Film/reading by Sue Perlgut

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Recent articles in newspapers, one in the British newspaper The Guardian and one in the New York Times both reflect on women artists. The Guardian asks the question “Women in art: why are all the ‘great’ artists men?” In the New York Times, Judy Chicago, feminist artist, talks about rescuing women from art histories sideline. Although both articles are about women painters and sculptors, the articles are reflective of the world of women artists, of all kinds.

Filmmaker, Sue Perlgut of CloseToHome Productions, working with poet and Cornell professor Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and singer songwriter Jai Hari Meyerhoff,  invited artists, of all disciplines (musicians, writers, poets, photographers, painters, filmmakers, actors, dancers, etc,)  to fill out an online survey about their work and their creativity. Working with the answers and stories gathered from the surveys and from the diverse group of artists we will create a film, with original music, to be shown either at Cinemapolis in the late fall of 2020 or online. Look for our artist of the week below and our artist of the day on our Women’s Wisdom facebook page.

Artists must live, work or have visited Tompkins County to participate in the film part of the project. Thank you!

Artists of the Week: Corinne Stern and Zee Zahava

Corinne Stern

I have an art-making shop where people make art under my guidance/photographer

Excerpt from her answers to our survey: What is the inspiration for your work?

I am also a photographer, specializing in what I call “Line and Design”. I see beauty in the intersection of objects, in nature, in the human face, in the working or playing hand. As a woman with ADD, it is difficult for me to complete things. My mother noticed this when I was little. She called me “Jack Rabbit”. I tend to be full of ideas, write them down or draw them, and then come back to them days, months, or years later. I am much more patient while helping others construct a work of art than I am with myself. When asked what kind of artist I am, I often reply “Quick and DIrty”. I don’t have the patience or stick-to-itiveness to pay attention to tiny details. Perfection is not my goal. Self-expression is. Shape and angle is. Color is. Subject is. Idea is.

For more information and to see her work:


Zee Zahava


Excerpt from her answers to our survey: What is the inspiration for your work?

For many years I wrote stories, memoir pieces, and haiku. I think of my memoir writing more like “creative memoir” or embellished (embroidered) truths. In other words: my non-fiction has many elements of fiction tucked into it. More recently (in the last year or so) I’ve begun to make postcard-sized collages. I think of this work as “Visual Haiku.”

Along with her collage I am sharing a video we collaborated on.





This project is partially supported by grants from: The City Federation of Women’s Organizations, and with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Partnership