Strong Women Move Mountains

A Woman’s Art Collaborative


A Woman: strong, confident, peaceful, attentive, protective, loving, and wise. Trustworthy, nurturing, yet fierce. With abilities to heal, create, and govern justly.


Melanie Barash Levitt of Jackson Art Studio & Gallery and 10 other local female artists have come together and collaborated on a large painting. Their intention is to bring additional awareness surrounding women’s rights, education, empowerment, and the environment through the arts. The collaborative painting symbolically references these achievements and may provoke the question: what is it like being a woman in today’s world?

The completed painting will be unveiled this March, as the cornerstone piece, in a juried art show titled “Strong Woman Move Mountains: A Woman’s Art Collaborative,” featuring an additional 30 female artisans. Proceeds from the featured collaborative painting will be split and donated to charities, one local and one national.

The women collaborating on this painting chose to depict the goddess Athena as their muse and role model for this project. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law, and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. She is said to be accompanied by an owl, which they have also included in the painting, a long-time symbol for knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity, and erudition.

The message these women are putting out in the world, through their artwork, is meant to inspire and encourage others, not only to collaborate on other meaningful messages our community, our nation, and civilization should address, but to encourage all women to reach for the stars, follow their dreams, be limitless, find their individual courage, and know where to get support.

Stay tuned for location, times, and specific dates of this exciting upcoming 2020 show. The Woman’s Art Collaborative will be issuing a press release and advertisements will go out closer to the opening date! 

If you have any questions, feedback, or want to volunteer, email Melanie Barash Levitt at melanie @

Catch this article in the Winter 2019/20 printed edition of Mt Washington Valley Vibe available at any of these locations around the region