Friday, March 31, 2017

Louise Laheurte
  From the Series: Women of New York

Words of Gratitude: ''Hello Beautiful Marlene & Women of New York, What an amazing evening, with all your radiant presence!!! Melanie put it so well in her email that I felt almost physically there, but missed it all the more.  So happy for you Marlene, for such a great celebration  and recognition, not only of your artwork but also, I'm sure, of all the love and appreciation for you.  I am also full of gratitude for having you in my life and for being part of your wonderful group of friends.'' Louise, 21 March 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Patricia Ramirez
 From the Series ''Women of New York''

After Opening Night Gratitude: ''Marlene and the Women of New York - I was not aware of the level positive impact this exhibition and project Marlene has put together was going to bring. Aside from the numerous messages and calls I have received from friends, family and network asking about the project, the inspiration it has awaken in me and the drive to continue making my mark in my community has duplicated. Marlene, you will forever be the person that ignited this momentum, and for that, I am eternally grateful.'' Patricia

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Vincenza Di Maggio
From the Series: ''Women of New York''

After Opening Night Gratitude: ''I'm still receiving so many wonderful comments on the exhibition opening and Marlene's stunning artwork! It was such an incredible night filled with so much joy.  I haven't stopped smiling since! I want you to know that I've truly enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you amazing women.  You are all an inspiration to me.  I'm so grateful that Marlene included me in this project with you all and I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to meet you.  I'm not quite sure of how to describe it, but you have all left an impression on me in some way that that is something I will always treasure.'' Vincenza

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Melanie Randisi
From the Series ''Women of New York''

After Opening Night Gratitude: ''Dear women of New York, Today, I woke up a little taller and my heart grew a couple inches, after such an amazing night. You were all incredibly elegant, beautiful, strong, powerful, creative, successful, electric (the list is endless), and I am so proud and honored to have been considered to walk alongside all of your beauty. There is not enough gratitude and pride in the world to thank the star of this moment, la belle Marlene, who gave us brilliant light through her compassion, talent, creativity and grace. So I thank her from the bottom of my heart and I thank all of you women for sharing your stories and for inspiring me to keep pushing forward. 
With love, Melanie''  

Friday, March 24, 2017

In loving memory of my mother

Today is the end of the ''Women of New York'' UN Exhibition.  It is worth remembering that eight years ago, I arrived in New York with my clothes and barely enough money to pay for rent.  I was leaving an abusive marriage to start a new life at 54 years old.  Eight years later, I celebrate this new life that I built with the same strength that my mother had raising a big family in a very difficult environment.  I also celebrate women empowerment for it is with the help of my women friends that I was able to start a new life.  Since then, I have met some exceptional women along the way, a network of friends that so enriched my life.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Yellow Orchid

International Women's Day: ''One is not born a woman, but becomes one.'' Simone de Beauvoir

Monday, March 6, 2017

Candide Langevin 1924-2016
In Memory of My Mother

''You don't have to be famous to make a difference, women with strong human values contribute to make this world a better place...'' Marlene Luce Tremblay

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Soraya, Algeria-France
  From the series Women of New York

In her words, to be a woman: ''In New York, they don't look at your colour, race or origin. They just ask about who you are.''
Soraya Hamiani, Algeria-France

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Amel - Tunisia-France
From the series Women of New York 
In her own words, to be a woman in New York: ''Women are very strong, we are kind of bulldozers. We're educated, we move, we can cross mountains. From all over the world, these women who come to this city to achieve what they wanted.'' Amel Bennys, Tunisia-France

Friday, March 3, 2017

Bo - China
  From the series: ''Women of New York''

In her words, to be a woman in New York: ''It's about equality, not even between genders, but as humans.''

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Patricia - Colombia
  From the series: ''Women of New York''

In her words, to be a woman in New York: ''We're so different and yet we're all the same.''