03/12/18 10:00am
A 2006 portrait of Sandra Day O'Connor by Jean Marcellino, a member of of The Painting Group and one of 25 artists who painted Ms. O'Connor during a six-hour sitting. (Courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Jean Marcellino)

A portrait of Sandra Day O’Connor made by Jean Marcellino, a member of of The Painting Group and one of 25 artists who painted Ms. O’Connor during a six-hour sitting in 2006. (Courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Jean Marcellino.)

Imagine being in the same room with former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner as each of 25 artists creates, in just six hours, a portrait of one of the most famous women on the planet. Well, you will have that chance on March 16 at 7 p.m. when Friday Night Dialogues at the Shelter Island Library presents the documentary “Portraits of a Lady.” The screening is being presented in partnership with the Hamptons Take Two Documentary Film Festival and will be followed by a discussion with Walter Bernard, co-producer of the film. (more…)

03/02/18 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTOS | On January 22, members of Kamala Lopez’s group ‘Equal Means Equal’ dressed in period costumes and recreated the women’s suffrage parade of March 3, 1913, complete with suffragette and Shelter Island summer resident Inez Milholland (portrayed by feminist artist Natalie White) on a white horse flanked by handmaids, including Ms. Lopez on the left. On March 8, Ms. Lopez’s film ‘Equal Means Equal’ will be screened at the Shelter Island Library by the League of Women Voters of Shelter Island.

COURTESY PHOTOS | On January 22, 2018 members of Kamala Lopez’s group ‘Equal Means Equal’ dressed in period costumes and recreated the women’s suffrage parade of March 3, 1913, complete with suffragette and Shelter Island summer resident Inez Milholland (portrayed by feminist artist Natalie White) on a white horse flanked by handmaids, including Ms. Lopez on the left. On March 8, Ms. Lopez’s film ‘Equal Means Equal’ will be screened at the Shelter Island Library by the League of Women Voters of Shelter Island.

Kamala Lopez earns her living as a Los Angeles-based actress and filmmaker. But in recent years, she has become something else: a full-fledged activist with a singular mission — to see the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a piece of legislation that has been nearly a century in the making.

Ms. Lopez was one of the featured speakers who took part in the January 20  Women’s March on Washington D.C. and she used her time at the podium to make the case for passage of the ERA. (more…)