Jamestown, Erie And Conneaut Artists Featured In Women Create Salon

On Wednesday, at the third of four related Women Create salons, visitors will have the opportunity to hear three very distinct artists give brief talks about their work, interspersed with questions, answers, and conversation.

From 7-9 p.m. in the 3rd on 3rd Gallery next to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown, the evening will feature Jodi Staniunas Hopper of Erie, Catherine Panebianco of Jamestown, and Sandy Shelenberger of Conneaut, Ohio.

An assistant professor of art at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Hopper is exploring gender roles in her art work. One of her two digital photo composites on display, “Not My First Rodeo,” is part of a series that references cowboy culture. Her other image is entitled “Shooting at Castles in the Air.”

While Panebianco describes herself as “a pet photographer who loves to take fun, personality-filled portraits,” she also takes images – both pet and personal work – that are shown in galleries, magazines and books. Her photograph in the exhibit is entitled “Seascape #3.”

Shelenberger is an award winning fiberartist and designer whose work has been widely exhibited and published. Two of her pieces were chosen for the prestigious Fiberart International 2013 in Pittsburgh. Her three works on display are “Fire in My Soul-Dance,” a fiberart/textile, and acrylic/collages “Masculine” and “Feminine.”

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 remaining 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.

For more information, visit www.womencreate.org.