Sharing the power and passion of art

Globetrotting photographer Lisa Kristine will share her creative insights at a October 20 seminar for women.

Two women making a difference in the world through art, one a photographer, the other a painter, will share how they discovered their passion and artistic gifts on October 20 in Sonoma.

Lisa Kristine and Potenza will appear in the final event of the 2010 series of “Big Ideas and Rich Conversations with Women, Awakening Your Legacy,” produced by Carole Peccorini.

Photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the globe capturing stunning images of the world’s native people. In the past 25 years, she has traveled to 60 countries on six continents, creating powerful and intimate portraits of native people in remote regions.

“My work is about dignity, to see the good through my camera,” Kristine said. The Glen Ellen photographer has galleries in Sonoma, Sausalito and Sante Fe.

Also sharing her “big ideas’ about the power of art will be the painter known as Potenza, who made a breakthrough discovery at age 31. While in bed recovering from surgery her husband bought her some oil paints and brushes. “When I took those brushes in my hand, I knew I was a painter,” she recalled.

After 20 years as a New York City artist, she was deeply moved by a news story about the death of a small child in a military action. From that moment she decided to use her brush to dedicate her work to world peace.

In her Hearts of the World series, Potenza has painted the flags of all countries of the world with a heart embedded in the center. The works have been offered to each nation to inspire peace.

Both women artists will show their work and tell more of their stories at Ramekins Event Center. Women guests will also be serenaded by vocalist and songwriter, Cat Austin.

Peccorino said the series has featured inspiring speakers and thoughtful conversations among women guests about what lights up their own lives.

The Big Ideas program and dinner begins at 5:45 pm with a cash bar and ends at 9:00 pm. Tickets include a meal and are $60 per person, $62 online, with advanced registration. For more contact or 996-2167

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