In an exhibit in Chicago

MAY 27 - 2016

Holle's Hand

'Holle's hand' 39.5" x 26" - print on vinyl The Odyssee Lounge East, Chicago, Spring 2013 © Francoise Digel

Ten photographs taken by Francoise Digel in Chicago, Lucerne (Switzerland) and Cognac (France) are being presented at the "Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection" exhibit curated by Lynn Orman Weiss at the Firecat Projects Gallery in Chicago from May 27 to June 18, 2016.

Two of those pictures are also part of the 'Screamin' the Blues' collection, Claudette Miller and Mz Peachez.

The other Chicago blues women featured in the exhibit are: Holle Thee Maxwell, ('Holle's hand'), Deitra Farr, Grana Louise, Ilaria Lantieri, and four ladies who sang with Otis Clay, Theresa Davis, Diane Madison, Diana Simon and Parald Bordes.


The official press release:



World Premiere of the 'Women Of The Blues - A Coast To Coast Collection' featuring 60 photographs of 'Women Of The Blues' performing, in portrait and screaming the Blues. Fourteen photographers from around the world will share their very poignant and powerful images of the Women Of The Blues. The collection showcases these extraordinary women photographed from the stage at the Chicago Blues Festival to the intimate stage at the Maui Sugar Mill in LA to the Blues Cruise on the Caribbean and festivals on the east coast.

We will take you behind the lens that captured the images of superstars like Mavis Staples and Irma Thomas to beloved West Coast, Candye Kane and Sherry Jackson Pruitt. Featured artists include, Koko Taylor Award recipient, Ruthie Foster, Chicago West Side Blues legend, Mary Lane, Chicago's Southern Soul Blues Diva, Nellie Tiger Travis, the Legendary Holle Thee Maxwell, international touring Blues singer, Deitra Farr and rising star the newly crowned Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland (daughter of Johnny Copeland) and Tomiko Dixon (granddaughter of Willie Dixon) and many more beautiful images of women who sing and play the Blues.

The curated collection is a tribute to Alligator Recording artist, Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor and supports the Koko Taylor Celebrity Aid Foundation and the Sisters of Royalty. These two organizations bring Blues women together from around the world and provide scholarships for young women in the Blues. The new Director of the Sisters of Royalty is Nellie Tiger Travis, as appointed by Cookie Taylor (Koko Taylor's daughter). The exhibit opens on Friday, May 27th and runs through Saturday, June 18th at Firecat Projects Gallery in Chicago.

'Women Of The Blues: A Coast To Coast Collection'
Exhibit runs: May 27th - June 18th
Chicago Blues Festival Kickoff Reception: Wednesday, June 8th, 7-10pm
Firecat Projects Gallery: 2124 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Presented by Lynn Orman Weiss, Orman Music & Media Group
Firecat Projects - Art Gallery, Stan Klein & Rebekka Federle