March 13, 2024

Seventh Annual ‘Women in the Arts Panel: Local Women Explore Creativity, Identity and Resilience’ Will Feature Many Talents on Friday, March 22, in Silver Spring

The Seventh Annual “Women in the Arts Panel: Local Women Explore Creativity, Identity and Resilience” will feature women of many talents during an evening at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The event, which will hosted by author and filmmaker Erica Greenberg, will be from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, March 22, at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

The Silver Spring Civic Building is located at 1 Veterans Place in Silver Spring, close to the Silver Spring Metro Station. The event will be presented by Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

This year's panel will feature photographer and paper artist Nathalie Borozny, artist Kara Holman Kozimor, comic and artist, Davine Ker, artist Syahidah Osman, artist and printmaker Debbie Schindler, author Lorna Virgili and chef Beth Yohannes.

The diverse array of women from the creative spectrum represent five countries.

To reserve a spot at the event, contact Lisa Martin at

The featured women for the evening will include:

  • Artist Kara Kozimor Holman lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and son. Originally from Ohio, Kara studied art studio with a focus on graphic design along with a minor in art history at The University of Akron. She has spent the last several years taking life drawing/painting classes at Glen Echo’s Yellow Barn Studio. Her work has been juried into multiple exhibitions at Girls Who Paint, Windridge Winery, the Hill Center Galleries 2023 and 2024 Regional Juried Exhibition and the 2023 Martha Spak Gallery Art in Bloom Exhibition.

  • Nathalie Borozny grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont where she was allowed to roam freely and amassed an amazing collection of twigs, stones and birch bark. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Design Architecture and Art at the University of Cincinnati. A few years ago, she found the paper and handmade books of artist Dandy Bernsteins at the West Tisbury Farmer's Market on Martha's Vineyard and started taking paper-making lessons in her studio every fall. In Philadelphia, she was a student and admirer of Winnie Radalon and continues to learn to make paper at Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville. She prints her own photographs on paper she makes.

  • Davine Ker is a trilingual stand-up comedian and multidisciplinary artist. Her art emerges from thought-provoking jokes, left-field concepts and unique storytelling that bridges culture, comedy and music. She headlines throughout the Washington area and also performs as a featured comedian in clubs and festivals nationwide.

  • Syahidah Osman is a self-taught, Southeast Asian artist who uses different mediums to capture the tragically beautiful and profoundly hidden aspects of the human condition. She aims to widen perceptions and embed a sense of wonder through art. She plans to instigate empathy, instill curiosity and use her artworks as a catalyst for community engagement.

  • Deborah Schindler grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA with a major in pictorial art and a minor in Latin American studies, where she was fortunate to work with artist Richard Diebenkorn. In the Washington area, Ms. Schindler quickly integrated into the art scene, joining the Printmakers Group of the Washington Women’s Art Center. That core group later founded the Washington Printmakers Gallery. Ms. Schindler has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions, locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Lorna Virgilí was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, during the height of the cold war. In 1979, she emigrated to the United States. She attended high school and college in Miami. She began her communications career as a television news reporter and worked for Telemundo and Univision. In 1999, she became a national correspondent reporting from the United States Capitol and the White House. She works in public relations and published her first book, Sinfonía Blanca/White Symphony, in 2021. She is a highly regarded community leader with consistent radio and television appearances in the Washington, D.C. region.

  • Chef Beth Yohannes is an Ethiopian-born chef with a deep-rooted passion for cooking, influenced by her grandmother's culinary skills. Beth's journey took her from Ethiopia to the United Kingdom and eventually to the U.S. She has lived in New York City, Texas and Maryland. She co-owned an Ethiopian restaurant in London, appeared on a TV program and later owned a deli in Texas. In Maryland, Beth runs the Lemon Slice Cafe in Downtown Silver Spring, gaining local acclaim. Committed to her community, she sources locally, supports education through internships, and promotes healthy eating initiatives.

  • Host Erica Ginsberg has drawn on creativity in a variety of different roles: writer, documentary filmmaker, arts administrator and international exchanges program officer. After growing up in Silver Spring, she came back to her hometown to co-found the documentary film organization Docs In Progress and served as its founding executive director until 2019. She co-hosts "The D-Word," a peer-to-peer global community for documentary professionals. In addition to working in the arts, Erica has organized professional development study tours to the United States for mid-career professionals from around the world. She has a BA in international affairs and an MA in film and video.