Primetals and Exxon Mobil

Inbox [Aug. 23]: News and notes from Women’s Initiative, Gallery at Briarwood, Healthy Greater Worcester coalition, Worcester State, Sen. Moore, Primetals, Simon Malls

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Women’s Initiative announces Green, Wesby award winners

The Women’s Initiative has announced the 2017 recipients of the Lois B. Green Leadership Award and the Meredith D. Wesby Young Leader Award.

Each year the Women’s Initiative honors local women who embody leadership and values of co-founders Lois Green and Meredith Wesby and whose deep commitment and dedication make a difference in our community.

Patsy Lewis

Courtesy of Women's Initiative

Patsy Lewis is the 2017 winner of the Lois B. Green Leadership Award.

Patsy Lewis, a founding member of the Women’s Initiative in 2003, will receive the Green award. Lewis, “is a dynamic and outstanding leader with established track records of significant accomplishments in business and/or community service, lends her compassion, friendship and moral guidance to so many looking to better our community, bringing sound judgment and compassion for those most in need.”

Teaching art: An artist’s ritual

“Collage Variations,” an ArtsWorcester exhibit currently on display at the Hadley features the work of artist and art educator Lizzie Fortin, who spoke with us about her exhibit and overall artistic practice.

Lizzie Fortin’s dynamic and bold 8-by-8-inch mixed-media collages are all unique and eye-catching. A variety of bold shades, textures and images play against carefully selected and layered text that may come from various ephemera glued to the surface.

Her pieces evoke an intense sense of curiosity, with the desire to keep investigating closer to see if one can draw conclusions from the energetic and fractured contexts.

Fortin’s artwork is featured in the three-person exhibit “Collage Variations.” Ten of her incredible mixed-media collages are on display in the Hadley Building at 657 Main St., in a show with two other artists, Susan Black and Leonard Gerwick, exhibited by ArtsWorcester.