The Uncommon Woman Gala'ry - The Uncommon Woman

The Uncommon Woman Black and White Gallery

Uncommon Women of Thunder Bay

In Support of Beendigen:
Anishnabe Women’s Crisis Home and Family Healing Agency

Grand Opening
Friday, October 1 🕒 6pm EST

The Gallery will be on display Tuesday Oct 5 – Friday Oct 8, 2021

The Creative Co.
1134 Roland St.
Thunder Bay, ON

This event is 100% funded and supported by local businesses and individuals in the community.

*Black and white casual dress encouraged in support of the women in the gallery.
*Tickets for the Grand Opening are available online or at the door.
*Due to COVID restrictions, capacity is limit, so we are encouraging people to purchase their tickets ahead of time.

The evening:

  • An exclusive viewing of The Uncommon Woman Gallery of Black and White images
  • Connection, community, conversation
  • Light snacks and beverages will be provided
  • “Uncommon Women of Thunder Bay,” an address by Marlo Ellis, Founder of The Uncommon Woman
  • Special guest speakers (TBA)
  • Celebration of funds raised
  • Donations for Beendigen will be accepted throughout the evening

100% of funds raised for admission will go to Beendigen: Anishnabe Women’s Crisis Home and Family Healing Agency

Proof of Double Vaccination must be presented at the door.
Please bring your vaccination Passport.

The Gallery will be on display Tuesday Oct 5 – Friday Oct 8 at The Creative Co.

ABOUT THE GALLERY

THE STORY OF THE GALLERY:

In 2018 Founder and Visionary of The Uncommon Woman, Marlo Ellis, felt that to ignite more interaction and conversation amongst the women in The Uncommon Woman Ministry she would need to provide an alternate opportunity to share. She was looking for a way to start conversations that were important and difficult, but that didn’t necessarily require words. Many of the women in The Uncommon Woman Ministry have painful and often traumatic stories, and either haven’t found the words for their stories just yet or haven’t been given a safe place to share, in the past, so they are reluctant. So, she imagined a Gallery of black and white images that would give the women freedom to express in a unique way that didn’t require words but allowed them the freedom to express.

The Uncommon Woman Gallery is an ever-growing gallery of over 100 moving and evocative black and white images that the women in The Uncommon Woman Ministry have taken and submitted for Gallery use. The Uncommon Woman Gallery has given women in the Community the opportunity to share their stories through artistic expression, and connect with the other men and women in their healing journey. The Gallery has evoked powerful conversation, Sisterhood, and healing interaction in the Community and within the online and offline community. These conversations have proven to be so healing that we are now opening it up to the public in cities across Canada and will be continuing to grow the Gallery as the movement expands it’s reach across the globe.

THE PROCESS:

The women who would like to participate in The Uncommon Woman Gallery are asked to write on their body (with an eyeliner or lipstick) a word or phrase that represents how they felt, feel, or want to feel. They then take a picture with their cell phone or a camera, edit the image to black and white and submit it into The Uncommon Woman Gallery. They can choose to add a paragraph or an explanation or they can just post the picture as it is and allow the audience to create their own connection to it.
*All images in The Uncommon Woman Gallery have been signed off by the woman in the image, and are the intellectual property of The Uncommon Woman.

THE FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE:

The Uncommon Woman is on a mission to give more women safe spaces to share their stories of strength from struggle so they can help and heal others as they continue to walk their own path into healing.

It is important to The Uncommon Woman to make aligned and powerful connections in communities across Canada. There are presently over 25,000 women in The Uncommon Woman community, many whom have experienced abuse or domestic violence first-hand or have supported someone who has experienced it. Organizations such as Beendigen: Anishnabe Women’s Crisis Home and Family Healing Agency directly support women like those who find solace in the Sisterhood of The Uncommon Woman Ministry.

As a community of women supporting and empowering women would like to give back in whatever way we can to ensure there are more resources for women who want and need a safe place for themselves and their children.

It is the right of all people to have healthy and fulfilling lives, and safe and loving environments that foster nurturing and growth.

The Uncommon Woman is committed to working with initiatives that are actively breaking the cycles of abuse.

THE EVENT:

The Uncommon Woman Black and White Gallery is a fundraiser hosted by the Marlo Ellis and members of The Uncommon Woman Ministry and local collaborators in support of agencies and organizations across Canada that support women and children in need.

The goal of The Gallery is three-fold.

    1. To raise awareness of women’s issues and the realities of pain, trauma, and tragedy;
    2. To bring communities together to have powerful and difficult dialogues about important issues; and to show women (and men) that they are not alone;
    3. Raise funds for Canadian organizations that support women and children in need of safe accommodations, away from the threat of violence.

During The Uncommon Woman Gallery we encourage guests to circulate and talk to each other as well as the women present at the event who are displayed in the images.

Marlo’s gift for creating safe spaces to share and create strong connections through healing allows people the opportunity to linger and make powerful connections to the images and their own lives.

JOIN US!

Join us on Friday Oct 1 from 6pm EST – 9pm EST
Tickets available online or at the door (if there are tickets left)

Proof of Double Vaccination must be presented at the door.
Please bring your vaccination Passport.

The Gallery will be on display Tuesday Oct 5 – Friday Oct 8 at The Creative Co.

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