Other artists include abstract painters Nikki Lilliard and Cheryl Anne Barill. Lilliard said she re-found her confidence through multi-media painting following difficulties in her marriage and career as a hairstylist.
Barill will showcase “In the Pause,” depicting a costumed figure in deep contemplation of her next move, as well as “Amari,” a painting of a tribal Ethiopian woman standing in great strength and inner poise. She said she hopes her work will remind others of their own strength.
“It is not what takes us down that defines us but how we get up,” she said. “Each time we get up, if the time was well spent while rooting for clarity, we rise with wisdom, more wisdom each time.”
Harris said people have gone through so much, especially bocoran slot gacor hari ini with the pandemic, and are often ashamed to talk about it. She hopes the event will encourage discussion of shared experiences and be a place of mutual support and inspiration for women who are suffering.
“This is why we felt this was necessary,” she said. “Everybody in this room went through something, and it’s OK.”
In addition to the art exhibition, the event will feature a fashion show, poetry and personal stories from “PIPED” (“Power in Poetry Experience of Detroit”) and a reading from author Dorothy Jett Carter’s “Kente Cloth and Apricot Brandy, A Love Story.” Organizers will also pass out “SHINE” awards, celebrating women who display “strength, honor, integrity, nobility and excellence.”
A silent auction will benefit several female-focused nonprofits, including Stoma, Rebirth, I Am With You, Bags to Butterflies, the William LaPratt Foundation and No Boys Allowed, that provide tools and resources supporting women experiencing hardship.
The organizers said both women and men are welcome, and they would eventually like to turn “Out of the Darkness” into a non-profit and make the art exhibition an annual event.
“I just want to show the power of women and that we’re strong and we’re together as one,” LaPratt said. “We can do anything, there’s nothing stopping us, ‘no’ is not our vocabulary.”