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Happening in Highland Park

Highland Park, Los Angeles, is an epicenter of change currently. Property values are skyrocketing, and new businesses are attracting people from all around to come and indulge in the unique culture and atmosphere of Historic Highland Park.


Just across the street from the iconic Frank’s Camera building and newly opened Highland Park Bowl, the Highland Theatre lights up the sky on the weekends with its locally famous green marquis lights, reminiscent of the exciting buzz of yesteryear, when families would head out to Figueroa Street for a night of wining, dining, entertainment and socializing.

Behind the theatre, whose backside is tattooed with awe inspiring street art, is the Milagro Allegro Community Garden. As summer falls upon us, new life is breathed into the once parking lot that now serves as a focal point of community activity and natural beauty for the Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) community.

The garden itself is a place for gardeners to come a rest after stressful days at work, and reap the fruits of their labor (literally). While each plot serves a different purpose to their individual plot owners, the 30+ collective raised wooden plots create an oasis amid an urban landscape.




Last year, among the most successful of the community programs held at the garden was our Amaranth Harvest, hosted by Liz Goetz, MFA in partnership with the Souzas of Art in the Park located in nearby Hermon. A series of educational art classes educated children about the history and purpose of Amaranth plants in Guatemalan culture. By the end of the three-month project, the grains were ready for harvest, and community members gathered to harvest the seeds in traditional Guatemalan practice, and the seeds were then stored in the local seed library to be re-used for this year’s harvest. There are more of these types of programs in the works.


In an ongoing effort to be a zero-waste and water conservative community garden, we have added giant 300-gallon caged water tank. The benefit of the plastic tank is that it is easier to quantify exactly how much the garden is using, as opposed to over watering with traditional hoses and water cans. Another perk is that these plastic tanks are durable, yet easy to mend if they were to become punctured. They don’t rust over time like the heavier, galvanized steel tanks do, making them easier to maneuver around, and more cost efficient.




Rather than watering in the middle of the day, most of our gardeners have taken to the habit of getting to their plots early in the morning, or in the later afternoons to hydrate their plots. By doing this, the water is able to soak to the roots, and enrich the roots as opposed to watering in the middle of the day, when the sun quickly evaporates the water.

It is also imperative to not over water the plants, and make sure that gardeners are not just watering dirt. Native Southern California plants are resilient and actually do well with little water, as they have had to adapt and evolve over the years, especially during the historic drought we have found ourselves in the middle of.


One of our favorite gardeners, Felix, tends to his plot, which has been producing a wealth of amazing mint and abundant lettuce. 



Here’s some of the lettuce we are taking home to eat from Felix’s plot! 

Another addition to the garden is a large compost system. Generally, successful garden composts are divided into three categories (and they don’t have to be all nice and neat, contrary to what you might read on the internet or in official gardening books). You just need three quasi-separate piles: new compost, aging compost, and ready to use compost. A combination of brown (dry) and green (wet) compost will create the proper nitrogen and carbon to help break down the material, creating a compound of nutrient rich soil to better help your plot become a flourishing bed of growth. It’s easy to get in the habit of creating a designated bin for kitchen scraps that you can heap into your local compost at your convenience!

It is also important to aerate the compost, this can be done with a pitchfork, and by just making sure that air and moisture are reaching all parts of the materials in the compost. This will deliver oxygen where it is needed, keeping the cultures within alive and active. This can be done weekly, or whenever a hefty amount of new material is being added to the compost.




The best things for your compost are easy to find and will help you take step to living a more sustainable and zero-waste lifestyle! Composts can include dead leaves, lawn clippings, food scraps (not including meat and fat), black and white newspaper, manure (preferably from organic-fed sources), and all organic matter.

Each raised plot should cultivate a combination of fertilizer, rich in nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, grass clippings and/or wood chips (to prevent weed growth, more susceptible in places with direct sunlight), and compost. Grass clippings are an optimal source of organic fertilizer, as it is available via often free local sources, it does double duty preventing weeds and conserving water and garden soil moisture, which is something that not even all bags of pre-packaged commercial mulch does.

