S.H.E. Artist Gallery
S.H.E. (Share Heal Empower) is a collection of stories from twenty-four women of all ages, tucked within communities large and small, who courageously reached within themselves to overcome extraordinary obstacles. This book also links twenty-four passionate artists, who, inspired by “their” woman’s story, created a unique illustration emboldening each storyteller’s life journey.
As the author, I understand that we can create a safe haven for one another as we share a part of our deeper selves. This mutual openness permits a “narrative medicine,” which I had been searching for my whole life. I found that the most important step to overcoming any self-inflicted burden was disclosure. When I was willing to peel back my layers, I noticed others were inspired to do the same.
What the twenty-four women in this book, as well as many others, have taught me is that we are all wounded, we all worry, and we are all weighed down by feelings of unworthiness, but our triumphs are cause for celebration and reflection. For me, the bedrock of love, friendship and community is vulnerability. Heartfelt exchanges can provide us with connection and consolation. The woman I am and continue to become is the result of sharing, healing and empowering.
Proceeds from the book will be donated to The Share.Heal.Empower Foundation to support and empower women of all ages and cultures, promoting positive change through education and economic self-reliance.
|Barbara Jean||Barbara Jean|
|Trish||Acacia Rose Pena|
|Suni||Ana Marie Calandrelli|
|Linda Lee||Marcel Nagy|
|Sonia Marie||Laura Miller|
“Stories help heal”
∼Shannon Hogan Cohen