“Who Does She Think She is?” Film and Panel Discussion at the Center for Green Urbanism

By Editorial Team on March 17, 2011

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The Thickart Collaborative, the Center for Green Urbanism and Authentic Contemporary Art are collaborating for the sixth annual Making HerStory, women’s art celebration–a month full of various unifying events celebrating women artists in all genres.

On Sunday, March 20, 2011 from 2 pm until 5 pm at the Center for Green Urbanism (3938 Benning Road, NE, Washington, DC)  attend the screening of “Who Does She Think She Is,” with a panel discussion hosted by Shawn Yancy of TV Co-Anchor of WTTG, Fox 5 Evening News. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

“Who Does She Think She Is?” was directed by Pamela Tanner Boll, co-executive producer of the Academy Award-winning Best Documentary Feature “Born Into Brothels.” The film examines the mothering-versus-working choice faced by American women, and women artists in particular. “Who Does She Think She Is?” focuses on five particularly bold women artists, each radically different in background, race, religious creed and choice of artistic field. But they all share the common challenge of making careers in various art worlds. Simultaneous to their creative existence, they are pulled in different directions as they try to answer the competing demands of artistic fulfillment, marriage, motherhood and economic survival. Visit the website for more information about the film at https://www.whodoesshethinksheis.net/

The Panelists include:

who does she think she is screening washington dc shawn yancy on East City ArtZandra Chestnut, Photographer, Co-Founder, The Center for Green Urbanism

Zandra Chestnut’s photographic eye was developed early in her teens and inspired by her favorite artists Georgia O’Keefe and Gordon Parks. Her love of photography was put on the shelf during her earlier years as a working wife/mother with children. The increasing costs of film and processing limited her ability to continue taking photographs. In addition to self-training, she has received formal training in techniques of digital photography. Zandra utilizes a Nikon DSLR with interchangeable zoom lenses and enjoys the simplicity of using multiple applications to enhance the viewer’s interpretation of her vision. Zandra is presently an active member of the Exposure Group (African Americans Photographers Group ) in Washington, DC.

who does she think she is screening washington dc shawn yancy on East City ArtElsa Gebreyesus, Artist and Human Rights Advocate

Elsa Gebreyesus lived in Ethiopia, Kenya, and United States before going on to receive her BA from Brock University in Ontario, Canada. After Eritrea won its independence from Ethiopia, she lived there for five years, working as a Project Officer with an indigenous women’s organization.  After leaving Eritrea, she came to the U. S. where she’s been pursuing her career and her lifelong passion for art. In addition to her work and art, she also volunteers with organizations involved with human rights issues especially in Africa. She continues to learn from artists she admires and has been greatly influenced by modernist painters from both Africa and the West. Elsa Gebreyesus currently lives with her husband and two children in Fairfax, VA.

Visit her website at https://www.elsabet.com

who does she think she is screening washington dc shawn yancy on East City ArtRegina Holliday, DC-based patient rights arts advocate

Regina Holliday is a DC-based patient rights arts advocate. She is currently at work on a series of paintings depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records. She placed her first mural in the series in May of 2009. After the death of her husband, Fred Holliday II, on June 17th 2009, She began a large Mural Titled “73 cents.” This piece can be viewed at 5001 Connecticut Ave. Washington, DC 20008. This piece depicts Holliday family’s nightmare journey through the medical system during Fred’s cancer care. The painting became part of the national healthcare debate and was covered by the BBC, CNN, CBS, AOL, VOA, NPR, The Washington Post and the BMJ. Regina Holliday can be found on Twitter as ReginaHolliday and on Facebook as Regina Holliday, Wash Dc. She speaks at medical conferences providing the patient voice in discussions about HIT.

Visit her blog at https://reginaholliday.blogspot.com/ and follow her on Twitter at @ReginaHolliday

who does she think she is screening washington dc shawn yancy on East City ArtEvelyn Brooks, jewelry designer

Evelyn Brooks was born in Peru.  She graduated from Business Tourism School at the ager of 21 and decided to work in a field related to her studies.  Evelyn was fortunate to explore the travel industry and travel around the world as part of her job.  She has lived in many different countries (Brazil, Mexico, El Salvador, United States) enjoying the beauty of what each country has to offer.  In 2004, Evelyn discovered her new passion; jewelry making/design.  She has studied different courses at the Torpedo Factory, The Gemological Institute of America and Empowered Women International in order to diversify her knowledge of in the jewelry industry. Although Evelyn is no longer living in Lima, she travels to Peru to find inspiration and create her new collections inspired in Peruvian culture with modern designs and following the latest trends in the United States and around the world.  Evelyn continues to pursue her jewelry passion and looks forward to working on new designs incorporating new lines to her existing collection for years to come.

Visit her website at https://www.ebrooksdesign.com and follow her on Twitter at @ebrooksdesigns


who does she think she is screening washington dc shawn yancy on East City ArtShawn Yancy, Artist and TV Co-Anchor of WTTG, Fox 5 Evening News

Award winning News Anchor, Shawn Yancy co-anchors FOX 5 News at 5pm & 10pm and contributes to the Newsedge @ 6 and 11pm. Shawn joined the FOX 5 News team in September of 2001. Her second day on the job became her first big story in Washington: The September 11th terrorist attacks.  Shawn was awarded a 2007 Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigative series on asbestos at The National Institutes of Health. She was also awarded the Emmy for “Outstanding News Anchor” in Washington in 2006. Shawn’s been honored with various Associated Press and Golden Quill awards for her reporting on breaking news. Prior to joining Fox 5, Shawn was an anchor/reporter for WTAE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and an anchor for WKJG-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Shawn has spent years working with various youth and women’s organizations. She’s currently a board member for Dress for Success DC.  Shawn is a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. And a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  In her spare time, Shawn enjoys reading, painting, interior decorating and spending time with her family.   Shawn has become quite an accomplished visual artist, you can check out her work on her Facebook Fan Page here.

Follow Shawn and learn more about her artistic adventures at @shawnyancyart