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Salon Radio presents: Chiara Cimmino and Ana Moioli

November 4th, 2019

Salon Radio

Podcast Release 4 November 2019


Salon Radio Special Feature:  actor and acting teacher Chiara Cimmino

Chiara talks with us about her international projects and about importance of acting development for Opera singers.

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 Salon Solo {Radio} Guest: NY-based Brazilian actor, playwright and director Ana Moioli


This episode is hosted by Eren Gibson with Giorgia Valenti presenting this show’s guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Eren Gibson, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


Recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with engineer Shivendra Rai.




Guest Profiles


Chiara Cimmino is an actress and acting teacher. Her focus is helping those she works with to find their own way as actors. She graduated from the Milan School of Dramatic Arts “Paolo Grassi” in 2007. She won the Award for Best Supporting Actress at the theater Palio of Chiavari (Italy, 2005) and the “Plautus Theater Award” for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Italy, 2017). She acted in King Ubu, directed by L. Facchinelli, that was awarded in international theater festival Fantasio Piccoli 2007; she played the lead role of N. Gharbi's movie Ricochet-Rimbalzello, that won the Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Maazzeni Film Festival (Italy).  Acting credits include: theaters (The seagull, Goldoni’s The fan, Ostrovsky’s The storm, Marivaux’s Harlequin educated by love, The play that goes wrong), films, television, web-series, and commercials. 

She founded the Italian theater company Teatro del Disìo in 2011 and in 2016 she co-founded the Montreal-based International School of Italian Theatre “Giovanni Grasso” for North American students of acting and lyrical singing.


Ana Moioli is a Brazilian actress and playwright in New York. Ana started acting at nine and later went to Russia, at the Moscow Art Theatre School. She is currently completing her BFA in Drama at NYU Tisch. Favorite theater credits include 'Harper Regan' (dir. Nina Fry), 'The Seagull' (dir. Vera Kharybina), 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (dir. Pedro Granato) and 'Birds of a Feather' (dir. Lauren Grajewski) – for the latter, she got a Best Actress nomination at Between Us Productions’ Take Ten Play Festival. She's also starred in short films, such as 'Elsewhere' (dir. Guilherme Pedra), for which she received the Best Actress Award at the American Student Film Festival, as well as 'How to Water Roses' (dir. Mirella Cardoso) and 'Julieta' (dir. Vicente Gonzalez). She recently debuted as a filmmaker with the film Bridge.  She is Founding Artistic Director of Et Alia Theater Company based in NYC.



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Salon Radio presents: Seniors Finally Say #MeToo! Documentary; Art in a Time of Chaos with Visual Artist Barbara Mink

September 29th, 2019


Salon Radio

Podcast Release 28 September 2019


Salon Radio Special Feature:  Seniors Finally Say#MeToo! Documentary

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 Salon Solo {Radio} Guest: Visual Artist Barbara Mink talking Art in a Time of Chaos


This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Alexandra Moerdomo with Laura Arten presenting this show’s guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Alexandra Moerdomo, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


Recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with engineer Shivendra Rai.




Guest Profiles


Barbara Mink


“I grew up with art all around me. My father was an abstract painter, and Buffalo featured a wonderful modern art gallery and a lively arts scene. I started painting relatively late, and went through as many styles, subjects, and media as I could, before coming happily to rest in a world of the spare, the muted, and the geometric. Now I am back to color and texture, but incorporating some of the architectonic lines I love.”


A Summa cum Laude graduate of SUNY Buffalo, Barbara Mink moved to Ithaca, New York in 1976 where she pursued a PhD in Comparative Literature, was a freelance actor in television and radio commercials, News Director of WHCU radio station, and received an MA degree in History from Cornell University in 1986.  In 1989 Mink was elected to the Tompkins County Legislature and served for 12 years. In 2001 she founded the Light in Winter Festival of Science and Art. She has taught oral and written communication for MBAs at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management since 1986.

Mink is an active member of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, as well as the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Western New York Artists Group. She is represented by Art Matters Consultants in Washington, DC, Velvenoir Austira for European sales, and Indigo Art Consultants, London England. Her work can be found in collections in throughout the United States and Europe.


Artist Statement

"I am exhilarated by creating and counterbalancing formal oppositions of line and color, form and space, light and dark, organic and architectonic, diffusion and thickening, surface and depth. I struggle to bring out the mysterious and ineffable beyond the mundane: I feel a strong kinship with Lyrical Abstraction, from Kandinsky to Frankenthaler, Hartung to Zao Wou-Ki. Even when tending toward the monochromatic, color is always an important part of my work: it is energy, emotion, life. Whatever I devise in terms of hue, saturation, and vibrancy must be met with a restraining force or structure, and I increasingly explore processes that set different qualities of color, pigment, and texture against each other. I do believe that beauty affects not only how we feel but how we behave. I think we’re hardwired to appreciate beauty in music, art and literature; we can learn sophisticated ways to approach beauty, but at the most basic level I think people respond to certain constructs found in nature as reflected in aesthetic fundamentals and classic tropes. As the daughter of an artist, I imbibed the principles of art making and great art at an early age, and yet I am constantly pulled in new directions rather than staying with one style or point of view. Mediated by a desire for freedom, this tension between permanence and flux seems to always play out in my canvases. "



Special Feature


#METOO!” A 58 minute, television documentary featuring members of The Actors Fund, speaking about their experiences suffering from sexual harassment for many years, has been selected BEST ACCESS PROGRAM PROMO, and awarded a 2019 HOMETOWN MEDIA AWARD; by The Alliance for Community Media. The awards celebration was held on July 11, 2019, in Portland, Oregon.


Their short version has been included in the MegaCities Short Doc Festival to be held on Paris, France in October 2019.


The aging actors wanted to make sure their voices were heard as loudly as today’s actors.  One-by-one each woman and one man shared the many stories that had been put away and (as they thought) never to be told. The real life experiences of eight brave seniors. It is time to acknowledge that Senior voices matter, as, indeed, all voices matter! They all hope that their willingness to speak and share, will encourage others to find their voices. 


Scripted by professor Jennifer Sherron Stock & author Carol Hollenbeck.

Produced by Carmen, A/K/A Gilda Miros, This 80 year old Producer, Co-Director & Editor used an IPhone, IPad & MNN Studio HD Cam, Materials 

With contributions by:

Carol Hollenbeck, Carol Crystal, Deirdre Channing, Lumiere Miller, Barbara Gottleib, Mary Rocco, Jennifer Sherron Stock and Bill Galarno


Puerto Rican actress Gilda Mirós has starred in film, theatre and television in Mexico, Puerto Rico and North America. As a broadcaster, her live radio programs were transmitted from Latin America and Spain.  She has numerous published books and audio books. She currently produces and hosts the Cable TV/Streaming, NY-based, television series “Latin Icons-Past & Present” at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, since 2016.


Carol Hollenbeck has had many of her one-act plays produced off-Broadway in New York City. Nominated three different years in the Samuel French one-act play contest, she has also produced a short film based on one of her plays titled The Lifters. Carol resides in New York City. Carol had her first worldwide film premier at The Ritz in Newburgh in 1967.  Now she's premiering a new play based on that experience.

