Women Artists of Beacon Exhibit Opens March 1

Howland Cultural Center celebrates Women’s History Month

Sculpture by Insun Kim

Sculpture by Insun Kim

March is designated National Women’s History Month when the nation honors and gives recognition to the role of women as an important force in American history: in transforming culture, history and politics, and as leaders, writers, scientists, educators, historians, artists, and more.

Women struggled for generations seeking equality in all fields of endeavor. The arts were no exception as women artists continued to be rejected by the male dominated art world. Many women artists resorted to using a male “nom de plume” in order to have their work accepted. This dilemma inspired a group of five women to organize an organization in 1889, which would promote high standards for women artists and provide them with the opportunity to exhibit their work.

The Cosmic Serpent" by Maria Largo

The Cosmic Serpent” by Maria Largo

The Howland Cultural Center joins again in this celebration with an exhibition of 20 Women Artists of Beacon: Carol Barnstead, Stephanie Fogarty, Anne C. Forman, Mary Ann Glass, Charlotte Guernsey, Meredith Heuer, Gwenno James, Insun Kim, Helen Lang, Maria Lago, Jill Losee, Basha Maryanska, Michelle May, Charlene Moore, Janet Ruhe-Schoen, Tinya Seeger, Robyn Tauss, Susan Richter Todd, Kate Vikstrom, and Jane Warner. The artists offer a variety of artwork featuring paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fabric art, and print-making.

The exhibition opens Saturday, March 1, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. and shows through March 30. Hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, except March 16 and March 30 as the gallery is closed when the Howland Chamber Music Circle presents concerts. Call 845-831-4988. The Howland Cultural Center is located at 477 Main St., Beacon.

Images courtesy Women Artists of Beacon


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