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Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC will co-sponsor along with Authentic Contemporary Art and East City Art a charitable event to observe the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Washington, DC, and New York City. The event, “Savoring the Art of Peace” Wine Tasting Fundraiser, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2011, at SOVA Espresso & Wine Bar, 1359 H. Street NE, Washington, DC 202-397-3080.
For tickets or to make a donation click here. The cost per person is $55.The first 25 patrons will receive a complimentary gift. Attendees can sample up to three regional wines and gourmet cheeses. The event benefits Peace x Peace and Empowered Women International.
Patricia Smith Melton, founder of PeacexPeace, will have available for purchase and sign copies of her book, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices, which carries the voices of 60 international women who share their wisdom, experiences, points of view, wounds and joys. Maryland artist Nadia Janjua will feature her work in a silent auction and of LEA, a DC-based singer and song writer, will provide entertainment with her acoustic guitar.
PeaceXPeace began in 2002 when Patricia Smith Melton, a poet, playwright, film maker, and photographer, gathered six experts in peace and women’s rights from around the world to discuss how they might respond as women to the violence of 9/11/2001. The organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to connect women internationally to build peace. It launched a website and an online news service and began connecting women across geographic and cultural divides, via the Internet. The expanding PeacexPace community includes women and men in more than 100 nations.
About Empowered Women International
Empowered Women International (EWI) creates economic, market, and career opportunities for low-income immigrant and refugee women and seeks to raise awareness and increase appreciation for the cultural contributions that immigrant and refugee women and their families make to our country. Members of EWI also believe in the extraordinary power of the arts as a unifying language of communication and multicultural understanding and as a vehicle of integration for newcomers.
About Featured Artist: Nadia Janjua
Nadia Janjua is a practicing Architect and professional Artist based in the Washington, D.C. area, working under the business name NJARTitecture. Born to Kashmiri-Pakistani parents, Janjua grew up in the forested mountains of Western Maryland with her three siblings, strongly influenced by the solitude and beauty of her natural surroundings. She started drawing before she could write, and she started painting with oils in adolescence. Over the past15 years, she has explored different paint mediums, photography, graphic design, ceramics, and printmaking, eventually spending the majority of her time on nurturing her painting ability. Janjua has been exhibiting her work professionally since 2002 throughout the United States, and more recently, internationally. For more information visit her website at www.njartitecture.com/
About Patricia Smith Melton
Author Patricia Smith Melton brings the power of women’s wisdom into a world of need and violent conflict. She first met with Israeli and Palestinian women in 2004 as founder and executive director of Peace X Peace, which weaves a network of internet-based communication for all women of the world. A poet, playwright, and former entrepreneur, Smith Melton co-founded one of the earliest social networking programs, the Melton International Education Foundation, connecting students in Chile, China, Germany, India and the US.
Fans and friends so often compare LEA’s sound to greats like Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell that it seems a good starting point to describe her music. There are also shades of India.Arie, Ani DiFranco and Bonnie Raitt in her singing, writing and guitar playing. By infusing elements of Jazz, Country, Gospel & R&B into contemporary Folk, LEA creates a sound that is all her own. LEA’s music is enjoyed by a variety of audiences who share an appreciation for pure, engaging vocalization, expressive guitar style, intelligent lyrics and skillful song craft. Those audiences include presenters at arts centers, universities, festivals, coffeehouses, nightclubs, vineyards, churches and house concerts in the US and Europe. LEA has released 7 full-length CDS and has been repeatedly acknowledged by the Washington Area Music Association as one of the area’s Best Female Vocalist, Recording Artists and Songwriters. Visit LEA’s website at www.thisislea.com.