Women Create Artworks Selected For Next Month’s Exhibit

From more than 165 submissions, the works of 34 artists have been selected for Women Create, the biennial juried exhibit of women’s art in Jamestown.

With a wide range of art and fine crafts in a variety of media, the March 1-29 event will feature the work of local and regional women, with the preponderance of artists coming from throughout Western New York.

These include: Jenny Brown, Lakewood; Lucille Bryant, Brocton; Karen Carlton, Orchard Park; Anne Conroy-Baiter and Kim Mehta, Allegany; Audrey Kay Dowling, Westfield; Debra Eck, Ashely Ordines, Catherine Panebianco, Jennifer Schlick and Madeline Schlick, Jamestown; Carolyn Grady and Margaret Urban, Fredonia; Theresa Heinz, Cuba; Christy Johnson, Panama; Corinne Kahanic and Katherine Turnquist, Ashville; Heather Kanazawa, Kennedy; Medis Kent, Findley Lake; Deborah Lanni, Stockton; Marilyn Martin, Gerry; Leslie Mathis, Chautauqua; Ann Parker, Machias; Renee Pye, Bemus Point; Gina Sacino, Rochester; and Kathleen Tenpas, Panama.

Artist Emily Breedlove is from Freeville, just east of Ithaca. Diane DeLarme is from Clarendon, Heather Mencer from North East, Ellen Paquette from Warren, and Toni Kelly, Jodi Staniunas Hopper and Alison Stinely are from Erie, Pennsylvania. Sandy Shelenberger is from Conneaut, Ohio.

Women Create is a community-minded, volunteer-run initiative to support and celebrate women artists by mounting a juried exhibit every other year.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be on Saturday, March 1, at Jamestown’s 3rd On 3rd Gallery, 116 E. Third St., adjacent to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. It will close on SWAN Day, March 29. A series of salons and other related activities will take place in the gallery throughout the month of March.

SWAN Day, which stands for Support Women Artists Now, is an annual event held on the last Saturday in March, Women’s History Month. First celebrated in 2008, it is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity.

Artist and instructor Debra Eck and photographer Jennifer Schlick are creative directors for Women Create, which is presented in cooperation with the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

For more information, visit www.womencreate.org.