by: Rita A. Leonard, Brooklyn neighborhood artist Madeline Meza Janovec exhibits her artwork this month at the China National Art Gallery in Beijing, China.

Longtime Brooklyn artist Madeline Meza Janovec is joining two other female artists from Portland to exhibit her work at the China National Art Gallery in Beijing, China. She will display an acrylic painting called 'Seeds For Peace' at a juried art exhibit during her two-week trip this month.

Janovec will be joined by Una Kim, artist and Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, and Angela Torrez, artist and owner of Donatello Gallery, along with nearly 150 female artists from around the world, at the event. This is her fourth trip to the Far East to display her artwork. Two years ago, when she exhibited in Daegu, Korea, her jewelry was highly sought after by those who wished to acquire contemporary examples of decorative American metalwork.

The juried event on April 11t h through 25th is called 'Her Presence in Colours VIII: International Women Artists Dream of Peace'. That theme was chosen to reflect the diversity of cultures, identity, and visions, together with an insight into how women view their lives and their world. The three Portland women will also participate in an associated Art Conference, while there, to discuss Women's Art for Global Peace and Harmony.

The 'International Women Artists Council' sponsoring the event has already successfully organized exhibitions in Australia, China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. The organization's literature notes that the aim of the series is to provide a platform for women artists to exhibit and share their insights about art, life, and aesthetics. 'It is our belief that this art reflects the innermost sensibilities and thought of women artists, and will focus on peace and harmony.'

Janovec has been involved with local women's art activities during March, which is International Women's Month. 'My Korean friends introduced me to this exhibition, to which I submitted my application and examples of my work,' she explains.. 'After I was selected by the jury, I chose to bring 'Seeds For Peace', which best demonstrates the theme of the exhibition. I've written letters to artists that I met in China in 1995, and hope to meet up with them at the event. I'm also planning some sightseeing in the area, and look forward to networking with other women artists from around the world.'

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