The benefits of raised bed garden plots are seemingly endless. They produce a better yield for area because there is better drainage and better opportunity for deeper rooting and stronger crops. It is also easier to rework the soil and top layers from season to season, making your plot ready to serve you all year round.



This season, my plot-mates and I decided to turn all the soil, removing all weeds and excess roots, to make room for our new seedlings. With about five bags of manure from a local source, our plot was ready to get started! It is always encouraged to plant from seeds, and we advocate for this at Milagro Allegro. This year, we purchased our organic seeds from Sunset Nursery in Silver Lake and used a seed started kit to germinate the seeds. When they were ready to be transplanted, we transported them to the plot and arranged them in their appropriate rows. So far so good!




Our giant trellis is being used for our melons, tomatoes, and my favorite—watermelon. Last year, with just one watermelon seed, I was able to manipulate my watermelon vine to work its way all around my giant trellis to create a watermelon tree of sorts. Because of the adaptability of the fruit, the vines strengthened to adapt the the weight of the melons, allowing them to grow and hang in a unique and creative way. I hope to do this same this year! The results were delicious.



There is not shortage of trellises for gardeners to utilize at the garden and there are a variety of sizes and types that can cater to your individual gardening needs. Summer trellises can be used to help grow tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, pole beans, gourds, melons, squash and pumpkins.

During the months of May and June, it is prime time to plant the following for the best results; basil, beans (bush and pole), beets, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, jicama, lima beans, mustard, okra, peppers (of all varieties), pumpkin, radish, squash, sunflowers, Swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelon, and zucchini.



There is something satisfying and fulfilling about caring for something and watching it grow. Not only are there aesthetically pleasing benefits of gardening but functional rewards as well. There is a community of local gardeners that congregate to chat and enjoy the outdoors in the middle of a neighborhood where some have lived for generations. But people are welcome to enjoy the garden, whether you are an established resident of the area, or looking to get more involved. Each plot gives a little glimpse into each gardener’s character. So stop by and watch the evolution of the harvests of summer 2016!


Jasmine produces a seducing aroma for passerby’s of every variety. 


Fruit trees lining the garden create a more inviting ambiance as opposed to the often deterring chain link fence. The apples are in bloom as wells at the beautiful flowers that grow with them. 

If you are interested in starting some sort of community programming in the garden, please contact Andrea Kainuma at andreakainuma@gmail.com for more information.

For more background on the genesis and mission of the garden, here is the description as listed on its Facebook page:

“The Milagro Allegro garden is located at 115 S. Avenue 56 in the Northeast Los Angeles community of Highland Park. The garden features 10,000 square feet of land divided into 32 raised plots for cultivating fruits, vegetables and flowers. The garden also features a gathering circle for hosting classes, workshops and community events.

Milagro Allegro is located behind the historic Highland Theater, on 10,000 square feet of land belonging to the City of Los Angeles. Before Milagro Allegro began negotiations for a community garden, the land had remained vacant for 30 years—full of weeds and surrounded by barbed wire.

Thanks to the tremendous efforts of several community members and the support of Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes, Assemblyman Kevin De Leon, L.A. Department of Transportation, L.A. Community Garden Council, L.A. Conservation Corps, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and Home Depot, the Milagro Allegro Community Garden was able to open its doors.

The Milagro Allegro Community Garden is organized under the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, which supports 70 community gardens throughout Los Angeles County. Collectively, the gardens serve nearly 4,000 families and have become a vibrant part of their communities aimed at reducing poverty, mitigating global warming and benefiting the environment.

Its mission is to be a center of peace and beauty in the community where the cultivation of vegetables, fruits and flowers as well as creative ideas, artistic expression and neighborly values may take place.

The Milagro Allegro Community Garden integrates urban farming, art and education in the heart of the Highland Park neighborhood. Garden plots are available for interested community members. A community gathering space hosts classes, workshops and events. Local schools may incorporate the garden into curriculum or after-school activities. “


Women Around the World: Daily Article Feed

Your daily dose of stuff you want to read about. Brought to you by The Whirling Girlish.

