Thump Coffee and artist Nancie Zivetz-Gertler honor women and mothers throughout May with “Winged Women And Moonmaids,” an exhibit of archival Giclee prints from originals composed of ink, gouache and bits of collage cut from previous paintings. “I offer this show with a bow to all our mothers and with gratitude for the lifelong possibility for healing,” says Zivetz-Gertler.
“This body of work was done over the course of a year of deep transition,” explains Zivetz-Gertler. “The moon, a symbol of the Sacred Feminine, summons faith and a surrender to change. Women with wings, moonmaids, wolves and other wild things are all the stuff of my dreams.”
For most of Zivetz-Gertler’s life, dance and choreography had been her creative language, and drawing and painting have become “an insistent voice in the surprising terrain of midlife.”
In 2005, while her mother was dying of lung cancer, Zivetz-Gertler began to sketch her mother’s beloved objects in a journal. “Her appreciation, expressed before dying, set something free. When she passed on I gathered up what was left of her abandoned art supplies and set off on this unexpected path.”
“Two years later, facing breast cancer, I said to myself, ‘If I can paint my way through this, I will be fine.’ And so it was. On medical leave from my practice as a psychotherapist, I painted every single day and art became my best medicine.”