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“With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers. She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.” — Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Time
The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation. She is also a published author. Her first book Saved by a Song on St. Martin’s Press came out in July of 2021.
Her most recent musical release, 2018’s Rifles & Rosary Beads is a collection of songs co-written with wounded veterans was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Folk Album, and Record of the Year by the Americana Music Association. The UK Americana Association named Mary their 2019 International Artist of the Year, and Folk Alliance International named Rifles & Rosary Beads the 2019 Record of the Year.
Mary’s songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Boy George, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Kathy Mattea, Bobby Bare, Amy Helm and Candi Staton and have appeared extensively in Film and Television, most recently on HBO TV’s Yellowstone.
Renluka Maharaj was born in Trinidad and Tobago and works between Colorado, New York City and Trinidad. Ms. Maharaj attended the University of Colorado, Boulder where she earned her BFA in 2015 and her MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. She has received numerous awards including Martha Kate Thomas Fund, the Presidential Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Center and the Barbara De Genevieve Scholarship. Her works are in institutional collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Joan Flasch artist book collection, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, special collections at the University of Colorado, Boulder as well as numerous private collections.
Her work has been recognized with awards including fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Fountainhead Residency, Virginia Center For Creative Arts and Ankhlave Garden Project as well as The Golden Art Foundation and the McColl Art Center Residency in North Carolina. She will also be attending a year long residency at Project For Empty Spaces in Newark, New Jersey in 2022. Most recently, her work has been published in the second volume of Coolitude co-authored by Khal Thorabully and Marina Carter, an amazing volume of stories, poems and visual art which addresses Indian indentureship.
Ms. Maharaj will be installing her first public work in the summer of 2021 at the Queens Botanical Gardens in NY which will also include an indoor exhibition in 2022. She is also preparing for a solo in Denver that year as well.
Kate Snow is a painter and printmaker in Cleveland, OH. She began exhibiting in 2015, and her work has since been shown across the United States and in Germany. Her work is included in a number of private and public collections including, Baker Hostetler, MetroHealth Hospitals, and Westin Hotels. She has been awarded residencies at the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden, Germany and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, WY. In 2018 Kate was commissioned by the Cleveland International Film Festival to design and create the filmmaker awards for that season. Most recently she was a recipient of the 2021 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award from the state of Ohio.