Thursday, October 05, 2006

Meet the Artist, Regina Barker

Paintings by Regina Margarita Barker-Barzel
October 9 through November 4, 2006
Exhibit co-sponsored by Empowered Women International

Opening Reception
Friday, October 13
6:30-9 pm, Space 7:10 at Kefa Café

Born in what is now St. Petersburg, Russia, Regina Barker-Barzel dreamt of becoming a singer and her early career was in classical music performance. She participated in the Jewish dissident movement, and in 1972, gained her freedom when she was able to successfully defect from the Soviet Union, first to Austria and later to Israel, where she began to paint.

Barker-Barzel has exhibited in Israel, Spain, Italy and the United States. Travel and living in different countries gave her a profound love of the beauty of various landscapes, and she became haunted by the faces of the people and characters she met and that truly inspired her in her paintings.

Empowered Women International (EWI) advances entrepreneurial opportunities and creates sustainable livelihoods for immigrant and refugee women artists and artisans. EWI runs its own A Woman’s Story Gallery to market the art of its member artists, tell their stories, and train them in life and business skills.