ART MUMS UNITED IS AN INCLUSIVE PLATFORM THAT CELEBRATES CREATIVITY AND MOTHERHOOD
It's a global collective of inspiring and powerful women creatives who share love, support and respect for each other.
We are Mona and Valentine, visual artists who share a passion for creating opportunities for fellow artists. We're super excited that you're here!
We have a question for you - how many hats have you been wearing lately? Are you a mum, wife, daughter, sister, friend, artist, teacher, business owner...
Where does anyone find time and energy for showing up and promoting their art? We feel you!
So, Mona had an idea last year how to make this easier and when she met Valentine, it was clear that something even bigger was coming!
DIRECTORY AND BLOG INTERVIEWS ARE DESIGNED FOR
WISHING TO GAIN GREATER VISIBILITY ONLINE, SHARE THEIR STORY, INSPIRE OTHERS AND SLEEP A LITTLE BETTER KNOWING THAT THEY ARE SEEN AND HEARD.
WEBSITE EXHIBITS AND VIRTUAL TOURS FOR
ALL WOMEN VISUAL ARTISTS
REGARDLESS OF THEIR AGE, RACE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, JOB SITUATION, STAGE OF THEIR CAREER, EDUCATION, LOCATION.
Meet the AMU Artists
Leah Guzman is a visual artist, Board Certified Art Therapist, coach and author of "Essential Art Therapy Exercises".
"Make yourself a priority. Self-care is not a luxury, it's a necessity. As you care for yourself it will have a ripple effect on your children. Show them how you can make yourself happy. And don’t be ashamed of getting help when you need it. Be honest about where you're at, build a team of support around you, you're worth it. You have the biggest and most important job in the world!!!!"
Heather Kirtland is a contemporary visual artist, art educator, co-founder of the Carve Out Time for Art community and co-author of The Motherhood of Art.
"Be gentle with yourself. Enjoy your kids. Take time for you. It's okay to struggle with your identity, you're a lot of things all at once and there are growing pains."
Brandi Hofer is a visual artist focusing mainly on figurative and portraiture paintings she creates in collaboration with her children.
"My best advice would be:
Take care of yourself first in order to best take care of others (rest, fitness, mental health, and diet; however, you can best achieve this for you). We must master our resting life to master our active life."
Mona Lerch is a self-taught abstract painter, wife, mother and founder of Art Mums United.
She created this platform in order to highlight amazing women creatives across the globe whose lives have turned upside down when becoming mothers.
Mona believes that art has healing powers as it helped her to overcome postpartum trauma and anxiety. She believes that artists, and art mums in particular, are extraordinary human beings who deserve to be celebrated. This platform is dedicated to all beautiful art mums looking for support, inspiration and greater visibility online.
Valentine Svihalek is an abstract painter, international educator, mother, and founder of Mama Create.
Living and teaching in diverse communities around the world, she cultivated a desire for discovery and development. After the birth of her first child in a village surrounded by people who spoke a different language, she felt isolated. She turned inward and developed a process of artmaking that liberates expressive energy and establishes connection.
In 2020, that expressive energy led to the founding of the Mama Create collective. The community facilitated opportunities for English speaking creatives in the Czech Republic. That same year, she published The Imperfect Artist Mother Journey as a reflection on postpartum experience. Valentine believes the key to living well is trusting your voice and embracing your passions.