Wednesday, March 13, 1996

ArtSpirit, Corvallis, Oregon; Women's Art

"Incantation", 24"x 18", Pencil on Paper, 1995.

Women's Vision
, at the Corvallis Art Center, features work by women in a wide variety of media. Artists were invited to share their vision of the world around them--from the politically charged messages of equality and womanhood, to explorations of daily rituals such as reading the morning paper. The show is a strong reminder that art produced by women is both varied and rich.

This exhibit was the impetus for a two county celebration of women and their contributions to our world, also entitled, Women's Vision, coordinated by the Corvallis Arts Center/LBCA. A listing of related events to take place in March can be found on page 4.

Vision, was juried by Judy Howard of Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland. Howard's gallery is a prestigious showcase for West Coast artists. Howard holds a Masters degree in Arts Education from San Jose State University, and is a strong voice for continued arts education. In addition to being an educator, administrator, gallery owner, and designer, she is also a painter. Her work is represented throughout the country. She was appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission in 1983, and has recently completed her second term. She is active in the Oregon Advocates for the Arts, Rogue Gallery Board, and the Oregon Art Education Association Board.

Calyx: A Journal for Women, has selected pieces from this exhibit for publication in an upcoming journal. This selection will be announced at the March 13, artists reception, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Corvallis Arts Center along with additional awards. Calyx also will celebrate their 20th birthday during this reception. The public is welcome to attend.

Artists from all over North America sent hundreds of entries to be juried--underscoring the need for more opportunities such as this. In addition to work from the Pacific Northwest, many regions were represented.