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Celebrate The Season. "An Evening Of Song!" An eclectic evening of melodic, musical, meandering through the genres.Celebrate The Season. I will be presenting "An Evening of Song!" An eclectic evening of melodic, musical, meandering, through the genres, from Mozart to Bizet, Porter, Gershwin, traditionals, and more." Accompanied by classical pianist, Assistant Professor of Music (Northern Caribbean University,) Edison Valencia, and special guests. 8 pm, Saturday, 22 December, 2012, at Frenchman's Reef Restaurant & Bar, Treasure Beach St. Elizabeth. Tickets: Adults $500, and Children - $300.
Stay overnight at Kudehya Guesthouse and receive a 10% discount. Offer valid 21, 22, and 23 December 2012 only. New reservations only, subject to availability.

Anancy Festival, 2012, Kingston, Jamaica
Wow, what fun I had at the Jamaica 50, 2012 Anancy Festival in Kingston. I created a bilingual retelling of the Anancy tale, "Anancy and Bredda Tiger" incorporating song. I brought my guitar and a multitude of percussion instruments, including drums, shakers, bells, tamborines, catta sticks (and frogs - wooden ones!) I read the story in Patois, with the song, encouraging everyone to sing along, which, to my delight, they did. Then I retold the tale in English, recruiting willing volunteers from the audience to play the cadre of musical instruments. And we repeated the story until everyone had had a turn at being musician. What a joyous cacophany of celebration and community! I cannot wait until next year. Hear are some pictures for the event:

The Vagina Monologues 2012, Treasure BeachThe Vagina Monologues, 2012, Treasure Beach, 7 pm, Saturday, May 26
I am back!!! The Ladies Who Dare! shall be presenting, again, The Vagina Monologues, Saturday, May 26, in Treasure Beach, at Frenchmans Reef Restaurant & Bar (generously donated by Elizabeth and Owen Clarke.)
As usual, I am organizing, producing, and performing, accompanied by a wonderful cast of "ladies who dare - from farmers, to mothers, grandmothers, professors, students, therapists, domestic workers, Festival Queens and Princesses.

Tickets are only Ja$500. Proceeds will benefit organizations working to educate, empower, raise awareness, and help women liberate themselves to end abuse against women and girls. St. Elizabeth Women and Pure Potential.

Kingston Book Festival 2012Kingston Book Festival 2012
I am delighted to have participated in Jamaica's first ever Kingston Book Fair, 2012, which was not only a wonderful literary feast, and fiesta, but part of the Jamaica 50 celebrations. I read my books to enthusiastic youngsters at my booth. Junior Minister of Tourism and Entetainment, Damian Crawford stopped by. And I was chosen to perform (read my books and sing my accompanying - interactive - songs) on the main Kingston Book Fair stage. I am happy to say the kiddlywinks (of all ages, myself included, enjoyed and sang along too. Here are some pictures.
An Evening Of Song!An Evening Of Song! Treasure Beach Culture Fest, 2012, Feb 24-26
As part of the Jamaica 50 celebrations, "The Ladies Who Dare!" presents, "An Evening of Song!- An eclectic evening of melodic musical meandering!" featuring Sharon Martini, Soprano, accompanied by classical pianist, Edison Valencia. From Bizet to Burleigh to Porter come traverse (and sing a long too) the genres of song: opera, sacred, art, Jamaican folk, Negro spirituals, jazz, showtunes and more. Cameo appearances by classical, Clarinetist, Rafael Salazar, classical Cellist, Jose Carlos Oxamendi and The Shane Drummers. Tickets: Adults $500, Children $300. Learn more.
Treasure Beach CultureFest 2012Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta, Treasure Beach Culture Fest, 2012, February 24-26, 2012
I shall be one of the "Writing for Children" panelists along with Diane Browne, Jean Forbes, Kellie Magnus. Moderator: Suzanne Francis-Brown, 11:00 a.m., over at Two Seasons Guest House, Billy's Bay. Learn more.

Christmas On Strings!Christmas On Strings! An Informal Concert -Sunday, December 18, 2011
I am delighted to be performing in "Christmas On Strings! - An Informal Concert, at Mountambrin. I shall be singing songs of the season and more, accompanied by Musgrave Awardee Paulette Bellamy, at the marvelously eclectic Mountambrin Theatre Gallery in Darliston, Westmoreland, Jamaica. This wil be an interactive afternoon of melodic musical meandering - classical, sacred, show, jazz, spirituals, folk - ending with a "Christmas Sing-A-Long Shindig!" Mountambrin's Dr. Rus says, "This will be a good time happy afternoon!" Admission is Ja$2000. Light Christmas dinner, liquors and wine will be available for purchase.

Oak Grove Elementary School Story Time, July 2011
I was invited again, to read my books (Max and Me, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! I Love Bugs!,) sing songs and share my stories on writing, creativity, and life with to the children (and teachers, and principal) of Oak Grove Elementary School's Summer "Cafe!" What a fabulous story time it was for me, and the kids too. Watch the videos.

