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Luminaries – A Celebration of Women

Luminaries – A Celebration of Women

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Diana R. Vilma, Urbiztondo Lady with Tattoos, acrylic

In celebration of Women’s Month – a declared commemorative month annually observed during March – Luna Fine Art Gallery is hosting “Luminaries – A Celebration of Women” – a special art exhibit aiming to bring awareness to international women’s issues. Gallery directors Lisa Puzon and Shaughnessy Johnson planned the event, emphasizing the importance of everyone’s role – regardless of sex – in the facilitation of gender equality.

Luna Fine Art Gallery is a long-time dream of Innisfree Hotels owner and Chairman, Julian MacQueen. Julian and his wife Kim MacQueen have been supporters of the arts for many years with the March “Luminaries – A Celebration of Women” exhibit being of particular meaning. As members of the Baha’í Faith, Kim and Julian are passionate about one of its primary principles: the equality of men and women.

The Wings to the Spirit Foundation alongside the Hilton Pensacola Beach Blue Energy Committee has co-sponsored the event for the last three years. The Wings to the Spirit Foundation – a non-profit organization inspired by the principles of the Bahá’í Faith – appreciates the unique capacity of arts to create inspiration, healing, and transformation while encouraging “art in service to humanity.” Similarly, the Hilton Pensacola Beach Blue Energy Committee strives to inspire community service and employee well-being in support of the Hilton’s mission to deliver exceptional guest experiences.

During the March 13 exhibit opening, honored speaker and “Spirited” award recipient, Layli Miller-Muro, will deliver a presentation about ending violence against women and the challenges that lie ahead. Miller is an attorney who also served as an attorney-adviser to the U.S. Department of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals. She is the founder and executive director of Tahirih Justice Center, which she established in 1997 following her involvement in the Matter of Kasinga – a high-profile case involving a Togolese teenager seeking asylum in the United States to escape a tribal practice of female genital mutilation. The case set national precedent and revolutionized asylum law in the United States.

All exhibit works are by Gulf Coast artists residing within a 30-mile radius of Pensacola. Each piece brings awareness to women’s issues, highlights strengths, and illuminates the potential of women. The March show is a juried exhibition where one artist will receive the highly coveted Luminary Award and a $500 stipend which may go towards the purchase of a displayed piece of art.

Luna Fine Art Gallery not only supports the work of women artists but makes clear the critical importance of the principles of equality and justice. The Gallery is committed to utilizing the power of the arts by connecting people through stories and bringing attention to social issues through special events and exhibits. All selected artworks will be displayed and available for sale between March 13 and May 31, 2020.

Luna Fine Art Gallery
Hilton Pensacola Beach
12 Via De Luna Drive
Pensacola Beach, Fl 32561

Exhibit sponsored by Luna Fine Art Gallery, Wings to the Spirit Foundation, and Hilton Pensacola Beach Blue Energy. All selected arts will be displayed and available for sale between March 13 and May 31, 2020.

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