Empowering Hearts exhibit celebrates ‘iconic’ women

by Gloria Locke, Staff Writer 0

The holidays are upon us evident by all that glitters … and all that gives.

Empowering Hearts gala and exhibit gives single parents in the Santa Clarita Valley tangible and visual inspiration through the holidays and everyday.

“It’s all about the power of a story,” states DaAnne Smith, Executive Director for Single Mothers Outreach. “We exist so they can be the heroine of their story,” she continues. Empowering Hearts gala proceeds benefit Single Mothers Outreach providing tangible resources to struggling single parents in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Twelve women were honored as ‘iconic’ figures in their respective fields coupled with 12 artists who applied their hands and their hearts to create a visual story representative of the life story revealed by the exceptional women.

“You learned news skills and tackled each challenge that came your way, hopeful with grace, and you became an example to somebody else,” honoree Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook said.

An array of work ranging from nostalgic photography to contemporary mixed media portrayed the honorees accompanied by a high quality book with each inspiring story of the women authored by Amy Storms. These iconic women include Patsy Ayala, Diana Barnes, Lois Bauccio, Julie Benson, Crystl Bustos, Judi Davidson, Alice Davis, Lisa DeLong, Cheri Fleming, Emily Iland, Kathy Sturkey, and Dr. Dianne Van Hook.

“True Leaders do more than inspire followers. They empower others to fulfill their destinies,” Van Hook says.

This holiday season the community can be inspired by the works of art that helped to empower women to be resilient during life’s hardest challenges from battling cancer, to losing a child, as caregivers and community leaders. A rotating exhibit features the work of artists Phil Althouse, Kirby Lanier, Andreanna Arambula, Kimberly Winberry, Alexis Surratt, Lisa Barr, Yoti Telio, Ted Dayton, Michelle Thompson, Laurie Finkelstein, Lindsay Schlick, TB Greene, and Samantha Hines. The exhibit unveiling began at COC’s Dr. Dianne Van Hook University Center, continuing to COC’s Art Gallery, and displayed at Valencia Library today through Jan. 3, 2013.

During the holidays be inspired through art and discover how 12 resilient, iconic women stared trials in the face and triumphed remaining intact and joyful leaders.

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