WOMEN'S WORK ART EXHIBIT
Event Date: Through September 2
Location: Artport Gallery, Tallahassee Airport, Tallahassee, FL.
Women’s Work--on display at the Artport Gallery from June 26 - Sept. 2, 2013
This exhibition showcases the artwork of a group of eight talented and celebrated women. Mary Apple, Rosemary Ferguson, Nina Allen Freeman, Rene Lynch, Fran Mathis, Judith Nable, Vivian Sherlock and Pam Talley comprise a long standing collaborative, meeting regularly to support and nurture each other. They share ideas and advice much like the time honored tradition of the quilting bee which provided an opportunity for women to gather and socialize while expressing their artistic capacities.
In centuries past, the quilting bee was one of the few accepted social and political outlets for those who could not otherwise overtly express their opinions. Quilting bees also gave women a focused arena to discuss their creativity while exploring their purposes, thoughts, and experiences in producing their art. Though this particular group of women is primarily focused on painting, not quilting, the spirit of their meetings is much the same.
With insight, humor and honesty, these women discuss and critique each other's works in progress, offering suggestions and possible solutions to problems. They encourage risk taking and experimentation and share information about new materials and techniques.
Included in the Women’s Work exhibition are twenty three watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, each with a perspective and personality as unique as the woman who created it.
While each artist retains her individuality, the nature of this collaborative process strengthens not only their painting but their friendship as well.