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Showcase of Female Creatives Celebrates First International Women’s Art Day - Sat 3/29 2pm

On Saturday, March 29, 2008, the final weekend of Women's History Month, members of Portland's female creative networking group, pdxcreativeXchange, will present a free showcase of Portland-based women artists - to include performance and visual arts. This event is part of the first ever international SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day), a celebration of women artists.
pdxcreativeXchange presents
SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day)
Saturday, March 29
Showcase: 2:00 - 5:00 pm

The Energy Trust Better Living Show
Connector Room, Between C and D Hall
Portland Expo Center
2060 North Marine Drive
All Ages - Free admission
Event Hours: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Contact: Ana Ammann, SWAN Day PDX Organizer
Email:  fendergrlusa@yahoo.com

Showcase of Female Creatives Celebrates First International Women's Art Day

The world-wide event is organized by The Fund for Women Artists. Their proclamation states: "Women artists are creating change in their communities and around the world. Women artists are using the power of their imaginations to heal, uplift and transform their communities. SWAN Day serves to celebrate and appreciate the importance of these contributions. "

With a similar organizing vision, pdxcreativeXchange founders Mary Beth Felker and Lisa Lepine started a network for Portland creatives in 2006. Felker remarks: "pdxcreativeXchange was born from my experience with a sister group in Seattle that has been an invaluable source of information, innovation and activism for women. Refining that vision with Lisa, we wanted to bring that same synergy to Portland and cross pollinate professional women from ALL of the creative art disciplines. We now boast a creative community of over 120 women and look forward to continued growth."

THE SHOWCASE
The event will showcase visual artists such as mixed media painter Lauren Black, photographer Jackie Butler, Tai Chi sword sheave artist April Kline, "Impressions on Impressionists" painter Christina Eichelberger, and collage artist Bridget Benton - who will also be conducting a free collage workshop onsite. The live performance stage will include music from Celia Grace, Jean McGowen duo, Hannah's Field, Mature Rock Vixen, and the BroadArts Theater musical group Broadband will perform songs from their award winning musical WONDERBROADS. Sound will provided by Shira of She Sound. The event will also feature community organizations Siren Nation Festival and Women Writing for (a) Change among many others. Event sponsors include Music Milennium and Luna Guitars.

For performance schedules and updates on participants, please visit:

www.betterlivingshow.org/SWAN.asp

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ABOUT SWAN DAY AND THE FUND FOR WOMEN ARTISTS
The Fund for Women Artists is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to helping women artists get the resources they need to do their creative work. It is founded on the belief that women artists have the power to change the way women are perceived in our society. Over the past decade The Fund for Women Artists raised over $4 million and built a website at www.WomenArts.org that offers networking, fundraising and advocacy services to over 500,000 visitors a year.

ABOUT pdxcreativeXchange
pdxcreativeXchange is a free on-line resource and monthly networking community for professional women who work in Portland's cultural and creative arts. This community serves as a "brain trust" and "wisdom pool" where members can safely exchange information, foster conversations, create agendas, provide support and form a powerful community for personal growth and professional development. Contact Mary Beth Felker at  mb@thevoiceproject.com or Lisa Lepine at  llpromo@gmail.com for more information.

THE ENERGY TRUST BETTER LIVING SHOW
The Energy Trust Better Living Show is The Northwest's Largest Sustainable Lifestyle Show - a 3-day event that is expected to attract over 10,000 thoughtful Northwest consumers interested in making their communities and lifestyle more sustainable. The show features local goods and items made by socially responsible companies. The event is all ages and admission is free.

ABOUT ANA AMMANN
Ana Ammann is a Portland based music writer and organizer of music industry events through her company Fifteen Minute Productions. She was a founding director of the Rock & Roll Camp for Girls in 2001, a facilitator for the ROCKRGRL Music Conference and currently serves on several non-profit arts boards.

homepage: homepage: http://www.betterlivingshow.org/SWAN.asp