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Much like her colorful paintings, Alma Thomas exuded energy and verve, signaling a deep love for the beautiful things in life. Her intricate designs emulating the elegance of nature seem to have poured out of her soul. From her childhood in Georgia to her retirement in Washington DC, Thomas was an inspiration.
Growing up, Thomas was the oldest of four daughters in a well-respected family in Columbus, Georgia.… read more.
FF2 Guest post by Allison Green
I could see audience excitement for Yayoi Kusama’s Cosmic Nature from the moment I crossed through the entrance of the New York Botanical Gardens. The day was gray and threatened rain, but the vibrance of Kusama’s bright colors and rhythmic dots seemed to keep everyone in high spirits.… read more.
American pianist and composer Amy Beach (née Cheney) was born September 5th, 1867 in New Hampshire. From the very beginning of her life, she was different from other babies. Supposedly, by the age of one, she had memorized forty songs, and by two, she was able to harmonize the lullabies her mother sang to her to send her to sleep.… read more.
FF2 Guest post by Megan Hennessey
When the pandemic first hit in 2020, many artists and performers had to rethink how they connected with their audiences. Burlesque was no different. Performers got creative.
For readers who are new to burlesque, this art form (which dates back to the 17th century) often focuses on striptease performances that emphasize the “tease.”… read more.
Guest Post by Iris Jamahl Dunkle
W.S. Merwin writes, “When you look back there is always the past / Even when it has vanished.” These lines always echo in my head whenever I discover the life of a woman whose life has been erased. Most recently, I’ve discovered the life of the writer Sanora Babb (1907 – 2005). Babb was an unconventional woman who rose to the challenges life dealt her.… read more.
FF2 Guest Post by Jessica Bond
The Women’s Liberation Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s defined a generation of women. It marked a time when women’s rights such as abortion and access to equal pay were at the forefront. During this time, women used literature and the arts to spread awareness of these issues.… read more.