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special feature | women of art Shore of Virginia and attended the Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a bachelor of science in psychology. She received a master’s and doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology at Florida State University. “As a psychologist, I am familiar with the consequences of stress on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual development of humans. By introducing my community to tangible artifacts, live music, healthy cuisine, theater productions and comedic relief, my hope is to create relaxing and joyful experiences that enhance life and remove stress.” Sharon has been married to her husband for 30 years. They are business partners and both are clinical psychologists. “Life inspires me. I am happy to be alive. I begin and end my days in grateful meditation. I spend the day interacting with and appreciating all living things—the plants that provide vital oxygen, the animals that bring me visual and physical comfort and humans of all ages that fascinate me with their expression of creativity, stamina and will.” Sharon’s love for life, sense of humor, effective juggling, and constant ability to be innovative and create, makes her a true modern Renaissance woman. There is no stopping her. She is embarking on another new venture—Cooking with Dr. Sharon: The Psych Chef. This will be a series of cooking classes. “Sadly, in our high-tech world, cooking is a lost art. I intend to change that.” She is also launching Food Therapy, a party for up to ten friends in your home where you will cook, eat and discuss a topic of the group’s choosing, such as work or family. And, if that was not enough, Sharon plans to release her first trilogy of shorts. “My biggest challenge is taking ‘me time’ without the associated guilt women often feel when doing so. My advice is to carve out time in each day to experience joy however you define it. Do not deny yourself this. Plan and take vacations without fail. All batteries need recharging, even yours.” For more information about Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine and Spirits, visit nefetaris.com.

Brinda Pamulapati—Opening Your Mind, Heart and Soul Through Art When you walk into Brinda Pamulapati’s art gallery, Venvi, you are greeted by vibrant pieces of art hung on the walls and swaying from the ceiling. Intricate sculptures lure you into their meaning and architecture. You could get lost in the art for hours in this space. As an abstract artist, Brinda has developed an eye for curating the best pieces while creating a warm and inviting gallery for guests to explore and discuss art and its intrinsic value in our lives. Brinda was born and raised in India. “My childhood was full of art and extracurricular activities,” she said. “I was considered the artist of the school.” She spoke of her father’s encyclopedia, where during summer holidays she would read about the Renaissance and art. In addition to being the owner and art director of Venvi Art Gallery, Brinda is an online math faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University, a wife and mother of two sons. She received her bachelors and masters degree in mathematics from Florida State University while continuing her art. “Balancing the passion for my art, working as a faculty member and caring for my family is a team effort along with prioritizing and scheduling.” As a modern Renaissance woman, Brinda has brought her diverse passions together. “At one point all knowledge merges together. The laws of creation and math are not too different.” She explained, “On the real number line as you keep traveling from left or right, numbers change from negative to positive with zero being the center. Each individual is the center of his or her universe. The world changes to our understanding and perceptions. Similarly, when an object or scene is in the distance, we cannot see it clearly. So I blur the background. When the object is closer, it is more in focus and we can see more details. I compare this with number system in math and use these basic elements to create interest and surprise in my subject.” “The turning point in my artistic pursuits,” she said “was when I painted Buddha for a charity organization (Mothers Cry) in Jacksonville, Florida. This fanned my passion and the process of honing my skills.” She subsequently found a

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October-November 2016 Tallahassee Woman  

In this October-November 2016 edition of our annual issue “Women of Arts and Culture” we explore the meaning of “Renaissance” and how it app...

October-November 2016 Tallahassee Woman  

In this October-November 2016 edition of our annual issue “Women of Arts and Culture” we explore the meaning of “Renaissance” and how it app...

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