About The Artist.
Jane Evershed: Mother, artist, activist, poet and presenter.
Born in England in 1959 and then moving to South Africa at the age of nine, the experience of growing up during the racist Apartheid era taught Jane Evershed the nature of domination firsthand from a young age and informs her artistic consciousness to this day.
In 1990 Jane began raising her two children as a single mother in Minneapolis Minnesota in the US, using the income she made from self-publishing her art series, most notably, The Power of Woman. Her note cards, prints and journals have been nationally distributed since 1989.
Jane’s activism began at the age of 21 when she was jailed briefly in South Africa for opposing the system of apartheid. She spent two years on The Board of Women Against Military Madness in Minneapolis and was jailed briefly for activism against an arms manufacturer as part of the Alliant 28, all were found not guilty in 2003 under the Geneva Conventions. Ms. Evershed moved to the countryside in 2006 in Northern Wisconsin In order to experience being an earthling again. Since then she has created the series Remembering the Divine Feminine cards and oil paintings as well as work on putting 25 years of her art and poetry into her latest book. Uniting the power of the pen with the boldness of the brush, The Book of Jane expands into a passionate philosophy that has coursed Jane’s spirit-blood since her youth. Her art shines with a bright glow gleaned from the colors of life as a young woman in Africa. At times humorous, Jane deftly tackles injustice as well as inspiring women to their true power to ready themselves en-masse for seats at the table of Global Consequence. She believes we must counter the images of violence and indoctrination that have been burned into our brains by mainstream media and mores. Evershed reveals an ongoing interest in seeing humanitarian justice highlighted in the world.
Her art shamelessly exposes the major injustices incurred by the existing global system that shapes our lives and seeks to determine a bleak future for humanity. In celebration of this early millennium Jane created an art genre called Terra-ism meaning Earth Love, which speaks to the deep connection that human beings have to the Earth, almost forgotten today in the west’s excessive, synthetic, nature-starved existence.
The Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights awarded Jane Evershed for promoting human rights through art. In 2005 she was voted by the MN Women’s Press readership as their favorite Minneapolis artist. Raise Your Voice, Student Action for Change, a US. National initiative committed to the civic purpose of higher education, voted for Jane Evershed in their arts category.
The appreciation for Jane’s art is evident on the covers of many books and publications
More Than a Tea Party, Harper was published in 1994. Her art and poetry is often posted to worldwide destinations from the Women’s United Nations Report Network and graces Riane Eisler’s partnershipway.org. website and is featured in her book: Tomorrow’s Children:.
In presentations incorporating her art, Jane has spoken at many state colleges, schools and universities over the years since 1990.
She also creates art for organizations implementing positive social change; a partial list includes The League of Women Voters, University of Minnesota Women’s Athletic Department, Sustainable Resource Center, Affordable Housing Fund, Womenventure, and Alexander House Women’s Shelter. Her art: Many Voices, One Vision, was used to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a woman’s right to vote and a print was presented to Hillary Clinton in Washington DC on the occasion.
You can see her collection of art at evershed.com where prints and originals can be purchased from her online gallery.
Co-Creator, Technical, Web, and Vision Support
Sushila Mertens has developed both left and right brain careers throughout her life. Supporting her family as a librarian, she also studied the metaphysical and healing arts. She is passionate about education, personal transformation and empowerment. Sushila is a Reiki Master Teacher in both Usui Western and Komyo Japanese traditions. She coaches women using a holistic approach for balancing the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions. Sushila believes that women will lead the way to peace and cooperation on our planet.
She has served on the Steering Wheel of Gather the Women Nevada County and as President of the NC Democratic Women’s Club, and facilitates women’s circles including The Feminine Face of God and DYBO- Dance Your Buts Off, a methodology to release old conditioning through movement.
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