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Sunday Plans?

8 Nov

Sunday looks to be a lovely day, a beautiful 70 degree day in our nation’s capitol.  And with the Washington Redskins on bye week, there really is no excuse to be sitting at home all day.

I just wish there was something fun to do…. Something the whole family could enjoy…. Something interesting, interactive, and intellectually stimulating…

OH WAIT!

I just remembered…

This Sunday, Sushmita Muzumdar will be holding her first solo show and workshop featuring her lovely artisan-handmade-books, Chai, Stories, & Art!  A place where one can appreciate intricate art, the beauty of old-fashioned story-telling, and walk away with something one created all on their own.

Either way, I know where I’ll be this Sunday from 2-4 pm…

Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812

Care to join? We’d love to see ya! So please let us know if you’re coming with an RSVP HERE

Sushmita received her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts from Bombay University in India and then worked as an art director in the advertising industry in Mumbai! She volunteers as a docent with the Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art in Washington DC where she was trained in Asian art history. She is a graduate of EWI’s Training for Success program and lives in Arlington with her son, daughter, and husband. For more about her interesting life, view her website at Handmade Storybooks.

Sushmita Muzumdar: Chai, Stories & Art

30 Oct

Sushmita Muzumdar, 2007 ETS Graduate and artist, has her first solo show entitled, Let’s Tell Our Tales: Everyday Stories as Artists’ Books & Collages.

Sushmita is a book artist and writer, she specializes in writing stories with handmade books.  She believes in the power of storytelling, and seeks to create art through each wonderful tale.  Her pieces are beautifully intricate and articulate, combining literature and fine art.

Sushmita’s show will be held from Nov 3rd to the 18th at the

Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812

In honor of EWI’s 10th Anniversary, she is holding a special Chai, Stories, and Art Tour for EWI friends and supporters!

Join us for the free event on Sunday November 11th,
from 2-4pm

Click here to RSVP!

Learn more about Sushmita’s bookarts and her special invite to you:

Sushmita received her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts from Bombay University in India and subsequently worked as an art director in the advertising industry in Mumbai. Sushmita volunteers as a docent with the Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art (National Museum of Asian Art) in Washington DC where she was trained in Asian art history. She is a graduate of EWI’s Training for Success program and lives in Arlington with her son, daughter, and husband. For more, view her website at Handmade Storybooks.

EWI’s Marketing Intern tells her story

9 Jul

Nadia Salazar has been working with us since the beginning of the summer and has brought a whole new perspective on the immigrant experience thanks to her background in psychology and her own journey from Bolivia to the United States at a young age.  We asked Nadia to describe the other important journey in her life- the one that brought her to where she is as a young, empowered woman.  Here’s what she said:

Nadia at the ETS Spring Graduation

“A wise man once told me, ‘we all have our own portals in life,’ that was my father. I took me a very long time to realize which portal was mine, which one was my calling. I started off by trying to become a lawyer, however, as I began to take more courses and get acquainted with people who are part of this circle I realized that it was not for me. As I had to choose classes to fulfill my electives at school, I decided to take Psychology 102 along with Ceramics. When the classes began I found myself genuinely interested in both subjects. Along with going to school, I had some family issues at home, and as a result I found myself depressed, sadden by the fact that I could not do a thing to help the situation. I finally found peace in drawing, I was in a place where nothing mattered just what I felt and whatever it was I could put it in a piece of paper and surpass the situation by facing it.

At this time, one of my classmates had been going through an ongoing treatment for depression and bipolar disorder; all the medication had completely changed her. Her situation brought me to an “epiphany,” I wanted to still change the world but at a different level, I wanted to help the less fortunate, those who are born with a “disadvantage” and with this to end the stigma of mentally disabled people. I heard of art therapy from the same close friend, it opened a new door for me. I became interested instantly because it combined the two things I love the most, Psychology and Art.  And then it came to me, my calling, to share this with everyone who needs it. Art therapy by far had been the one thing I solely believe in, it is efficient and it is not expensive, it does not require you to take ridiculous dosages of synthetics which contain tremendous side effects. This changed my life, I transferred to UMBC in Spring 2012, since then I have been part of the Student Ambassador Program, Psychology Student Association, Student Event Board and I currently work as a student employee at the office of student services. My grades increased from a 2.5 to a 3.75, making it to the Dean’s List for the first time in years. I now know that this is why I am here, in this world, to devote myself to helping those in need.”

Are you interested in art therapy as well?  Learn more here!

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