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URI Providence campus to focus on women during March
Art exhibit, lecture series offered to public

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- February 6, 2001 -- Women will be the focus of an art exhibition and a series of talks during March at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus. The campus is located at 80 Washington St., Providence. All events are free and open to the public.

"Women Healing: Wellness - Body/Mind/Spirit" is the title of a mixed media exhibition depicting various aspects of healing and wellness - physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental.
The exhibit, located in the first and second floor lobbies, features the work of Christiane Corbat of Warren, a sculptural artist who has worked for more than 16 years using body casting as a means of healing. Begun with the intention to heal herself, her work has developed into a myth and dream-related process that helps others access healing within themselves.

Corbat creates sculpture by working collaboratively with people who have all types of illnesses: cancer, heart disease, asthma, leukemia, depression, and also with those who want to explore their inner landscape for personal growth.

By listening to the stories of her collaborators and using their body castings, she is inspired to create them as universal, mythical images. Corbat’s work has been shown in galleries and museums in the U.S. and New Zealand, as well as in the medical arena, where she works closely with physicians and patients.

The URI exhibit also features Ana Flores of Wood River Junction, R.I. and Nova Scotia, Canada, a sculptor, environmentalist and community arts advocate. Her work is shown nationally and is in private, corporate and institutional collections across the country. She has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships for her artwork, her most recent awards include being selected as the Rhode Island artist to be shown at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and the 1998 recipient of the Visual Arts Sea Grant. Flores builds from her childhood experience in Cuba and its Colonial Catholic traditions in the creation of her work. She is a co-artist and co-founder of "Manos" (meaning hands in Spanish), with Melinda Bridgman, which involves workshops and the creation of work based on the notion that art is an integral and essential part of our daily lives which has power to heal and make us whole.

Other featured artists include URI Art Professor Christine Lyons of Westerly, CCRI Art Professor Sherrill Hunnibell of Rehoboth, Mass., New York artists Elizabeth Popiel and Lilian Engel (both formerly from Cranston), and local artists Norma Anderson of Providence, Marge Dalenius of Providence, Jean Fijio of Lincoln, Marilyn Haynes of Providence, Kathleen Harum of Attleboro, Mass., Susan Garland of Providence, Riva Levitin of Providence, Kiki Warnock Pearson of Providence, Sandra Salzillo-Shields of Warren, Gail Witsitt-Lynch of East Providence, Jessica Wimbly of Providence, and Gigi Colson of Woonsocket.

The exhibit is open March 4 through 29, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A reception with the artists is planned for Providence Gallery Night on March 21, from 5 to 9 p.m. A brown bag gallery talk will be held March 22, from noon to 1 p.m. with featured artists. For information on the exhibit and other related events call 277-5206.
Lectures for and about women

In addition to the exhibition, the Office of Student Services at URI Providence is offering a series of talks for and about women during March. (Men are also encouraged to attend). Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, March 6, noon to 1 p.m., Room 242: "Balance Work & Family and Still Have Time for Yourself." Learn the 10 secrets to avoiding hectic mornings. Participants will learn to organize time, budget money, and get along with family and friends while balancing work and home life.

Thursday, March 7, noon to 1:30 p.m., Room 242: "The Sacred Feminine." Transformational, interconnected, relational, intuitive are all aspects of the sacred feminine. Sue Corrigan, ScD, therapist, instructor, naturopath, herbalist, and medicine woman is the presenter.

Tuesday, March 19, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Room 242, Session 1. "Explore Your Intuition, Listen to Your Body." Learn to explore your intuition and listen to your body through the use of the expressive visual arts. No experience necessary. Just come, play, and have fun! Carolyn Jayne, expressive arts, therapist, artist, and teacher is the presenter.

Wednesday, March 20, noon to 1 p.m., Room 242. "Women Aloud." Join Providence Phoenix and Media SmART! Project coordinator Pam Steager for a multi-media, multi-voice presentation about women’s voices and images past, present, and future. Add your voice or image to the mix.

Tuesday, March 26, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Room 242, Session 2. "Explore Your Intuition, Listen to Your Body." Repeat of session 1. (See March 19 listing.)

Wednesday, March 27, noon to 1:30 p.m., Room 324. "Posture With a Passion." Fulfill your desire for a more youthful image and set back your biological clock in the process. Learn how to prevent and/or manage pain in your neck, back, shoulders, hips and knees, and how to prevent and manage osteoporosis. Marge Sohar, registered physical therapist and advocate of the holistic approach to good physical health, is the presenter.

For information about the talks, call 277-5000.

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