Friday, April 8, 2016

What to Do in DTLA this Weekend: Wiznu Studio's Artful Salute to Women

The Power of Women - Gallery Gala and Benefit

Fine Art - Spoken Word Performance - Hors d'Oeuvres and Wine Pairings
Benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Saturday, April 9, 7-11 pm
Tix $20 at 

DTLA, home of Wisnu Studios; photo by Michael Wisnieux
WIZNU Studio
724 South Spring Street #703
Los Angeles, CA 90014
United States 

Miss that happening art scene you loved in NYC, Chicago, Seattle?  Feel it this Saturday, as WIZNU Studio throws wide its doors this Saturday in it's artful salute to the Power of Women, with a multitude of mediums by and about women's strength and spirit.  Cast aside all those old paradigms, and enjoy food, wine and enlightenment with this forward-thinking group of cutting edge artists and producers.

The exhibition of sculpture, painting, and photography titled THE POWER OF WOMEN is open Saturday, April 9 from 7pm to 11pm at WIZNU Studio  724 S. Spring St. #703, Los Angeles CA 90014.  This gorgeous loft gallery event features visual art of women plus their words and music, with performances by DOLLHOUSE Actress Miracle Laurie and Rockabilly sensation & new Second City discovery Maureen Davis.   Live performers include poetic readings and monologues by award-winning stuntwoman/actress Carly Sunae; SheTech founder, radio announcer & opera singer Rebekkah Hilgraves; and Spoken Wordsters Kelli Ostara & Anna Broome.

Hors d'oeuvres and wine pairings will be served amidst art on display and for sale, with partial proceeds donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

About the artists:

TANYA RAGIR'S art speaks the language of the feminine. Her most recent work - The Warrior Series, centers around states of being; facing internal/external barriers  struggle and loss,  risk and trust. Tanya sculpts in clay. Pieces are fired or cast in bronze, aluminum, stainless steel and polyester resin. Sizes range from inches to monumental. Her art reveals the very process by which the authentic expression of the feminine is centered between opposites, particularly in the historically contentious arena of sensuality versus power. 

DANNY GREENE says "I paint women because to me, there is nothing harder to capture than the ecstatic beauty and power that women possess."  After a near-fatal car collision, Danny, suffering from Post-Concussion Syndrome, was urged by his doctor to paint - for therapeutic benefits. People became shapes and colors, and he started noticing subtle changes of value, which appear to him as triangles of light. He is inspired by the works of Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Diego Rivera, Francois Nielly, Frida Kahlo, and Pablo Picasso. Danny Greene's hope is for his story & art to touch and inspire as many people as possible. He hopes that everyone becomes aware of their hidden talent dwelling inside them, scratching to get out.

MICHAEL WISNIEUX's life has been shaped by the love of women. "Mom was the beneficent Leo ruler of our family." Each project Michael has embraced has received the grace of mother Phyllis' love and nurturance. Michael's photographic legacy includes covering the historically influential Chicago music scene of the 1980s and 90s, capturing some of the most prolific icons of rock-and-roll: David Bowie, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Peter Murphy and also Janet Jackson and Bj√∂rk, whose photos are featured prominently as part of his contribution to the POW Gala Exhibit.

Actress MIRACLE LAURIE - featured live performer - is best known for her role as Mellie on Joss Whedon's DOLLHOUSE, with numerous film and TV projects with Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler also to her credit.  Her newest project, Insane Jane, based on the cult comic book from Bluewater/StormFront Productions is currently in development. It is the story of a deluded, yet-well-meaning heroine who believes she has super powers and just might. When not acting or producing, she is one half the duo UKE BOX HEROES with her husband, actor Christopher May.

MAUREEN DAVIS - gala host - is lead singer of the popular rockabilly band Maureen and the Mercury 5, who have successfully crossed over from retro rock to mainstream with SRO performances at the star-studded Ultimate Jam Nights produced by Chuck Wright of Quiet Riot. She is "the first female band leader in late night history" (The Star) on Second City's late night talk show AFTER DARK WITH JULIAN CLARK. Davis was in the original cast of the Tony-winning "Into the Woods" with Bernadette Peters, and has toured the world and played Carnegie Hall.  As a TV/film songwriter her music can be heard on CBS, NBC, ABC and the Oscar-winning film "The Descendants" with George Clooney.

ODEYA NINI is a vocalist and composer of contemporary and experimental music. Her work is an investigation of inner dialogue, polarization, cohabitation and the meaning of validity. As both a composer and soloist, her music acknowledges the arch from silence to noise and all its variant sonic exposures.

For more information, press and VIP passes or to schedule an interview, contact Julie Ann Keller at or 559-287-6698.


WIZNU Studio
724 South Spring Street #703
Los Angeles, CA 90014
United States