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
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."
"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
Saturday, March 3, 2007
YWCA gallery a beautiful spot for Women of Pendleton
BY SARA PEARCE | SPEARCE@ENQUIRER.COM
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.
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