The five performers on the Artspring Stage 

Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.

—Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I sit here in my studio, a few days after taking down the Pieces of Her Story art exhibit from the Artspring Gallery. I feel grateful and gloriously spent, thoroughly consumed by the fires of creation of the two week Festival of Women’s Voices.

It was an exhilarating, empowering experience for each of us. 


Collage by Sam Barlow

 Each of the seven women artists found the freedom and inner wisdom to realize their creative expressions, sharing their unique journeys through the Gates of Loving Inquiry.


Film by Charlene Wolff

Their courage allowed their vulnerabilities to become their strengths.


Story Book and installation by Rineke Jonker

Each discovered her own wonder, meaning, heart and beauty.


Quilts by Judith Barnett

Through the experience of co-creating the exhibit, we were each invited to deepen our commitment to our creative expression.


Photographic Image by Denise Okan

The safe, supportive space of our shared explorations and contemplations made it possible for the women artists to bring their authentic expression out into the world.


Dresses by Jane Mackenzie

The community of Salt Spring island welcomed and celebrated our thoughtful and diverse art works.


Painting by Odette Graham

The impulse to create that is both pleasurable and necessary for our emotional and spiritual health and healing.


Our Opening reception in the Artspring Gallery

I honour the women of A Year to Love. I honour their wisdom, their creativity, their soulfulness. I honour their journeys


Curve by Ahava Shira 

 I also honour my own journey, as mentor and artist to the women of A Year to Love. We did it!!!

 Community responses to Pieces of Her Story 2014


Exquisite, delicate, mysterious, heartfelt….insightful and reflective. Another inspiring show! Thank you Ahava and all you artists who have taken the risk and opened yourselves to this creation! Robbyn Scott, Dancer and Owner Salt Spring Coffee


Such a beautiful, heartfelt display of Love. Brave & honest. Well done Ladies! Lisa Sliwowska, Healer and Aesthetician, Figs and Honey


Very moving and well rendered works— Congratulations to you artist-writer-photographer-poet goddesses. Peter Allan, Sculptor and Photographer


Such a beautiful show! The energy was so positive & warm, collaborative. Congratulations on your achievement. Cicela Mansson, Director of Artspring


Profound, intimate, authentic, beautiful. Catherine Samson, Abbeyfield Senior’s SocietyThanks for putting together such a profoundly thoughtful and inspiring show. Laura Kiel, Felt Artist


A moving and fascinating exhibit. Thanks Ahava, for your encouragement of the contributors. John Moore


I love the tactile nature of the show. Marianne Allan