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Photos from SHE INSPIRES 365 have been featured in the following publications:
*Portland Woman Magazine (to view the entire article use the controls to flip to page 10)
*World Pulse (photo essay only available in print issue of EMBODY)
*Mamazina Magazine (photo only available in print version)
“SHE INSPIRES 365” PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT PORTRAYING EVERYDAY INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN OPENS MAY 3, 2012 AT P:EAR GALLERY
Portland-based photographer and women’s arts advocate, Andrea Leoncavallo, completes her 365 day initiative to honor the inspirational and everyday women among us with her first public exhibit at p:ear gallery opening on May’s First Thursday, the 3rd at 6pm and a Champagne Celebration on Mother’s Day.
Portland, Oregon – April 1, 2012 – On October 21, 2009, artist Andrea Leoncavallo, in seeking a source of inspiration for her own photography, challenged herself to create one image of a different woman every day for one year, and publish each woman’s answer to the question, “What inspires you?” On October 20, 2010, 365 images and answers later, the year-long project was complete.
In the months since that last photo was published on the project website, Leoncavallo compiled her unique collection of everyday women. The resulting work is slated to be published as a book and displayed as a special gallery exhibit at p:ear gallery located at 338 NW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR throughout the month of May.
Over 200 photographic prints of women from the project will be on exhibit, alongside art made by area youth, with a portion of sale proceeds going to benefit p:ear; a local, non-profit organization that creates opportunities for homeless and transitional youth, ages 15 to 24, to create more meaningful lives through the support of mentors and educators building trust and commitment over long periods of time.
Among Leoncavallo’s favorite images is that of Patti Duncan, a professor of women’s studies at OSU who was photographed with a blissful look of anticipation the week before she gave birth to her first child. Of the women’s life stories she heard, Leoncavallo’s favorite is of 97 year-old Gresham resident, Jeannette Heaney, who graduated with a Masters degree in mathematics from University of California Berkeley in 1940, worked as a civil engineer during WWII, and then married and raised 5 children. As for her most impactful interview, that was with Marlena (“Mel”), a member of the Cherokee Tribe in North Carolina who is a survivor of domestic violence. “I photographed her at her home with her son, who is her inspiration. I especially wanted to include women who normally do not have their stories heard in the mainstream media. Marlena (“Mel”) was silent for a long time.”
A champagne reception honoring the women in Leoncavallo’s collection will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13th . The event is free and open to the public, including children. “I have missed having a unique and special reason to reach out to women I admire, and I miss the conversations about what they each found inspirational. Some days I was able to give a random stranger the gift of feeling admired and important in that moment, simply because I asked them to share their thoughts, and then capture that moment on film. The Mother’s Day celebration will give me an opportunity to see many of these women again and give them a chance to see themselves as inspirational works of art.”
A sneak-peek of the book design will be available for view at the Mother’s Day celebration. More information about that project can be found on Kickstarter.com.
She Inspires 365 is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
She Inspires 365 Art Exhibit
338 NW 6th Avenue,
Opening Reception, First Thursday, May 3rd
6pm – 9pm
Mother’s Day Champagne Reception, Sunday, May 13th
12pm – 4pm
Free and open to the public, including children
Exhibit open through Friday, May 31st, 2012
More about Andrea Leoncavallo
A leader herself in the realm of filmmaking, Leoncavallo was instrumental in growing the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival as Managing Director, and has been a driving influence in establishing the Portland chapter of Women In Film (WIF-PDX) to provide networking, programming and mentorship for women in filmmaking careers.