privilege! Those who know me well know that I have been a big supporter of women moving forward to the best of their potential in whatever path they choose. Sometimes, its the actions that we take quietly and behind the scenes that matter most. In this case, I got to do it in bigger than life-size proportions - namely 9 feet tall! Cate Luzio, who has been an amazing force behind organizations that empower women, has launched a new venture called Luminary. This space allows women to connect, network, and take advantage of a myriad of services and opportunities. It's nothing short of fabulous in every way.
Through Mary Cantone's William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, on the North Fork of New York, I was invited to do a solo exhibit of my work for the launch. The exhibit was curated by the meticulous eye of Brooke Cantone. The Luminary team is an impressive group of women with expertise in various fields ready to put their seemingly endless energy to work. The launch was a great success with over 300 people in attendance.
Cate Luzio has deservedly gotten a lot of press on this venture. I had an extra treat today when I saw an article in Lonny Magazine full of pictures featuring my artwork! Must admit my friends and colleagues had to tolerate a bit of bragging from me today...
I'm so thrilled to be a part of this for so many reasons. As an artist, it's always an honor to be able to exhibit in wonderful spaces like this one. My background is finance and I was on Wall Street for many years. Those skills serve me well advising clients as a licensed real estate salesperson with Douglas Elliman and running "the business of art".
As a businesswoman, my worlds of art, design, real estate and architecture are complimentary to each other. There is a good synergy at the intersection of all those industries but it takes some definite balancing and hard work. I know first hand how important it is to have supportive forces and mentors that can open doors and provide insight. I'm so excited to see the energy behind new resources that provide opportunities for continued self development and growth. To combine both art and support women in the process is great inspiration for the start of the new year.