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Malala Yousafzai delivered a speech to the UN on her sixteenth birthday. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images (photo via The Guardian)

Where are the black women in Hollywood?: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/12/17/hollywood-turns-a-blind-eye-to-black-women-in-film-tv/3443751/#! (via USA Today)

The Great American Gender Debates: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/the-great-american-gender-debates-of-2013/282419/#! (via The Atlantic)

Visionary (women) leaders: http://www.fastcompany.com/3023488/dialed/6-management-lessons-from-visionary-women-leaders#! (via Fast Company)

Business Success lies in gender equality: http://shriverreport.org/heres-why-the-future-of-business-is-gender-equal-cindy-gallop/#! (via Shriver Report)

Women in Sports: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/business/media/abc-viewers-tilt-female-for-a-network-light-on-sports.html?_r=0 (via NY Times)

The best feminist action super hero?: http://theweek.com/article/index/254159/sorry-katniss-princess-fiona-is-still-the-best-feminist-action-hero-around#! (via The Week)

Jobs: Cultural fit, versus functional fit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/lisaquast/2013/12/09/cultural-fit-versus-functional-fit-job-interviews-what-you-need-to-know/?utm_content=buffer963d0&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=linkedin&utm_campaign=Buffer (via Forbes)

Duck Dynasty Stars’ anti-gay slur: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/phil-robertson-black-people-mistreated-south-article-1.1553071 (via NY Daily News)

Science: HIV and AIDS updates: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/19/us-aids-science-idUSBRE9BI14H20131219 (via Reuters)

NBC’s Jay Leno Problem: http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/nbcs-jay-leno-problem-casting-a-shadow-over-jimmy-fallons-launch-1200973278/ (via Variety)

Googling “feminism”: http://www.elleuk.com/star-style/news/so-we-googled-feminism-feminists-debate-rebranding (via Elle UK)

The alienation of minorities in feminism: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/16/feminism-minority-voices-2013-inclusion (via The Guardian)

“Narcassistic” or “selfie”?: http://www.npr.org/2013/12/19/255294091/narcissistic-or-not-selfie-is-nunbergs-word-of-the-year (via NPR)

How Johnny Cash spoke to America: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec13/johnnycash_12-16.html (via PBS)

The Whirling Girlish’s Modernist Lit Picks

Just some of the great artists and thinkers that contributed to the modernist literature movement between 1914 and 1945.

Amy Lowell

amy lowell

An affluent New Englander, Lowell grew up in an intellectual environment. Self-taught, she began her career as a writer. When Ezra Pound abandoned the imagist movement for vorticism, Lowell took over and edited several imagist anthologies. It is said that Lowell depended on her companionship with actress Ada Dwyer to compose her many moving appreciations of female beauty. It is because of feminists that Lowell’s work is often “rediscovered”, much like the work of several neglected women authors from that time period.

Venus Transiens

Tell me,

Was Venus more beautiful

Than you are,

When she topped

The crinkling waves,

Drifting shoreward

On her plaited shell?

Was Botticelli’s vision

Fairer than mine;

And were the painted rosebuds

He tossed his lady,

Of better worth

Than the words I blow about you

Gertrude Stein

gertrude stein

A radical experimentor, thinker and mentor during the Modernist Era. Upon leading the expatriate movement of American writers to Paris, Stein mentored great names such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Stein’s longtime lover, Susan B. Toklas, first appeared in 1909 and was present for the great discussions which took place in Stein’s “salon style” den. She also acted as Stein’s muse, inspiring works such as The Autobiography of Susan B. Toklas, written by Stein.

Excerpts from Tender Buttons:

Nothing Elegant

A charm a single charm is doubtful. If the red is rose and there is a gate surrounding it, if insides is let in and there places change then certainly something is upright. It is earnest.

A Purse

A purse was not green, it was not straw color, it was hardly seen and it had a long use and the chain, the chain was never missing, it was not misplaced, it showed that it was open, that is all that it showed.

Peeled Pencil, Choke

Rub her choke.

Sherwood Anderson

Sherwood Anderson

It was not until he was middle aged that Anderson left his career as a successful businessman to pursue his passion for writing. His simple prose features stories of characters with often limited resources. Many of his short stories touch upon issues which criticize conventional society. His greatest work is arguably considered to be Winesburg, Ohio.

