ABOUT THE ARTIST

I have been making pictures all my life. Drawings, paintings, sketches, plans, generate from anything that intrigues me, stirs my heart, or tweaks my imagination. When I learned this dance, donned its costume, studied, taught and performed it, I had to make pictures of it too. 

I have instructed enough dance classes to recognize what happens the first time a woman ties a coin scarf around her hips, gives it a preliminary shake and catches herself in the mirror. Something happens, and that is what these pictures are about. Somewhere among them, there is one that says, “Beautiful dancer, this is you.”

PARTIAL ART AND DANCE RESUME

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Syracuse University, School for Visual and Performing Arts
  • Third Year Program, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
  • Salem State University, teaching certificate
  • Classes at Boston Museum School

Private travel

Istanbul and Asian Turkey; mainland Greece; Uzbekistan, Central Asia; southern Spain; The Azores; British Isles; Germany; Oahu, Maui, the Big Island Hawaii; Mexico

Tours

  • Egypt: Katia of Boston
  • England; Glyndebourne, Glastonbury, Aldeburgh music festivals
  • Morocco; Marrakesh Folk Festival, Morocco of New York City
  • Tuscany, Florence, Venice, Pesaro and surrounding towns; Opera Con Brio

Some solo shows

  • Middle East Gallery, Cambridge, MA, art exhibit with performances
  • Mullen Advertising Gallery, Wenham, MA
  • Ghanaian Embassy, Cologne, Germany
  • North Shore Music Theater, Beverly, MA
  • Galerie Hansen, Bonn, Germany
  • Sandy’s Concert Club, Beverly, MA
  • Manchester Community Center, art exhibit with performances
  • Armenian General Benevolent Association, Watertown, MA
  • Ancient Arts Studios, Berkeley, MA

Some Juried Shows

  • Boston Symphony Drawing Show, Symphony Hall, Boston MA
  • Jazz Coalition Exhibit, Boston Architectural Group
  • Polaroid, Cambridge MA, Drawing Show
  • BVAU Cyclorama Show, Boston MA
  • Necco Place “Alternative Music” Show, Boston MA
  • Montserrat Alumni Show
  • Naimo Gallery, Small Works show, Beverly, MA
  • Marblehead Festival for the Arts, Marblehead, MA
  • Ashwell Gallery, Music and Dance Show, Beverly MA

Some Awards

  • Drawing awards, Marblehead Festival of the Arts
  • Newburyport Art Assn., drawing and pastel awards
  • MA Arts Lottery Grant for Funk Metal Music series
  • First prize, fiction and non-fiction, Seacoast Writers Association, NH

Some associations and activities

  • Executive Board member, Graphic Artists’ Guild, Boston Chapter
  • Exhibiting member, Newburyport Art Association
  • Artist Member, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Founding Member, Club Cairo Bellydance Cooperative
  • Member, New England Belly Dance Association
  • Juror for several regional art exhibits
  • Panelist for Montserrat “Alternative Careers” Symposium

Some employment

  • North Shore Community College, teacher, art courses and bellydance classes
  • Beverly times, freelance writer and illustrator
  • Adonna School of Middle Eastern Dance, teacher
  • Cambridge Dance Complex, teacher, bellydance classes
  • Writer and reviewer, Beverly Times, Hellenic Chronicle, Habibi
  • Arts writer and reviewer, North Shore Magazine, Arts Around Boston Magazine
  • Illustrator, North Shore Magazine, Music Theater, Harper&Row, Newbury House
  • House dancer, Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge, MA (live music)
  • House dancer, Ahmed’s Restaurant, Cambridge, MA (live music)
  • House dancer, Bishop’s Restaurant, Lawrence, MA (live music)
  • Regularly featured dancer, Club Cairo, Cambridge, MA (live music)
  • Countless bellygrams, MA, NH, RI
  • Troupe member, Adonna’s Middle Eastern Dance Theatre
  • Troupe member, Daughters of Isis
  • Art and writing contributor, Habibi, Arabesque Magazine
  • Designer of Habibi Logo

Teachers and Influences

  • Adonna, first teacher and strongest influence; I owe her much
  • Morocco of NYC – my first workshop
  • Jamila Salimpour – week-long seminar, assisted by Suhaila
  • Anahid Sofian - classes and workshops
  • Serena Wilson – classes and workshops
  • Dunya, - meditation dance
  • Bert Balladine - workshops and seminars