Jennifer Sherron Stock has a rich and varied  background in the arts.  Actor, director, educator and writer she is a member of Actors Equity, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. SAG-AFTRA, and PSC-CUNY. Proud lead writer on SENIORS FIINALLY SAY #ME TOO she is grateful to Gilda Miros for her tireless devotion in filming and editing this project. A teacher in the City University of New York system since 1996, she has guested directed at theatres and colleges across the USA.  Favorite credits include LEND ME A TENOR. PROOF and most of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon.

Barbara Gottlieb is a graduate of Boston University, College of The Arts, with a BFA in Theatre Arts in 1956 and Columbia University's Teachers' College with a M.A. in Speech in 1958.  Barbara’s professional experience includes vocalist on the  local radio station in Lowell, MA  as a child during the years of 1942-1947, Cocktail Intermissionist (pianist -singer) during the summers  of 1954/1956 in Hyannis, MA. and 1957 in Union City, NJ, Children's Theatre  during 1957-1958, and NYC teacher of Speech and Drama from 1958 through 1990.  She directed "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", "Once Upon A Mattress", "The Apple Tree", "Guys and Dolls", "Mame", and "Of Thee I Sing."  




Salon Radio presents: Songwriter and Servant of Song Emily Duff; actress, writer, and improviser Sunita Deshpande

August 20th, 2019

Salon Radio

Podcast Release 20 August 2019


Salon Radio Special Guest: Prolific songwriter and humble servant of song, Emily Duff 

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 Salon Solo {Radio} Guest: actress, writer, and improviser Sunita Deshpande


This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Valentine Aprile presenting this show’s guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Heidi, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


Recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with engineer Shivendra Rai.




Guest Profiles


Sunita Deshpande

Sunita Deshpande grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida. She participated in Thespians in High School and double majored in English and Advertising at the University of Florida. Her improv experience with Theatre Strike Force at UF had a profound impact on her, and she continued to study at UCB when she moved to NYC. She very much looks up to John C. Reilly, Steve Carell, and Francis McDormand for the range they can play and after seeing Steppenwolf's August: Osage County on Broadway she decided to study with Maggie Flanigan Meisner Studio. She can most recently be seen on Daredevil as well as well as her short film, A Sari for Pallavi. She also has appeared recently in UCB's Gravid Water - her favorite UCB show.


Sunita’s Artist Statement

A Sari For Pallavi


“The world I've created brings together the two opposing sides of being Indian-American. Thini, Orthodox, from Bangalore, honors tradition - doing everything in a certain way. Pallavi comes from the opposite angle entirely - pushing Thini almost like a petulant child with her antics. This piece is written in a farcical manner - I wanted to create something that was not a traditional short film but also something that was not a comedy sketch. I wanted something in-between. I wanted to juxtapose the sides so they would eventually crack open a conversation about glamour v. artless beauty, resistance v. acceptance, self-absorbtion v. selflessness, and how within us all we're all looking pretty much for the same things.” ~ Sunita


Tidbits and Upcoming for Sunita


My favorite quote: Circumstances do not create the man, they reveal him to himself.



Favorite writer and secret boo even though he's gay: Oscar Wilde


“I'm (fingers crossed eek!) working on a new piece for proof of concept for a play I wrote last year called Worshipping the Son about misogyny and patriarchy particularly in the Indian household. I don't have any brothers but watching my friends who did was very eye-opening for me growing up. I've noticed particularly in Hispanic households as well as Jewish households the treatment of the son as the 'King' can have a traumatizing effect on the daughters. Daughters and women in general are held to very high standards, and I like to play around in life as well as art to see what buttons I can push when it comes to that. I struggle with this admittedly because I myself am not a parent, so whom am I to judge how a mother treats her son? I also noticed a very strong toxic white straight male culture in the first ad agency I worked at and that will definitely be a subject of my work one day.


I'm also working on a short horror film as well and my instagram @luckysunita has my comedy bits that I like to write once in a while.” ~ Sunita


Amy Poehler's Blog featured Sari for Pallavi:


Samuel French OOB Article Featuring Me:





Emily Duff


A prolific songwriter and humble servant of song, Emily was born in Flushing Queens, NY and raised by a pack of cigarettes.  Her Mama taught her 4 perfect chords and then split, leaving Emily to figure the rest out on her own.  Called the ‘perfectly cool combo of Lucinda Williams meets Patti Smith,’ Emily Duff’s street-smart poetry and vocal style conjure moods & images that seduce the listener to explore emotional vistas that entice and beguile.  Her small batch brand of SWEET & SOUR ROCK AND ROLL WITH A GREAT BIG HIT OF COUNTRY SOUL digs deep, weaving a patchwork of sin, tragedy, romance and regret that lies at your feet begging to be mended. With 3 records under her belt, her latest, HALLELUJAH HELLO was named Americana song of the week by Rolling Stone Magazine and has received rave reviews.  Emily has shared stages with Willie Nile, Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin, Marshall Crenshaw, Scott Sharrard, Donavon Frankenreiter, Marcia Ball, Donnie Fritts and many others.  Emily’s version of Willie Nile’s “HELL YEAH” will appear on the Paradiddle Records Tribute to Willie Nile this year, has 5 songs in the Independent feature, “Looking for the Jackalope” available on and has written and performed on numerous TV and radio commercials.  Emily is currently writing songs with R&R Hall of Fame inductee, Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) for his Clean Getaway Project. Emily Duff lives in Manhattan’s West Village with her husband Skip, their two children and hound dog, Banjo.  


Emily’s new record

Emily’s newest Record is called HALLELUJAH HELLO (officially released on 2/22/19) - All music is available on Bandcamp, iTunes,, Spotify.  Emily plays the 3rd Monday of every month at Cowgirl located at 519 Hudson Street NYC.  Emily will be going into the studio with Producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Bottle Rockets, Sarah Borges, Jimbo Mathis, Spanking Charlene), on 8/3 at Cowboy Technical Services to record 2 new songs.  She will return to the legendary FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL to record her 3rd record there with Producer John Gifford III in November 2019.  Her band will include original members of the Fame Gang and The Swampers.   She will be live with her full band again on August 28th in Parker Press Park in Woodbridge NJ for their outdoor concert series, as well as at the Haverford Music Festival in Haverford, PA along with Larry Campbell & Theresa Williams, Teddy Thompson, Amy Rigby and others.  





"’Hallelujah Hello' is Emily’s best album to date. She reminds me of some of the great earthy, big-voiced roots singers I loved in the 1970’s— Tracy Nelson, Marcia Ball and more. She borrows from that blues and roots tradition but makes it her very own with her sensitive and personal lyrics.” - Rosanne Cash (Singer, Songwriter, Author)


"Marianne Faithful meets The Carter Family on Tony Joe White's front porch.  Emily invites you up on that porch and tells you stories you want to hear over and over again. She's condensed classic novels into 3 and a half minute sweaty gems.” - Marco Giovino, Producer/Drummer (Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Norah Jones)


“An immediate knockout. A small masterpiece.” - John Apice, Americana Highways


"Emily Duff singing and writing feels truly sanctified by Soul Deep sounds of gritty-sweet Southern R&B. Can I get a witness?” - Howard Wuelfing, Howlin' Wuelf Media


"Betty Lavette, Irma Thomas, Etta James and Doris Allen. Women who really were the equals of Redding and Pickett - that’s the pool that Duff dives into on Hallelujah Hello and she comes back to the surface with pearls.” - Paul Kerr, Blabber ’n Smoke