Excerpts from Winesburg, Ohio:



 Katherine Anne Porter

katherine anne porter

Porter became a respected lame in the literary community as a result of her stories capturing the essence of characters living in the west. Much of her writing includes descriptions of people battling inner turmoil, perhaps a result of her several failed romantic relationships. Her voice is known for stories which are personal versus political.

Excerpts from Flowering Judas:

“But she cannot help feeling that she has been betrayed irreparably by the disunion between her way of living and her feeling of what life should be, and at times she is almost contented to rest in this sense of grievance as a private store of consolation. Sometimes she wishes to run away, but she stays.”

“She was born Roman Catholic, and in spite of her fear of being seen by someone who might make a scandal of it, she slips now and again into some crumbling little church, kneels on the chilly stone, and says a Hail Mary on the gold rosary she brought in Tehuantepec. “

“Nobody touches her, but all praise her gray eyes, and the soft, round under lip which promises gayety, yet is always grave, nearly always firmly closed: and they cannot understand why she is in Mexico.”

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Native of Eatonville, Florida, Hurston is responsible from some of the greatest pieces of work from the Modernist Era, and was a key member of the Harlem Renaissance. Her witty humor, incomparable self-confidence and empowering tone are what lead her to become one of the most popular members of the literary community during that time. She worked with several influential names including queer writer, Langston Hughes. Her writings often painted pictures of what it is like to be a woman. She often shied away from becoming too overly political in her work.

The Gilded Six Bits

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker was a New York City girl with a career that began in publishing with the Conde Nast company writing for The New Yorker. Much of her work focuses on the realities of loneliness, emptiness, and phoniness. Her acerbic tone gained her a dynamic reputation among her peers and readers.

General Review of the Sex Situation

Woman want monogamy,

Man delights novelty.

Love is woman’s moon and sun;

Man has other forms of fun.

Woman lives but in her lord;

Count to ten, and man is bored.

With this the gist and sum of it,

What earthly good can come of it?

Genevieve Taggard

Genevieve Taggard

Genevieve Taggard and Muriel Parker are considered two of the most consistently political of the American Modernist writers between the wars. Taggard did not shy away from controversial topics that were often considered taboo during her career as a writer.

With Child

 Now I am slow and placid, fond of sun,

Like a sleek beast, or a worn one,

No slim and languid girl—not glad

With the windy trip I once had,

But velvet-footed, musing of my own,

Torpid, mellow, stupid as stone.


You cleft me with your beauty’s pulse, and now

Your pulse has taken body. Care not how

The old grace goes, how heavy I am grown,

Big with this loneliness, how you alone

Ponder our love. Touch me feet and feel

How earth tingles, teeming at my heel!

Earth’s urge, not mine,– my little death, not hers;

And the pure beauty yearns and stirs.


It does not heed out ecstasies, it turns

With secrets of its own, its own concerns,

Toward a windy world of its own, toward stark

And solidary places. In the dark

Defiant even now, it tugs and moans

To be untangled from these mother’s bones.

(Photos courtesy of Google Images)







Women Around the World: Daily Article Feed

Your daily dose of news about inspirational and influential women around the world.

Women in Marine Corps Military for WHirling Girlish via flickr

(photo via Flickr)

 “The Importance of Marriage to Men”- http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/10/marriage-now-more-important-to-men-than-women.html#! (via NY Magazine)

The New Gender Gaphttp://www.slideshare.net/Women_Connect/gendergap#! (via Slide Share)

Myths about successful women- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/truths-men-women-success_n_4164851.html#! (via Huffington Post)

Women in Energyhttp://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/10/29/energy-c-suites-slowly-diversifying-expert-says/#! (via Fuel Fix)

New Marines: History in the Making- http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/10/29/2850801/female-marines-test/#! (via Think Process)

A Woman’s touch in car designhttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/automobiles/a-womans-touch-still-a-rarity-in-car-design.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 (via NY Times)

The Double Standardhttp://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/10/28/emma-woolf-on-the-view-from-london-the-double-standard-for-female-writers.html#! (via The Daily Beast)

Defying the Country: Saudi Arabian Women Driving http://www.fastcoexist.com/3020745/7-inspiring-videos-of-saudi-arabian-women-defying-the-countrys-ban-on-female-drivers#! (via Fast Coexist)

