Women Create Salon Featuring Three Varied Artists

Three artists from different areas with three very different styles and perspectives will participate in the Women Create Salon on Wednesday.

The event is the second of four salons featuring artists whose works are on display at the biennial juried exhibit of women’s art. The salons are from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in March at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery next to Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown.

On Wednesday, Emily Breedlove of Ithaca’s nearby Freeville, N.Y., Christy Johnson of Panama, and Ellen Paquette of Warren will give brief talks about their work, interspersed with questions, answers and conversation.

A junior at the State University at Fredonia, Breedlove is working toward her bachelor’s degree with a concentration in sculpture and a minor in museum studies with a concentration in art history. She is part of the creative team producing bronze sculptures that will be placed in Fredonia in conjunction with a walking tour.

Her work on display is called “Tufts” and is composed of hair, thread, and monofilament.

Johnson is exhibiting three of her works: a digital photo collage entitled “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark”; “Duality,” a digital painting on paper; and a digital collage/painting on canvas, “Bitter Black Heart Medusa.”

“I first fell in love with black and white photography many years ago as a shy high school student,” she said. “It quickly became my avenue for self-expression and ignited a passion in me that has never dwindled.”

A professional harpist as well as a professional artist, Ellen Paquette is exhibiting “Principessa Lontra,” an acrylic on panel, and “Bunnunciation,” an acrylic on paper. Both are examples of how her paintings manifest her love for animals and Renaissance art.

Gallery hours for Women Create are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through March 28. Private viewings may be scheduled by calling 664-2465, ext. 227. Both the exhibit featuring 34 artists and the Wednesday evening salons are open to the public and free of charge.

Women Create will close on SWAN Day, Saturday, March 29. 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, a community-minded, volunteer-run initiative to support and celebrate women artists by mounting a juried exhibit every other year.

Women Create is presented in cooperation with the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, and Quick Solutions. The salons are sponsored by Forbici Hair Design on Foote Avenue Extension in Jamestown.

For more information, visit www.womencreate.org.