"Magnificent in its lyrical capacity, with texts ranging from the gospel itself to the most greyish of our existence that lead us to the need for redemption, although always loaded with elegance, Duff flits between the swing and the honky tonk, between the rockabilly and soul, between country and rock and roll, between the solemnity of Mahalia Jackson and the mockery of the Rolling Stones of Sticky Fingers. An authentic gem.” - Eduardo Izquierdo, Rock on Magazine 3/27/19


"Praise be to the rock & roll survivors, and on 'Hallelujah Hello' New York vet Emily Duff gives her own thanks with some meaty slide guitar and stained-glass organ. One part Patti Smith, one part Muscle Shoals, it’s the title track to her new, just-released LP.” - Jeff Gage, Rolling Stone Magazine


"Extraordinary musical gifts sometimes come to us from unlikely places. Hallelujah Hello is a rich musical gift from Emily Duff that music aficionados will appreciate and enjoy..”  - Howard B. Leibowitz, Elmore Magazine


“You get the best of both Americas with Emily Duff. The New York native has urban cool in spades, her drawled vocal implying dive-bars and dangling cigarettes. But as with 2017’s Maybe in the Morning, Hallelujah Hello benefits from her move to FAME Studios, Alabama, where a wishlist of of Muscle Shoals veterans give her songs a slug of Southern twang. Standouts like Get in the Water and Jesus Love this Tired Woman nail the balance beautifully.  It’s a strong return.” - Henry Yates, Country Music Magazine UK 


"Duff proves that lightning can strike twice in the same place. Following what has to be the most underrated album of the past few years, Maybe In the Morning, Duff returns to Muscle Shoals a second time. But this time the lightning is in the form of a gospel album.  Taken together, her last two recordings demonstrate that Duff is one of a handful of today’s great R&B artists, not just as a vocalist but as a writer and bandleader as well. She’s dynamite." - Amos Perrine, No Depression


"Emily Duff raises the church roof with her soulful vocals on the stunningly moving album Hallelujah Hello. Every song on Hallelujah Hello moves and transforms, and Emily Duff testifies to the power of the Spirit on each of the powerful gospel tunes” 

- Henry Carrigan, The Alternate Root


"I found myself dancing to this record. Not a pretty sight. Emily Duff is so cool and hot at the same time. This record has that much lauded Muscle Shoals Sound, and great songs, and Emily’s wonderful performances.” - Linda Thompson, Singer


“Emily Duff is a great artist! Every time I see her play live I can’t help thinking how much Keith Richards would dig it if he were there. She’s the real thing!”  - Willie Nile, Singer-Songwriter


"Emily's record, Hallelujah Hello is easy on the ears, with that sweet 'n' natural Muscle Shoals sound and soulful singing that makes you happy to be American.” - Robbie Fulks, Singer-Songwriter


"Emily Duff knows her way around a heartbroken lyric, and here she's added the Sound of the South to the mix…”   - Christine Ohlman, Singer - SNL Band


"This record took me to church and back for confession.  It’s Americana/Alt country at its best! The production is top notch. I can hear and feel what every musician has to say. The ballads make me wanna watch the sun go down on a back porch in Alabama sippin’ a cold one.  All and all this record has no wasted lyrics or throw away tracks.  It has a perfect sequence to stroll you through the journey of life’s biggest question….” 

- Johnny Pisano, Musician 


"The music, the singing, the feel is as elemental as dirt and grass. Emily Duff is a yearning gospel tinged blues-kissed rockin’ folk artist with occasional subtle, surprising hints within the songs that she’s also listened to her fair share of the Beatles. And it is all laced throughout with true soulfulness. ” - Tom Shaner, Singer-Songwriter


"The uber talented Emily Duff is at it again. She just released here follow up to “Maybe In The Morning” and it is a good one. From New York City by way of Muscle Shoals, this 12 song, 45 minute album will give you more shakes than Baskin Robbins. While “Maybe In The Morning” was a bit more on the rockabilly/honky tonk side of the tracks, “Hallelujah Hello” is pure southern gospel. And Emily nails it. Right down to the stellar backing vocals and the Hammond organ licks all over da place.  Do I have to say it again? okay, I love local, independent artists. And Emily Duff is just that. Besides being indie as all get out, she is also a stone cold singer-songwriter. Since conversion seems to be a central theme of this collection, let me just say you will be converted after one listen. Hallelujah!” - Harry Kaplan, Twangrila


Salon Radio presents: Susan Reimer-Torn, Feminist Storytelling of Ancient Texts; visual artist Catarina Mantero

August 11th, 2019

Salon Radio Release 4 August 2019


Salon Radio Special: Susan Reimer-Torn, Feminist Storytelling of Ancient Texts

Unrequited Love: When Smart Women Study the Talmud

or- When Women Are Attracted to Texts that Don't Love them Back


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 Salon Solo {Radio} presents Catarina Mantero (b. 1988) is a classically trained contemporary visual artist from Portugal.

This episode is hosted by Amy Hughes with Pangia Macri presenting our special feature guest and Amy presenting our Salon Solo {Radio} guest. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Amy Hughes, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios.




Guest Profiles



Catarina Mantero (b. 1988) is a classically trained contemporary visual artist from Portugal.


Mantero’s work showcases a series of autobiographical paintings that seek to make sense of the experienced world through the medium of paint. A diversity of moments – people, places, objects – serves as the focal point through which she scrutinizes her understanding of self and the human experience. 

Struggling to make sense out of the chaos, ambiguity, and obscurity that is our existence, Mantero performs a systematic excavation of her most self-defining recollections via paint and canvas, pinpointing moments that have for one reason or another most strongly survived time in the distorted filter that we call memory. Mantero’s painting process resembles an archaeological dig, as she painstakingly excavates layer upon layer of buried memories and works to understand their precious stratification in her mind. 

Mantero seeks in her paintings to emphasize the surreal and dreamlike quality which is inherent to any interpretation of the real, especially when these moments now exist solely in that intangible realm known as memory. The dreamlike compositions that she sketches as a result of her memory exploration become the backbone to her pictures, a skeletal frame that will sustain the story of paint. 



Susan Reimer-Torn

Susan Reimer-Torn, is a journalist, playwright, educator, workshop leader and the author of the acclaimed memoir, Maybe Not Such a Good Girl: Reflections on Rupture and Return (Blue Threads, 2014). She has presented panels in many venues, including Congregation B’nai Jeshurun; Women Leadership of the American Jewish Committee, New York City; Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance conferences; Columbia University Hillel. Her work has been featured in the Jewish Week, the Forward, Lilith, Jewish Currents, Na’amat Magazine, and the International Herald Tribune, as well as on several websites and blogs. Raised in an Orthodox family and educated at The Ramaz School, she has a master’s degree in education from Columbia University and is certified as a life coach and hypnotherapist.

In recent years, to her own astonishment, Reimer-Torn has been drawn to the study of the notoriously misogynist, yet revered ancient Jewish Talmud, this giving rise to a popular essay (2018) Unrequited Love: When Smart Women Study the Talmud. She has been teaching Talmud classes, with an emphasis on reclaiming its story narratives, to a broad spectrum of women. Reimer-Torn’s next book, Modern Love with a Talmudic Twist, in which she shares these ancient tales with her French husband of now 40 years, will be out next year. An online forum is planned with real-time events for contemporary women who are, each in their own way, reclaiming the heretofore off-limits, 38-volume repository of lore and law known as the Talmud. She hopes to present a model for all women everywhere looking for techniques that allow them to reclaim classic literature that they may find themselves loving, even if not feeling fully loved in return. Reimer-Torn's play, Madre Nostra, exploring the religious conflicts and inner life of a 19th-century, Italian Jewish woman who was enigmatically ahead of her time, is now in development.