Women, Books, Communityhttp://www.npr.org/2013/10/27/239710557/one-way-for-an-indie-bookstore-to-last-put-women-first#! (via NPR)

Girls in Computer Science- http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/26/nudging-girls-toward-computer-science/#! (via NY Times)

A strange, strange videohttp://www.mediaite.com/tv/you-fcking-idiot-watch-this-explosive-huffpost-live-battle-on-feminism-and-masculinity/ (via Mediate)

Antifeminism?http://bluestockingsmag.com/2013/10/14/anti-feminism-according-to-youtube/ (via Bluestockings)

Affordable Care Act and Womenhttp://feminist.org/hot_topics/AffordableCareActAndWomen/index.htm (via Feminist)

Artist Lise Forell: A Woman in Full

by Andrea Jackson

October 13, 2013

The story of a remarkable woman’s journey through history and her love affair with art     

In a few weeks, artist Lise Forell will be ninety years old. People from around the world will flock to her home of Sao Paulo Brazil to celebrate her life and to attend her annual holiday bizarre. Audiences stand entranced in the presence of her enormous art collections. Regular attendees meticulously analyze each piece, partaking in a ritualistic decision making process to determine the next addition to their Lise Forell collections. Among the pieces are murals portraits, landscapes, abstracts and more. One room remains unvisited by eager collectors, however. Referred to by Lise as the “forbidden room”, this untouched space houses some of Lise’s most precious works, some displaying graphic and controversial images. Some of these works might not be revealed to the public in her lifetime, because the public might not be ready, says Lise. Her signature style incorporates bold colors, a vast range of cultural situations, and even images of her dreams. It is the display of a broad range of inspiration derived from a culmination of life experiences.

“Lovingly sheltered by Nature, I can, with neither hurtful nor revolting feelings, dive into reminiscence and care for my memories. As much as the bad, as good.” – Lise Forell

Lise Forell Painting

Lise’s epic journey begins in city of Brno, the capital of Moravia. Born to Kaiser Army decorated Jewish Lieutenant Otto Forell and her mother Grete, Lise began her infant life in war torn Europe. A strict and unusual upbringing only cultivated Lise’s rebellion from the ideals of the masses, and her preferences towards humanism, pacific idealism, and awakening.

Her school years also found themselves tangled in conflict. Lise would inevitably find herself soaked in a mix of diverse cultures for the duration of her academic career. It began when the German schools converted to the Check language, and by that time, it had become too difficult for young Jewish children to be accepted into the system. It was typical for the Jewish youth to flee to countries such as Palestine to continue their educations and attempt to live in peace. Unwilling to send Lise away alone, her parents sent her to live in Belgium with her paternal grandparents. Her vast array of language would include German, Yiddish (a combination of Hebrew, Medieval German and Russian) and some Latin, among others.

Despite her young age, of about 15 or 16, Lise attended classes at the Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp. Her family displayed some sporadic hesitancy because of the liberal associations of the art world, however Lise pressed forward.

Lise Forell 2

Her time as an art student was interrupted around her final year when she was stricken ill with the Scarlet Fever. During this time, Scarlet Fever claimed the lives of thousands across Europe. Fearing for their daughter’s life, her parents were able to ruse their way into Belgium to tend to their ailing daughter. Little did they know, once they left their homeland, they would never return again.

Lise recovered from her fever, only to enter the time of the initial Nazi Invasion of 1939. This was no time for a Jew, let alone a Jewish woman. Her family vowed to stick together, and they packed what little belongings they had into a single car, and headed from the border of Spain and France. During this trek Lise and her family endured air raids, malnourishment and the piercing cold. Upon reaching their destination, they were redirected to Marseilles, finding that Jews were not permitted to cross the border.

Relentlessly, her father ,Otto, sought a way to flee Europe. The cheapest visa for purchase was to Brazil. So, Brazil it was. Although time was of the essence, it would take months for the visa to arrive. Meanwhile, Lise was able to acquire a job through an acquaintance, hand-painting cinema signs. She was a skilled worker, and in charge of painting the faces of the actors and actresses advertised in the movies. Here she endured the ridicule and harshness of her French co-workers. Alas, in the December of 1940, her family’s visa arrived. They boarded the small crowded liner named Alsina only to be held prisoner on the ship for the next seven months. Ship workers claimed the delay was a result of mechanical malfunctions on the ship, but the passengers knew otherwise.

