ALLIANCE – The impact of the âWomen of Resilienceâ art exhibition is immediate.
On display at the Sally Otto Art Gallery at Mount Union University, the collective work of over 20 women is diverse and vibrant in its traditional and non-traditional forms.
The piercing eyes of a female athlete gaze back, the woman engulfed in a sea of ââfiery reds, her fingernails a similar shade.
A mixed media assembly consists of power adapters, cords, plugs, and intertwined accessories.
Another piece features portraits of influential and iconic women on paper tea bags attached to silk: Anne Frank, Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Gloria Steinhem, Helen Keller, Greta Thunberg, Sandra Day O’Connor and others.
Another image is reminiscent of a golden hued beach and a silhouette lifted from the surface.
Cool grays and blues represent a mother and child hospital bed scene.
Together they include an artistic voice, painting, sculpting, creating and exploring themes of personal empowerment, overcoming barriers, the ability to recover, acts of strength and resistance, and healing of the world and of ourselves.
The exhibition “Women of Resilience”, which is part of a local and national celebration of the centenary of women’s suffrage, is on display until September 29 at the Sally Otto art gallery of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts on the street. West Simpson on Mount Union. campus at Alliance.
Featured County Stark Artists
The commissioners are Priscilla Roggenkamp, ââJudith Sterling and Patricia O’Neill. The trio also exhibits artwork for âWomen of Resilienceâ.
About 25 artists, from inside and outside Stark County, have created works through paint, clay, jewelry, fabrics, mixed media, and other materials.
Artists in the exhibition also include Clare Murray Adams, Ruthie Akuchie, Kathleen Browne, Heather Bullach, Sarah Curry, Annette Yoho Feltes, J. Leigh Garcia, Laura Kolinski-Schultz, Charmaine Lurch, Sarah McMahon, Michelle Mulligan, Mary Kaye O ‘Neill, Cynthia Petry, Gail Trunick, Michele Waalkes, Gwen Waight, Jo Westfall, Gail Wetherell Sack, Laurel Winters and Kiana Zigler.
“Hard as nails”
Some of the captivating works include “Tough as Nails” by Murray Adams.
Showcasing 24 portraits, the piece is accompanied by a sculptural torso, which is carved into the chest and filled with rusty nails and other rusty hardware.
“The portraits hang from rusty washers whose rust has seeped into the portraits, creating stains and a patina that I hope represent both struggle and strength,” said Murray Adams, a 71-year-old freelance artist and workshop instructor.
She took the title from a phrase used by her mother “to describe someone or something that had a lot of ‘metal’ or strength, so the torso piece in its inner core of metal / strength is how I interpreted, ‘resilience’. “
The portraits are both women and girls of various ethnicities, ages, origins and backgrounds, said Murray Adams, a Canton alumnus.
âSome are easily recognizable for their accomplishments, others might be new to the viewer as they were to me,â added the Trumbull County resident. “I wanted to convey both the achievements women have made since winning the vote, as well as the ongoing struggles women still face today.”
Being in the exhibit has been rewarding and rewarding, said Murray Adams.
âI felt a responsibility as well as a sense of pride to be included in this group of very strong women artists,â she said. “I met new artists and admired their take on the theme and saw how artists I knew the work of expand their techniques and materials.”
For her contribution, titled “Balancing Act”, Waalkes used steel, a medium which she said is “not generally associated with women, to symbolize strength, gently bending it to show off the streamlined curves of a woman’s dress.
âThe position of the sculpture illustrates the gracious strength that is required in the balance of women throughout history,â said Waalkes, 53, of Canton.
The artist said she drew on her own experience.
âI felt the weight trying to balance the many responsibilities of being a woman, especially the mental load of multitasking and dealing with multiple priorities that typically fall on women,â said Waalkes, director of ‘Artful Living and Learning, a preschool arts school. Immersion program in County Stark.
Waalkes said she was honored to be part of an exhibit celebrating the anniversary of women’s suffrage.
“This is the first time that I have participated in an all-female exhibition, and I hope it is not the last,” she said, complimenting the curators. âThe scope and diversity of approaches to the concept of women’s resilience were wonderfully broad and thoughtful, creating such an inspiring exhibition. ”
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