We are ingathering women who are interested in the tales of the Talmud and inviting them to make these their own. This will take the form of a blog, dedicated FB page, podcasts and classes. It is an invitation to visual artists, songwriters, playwrights, memoirists to reinterpret these often quirky stories in a way that yields fresh insight.


About SRT …

The Jewish Week:

The Ramaz Alumni Newsletter 

The Forward:

Lilith magazine:


Maybe Not Such a Good Girl: Reflections on Rupture and Return

Susan Reimer-Torn

Publication Date: June 11, 2014

Between rupture and return .....   where are you on the spectrum?

Salon Radio presents: The Joyful Vampire Tour of America presents “Bite Me”; actor and dancer Tara Rai

July 21st, 2019

Salon Radio Release 21 July 2019


Salon Radio Special: The Joyful Vampire Tour of America presents "Bite Me"

In conversation with Naomi McDougall Jones and Sarah Wharton

Bite Me is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her that is currently pioneering a new distribution model with a 51-screening, 40 city, three month Joyful Vampire Tour of America. Find Bite Me somewhere in the USA on their 51-screening tour now through August 1st, stream it online on Seed&Spark, Amazon, GooglePlay, or iTunes, or purchase a DVD or BluRay on their website. But definitely watch it. 

Find out more about everything at

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 Salon Solo {Radio}presents dancer and actor Tara Rai

This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Laura Arten presenting our guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Heidi Russell, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios.




Guest Profiles


Tara Rai is an 18 year old British actress from London who began her creative journey at the age of 2 when she started taking ballet classes. She always wanted to be dancer growing up, her favourite style of dance being tap. She was cast as a tap dancer in the broadway revival of 42nd St the musical in the UK. Her love of performing lead her to start studying musical theatre at a prestigious high school for performing arts in London.
She graduated at 15 and moved to New York at 16 to study acting at the New York Film Academy. She then continued to train at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts where she did theatre and film training as well as dance. This year she was accepted into NYU where she will begin studying her degree in liberal arts as well as continuing her acting training.
Her acting reel is on vimeo at



The Joyful Vampire Tour of America presents "Bite Me"

What does an IRS agent have in common with a vampire? They are both bloodsuckers, and they both come together for a “taxing” relationship in the subversive romantic comedy “Bite Me,” which is changing how independent films are distributed with The Joyful Vampire Tour of America, a 51-screening, 40-city, 3-month, RV-fueled, old-school carnival-coming-to-town extravaganza that is circumnavigating the US from May 6-August 1, 2019.

Following Bite Me’s 2019 Cinequest World Premiere and Best Feature Film Win at VTXIFF and, after researching the murky and uninspiring state of current independent film distribution, the Bite Me team decided to go rogue and, eschewing traditional gatekeepers, bring their film directly to the audiences most excited to see it.

Bite Me is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her and almost every screening on the tour is paired with a special event – most often Joyful Vampire Balls, although there is at least one Joyful Vampire Yoga Class – that gives audiences a chance to meet the filmmakers, have fun with their community, and celebrate whatever makes them most joyful.

Bite Me is simultaneously available to watch on the indie subscription-on-demand service, Seed & Spark, as well as for rental/purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, so whether folks are able to join for a screening/event on the tour or just want to watch it from their couch, they can participate in the conversation!

Because the tour itself – led by Bite Me’s writer and star Naomi McDougall Jones – will be so much fun, documentary filmmaker Kiwi Callahan is coming for the RV-ride too and is making The Joyful Vampire Tour of America: The Docu-Series, an episode of which is being released on YouTube every Saturday for the duration of the tour.

Find out more about everything at


Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning writer, actress, producer, and women in film activist based in New York City. Her second feature film, BITE ME, with producers Jack Lechner (The Fog of War, Blue Valentine) and Sarah Wharton (That’s Not Us), which she wrote and also starred in opposite Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, Love is Strange, The Hours), Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black), and Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival, followed by a 3 month, 51 screening, 40 city Joyful Vampire Tour of America that took the country by storm. Naomi’s first feature film, which she also wrote, produced, and starred in, was the 12-time award-winning Imagine I’m Beautiful. The film received a theatrical release and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay (  A pilot she wrote, The Dark Pieces, is now in development for television in Canada after having been named on The 2016 WriteHer List as one of the top 16 unproduced pilots by a female screenwriter. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. She gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on She is the Founder and Chief Impact Officer of The 51 Fund, a private equity fund dedicated to financing films by female filmmakers. Naomi is currently writing a book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the Gods of Hollywood, which will be published by Beacon Press in February 2020 and is available for pre-order on Amazon now. More at


Sarah Wharton is an award-winning producer, writer and actor based in New York City. Her feature That’s Not Us played at over 35 festivals around the world and was released as a Netflix exclusive through Strand Releasing and the follow-up The Ring Thing, a documentary-narrative hybrid about same-sex marriage, is now also available to watch on most digital platforms. She has produced work in Oslo, London, New Orleans and served as Associate Producer for the Harare International Festival of The Arts in Zimbabwe. Most recently, she produced Bite Me, a romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her, and "The Joyful Vampire Tour of America" - a 40 city screening tour of Bite Me across the United States.


Artist Statement...

"As a storyteller, I am driven by the belief that more and more audiences are tired of re-makes and prequels and sequels that have been formulaically assembled under the assumption that a great film is a mathematical equation. I believe there are those who crave what I crave as an audience member: to be genuinely surprised; to have my own prejudices exploded; to leave the theater altered from who I was when I went in.

I believe that my generation has not given up on goofy, joyful, freewheeling optimism even in the face of technology, internet self-invention and post-9/11 world terror.  I believe that we are, rather, starving more than ever for stories that will lift our minds to look beyond ourselves; to engage with and improve upon the world around us.

I believe furthermore that we are on the frontier of an unexplored expanse of the female perspective in filmmaking. I am not satisfied that one or two or four women are being given a seat at the table to tell their stories. That happening is good, but it is not good enough. 

We do not yet even know what it will look like to actually have a substantial choir of female voices of non-white-cis-male voices, sharing with richness and diversity the multitudinous facets of the human perspective. I believe that as we are able to share our perspective, to have an artistic dialogue with one another, to save ourselves from the dismissiveness of the “chick flick,” that the very fabric of our society will change for the better, as we are all presented with a broader perspective.

And I am exhilarated, because, as the traditional distribution models break down, we filmmakers are more keenly positioned than ever to get our work directly into audiences’ hungry hands, bypassing the gatekeepers who have, for so long, dictated the “tastes” of the viewer.

As women, as historically underrepresented voices of all kinds, and as indie filmmakers, I believe we must come together as strong individual voices and as a community to offer audiences a stronger alternative to the monochrome fare of the mainstream."  ~ Naomi


Salon Radio presents: The Neo-Political Cowgirls’ 3rd Annual Andromeda’s Sisters Gala for Arts & Advocacy; Stefanie Dworkin - Filmmaker, Photographer, Educator

June 10th, 2019

Salon Radio Release 10 June 2019


Salon Radio Special: 

The Neo-Political Cowgirls' Third Annual Andromeda’s Sisters Gala for Arts and Advocacy


We talk with The Neo-Political Cowgirls' founder Kate Meuth about this year's Arts and Advocacy Gala that will highlight women theater makers, social justice warriors, and offer community networking for activation and inspiration on Long Island. 2 days of performance, interviews, workshops, and commingling with cocktails and local food. 

June 14th and June 23rd

The Neo-Political Cowgirls create newly devised theater work to bring the female, marginalized and human narrative into bold, compassionate focus. Through professional performance and education outreach, NPC brings audiences and communities together through vibrant story telling. 


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 Salon Solo {Radio}presents Stefanie Dworkin - Filmmaker, Photographer, Educator

Stefanie tells us about her summer 1-day workshops in DUMBO that teach video production using an iPhone.


This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Marcina Zaccaria presenting our guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Heidi Russell, and our Salon Bulletin hightlighting Salonistas work around the world.

This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios.




Stefanie Dworkin - Filmmaker, Photographer, Educator

Stefanie Dworkin is a Brooklyn based documentary filmmaker/editor, photographer, and educator. Her photographs are in private collections and have been included in numerous juried shows and publications, including The Center for Fine Art Photography’s “Illuminate” exhibition and PDN’s Photobook NYC, both juried by Elizabeth Avedon. Dworkin teaches video editing and mobile video production at the International Center for Photography and to groups and individuals. Recent TV/Film editing credits include: WNET’s Treasures of New York: The Flatiron Building, directed by Charles Hobson and Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light of Mine, directed by Robin Hamilton.  
Dworkin earned a masters degree in Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a bachelor’s from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a member of New York Women in Film and Television, American Society of Media Photographers, American Photography Archive Group, Women’s Photo Alliance  and a non-active member of the Motion Pictures Editor’s Guild.  
Artist Statement:
Throughout my life I have felt the need to record my observations using the mediums of film and photography. Working with both analog and digital formats, I have documented using different genres with the intent of learning more about my subjects and telling their stories.
As a photographer, I’m interested in the urban landscape and its inhabitants. In the Spring of 2008 I began an ongoing study of Coney Island using a Diana Plastic Camera. Inspired by news that the historic park was undergoing extensive gentrification, I ventured out on several foggy mornings to capture the park’s mid-20th century vestiges. I chose this particular medium format film camera with its few settings to give texture and emotion to my black and white photographs. My intention was to portray the park’s historical relevance and contribute to the beauty of what was and will never be the same again.
Understanding the subject matter along with its emotional and historical context are storytelling elements that carry over into my documentary film work as well. As a producer, director and editor, I tell stories that inform, inspire and connect viewers to their humanity. Topics are varied reflecting my interests and range from urban culture, social movements, biographical portraits and health and wellness. My current documentary project, of which I’m producing and directing, is a commissioned feature length film about a prominent New York City lawyer, who at 90, is still very much engaged in his career and family life.
Both photography and film are mediums I use for my expressive imperative. A photograph produces a single image concerned with spatial relationships. If I am successful I hopefully will produce a well balanced, unified composition that captures my choreographed vision. A motion picture is a series of video clips made of still images which are edited to produce a hopefully meaningful narrative. As an artist I believe the viewer finishes the work through their own perception and understanding. I derive great personal satisfaction when my work has been communicated successfully and has made a positive difference in people’s lives. ~  Stefanie
Friday, June 21st, 2019.  For info and to register:
Thursday, July 11, 2019.  For info and to register:
Friday, August 2, 2019.  For info and to register:


Video is Powerful - No longer just a medium for entertainment but an important communication tool changing the way we live, communicate and interact.  

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn everything you need to create professional, easily sharable, short videos directly from your iPhone.  

We'll cover in depth the Camera and iMovie apps that come with the iPhone, video literacy as well as helpful accessories and videos to see what is possible.  Each student will create, share and receive feedback on their own personal video project.



  • Content Creators, Marketers, and Bloggers
  • Journalists, Storytellers, Artists and Educators,
  • Media, Communications and PR Professionals
  • Entrepreneurs and anyone else who wishes to produce and publish videos directly from iPhone


  • iPhone 5 or higher with iOS 9 or higher
  • Camera and iMovie apps. Please come to class with apps already installed on iPhone
  • At least 2 GB of free space to be able to shoot new footage
  • Comfortable learning new equipment and software





“Stefanie is a wonderful instructor.  In one day, she equipped us with the skillset to shoot, edit and conceptualize phone videos.  Super recommended!”

— Dr. Stephanie Wakefield, Urban Geographer

“Thought she was great!  Easy, comfortable, very clear and open.”

— Maxi Cohen, filmmaker/Artist

“Exceeded expectations…great balance of practice, theory and creating.”

— Peter Arcese, Lawyer/Theater Producer/Photographer

“You should teach this at NYWIFT.”

— J. S. Wilkov, New York Women in TV and Film member and author of “Your Book is Your Hook"

The Neo-Political Cowgirls' 3rd Annual Andromeda’s Sisters Gala for Arts & Advocacy

Arts and Advocacy Gala for The Neo-Political Cowgirls to highlight women theater makers, social justice warriors, and community networking for activation and inspiration.

2 days of performance, interviews, workshops, and commingling with cocktails and local food. 


Friday, June 14th, Performance and Garden Party

7:00- Cocktails in the Garden of Guild Hall

8:00- Performance of one act plays by women playwrights

Post Show VIP Backstage Prosecco Party

John Drew Theater at Guild Hall of East Hampton 

Celebrities taking part: Cathy Curtin, (Orange Is The New Black, Homeland, Stranger Things) Ellen Dolan (As The World Turns, Guiding Light) with more being added each week. Plays by Suzanne Bradbeer, Julia Jordan, Anne Ziegler, Liana Sonenclar and more. 


Sunday, June 23rd, Creativity-Accessing Workshop with StateraArts

10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. at Guild Hall of East Hampton 


Sarah Greenman, Director of Operations for StateraArts, playwright, painter, actor, advocate for women in the arts, and community organizer, leads women from all walks of life on a journey incorporating movement, writing, and conversation that leads us towards a stronger sense of our authentic creativity. 

Workshop is followed by light brunch fare and NPC Artistic Director Kate Mueth interviewing/moderating a conversation with Sarah about her work with StateraArts and how we all can use our day-to-day creativity to encourage inclusion, social justice, and community activation. 


Tickets for the 2-Day Gala Celebration may be purchased on the homepage of NPC: 

Tickets can be purchased for one or both days. 


See last year's gala here


Kate Mueth is the founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning dance theater company The Neo-Political Cowgirls. In their 12th year, NPC continues to make "Mind bending" theater that seeks to deepen and challenge the ways in which audiences experience theater and the human story. Committed to shining light on female-identifying theater makers, NPC produces and supports work by women+ in order to create parity on the stages both nationally and internationally. NPC's Arts Education Outreach programming has been called "Crucial to our community" for their tireless work in using the Arts to creatively address social (in)justice, education and mental health issues. Kate is a proud Actor's Equity Union member and Co-VP of Communications sitting on the board of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She has worked as actress/director/choreographer with such luminaries as Blythe Danner, Tony Walton, Simon Jones, Cathy Curtin, Liz Larsen, Heather Lind, Joe Pintauro, Tovah Feldshuh, Florencia Lozano and others in places like Lincoln Center, John Drew Theater, Bay Street Theater, 13th StreetRep, Chicago Playwrights, Shakespeare & Co., The Gym at Judson, Culture Project NYC, etc. She has toured work with NPC to Berlin, Helsinki and Off-Broadway. This summer traveling main stage VOYEUR experience in July and NYC programming in August. Kate is wife to the creative theater gem Josh Gladstone and mother to their witty son August, a rising Sophomore at Emerson College. 


Salon Radio presents the 7th annual InScena! Italian Theater Festival NY

April 29th, 2019

Salon Radio Release 29 April 2019 

Salon Radio Full Episode Special: 


The 7th annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY


This episode is hosted by Amy Hughes with Laura Caparrotti, Founding Artistic Director and Donatella Codonesu, Associate Directorpresenting their 7th annual

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY.

Laura and Donatella have brought along with them the following productions that are included in this year's festival to talk with us about their creations that they have birthed in Italy and are excited to share with the New York theater audience:

A Cottage of One's Own - Natali a Magni (playwright, actress)
What Remains - on mobbing, shocking and other amenities - Monica Faggiani (playwright, actress)
As White As Fennel in a Salad - Silvia Marchetti (playwright, director), Andrea Ramosi (actor)
Spanker Machine - Tiziana Troja (playwright, director), Michela Sale Musio (actress)


Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Amy Hughes, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work upcoming around the world.

This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios.


Each year, In Scena! presents a survey of the best Italian Theater, from Italy, in all 5 NYC boroughs.

Since 2019 In Scena! bridges with the newborn OnStage! American theater festival in Rome, Italy, bringing US shows and plays overseas.

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY
7th Edition
April 29-May 13, 2019 

The Festival is FREE ADMISSION for all programs,
first come first served. RSVP is necessary.
Secured a seat with a donation of $20 per seat. 

 Details of each show/event and RSVP at:

 Laura Caparrotti, Founding Artistic Director

Donatella Codonesu, Associate Director

Carlotta Brentan, Executive Producer


The Festival Structure...

The Opening night: Each year the Festival is dedicated to an anniversary that has changed the life of theater or of society. The Opening Night of the Festival is dedicated to such anniversary and includes some of the artists participating in the Festival and local artists.

The seventh annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY will kick off on Monday, April 29 at 7pm at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marim at NYU (24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011) with the Opening Night Rainbow Jubilee, an international celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

The evening will include staged presentations of the four winning plays from the KIT Playwright Series. Thirteen 10-minute plays from around the world, selected by an international jury, were presented as a staged reading in front of a live audience. The audience and a committee of local artists voted, and chose the top four plays to be presented. Admission to the event is FREE


Full-production shows: Professional theater shows from Italy. Each show has had at least ten performances around Italy. Each show will have two performances during the Festival: one in Manhattan and one in one of the other four boroughs. Each show is either bilingual or with supertitles.


Readings: readings of Italian plays, already presented in Italy, translated into English. Presented in partnership with playwrights, Festivals and Playwrights projects.


The Mario Fratti Award for Excellence in Italian Play-writing: Since 2014, every year the jury of the Mario Fratti Award – comprised of 7 people (2 artists from the previous edition and theater makers) – chooses the winner’s play among the submissions. All plays need to never been produced. The winner will receive a translation of their work into English as part of the MFA Collection and a reading of such translation. Since 2018, all MFA winners have been published by In Scena! under the MFA theater collection.

Salon Radio presents: OnStage!festival, an inaugural festival of American theater on stage in Rome, Italy

January 19th, 2019


Salon Radio Release 19 January 2019


Salon Radio Full Episode Special: 

OnStage!festival, an inaugural festival that brings American theater to Italy



L’America is on stage!

Rome, January 21-27, 2019


This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Laura Caparrotti, Artistic Director of Kairos Italy Theater (KIT), presenting this inaugural theater festival that brings American theater to Italy.  It is a sister festival to KIT's annual IN SCENA! Italian Theater Festival in NY, coming upon it's 7th edition in Spring of 2019. Laura also presents us with other happenings and calls for work coming in 2019.

Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Barbara Sullivan, and our Salon Bulletin hightlighting Salonistas work around the world.

This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineerJade Zabric.



OnStage!festival is the American Theater Festival in Rome. It is organized by KIT Italia and The International Theatre, both based in Italy, and Kairos Italy Theater, based in NY, in partnership with several Italian and American institutions, including the American Embassy, the University of Roma Tre and the Teatro di Roma.

OnStage! was created to celebrate independent “Off Off” American Theater in Italy, following the long-running, successful footsteps of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY.

The Festival’s first edition will be hosted by Off Off Theatre, by the prestigious Teatro di Romaand by Teatro Palladiumfor a second run in May 2019, presenting 5 theater shows and 1 dance show from the States, 2 concerts, 3 readings, Q&A sessions, in-depth events, masterclasses and the OnStage Award for American Playwrights.



Salon Radio presents: 310 ARTists From Asheville: Languages in Visual Arts; visual artist ILham Badreddine Mahfouz

November 29th, 2018

Salon Radio Release 29 November 2018


Salon Radio Special: 

310 ARTists From Asheville: Languages in Visual Arts

Invite to Curator's Talk and Finissage on 29 Nov 2018 at Berlitz Gallery in NYC,

plus invite to engage with their artists online and in-person in Asheville!


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 Salon Solo {Radio}presents Syrian-American visual artist ILham Badreddine Mahfouz

ILham's paintings, sculptures, and poetry bring a profound message of Peace and Harmony to the World.


This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Amy Hughes presenting our guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Heidi Russell, and our Salon Bulletin hightlighting Salonistas work around the world. This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineerJade Zabric.



        Salon Solo {Radio}: visual artist ILham Badreddine Mahfouz

Syrian American Artist ILham Badreddine Mahfouz had the privillage of coming from the ancient city of Damascus, Syria, where she was born and lived till she came to the United States. ILham received her education from Eastern Michigan University, with a B.F.A in Painting and Ceramic, with a Minor in Art History.  She has been creating and exhibiting her art as well as serving her local community by teaching art to Autistic children and teaching Arabic language for free. ILham also teaches Arabic language at the University of Detroit Mercy.  She has received many awards including first prize award for Painting in 1991 at Eastern Michigan University (water color - Meditation on Peace) and first prize in ceramic sculpture (Desire). Her art work is on display at National Arab American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, a mixed media modern calligraphy piece in 13 languages of the word Peace.  ILham has had 11 solo art exhibits in Michigan (latest one on display at southfield Public Library in southfield, Michigan) and participated in over 98 group exhibits nationally and internationally. ILham published her first Book "Whispers from the East" with Wasteland Press.  ILham has been published in several art books including 1000 Most Important Women of the Middle East and the Arab World, Volume 3, 2013 By Maximillien De Lafayette; Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists, by Fayeq S. Oweis 2007. ILham's art work resides in private and public collections...2014 HRF (Human Rights Flag) Art Installation Permanent Place; Cell of Amnesty International Museum, Vestervig, Denmark; 2013 MONA (Museum of New Art), Armada, Michigan (since 1996, Box 0079); 2007 (7-19) U.S.A. Arab American Museum, Permanent Collections (World Peace mixed media); 2007 1st MOSA International Exhibit Permanent Collection, Kebun, Mimpi Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
ILham continues to work and exhibit, striving for peace and harmony in the world.
Artist Statement:
" In my paintings, I try to capture my life experiences as well as my outlook on life. I try to display emotions and reaction in my artworks through several layers of paint and various textures effects, beneath the several layers may lie the subconscious.  I enjoy the various emotions revealed to me from colors storming towards each other. Diverse lines and shapes ease the tension and help to balance the painting harmoniously. Through my work, I support the message of Peace and Harmony. I believe that if we want a peaceful world, we must live with and help each other."

I long to see people live in Harmony and Peace
Helping one another 
for a better world 
for progress and prosperity 
in a diverse world 
Filled with Love and Harmony.
Salon Radio Special: 310 ARTists From Asheville: Languages in Visual Arts

310 ARTists to Show in New York City

Join us for an artist talk and with the curator Nadine Charlsen at 5:30 followed by reception into the evening on the 29th of November.

Berlitz Gallery is located in the Berlitz Learning Center, 40 W 51st Street, NYC.

The five resident artists from 310 ART in Asheville’s River Arts District are exhibiting work in New York City in Rockefeller Center at the Berlitz Gallery. Fleta Monaghan, Bridget Benton, Nadine Charlsen, Katrina Chenevert, and Jane Molinelli, are the featured artists in the show “310 ARTists From Asheville: Languages in Visual Arts.” Fleta Monaghan, founder of 310 ART, says, “This is a great opportunity for the artists to show as a group in New York while highlighting the diversity of art available in our studio. It also serves to bring recognition of the River Arts District to New York. While this show is going on, we will have similar pieces at our gallery in the River Arts District.”

Nadine Charlsen who is the curator of the show, is a master experimental watercolorist who moved to Asheville from NYC. Having exhibited at the Berlitz a number of times, she felt it would be a perfect venue to display the work of her studio mates. The gallery is in one of the most visited sites in the city. It’s also a few blocks from the Museum of Modern Art, a mid-town arts destination.


Each artist has their own unique style and medium. Featured in the show are:


Fleta Monaghan is a long time Asheville fine artist working in oils, inks, mixed media and encaustic. She grew up in Western Florida on the Gulf of Mexico and settled in Asheville in 1981. She founded 310 Art at Riverview Station in the River Arts District in 2006, which now houses a gallery, studios, and the oldest independent school for the arts in the region.

Bridget Benton, a nationally known artist, instructor and best selling author, joined 310 ART as a resident artist in 2017, after moving to Asheville from Portland, OR. In 2006, she began working in encaustic that allows her to incorporate multiple media while continuing to explore themes of memory, home, and belonging. Benton is the lead instructor in encaustic at 310 ART.

Nadine Charlsen is an urban landscape watercolor artist and instructor based in Asheville. Her background as a theatrical lighting designer in New York City for 31 years has allowed her to incorporate her knowledge of light, shadow, scale, colors and textures to culminate an artistic drama. She teaches a series of experimental watercolor courses at 310 ART.

Katrina Chenevert moved to Asheville in 2008 and immediately embraced the art culture. Nostalgia often drives her inspiration to paint but, it is the theme that drives what medium will be used in her final creations whether watercolor, acrylic, oil or scratchboard. Her passion with 3D art has bred creations incorporating large canvases, mixed media and fiber arts.  

Jane Molinelli came to Asheville in 1976. With a background in fiber arts, her expressive, colorful paintings, inspired by abstract expressionism, reflect her work as a weaver and dyer. Her non-objective work seeks to capture energy, emotion, and memory through line, mark, and color.


See the artist’s work locally in Asheville at 310 ART, 191 Lyman St #310, Asheville, NC 28801, M-S 11-5 and Sun 12-4

Each 310 ARTist will have a two month featured show in 2019 starting in February and running through November. In addition, our gallery features more work all the time of 16 artists.


Salon Radio: Painting the Current Landscape, Elisabeth Condon; writer Ellen Lytle

May 16th, 2018


Salon Radio podcast release 05-16-18


Salon Radio Special: Painting the Current Landscape, painter Elisabeth Condon

Elisabeth talks about her projects and collaborations, including a conversation with Wayfarers Studio Program’s founder George Ferrandi, and as a juror brings to us a special announcement of a call for artists for “Reclaiming My Pride,” a national art contest designed to showcase the spirit of community, creativity, and charity in America’s LGBTQ populace, benefitting The Ali Forney Center (launched by Metrosource and One World Observatory).

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 Salon Solo {Radio} presents writer Ellen Lytle

This episode is hosted by Heidi Russell with Maureen Van Trease presenting our guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Barbara Sullivan, and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world. This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineer Jade Zabric.


Salon Solo {Radio}: Ellen Lytle

Currently, much of Ellen Lytle’s time is spent caring for her handicapped Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Goode, and writing as much as possible in-between prepping meals, cleaning, grocery shopping, and meeting w/friends! There may be a new, as yet, untitled book of poetry from NYQ Press coming out andshe hopes to soon start a manuscript of short fiction.  Lytle has 3 books of poems and 2 short fiction books published, teaches creative writing at the New Dorp Library on Staten Island. Ellen was a journalist and won two prizes for her poetry in 1989 and 2006. Lytle spent half of her life writing and living in Vermont.  You can find her book, Homefront: new and selected poems, on Amazon.




Salon Radio Special: Painting the Current Landscape, painter Elisabeth Condon

“Spills and pours of ink and paint determine the compositions of my recent works on paper and linen. Their spontaneous flows contain imagery ranging from Mayan goddesses and warriors to landscape elements that complicate the surface and unfolding of time. Since returning from China in 2014, my mother's vintage wallpapers and fabrics inspire me to incorporate the décor in my childhood home as a formative artistic influence. Setting the patterns and images free in a river of free-floating associations redefines the improvisational techniques of scroll painting in dimensional space. Décor becomes an urban space, intersecting nature and culture.” ~ Elisabeth Condon


ELISABETH CONDON is an American painter whose extensive body of work features poured paint as a central compositional landmark. Within the pours Condon combines disparate paint applications and materials to re-interpret Chinese principles of balance for an information-saturated world. References to Yuan Dynasty scrolls, her mother's fabrics and wallpapers, 1970s glam rock clubs and locations where the artist has lived in or visited conjoin as 'synthetic landscapes where nature and décor intersect'.

A frequent traveler, Condon participates in artist residencies including Carrizozo Colony, Montello and UCross Foundations (2018); Wave Hill Winter Workspace (2017); Artist in Residence in the Everglades (2016); Swatch Art Peace Hotel Shanghai and Morris Graves Foundation (2014); Grand Canyon National Park and Wupatki National Monument (2013); Yaddo (2010, 2007); Fountainhead (2010); Red Gate International Artist Residency (2005); Stock 20 International Artist Residency, Taiwan (2005, 2004); Triangle France (1999); and Shave International Artist Workshop, Somerset, UK (1997).

Condon has received the 2015 New York PULSE Prize, a New York Studio School Mercedes Matter award, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a Florida Individual Artist Grant and numerous university grants. She held tenure at the University of South Florida from 2003 through 2014. Condon's work is held in public collections that include the United States Foundation of Art in Embassies Program (Beijing), Perez Museum Miami, Tampa Museum of Art and JP Morgan Chase Collection, among others.


See Elisabeth’s work online at:


And in person in NYC…

Natural Proclivities, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, BMCC (May 24 - July 27, 2018)

MTA Ditmars Station, NW Line (2019)

UCross New York Gala and Awards Dinner, June 5, 2018 at Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center Frederick P. Rose Hall, honoring the writer Annie Proulx



Elisabeth’s projects and collaborations…


Visiting Critic, Wayfarers, Bushwick (2017-2018)

Wayfarers Studio Collaboration

George Ferrandi is an American artist whose performance and participatory projects address issues of vulnerability, impermanence, and spectacle, often through experimental approaches to narrative. She is the founder of Wayfarers Studio Program in Brooklyn, and the Creative Director of Jump!Star, an interdisciplinary initiative celebrating the eventual transition of our North Star, which has recently been awarded an NEA Our Town Grant.


Juror, Reclaiming My Pride, MetroSource (Davler Media) – Details of the event and call for artists below.


Residency, UCross Foundation Residency, Clearmont, WY

(participated April 16 - May 11 2018)

The mission of Ucross Foundation is to foster the creative spirit of deeply committed artists and groups by providing uninterrupted time, studio space, living accommodations, and the experience of the majestic High Plains while serving as a good steward of its historic 20,000-acre ranch in Clearmont, WY. It believes that being a good steward of the land closely resembles being a good artist, requiring dedication, imagination, and the best possible use of the resources at hand. In addition to fostering the work of individual artists Ucross hosts educational programs, conferences, and special events at its public art gallery, which is a cultural landmark in northern Wyoming.



Elisabeth Condon, Juror invites artists to submit work for “RECLAIMING MY PRIDE”



Deadline May 18, 2018






New York, N.Y., April 4, 2018 -- Davler Media Group’s Metrosource, the largest circulation LGBTQ publication serving New York City and Los Angeles, and second largest nationally, and One World Observatory, at the top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, today launched “Reclaiming My Pride,” a national art contest designed to showcase the spirit of community, creativity, and charity in America’s LGBTQ populace.  Top contestants will be honored at a private gala/reception on June 20 and featured in a public exhibition held at One World Observatory during NYC Pride Week from June 21 -24.  The winners will also be featured in the magazine’s August/September issue, along with its online and social media platforms.  The event will benefit The Ali Forney Center, an organization that protects LGBTQ youth from homelessness and empowers them with the tools to live independently.


“Pride Week is a celebration of the vibrancy, strength and joy of the LGBTQ community and all who support it,” said Paul Hagen, Editor-In-Chief of Metrosource. “In 2018, we think it’s more important than ever to get back to Pride’s roots of community, creativity, and charity.  We are pleased to partner with One World Observatory to showcase the talents of exceptional and diverse artists, LGBTQ and otherwise, whose work is imbued with and furthers our community’s spirit of creativity and inclusion.”


“We are honored to be partnering with Metrosource for this spectacular exhibition at One World Observatory that will feature the works of talented artists, showcasing the LGBTQ’s community, creativity and commitment to charity,” said Keith Douglas, Managing Director of One World Observatory. “Every day we host thousands of visitors from around the world and we strive to make our guests feel welcome in New York. NYC Pride Week is cornerstone in this city’s great culture of unity and we are proud to shine a light on that spirit in the LGBTQ community.”


The competition is open to all artists in the 50 states whose work reflects the spirit of community and acceptance represented by LGBTQ pride, which was ignited by the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a cornerstone event in the movement towards equality.


Artists may enter the contest by digitally submitting an image or video link of their painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and fashion designs, along with an up to 200 word statement describing how it fits within the “community, creativity and charity” themes of the contest.  Artists are also asked to submit a 100-word bio.  Deadline for submissions: May 18, 2018.  There is no cost for submission.   Full details and rules for Metrosource’s art contest, including submission forms, can be found at


Entries will be judged by a panel of esteemed artists, curators, and notables in creative pursuits, such as film and the Broadway stage.  The list presently includes contemporary painters Scott LaForge and Elisabeth Condon, pioneering 3D video artist Ali Hossaini, multi-media artist Fawn Rogers, gallerist/curator Christopher Pusey and Scott Frankel, Tony-nominated composer of Broadway musicals including WAR PAINT and GREY GARDENS, along with Davler staff.  The panel will select 10 finalists whose works will be featured in the exhibition at One World Observatory (the physical works will need to be shipped to Metrosource)).  One winner selected from the finalists will receive hotel and air travel for two to the “Reclaiming My Pride” event, along with two VIP tickets to opening night, a cash prize of $1,000, and more.


The winner and finalists will be feted at a private opening for the “Reclaiming My Pride” exhibition at One World Observatory, 285 Fulton Street, on the evening of June 20, 2018.   Their works will be on public display from June 21 – 24, 2018, Gallery hours: 9 am to 9 pm.   The artists will also have the option of making a donation in support of The Ali Forney Center, a New York City-based LGBTQ charity.


Metrosource will devote a feature in its August/September issue to the works and the backstories of these talented artists.  Its online destination and social media platforms will feature video interviews with each of the exhibited artists along with digital images of their works.

About Metrosource

Founded in 1990, Metrosource was the first glossy publication for LGBTQ people to be free of sexually explicit advertising. Metrosource has grown to have the largest circulation of any publication designed for the LGBTQ community, in both the New York and Los Angeles markets, and the second largest circulation for any such publication nationwide.  Metrosource’s National Edition provides unique coverage of arts and entertainment, can’t-miss events, gay-friendly travel and the continuing global struggle for marriage equality.  It’s NYC and LA editions expand this with in-depth coverage of local events, bars, restaurants, shopping and one-of-a-kind directories for finding businesses that are excited to serve the needs of LGBTQ people.  The publication was acquired by Davler Media Group in March 2017, the company behind the most viewed publications and online properties targeting NYC visitors and parents (City Guide and NYMetro Parents) to expand its domination to the $917 billion a year LGBTQ marketplace.

About Davler Media Group

Since its launch in 2004, Davler Media Group has specialized in creating print and online media that help NYC-area residents and visitors make superior choices about how to spend their time and money. Our media offer targeted guides, listings, directories and award-winning editorial content that are both timely and comprehensive, serving four distinct markets:  visitors, parents, the LGBTQ community and party planners. City Guide magazine and are the largest circulation visitor media in Manhattan. NYMetroParents’ print magazines (Big Apple Parent, Brooklyn Parent, Long Island Parent - Nassau edition, Long Island Parent - Suffolk edition, Queens Parent, Rockland/Bergen Parent, and Westchester Parent), its online media ( and the recently acquired MommyBites) and live events reach approximately 1 million parents each month. Mitzvah Market is the largest and most authoritative resource dedicated to providing invaluable information to families planning bar and bat mitzvahs through a website, magazine and five event showcases during the year. With its recent acquisition of Metrosource, the largest circulation LGBTQ publication serving New York City and Los Angeles, and second largest nationally, DMG has become a leading platform for targeting the buying power of the LGBTQ community. All our media brands speak to large audiences of customers -- additionally or preferentially -- through regular, exclusive eNewsletters.  More info:


About One World Observatory

Positioned at the top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Observatory provides guests with unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters from 1,250 feet. A thrilling journey to the top and awe-inspiring reveal of the seemingly endless view evokes feelings pride, hope and resilience. Live interactive experiences showcase the City’s deep history and varied cultures.  Three dining options, including an extraordinary sit-down restaurant feature locally sourced menus, craft beers, specialty cocktails along with unrivaled skyline views.  Visit for more information and to purchase tickets


Media Contacts:

Metrosource: Sal Cataldi, Cataldi PR, tel: 212.244.9797; email:

One World Observatory: Kristen Bothwell, Rubenstein, 212.843.9317,