Women Artists/Women Healing Postcard, Image 'Late Bloomer II' by Kathy Keler

Women Artists/Women Healing Postcard, Image 'Late Bloomer II' by Kathy Keler



Women Artists/Women Healing:  Multicultural Artistic Narratives of Trauma and Survival is a five-part narrative series featuring literary readings, performances, exhibitions and facilitated discussions.


Gathering women artists, healers, veterans, and survivors from across cultures and disciplines, the series showcases the resiliency and expression of the human spirit, seen through the lens of female artists and speakers.


Join us every Tuesday evening in March from 6-9pm at CentroNía in Washington, D.C.  as we explore the connective tissue of humanistic themes that entwines us all.   


Interact with the artists, performers and panelists to learn how lives are transformed through artistic, creative and personal expressions.  Listen to voices of survival, be it the ravages of war and strife, or crime, poverty, and oppression and find out how faith, healing and empathy are entry points for promoting justice and healing from within and beyond one’s own personal experience.


In celebration of Women’s History Month, each program begins at 6pm with a light reception, art exhibit and performance, followed by a facilitated panel discussion at 6:45pm. Audience interaction is encouraged.


Women Artists/Women Healing is produced by Elizabeth Bruce, author of ‘And Silence Left the Place,’ stage actor, playwright of ‘Sheila’s Iron,’ and educator.  The series is associate produced by Alivia Tagliaferri, author and documentary film-maker of Ironcutter Media, and Timothea Howard, political activist, visual artist and program manager of CentroNía’s Community Schools Program. 


Women Artists/Women Healing is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and hosted by CentroNía (1420 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009).  The series is also funded in part by the Readings & Workshops Program of Poets & Writers, Inc.



Women Artists/Women Healing features the artwork of Hungarian-born Washington, D.C. visual artist Kathy Keler.


2000, 42
x 80, oil and alkyd on wood; 2 sections

Kathy Keler has been active as a painter for over 20 years. Born in Budapest, Hungary, she has lived most of her life in the United States, while also traveling extensively. After receiving her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, Keler moved to Washington DC in 1980. Since then, her work has been shown in numerous group exhibits, both in the US and in other countries, including France, Germany, Hungary and India. She has had solo exhibits at the District of Columbia Arts Center and the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, among others. She received an individual artist grant in 1995 from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Keler has participated in artist residency programs at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC, and ArtsAcre in Calcutta, India.

Artist’s Statement

This current cycle of work began in late 1996 and is still in progress. The theme of these paintings is revisited loss. In seeking to access the past, I am both reliving and transforming it: memory becomes myth, and grief becomes a rite of passage.