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2007 Exhibits

The Dance of the Painting

Revisiting Tiger Lily

Spring Fling

The Women of Pendleton

  • The Dance of the Painting:  Lyrical Color on Canvas by Kay Muir, Sept. 14, 2007- Jan. 11, 2008     
  • Revisiting Tiger Lily: The YWCA Women's Art Gallery's Connection to Cincinnati Printmakers 1978-2007 , June 15, 2007 - September 2007, Carola Bell, Judy DiMuzio, Joan Effertz, Rick Finn, Elizabeth Foley, April Foster, Theresa Gates, Kuhr Saad Ghosn, Julie Knepfle, Mary Mark, Elaine M. Zumeta, Susan Naylor, Kim Shifflet, Sherry Sicking, Carla Trujillo, Carole Winters, Barb Young, Leslie Shiels, Joyse Howe, Mary Ann Butkovich, Louanne Elliott, Eugenie Goggin
  • Spring Fling!  Flirting with Femininity, April 13 - June 8, 2007, Trelan Leigh Jones, Jennifer Feld, Jennifer Bortz Schneider 
  • The Women of Pendleton, January 19th - April 4th, 2007, Nelle Ferrara, Karen Heyl, Kay Hurley, Terri Kern, Paula Wiggins

    The Dance of the Painting:  Lyrical Color on Canvas by Kay Muir

    September 14th, 2007 - January 11, 2008


     The Dove Has Torn Her Wing- 1968



    Kay Muir

    The YWCA Women's Art Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective of paintings by Cincinnati legendary artist, Kay Muir.  Well into her nineties, Kay continues to paint and says this of her work:

    Color creates the atmosphere; I strive for a lyrical sense of color on the canvas.  In painting, some of the mysteries and joyfulness of the dance of life unfold.  My paintings must surprise me, they must show me a world I've never seen.  I want my paintings to be somewhat elusive and the rhythms to be invented as I go.  The eye should dance on the canvas...

    During the past forty years, Kay Muir's work has been shown in numerous group and one-woman shoes and included in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, and private collections in the U.S. and Canada.  She was represented by Closson's of Cincinnati.

    Special Exhibit Event:

    YWCA Women's Art Gallery in collaboration with Women Writing for (a) Change present an evening of

    Conversations:  Celebrating Mysteries & Joys of Growing Older Read-Around

    Friday, January 11th, 2008
    6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Honoring the paintings of Kay Muir and the words of writers from Women Writing for (a) Change.

     Revisiting Tiger Lily
    The YWCA Women's Art Gallery's
    Connection to Cincinnati Printmakers 1978-2007

    June 15 - September 2007


     Mary Mark

     Joan Effertz

     Mary Mark

     "La Casa Gialla"

     "One and the Same"

     "A Question of Survival"

    Tiger Lily Press was born in 1978 as part of the YWCA Women's Art Center. The press attracted a number of serious intaglio printmakers and was the only facility of its kind in the state of Ohio. When the downtown YWCA building underwent renovation in 1983, the press was sold to Mary Mark and moved to Fourth Street. In 1985 it was donated to the Art Academy of Cincinnati, moving to Mount Adams. From there, Tiger Lily returned downtown to Cincinnati Recreation's Butterfield Center, and now resides in Dunham Center on the West Side where it still thrives.

    The exhibit "Revisiting Tiger Lily" brings together printmakers who have contributed to the history of the press from 1978 to present - many notable regional artists whose various styles, and printmaking finesse upholds the YWCA Women's Art Gallery spirit by empowering artists and embracing their creativity and artistic pursuits.

    Tiger Lily Artists

     Carola Bell    Judy DiMuzio   Joan Effertz
     Rick Finn  Elizabeth Foley  April Foster
     Theresa Gates  Kuhr Saad Ghosn   Julie Knepfle
     Mary Mark   Elaine M. Zumeta   Susan Naylor
     Kim Shifflet   Sherry Sicking  Carla Trujillo
     Carole Winters  Barb Young   Leslie Shiels
     Joyce Howe   Mary Ann Butkovich   Louanne Elliott
                     Eugenie Goggin             

    April 13 - June 8, 2007

    Trelan Leigh Jones

    "Girl Power is a phrase that I use to describe these works, celebrating woman's identity, sexual desire, size, and free will to be glamorous and respected.  The work is sassy.  I paint pastel-colored, curvaceous girls with glittered, pouty lips.  Exaggerating proportions, i.e., large hips, oversized heads, I give each figure the positive connotation of strength."

    Jennifer Feld

    "These pieces began as studies in my sketchbook and with encouragement, I began to explore them on a larger scale.  They begin with a curiosity in layering, including images from photographs, magazines, text, and drawing and painting.  The resulting collages aer a combination of symbolish, feminism, self-exploration, and self portraiture."

    Jennifer Bortz Schneider

    "The fragmented order of memory and time is the point where I start my mixed media pieces.  I gather objects, images and text from my daily life and combine them with handmade paper and printed elements.  My family's rich history of quiltmaking inspires the hand stitching on these artworks."

    This exhibit has been underwritten by Strauss & Troy, L.P.A.

    The Women of Pendleton

    January 19th - April 4th, 2007

    Nelle Ferrara



















    Karen Heyl

     Leaf Scroll










    Kay Hurley



     My Over the Rhine

     The Last Turn












    Terri Kern


     Spinal Tree












    Paula Wiggins


     Town in the Mountains










    Saturday, March 3, 2007

    YWCA gallery a beautiful spot for Women of Pendleton


    The Women's Art Gallery at the Greater Cincinnati YWCA is aglow with splashy abstracts, radiant landscapes, bold ceramics and sensual sculptures.

    There is a certain panache to the work in The Women of Pendleton, the current exhibition. It is confident, joyful and unabashedly feminine.

    At a time when the art world is abuzz about women artists and feminist art - major exhibits of feminist art open this month at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art and the Brooklyn Museum - it doesn't hurt to remind ourselves that Cincinnati has a gallery solely devoted to women artists.

    That it would be housed at the YWCA, whose core mission includes empowering women, is no surprise. What is unexpected is that a gallery wedged into what's essentially office space, would mount an ambitious schedule of exhibits, the skill with which they are displayed and the consistently high quality of the art.

    On top of that is the beauty of the space. A wide staircase with an ornate, iron and brass rail leads to a gallery brightly lit by brass chandeliers and track lights set below wide, coped molding. The white-and-black tile floor gleams. The high white walls look freshly painted.

    It's the flip side of the notion that being a feminist means dressing down.

    While many of the exhibits have tackled women's issues such as self-esteem and domestic violence head on, this is not one of those.

    Yet there are subtle messages to be found.

    Lessons about living in harmony with the natural world echo through Kay Hurley's dreamy, soft landscapes and Karen Heyl's curving limestone and alabaster sculptures of plants and animals.

    Internal dialogues and external emotions are encapsulated within Paula Wiggins' energetic mixed media abstracts.

    Fairy tales, such an important part of girls' lives, are reinterpreted in Terri Kern's sharply etched and brilliantly colored clay tiles, vessels, plates and sculptures.

    And the desire to slap on the lipstick, roll on the mascara and snap on the earrings is celebrated in Nelle Ferrara's dolled-up cubist portraits of women.

    Copyright 2007, Enquirer.com

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