I’d like you to meet Jessica Sporn, a Shining Star* artist, activist, mother and a truly inspiring woman.
I first met Jessica when she served as the Director of a community theater (Gas Lamp Players) production of The Secret Garden in which my daughter, Chloe, starred as Mary Lennox, one the show’s lead characters. Turns out, she was more than just the show’s director. A talented performer with youthful Broadway aspirations, Jessica first performed in a Gas Lamp Players show in 1991, and was involved in some way in almost every show thereafter.
With no formal organization to speak of back then, Jessica, along with Jennifer Hutchinson, another Glen Ridge, NJ mom, began planting the seeds for what Gas Lamp Players would eventually become – a teaching organization focused on family and friends who share a love of the performing arts. Together they created a year-round program where children gain courage and confidence and learn about responsibility and team-work. Today, Gas Lamp produces year round main stage productions for both adults and children, and offers classes as well as children’s musical theater summer camp.
I was immediately taken with Jessica’s creative aura and her kindness. So it was no surprise when I learned that she was an artist with a stable of licensed designs and collections who regularly teaches mixed media art workshops. In addition to her blog, Jessica showcases her colorful, woman inspired designs on Society6, an online portal for hundreds of thousands of artists’ work around the world. Her original art is available in gallery quality framed & canvas prints, stationary, iPhone cases, t-shirts, pillows & totes.
Her designs really speak to me with their vivid colors, inspirations and affirmations:
I plan to get this one for Chloe’s birthday as she is a singer and dreams of being on Broadway just like Jessica!
This would make a wonderful gift for a new mother to be displayed in the nursery!
And for every little girl’s bedroom or playroom:
When she’s not in her studio, Jessica is practicing and teaching yoga, and is a 500 hour certified instructor!
This wonderful Woman Inspired 2015 Calendar will make a thoughtful and meaningful gift for the special women in your life with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the United Way:
Having found a statue of Ganesha along the shoreline during a sunset beach visit a few summers ago,
I’m partial to Jessica’s Hindu Deity stencils from StencilGirl Products that celebrate love, new beginnings, and new possibilities. Why not try and use these stencils to make your own custom color work of art:
(Pictured from left to right, Jessica’s prints available on Socitey6: Ganesha, Shiva & Krishna)
A former decorative painter, Jessica also has some beautifully detailed designs available via Aviv Judaica, and she was thrilled to have her designs featured on the company’s 2014 catalog of Hanukkah, bar/batmizvah and Jewish themed gifts:
I also admire Jessica’s colorful and energizing personal style as well as her confidence to be true to herself and her passions. But it is her compassion, generosity and commitment of service to others that really moves me. When I learned that her family was actively involved in building homes for the needy in Guatemala I was rightfully impressed.
Old Enough To Do Good In The World, a book written by Jessica’s daughter, Samy, is the story of how one 8 year old changed the lives of a Guatemalan family with a simple question to her parents: “Can’t we go somewhere and do good in the world?” Traveling to the Guatemalan highlands, she and her parents built a home for a poor Mayan family. Samy tells how this trip forever changed her life, and her view of the world around her. 100% of the proceeds of this book go to From Houses to Homes, the organization Samy traveled with.
When Jessica created an online artists auction in connection with the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls who were merely pursuing an education, I knew I wanted to participate. The auction, Artists For #BringBackOurGirls, directly benefited GirlsRising, an organization that uses the power of storytelling, leveraged through partnerships, to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies.
Yet another example of Jessica’s creative, woman inspired art and kind and giving heart! As Jessica’s Aviv Judaica Eishet Chayil “A Women of Valor” collection perfectly illustrates:
You can keep up with Jessica Sporn’s latest endeavors via her blog: JessicaSporn.blogspot.com
Do you know a Shining Star* who deserves to be featured on ALLURE DECOR? I’m always eager to hear about extraordinary people doing inspiring things…email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.