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By and About Women is a special, limited edition, portfolio of art and poetry by women artists from around the world and the creative writing group of the Lotus House Women’s Shelter, situated in the heart of the historic African American district of Overtown, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Miami.

Lotus House serves approximately 130 women and infants annually, with a holistic, gender specific and innovative format designed to empower women to improve the quality of their lives on every level, achieve greater self sufficiency and transition to permanent homes off the streets. The By and About Women project was created to both raise awareness of the Lotus House as a prototype, women’s resource center and shelter serving the gender-specific needs of homeless women and infants, and build an endowment fund to ensure that the shelter will serve as a resource for generations of women and infants to come.

Touching, soulful and beautiful, the By and About Women portfolio resonates deeply with the concept and cause underlying the Lotus House, and in so many ways gives voice to the dreams and aspirations of all women to be safe, free and truly who they were meant to be. In both, we transform the isolation of poverty and homelessness into a message of hope, social inclusion and heightened awareness of what each of us can do to make a difference.

Contributing artists include: Peggy Nolan, Helen Levitt, Mary Ellen Mark, Anastasia Khoroshilova, Carrie Mae Weems, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Jackie Nickerson, Justine Kurland and Natasha Duwin. By and About Women is a project of the Lotus Endowment Fund, Inc., sponsored by Sotheby’s and Martin Z. Margulies. Proceeds from the sale of the portfolio go to the Lotus Endowment Fund, Inc.

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By and About Women

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Thank you!

Peggy Nolan

Helen Levitt

Mary Ellen Mark

Anastasia Khoroshilova

Carrie Mae Weems



Alessandra Sanguinetti

Brenda Ann Kenneally

Jackie Nickerson

Justine Kurland

Natasha Duwin

with deepest gratitude to Sotheby's for making this special project possible and its long standing commitment to the Lotus House Women's Shelter

Donations to the endowment fund are deductible to the full extent permitted by section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code (tax id # 92-0233563). A copy of the official registration and financial information for the endowment fund with the state of florida may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.
©2010 Lotus Endowment Fund, Inc.