Gallery Girls

 

We’d like to thank all of our talented artists for their participation. If you are interested in purchasing any of the featured art from the exhibit, browse the pieces below and contact the artist directly. 100% of the proceeds goes directly to the artist.

 

Monica Birakos

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Artist Statement:

‘Don’t Stop Me Know’ is an ode to female empowerment. The bold pink paint and glittery stripes clearly emphasize the feminine qualities of this piece. Pink has become such a powerful color this year given our current political climate and especially since the Women’s March. It feels as though we (women) have reclaimed it from just being considered a soft, girly color to being a strong statement of unity, empowerment and feminism. The title is inspired by the Queen song of the same name because women united are unstoppable.

The ‘Glass Ceiling’ is a piece inspired by that glass ceiling we have yet to shatter. Painting on the tray, a domestic object, references the very traditional roles women have been regulated to play throughout history as homemakers and/or housewives. Painting on such a confined space further emphasizes the desire to break through and not only crack the glass ceiling, but to eventually completely shatter it.


 

Myra Bryan

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Sarah Eakins

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Melinda Hagman

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Emily Heller

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Tess Israelson

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Nancy Johnson

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Artist Statement:

In my life I have experienced many obstacles and letting those experiences shine through my work I believe lets me express myself on a different level. I start out simply amusing myself with thinking up different scenarios and quite often collage images for pure fantasy sake. If it makes me smile and the energy feels good I usually go with it. I intentionally paint regular everyday things in unexpected ways.

My soft surreal narrative approach combined with realism lets me experiment with my unconventional quirky thought process. A good portion of my paintings are evolved when I let myself not worry what others may think. When I let the creative process take hold and run with me is when I feel the most alive.

I think quite often we hold ourselves to certain standards or behaviors that keep us from being our true selves. We restrain our instincts of what we desire and simply do what is expected from others. To bind our thought process, binds us from moving forward. Moving forward frees us to life’s pleasures.


 

Wendy Kubiak

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My little series of prints entitled “Creatures that Know” depicts a few elusive inhabitants of the subconscious mind. These are little spirit citizens, hailing from the domain which generates creativity, imagination, and intuition. My own sense of imagination is deeply connected to nature and the Earth, so these creatures represent that in their various aspects. As part of an all-women art and music show, these images are are meant to act as totems, embodying and honoring the hidden parts of ourselves that create, imagine, and believe in fantastical realities.


 

Shannon LeClair

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Valerie Lewis

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“Familiars”
This is a portrait of local violinist Amy Shrack. She plays in Brandon Floerke’s Stuffed Animal Baby.

“Origami”
This is a portrait of Cami, a girl covered in the tattoos of her favorite bands!


 

Heidi Moreno

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Artist Statement:

“No Silencio Girls”

This painting was inspired by my personal reminder to speak up when something is not right. Like many, sometimes I find it difficult to voice out my beliefs and point of view when the other person is aggressive and bullies. Coincidently it all occurred just before the Women’s March on January 21st earlier this year. This colorful painting is applicable to everyone for their every day life. It’s a reminder to speak your truth, and not let others bully you to do otherwise. I have sold printed copies of this piece to a number of women and most have told me that this piece has inspired them. It has become a piece of inspiration for women at a college campus in North Carolina who have experienced interpersonal violence and feel silenced by the aftermath of the trauma. My goal is to remind you that your voice is meant to be heard and you shouldn’t let the outside noise get to your heart.

“Suenos”

It is no secret that I am a dreamer. I carry many dreams, goals and passion for my art within me. The piece says “son mas que suenos” which translates to “they are more than dreams.”

Keep your head in the clouds and remember that it is not only a dream but very possible to accomplish.


 

Leanne Sargeant

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