Published in January 2017, Such Charming Exiles is the autobiographical story of the love and self-awareness of two gay women from the perspective of their 47 year relationship. The lessons they share about their struggles with societal, familial, and professional expectations hold true for all women.
MB Marilyn and Betty, thank you for talking with me about your new memoir, Such Charming Exiles: How Two Gay Women Learned to Live Openly and Love Fiercely. What made you decide to share this story now?
MM Betty and I have been together for 47 years and we’ve been through a lot together. In the late 1960s and early ’70s our country was in turmoil, and it was especially challenging for minority groups. And now it’s not just hard for women or African Americans or for gay rights but for all of us, all over the world. We’re hoping that some of the lessons we’ve learned might help others.
Jan - Feb Issue 2017
by Lisa A. Banner, Curator
New York artist Nona Faustine became an internet sensation in 2015, when some of the photographs from her White Shoes series were seen in an exhibition, and the show was reviewed online. As she puts it, “my work came to the greater public in 2015.” At the time, stunned by the attention her work received on the internet, Faustine had newly earned her MFA from International Center for Photography at Bard College. She continues to show works that are historically based, and researched, with a socially conscious focus. In 2016, the Studio Museum in Harlem showed her photographs in the exhibition of 26 artists of African descent in “A Constellation” - which ran from November 12, 2015 through March 6, 2016 - and acquired a photograph from her White Shoes series for their collection. Thus Nona Faustine’s work joins photographic works by Carrie Mae Weems, Dawoud Bey, Gordon Parks, Romare Bearden, and James VanDerZee in the permanent collection.
"It is totally possible to be beautiful and comfortable at the same time."
~ Kate Lamarre, owner and designer of the women's custom clothing line, Woolen Moss
By: Anne Auten
Nestled in the Finger Lakes region of New York, in the idyllic village of Trumansburg, Kate Lamarre sits sipping tea in the sewing studio of her rustic, yet modern home, enjoying the warmth from her wood burning stove on a dramatically cloudy, fall afternoon. Since 2010, Kate has been offering her unique, mix-and-match, interchangeable ensembles available with custom sizing in an Organic Cotton/Bamboo blend and her niche market of Organic Merino Wool in her Etsy store, WoolenMoss.
Kate is her own best advertising. She wears several layers of her line: yoga pants, a short skirt, and two layered cowl neck tunics. Her presence is relaxed yet energetic, casual yet elegant. We've enjoyed a leisurely saunter around her property, led by the family dog, and now, fueled by invigorating outdoor temperatures, we begin our interview.