You can buy fun-ctional pieces of my "Wonderfully Whimsical Works of Art by Sharon Martini!" at Treasure Beach Women's Group Benevolent Society's "Treasure Hunt Craft Shop" in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Famous for their unique, locally hand made arts, crafts and gift items, Treasure Hunt Craft Shop sales support the many outreach programs facilitated by the Treasure Beach Women's Group Benevolent Society.

Treasure Beach Jazz EscapeTreasure Beach Jazz Escape, Saturday, June 18, 2011

I am excited and delighted to be part of the "...scintillating line up of local and international artistes that will warm your soul while you chill out under the stars at Two Seasons Guest House, on Saturday, June 18, Treasure Beach Jazz Escape. Catch me and friends, Sean Gordon on keys and the Shane Drummers as we open the show. Watch some video.

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An Evening Of Song program cover - Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival"An Evening Of Song!" Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival, May 27-29, 2011
Calabash was gone and property owners in the community were looking to create something to fill the void. The community spirit is alive and well in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, membes members come together stage the Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival, May 27, 28 and 29, 2011.

I had this wild hair to do a recital of sorts, "An Evening Of Song!" spanning music of genres from opera to jazz, musical theater and my own unclassified, acoustic creations, and Denny Davis, (music lecturer of Bethlehem Moravian College, St. Elizabeth,) agreed to play with me and we turned it into a fundraiser for abused women in St. Elizabeth. Learn more...

The Vagina Monologues, 2011 Treasure BeachThe Vagina Monologues, 2011, Treasure Beach, Jamaica

I am daring to do it again. I am organizing, producing, and performing in The Vagina Monologues, accompanied by a wonderful cast of daring ladies. This time in Treasure Beach on the unique south coast of Jamaica, in the banquet room at Frenchman's Reef Restaurant & Bar.

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Eleven Paints, Five Paintbrushes, One Palettte, 31 Days in Treasure Beach
I "heard the cry of my Ancestors and followed Spirit home" to Jamaica, West Indies, the birth place of my parents. I picked up myself, my two sons, (15 and 13) and a few bags and leapt. It has been an exhilarating and immensely challenging experience but I find that as long as I have a creative outlet I can continue to breath on my own, and lesson the stress on me emotionally and physically. Interestingly enough, I honestly am in a peaceful place spiritually. In July 2011, I decided to paint a picture a day throughout the month. I had no set theme, I simply allowed myself to be present with myself in each moment and allow inspiration to come forth intuitively. In the end, I completed twenty wonderfully whimsical paintings. Click to take a look.

New Creations

Some new, and not so new, wonderfully whimsical creations. Click to journey into joy.

Story Time! At Manchester Parish Library, Friday, June 4, 2010
I had an absolutely fabulous time reading my Dotty Beetle Books and singing songs, at Manchester Parish Library, Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies. The children (from age four on up) were a wonderful ineractive audience, singing and reading along throughout. Here is what Vanessa and Vanessa had to say:

Dotty Beetle Books are now available in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, West Indies
Visit the new "Callaloo Butik" in Treasure Beach and amongst a smorgasbord of delightful, joy-enfused goodies, you will find copies of my Dotty Beetle Books - "Little Picture Books Big In Joy And Colorful Characters! For all of humanity's children!
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! I Love Bugs! Max and Me
Uh! Oh! Where Did Baby Go?
Original artwork, "Highway To Being!" Copyright 2008, Sharon Martini: Highway To Being! note cards for sale - $5.00. Hand-embellished with acrylic print on front with the "story behind" the artwork on back. "Blank inside"Cards come with red envelopes. Available at Treasure Beach Women's Group Craft Boutique. A portion of all sales is donated to the Treasure Beach Women's Group Benevolent Society.

The Vagina Monologues, Mandeville, Jamaica 2010
For the second time, I am daring to produce, direct and perfom in Eve Ensler's award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues" in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica West Indies. This year's beneficiaries are Treasure Beach Women's Group Benevolent Society, and
Saint Elizabeth Women. Click on the picture to print a flyer.

Read the story behind Mandeville's first-ever performance of The Vagina Monologues. Photos from the show.
More photos from The Vagina Monologues, Mandeville, 2010 B2009 show
Video snippets from The Vagina Monologues, Mandeville, 2010
The official V-Day website

Lilla Jewel Fund For Women Artists Award

I was awarded one of three Lilla Jewel Fund For Women Artist "Art For Social Justice" Awards. Commissioned to create an original piece that said "Social Justice," I created, "Mirror, Mirror...There I Am!" A multimedia acrylic on canvas adorned with mirrors, on board.

Click here to read all about it. Justice Within Reach

Dotty Beetle Books are in The Multnomah County Library System!

Find copies of my Dotty Beetle Books, "Little Picture Books, Big In Joy And Colorful Characters! For All Humanity's Children."

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! I Love Bugs! Max and Me
Uh! Oh! Where Did Baby Go?
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