About Grit & Grace:
A few years ago at our mother/daughter book club, I had the pleasure of meeting Kristine Ellis, fellow mom and Hamilton firefighter. She dressed in her full gear, including ventilator. I had goosebumps as I watched these girls (and women!) take in Kristine and what it meant for her to be a firefighter. I immediately knew I wanted to photograph her. Shortly thereafter, I realized I wanted to make portraits of more women doing meaningful work and pursuing their passions.
The exhibit initially opened at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, in May of 2018. It is currently on display at the Children’s Piazza in Peabody, MA.
Tough to Tame: Grit & Grace: Portraits of Powerful Women
Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle: Grit and Grace: New Hamilton-Wenham library photo exhibit showcases women in workforce
Boston Voyager: Meet Tracey Westgate of Tracey Westgate Photography
The women of Grit & Grace include:
Erin Berrigan, Preschool Teacher, Christ Church
Becky Bishop Abbott, Owner, The Children’s Piazza
Anne Brainard, Owner/Founder, MOJO Coffee
Dr. Fiona Breslin, Emergency Room Doctor, Beverly Hospital
Diane Bucco, Wenham Town Clerk
Anjali Chitre, corporate attorney for John Hancock
Charae D’Ambra, Owner, The Children’s Piazza
Jan Dempsey, Director of Hamilton-Wenham Library
Kristine Ellis, Hamilton Firefighter
Roxana Frizzi, Concert Pianist and Piano Teacher
Nancy Henry, Founder and Owner, Garden Nana, local pet sitter
Katherine Hooper, Artistic Director of BoSoma Dance Company; Owner of BoSoma School of Dance
Lauren Kroesser, Owner and Chef, Honeycomb Bakery
Julie Lopes, Owner, Shirts Illustrated
Ariana McDonough, Senior Engineer Systems Engineering FATE (Future Affordable Turbine Engine) Program Lead, GE Aviation
Annika McKenna, Owner and Founder of Sea Salt Designs
Laura Studley, Yogi and Founder, The Village Oasis
Olivia Rugo, Fisheries Outreach Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries
Jessica Spong, Family Partner, Lahey Health Behavioral Services
Alison Standley, Bus Driver
Devan Tyack, Owner and Founder, Devan’s Canine and Equine Services; Board Member,Baby Bluebonnet Equine Rescue
Katie Vandi, Farmer, Meadowbrook Farms
Sergeant Karen Wallace, Hamilton Police Department
Melinda Walsh, Owner, Baker, and Barista at Postcard Coffee Company
Call for nominations!
As Grit & Grace grows, it is my desire to feature even more women, representing a wide variety of professions, passions, and communities. I am specifically interested in featuring more women of color.
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* While I would love to photograph every nominee, I can't make any guarantees about being involved in the project.