A New Beginning for Artessa Alliance

A group of women that includes traditional artists as well as business owners and educators, known as Artessa Alliance is taking the tenant that anyone who creates is an artist and putting it into practice like never before. The Artessa Alliance is an organization that promotes the establishment and growth of women artists within the greater Philadelphia area, through various collaborations and connections between members of the organization, naturally sharing a few members with InLiquid, including Rebecca Schultz and Teresa Shields. It was formed from a local mothers’ art cooperative in 2006–formerly known as MamaCITA–with the additional goal of supporting mothers who were seeking a creative outlet from the rigors of parenthood.

This artwork was created by Elena Drozdova, as a way to honor her Slavic roots, It also depicts an image of the tessellation, Artessa Alliance’s new symbol, in the background. Drozdova is a member of both Artessa Alliance and an InLiquid Alumni

Naturally, since this group was founded by mothers, motherhood was made a requirement to gain membership. However, Artessa Alliance has recently shifted their requirements associated with membership, essentially removing the motherhood requirement, so women no longer have to be mothers to become members. Their definition of the artist has also seen a change and has opened up possible membership even further.

This change came about as the organization realized that through its restrictive inclusion, it was going against its fundamental prerogative of finding strength through unity. While this shift is certainly an exciting one, it came much sooner than expected, with the initial launch of the new standard set to take place in February of 2021. But when the current COVID-19 pandemic began, it seemed there was no greater time to focus on collaboration and finding strength in (socially distanced) numbers, especially considering the direct impact this crisis has had on the members of Artessa Alliance and necessitated the closing of their arts center. Through countless Zoom calls and emails, this group has managed to not only continue their work but expand their reach and impact through these new membership changes, allowing their newfound members to reap the benefits of their extensive network. Now, it is the symbol of a tessellation, (a specific type of art installation that is created when a shape is repeated while covering a plane, without any gaps or overlaps) that is used to represent the overall impact these changes are meant to relay, a shining example of the idea that each woman artist is made stronger by the combined power and beauty of cohesive unity.

These recent changes do not, however, change what has always been at the core of Artessa Alliance. What makes them such a unique and essential organization to so many women, remains the same. It is the pillars of compassion, unity, and determination that has always, and will always, hold Artessa Alliance up as a beacon for women artists everywhere. Artessa Alliance is of the firm belief that it is through the practice of these core ideals that women can not only rise up but raise others along with them through the creation and promotion of art.

Jenn is a painter! Mostly she's an oil painter, though she's been known to use just about any medium available at a given moment.

She Loves to paint. It's pretty much all she wants to do.
Shes Loves to paint the world and the beautiful things in it — 
and she Loves that people really Love her paintings of our beautiful world and the beautiful things in it!

There is nothing really special about Jenn, she's just painter who paints... just about anything, just about all the time. 

P.S. She's a bit of a formalist — her world is made up of line, color, shape, form, structure, composition and plasticity. And, while she paint from observation, the subject of the painting is not her objective. The process of painting is her objective — the process of how to best use the medium, often oil paint, to create and subjugate form on the two dimensional surface of the canvas.
Jenn Hallgren
Jenn Hallgren

Jenn is a painter! Mostly she's an oil painter, though she's been known to use just about any medium available at a given…

Jenn is a painter! Mostly she's an oil painter, though she's been known to use just about any medium available at a given moment.

She Loves to paint. It's pretty much all she wants to do.
Shes Loves…

Jenn is a painter! Mostly she's an oil painter, though she's been known to use just about any medium available at a given moment.

She Loves to paint. It's pretty much all she wants to do.
Shes Loves to paint the world…

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls and intricacies and details of the forms and colors.
Jack Knight
Jack Knight

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls…

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls and intricacies and details of the forms and colors.…

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls and intricacies and details of the forms and colors.…

Sandra's colorful and expressive abstract paintings and collages are about "place", and take inspiration from the landscape - While the artworks are not a representation of any specific location, they oftentimes are evocative of landscape. She invites the viewer to engage with her artworks through memory, imagination, and reverie. Working with oil paint, oil pigment sticks, watercolor and other media, her paintings and collages have been described by a curator as “visceral and expressive”.
Sandra Benhaim
Sandra Benhaim

Sandra's colorful and expressive abstract paintings and collages are about "place", and take inspiration from…

Sandra's colorful and expressive abstract paintings and collages are about "place", and take inspiration from the landscape - While the artworks are not a representation of any specific…

Sandra's colorful and expressive abstract paintings and collages are about "place", and take inspiration from the landscape - While the artworks are not a representation of any specific location, they oftentimes…

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop, scroll and leaf. For me, they express an allusion to mortality, matter and energy fields.
Chris Curchin
Chris Curchin

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop,…

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop, scroll and leaf. For me, they express an allusion to mortality, matter and energy…

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop, scroll and leaf. For me, they express an allusion to mortality, matter and energy fields.…

Sharing the experiences I have had with race and gender is a catalyst for my work. My experience growing up very protected in a race not completely my own, was not concerning to me as a child. When I was introduced to a mixed race population that was very concerned with labeling and grouping people, the experience was unsettling. From that point, I had to think about race and culture and how they related to my daily performance.
Cara Susanne Roberts
Cara Susanne Roberts

Sharing the experiences I have had with race and gender is a catalyst for my work. My experience growing up very protected…

Sharing the experiences I have had with race and gender is a catalyst for my work. My experience growing up very protected in a race not completely my own, was not concerning to me as a child. When I was…

Sharing the experiences I have had with race and gender is a catalyst for my work. My experience growing up very protected in a race not completely my own, was not concerning to me as a child. When I was introduced to a mixed…

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