Archive for January 16th, 2011

Ilana Simons' Woolf painting as it appears on Flickr

Ilana Simons, sent out an invite to a Jan. 14 gallery opening in Chelsea featuring the work of 11 visual artists and her own stitching series, “Let Me Self Soothe Without Self-Harm.”

I live too far away to attend, but I’m wondering if any Blogging Woolf readers stopped by last Friday. The exhibit included Simons’ most recent painting of Woolf.

Simons has painted Woolf before. On paper plates, in fact. Two Woolf portraits are included in Simons’ collection of 50 portraits of authors on plates, which she created one summer using 99-cent tubs of acrylics.

A literature professor and the author of  A Life of One’s Own: A Guide to Better Living Through the Work and Wisdom of Virginia Woolf (2007), Simons also writes weekly for the Barnes and Noble Unabashedly Bookish blog.

Writing and art are not Simons’ only interests. She is a trained therapist and writes the Literary Mind blog for Psychology Today.  Simons mentions Woolf in some of her posts. “Painting Might Help You Find Flow” and “A Therapist Should be a Good Storyteller” are two I noticed.

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