A pit stop on Casablanca, and a brief relationship with an officer, introduced Lise to her acquiring a new method of escape. In time, her father was able to work up enough money to purchase new tickets to Brazil, despite having paid full price for the same tickets months before. This was finally their chance. By September 25 of the following year, her family touched foot in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Rapt in her new culture, Lise quickly learned the native tongue of Portuguese and observed the many layers of society in which she now called “home”. In time, her father gained a position as an accountant at a magazine, and her mother was able to earn work as a caterer. Though their living conditions were far less affluent than in their homeland, they worked hard to achieve success and networking in their new surroundings.

Lise’s passion still remained in art. Her paintings often were sold using the barter system rather than money. It was around this time she used her skills as an artist to give lessons. This would be her profession for the rest of her life.

By the time the Nazi Empire collapsed, and the end of the Second World War left the world in disarray, Lise’s family learned that many of their family had not survived concentration camps and the terror that came with them. Her life after this time would include her husbands and children, unaware of the personal struggles and experiences that have constituted Lise’s life until their existence. Her independent nature caused much of her support to reside in her lifelong friendships and community.

A short-lived marriage with her first husband, Herbert, gifted Lise her son, Gregori. A longer marriage to Leonardo Bevilcqua produced her children, Gessica, Yorick, Diego, Debora, Raffael, and an adopted son, Roberto. After separating from her second husband, Leonardo, Lise and her grown children decided to start fresh, without the presence of their distracted father. This new chapter of life would take them to the bustling city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. A fresh mindset left Lise ready to conquer anything that cam her way, and with the confidence to move forward without a man. It was here that Lise’s art classes boomed, and her artwork began to sell. Often against her will, Lise sold paintings in various exhibitions, quickly attracting attention from collectors and critics from all around.

Eventually, she was given the opportunity to venture to Israel for a show. Unaware of the affect this trip would have on her paintings, Lise agreed. This was just the beginning of several trips she would take to Israel in her lifetime. The impact of her travels to Israel in a post Holocaust world would influence not only her artwork, but even some of her children. Her daughter, Debora, would eventually immigrate to Israel permanently to be closer to her religious roots.

To this day, Lise is recognized globally by renowned organizations, publications, critics and esteemed artists. She still maintains her ever rebellious attitude on life and paints what she pleases, categorizing her works to avoid being labeled any kind of “ist”— A trait perhaps resembling that of an actual first Avant Garde.

Her artwork evokes a sense of youthful play while engaging the audience in a quest for answers. This historical effect of her paintings leaves viewers asking questions about each piece and its origins. Elaborate floral murals capture the essence of each season, while portraits of families just as equally capture struggle, devotion, and love. Such an extensive and inclusive body of work provides aesthetically and emotionally appealing works for almost any human, despite background or beliefs. It is this that makes not only Lise’s work, but her actual self unique. Her open-mindedness and liberal ideals encompass respect and love for all, opening doors not only for her art, but soul.

She continues to draw inspiration from friends, family, students (which often refer to herself as family), and her country retreat. Like a true artist, Lise finds refuge in her country home which she calls SCHALOM, to escape the masses recharge her senses, and re-establish her relationship with nature. She returns from her sporadic retreats, with ample motivations to lay down her paintbrush to canvas and create her next masterpiece. Lise Forell shows no signs of slowing down, with scheduled classes every day, and multiple projects posted on easels around her studio at once. Her plants are always maintained and lively, while her many cats purr by her ankles.

It is powerhouse women such as Lise Forell which exemplify the notion that following your passion in life can defeat almost any obstacle despite the ideas of others. She is an example for young women and all artists alike to work hard and diligently towards a cause, despite outlying factors and naysayers. Not only does each piece of art Lise Forell creates embrace the past, but it also charges forward fearlessly into the future.

More information on Lise Forell can be found in her published book “Contrasts”.

An award winning film has been created by European filmmakers, following the incredible story of Lise. Trailer Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdJzizXxBz8