Twin sisters from the Washington area have created a charitable event to observe the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Washington, DC, and New York City. The sisters are Sherry Burton Ways, Principal of Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC, and Sharon J. Burton, CEO of Authentic Contemporary Art. Co-sponsoring the event with the sisters is East City Art.

 The event, “Savoring the Art of Peace” Wine Tasting Fundraiser, will take place  from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2011, at SOVA Espresso & Wine Bar, 1359 H. Street, N.E., Washington, DC 202-397-3080. Website: The cost per person is $55.Thefirst 25 patrons will receive a complimentary gift.

 he event benefits Peace x Peace and Empowered Women International. Patricia Smith Melton, founder of PeacexPeace, will have available for purchase and sign copies of her book, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices, which carries the voices of 30 Israeli women and 30 Palestinian women who share their wisdom, experiences, points of view, wounds and joys. Attendees can sample up to three regional wines and gourmet cheeses. Maryland artist Nadia Janjua will feature her work in a silent auction and of LEA, a DC-based singer and song writer, will provide entertainment with her acoustic guitar.

“Both Empowered Women International and Peace x Peace have demonstrated a solid commitment to support women in economic development and serve as a catalyst to promote peace and global understanding,” says Burton. “Through this event, we want to increase support for and promote the outstanding contributions that both organizations are making for women in our community as well as around the world.”

About the Two Sisters

Sherry Burton Ways ( has been designing in DC since 2004. With a studio at 1341 H Street NE in Washington, Ways focuses on designing interiors that promote health and well-being, using principles of color therapy, Feng Shui and eco-friendly design. She also helps clients with real estate staging, accessorizing and special events decorating. Ways was chosen as one of Home & Design’s  2011 Top 100 Designers in the Washington, D.C., Region. Ways serves on the Board of PeacexPeace (

Sharon J. Burton ( founded *Authentic Contemporary Art (ACA), a division of SJB Creative Ventures, LLC in 2005 as an alternative source for emerging contemporary art. Based in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area, ACA creates opportunities for art collectors and emerging contemporary artists to connect through juried art exhibitions. ACA also provides opportunities for individuals who are interested in visual art to learn more about collecting and conserving art through workshops, gallery visits and special events. Burton is an Advisory Board Member of Empowered Women International (

About PeacexPeace

PeaceXPeace began in 2002 when Patricia Smith Melton, a poet, playwright, film maker, and photographer, gathered six experts in peace and women’s rights from around the world to discuss how they might respond as women to the violence of 9/11/2001. The organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to connect women internationally to build peace. It launched a website and an online news service and began connecting women across geographic and cultural divides, via the Internet. The expanding PeacexPace community includes women and men in more than 100 nations.

 About Empowered Women International

Empowered Women International (EWI) creates economic, market, and career opportunities for low-income immigrant and refugee women and seeks to raise awareness and increase appreciation for the cultural contributions that immigrant and refugee women and their families make to our country. Members of EWI also believe in the extraordinary power of the arts as a unifying language of communication and multicultural understanding and as a vehicle of integration for newcomers.

 About Patricia Smith Melton

 Author Patricia Smith Melton brings the power of women’s wisdom into a world of need and violent conflict.  She first met with Israeli and Palestinian women in 2004 as founder and executive director of Peace X Peace, which weaves a network of internet-based communication for all women of the world.  A poet, playwright, and former entrepreneur, Smith Melton co-founded one of the earliest social networking programs, the Melton International Education Foundation, connecting students in Chile, China, Germany, India and the US.

 About *Featured Artist: Nadia Janjua*

 adia Janjua is a practicing Architect and professional Artist based in the Washington, D.C. area, working under the business name NJARTitecture. Born to Kashmiri-Pakistani parents, Janjua grew up in the forested mountains of Western Maryland with her three siblings, strongly influenced by the solitude and beauty of her natural surroundings. She started drawing before she could write, and she started painting with oils in adolescence. Over the past15 years, she has explored different paint mediums, photography, graphic design, ceramics, and printmaking, eventually spending the majority of her time on nurturing her painting ability. Janjua has been exhibiting her work professionally since 2002 throughout the United States, and more recently, internationally. For more information visit her website at

 About LEA

Fans and friends so often compare LEA’s sound to greats like Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell that it seems a good starting point to describe her music. There are also shades of India.Arie, Ani DiFranco and Bonnie Raitt in her singing, writing and guitar playing. By infusing elements of Jazz, Country, Gospel & R&B into contemporary Folk, LEA creates a sound that is all her own.

 LEA’s music is enjoyed by a variety of audiences who share an appreciation for pure, engaging vocalization, expressive guitar style, intelligent lyrics and skillful song craft. Those audiences include presenters at arts centers, universities, festivals, coffeehouses, nightclubs, vineyards, churches and house concerts in the US and Europe. LEA has released 7 full-length CDS and has been repeatedly acknowledged by the Washington Area Music Association as one of the area’s Best Female Vocalist, Recording Artists and Songwriters. Visit LEA’s website at .

 About East City Art

In January 2010, East City Art, a visual arts portal was launched to document the growing contemporary art movement in the eastern communities of Washington, DC (Capital Hill, Northeast, Southeast, and the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, Maryland). Visit East City Art at


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