Final Women Create Salon Set For Wednesday

It will soon be here: the last opportunity to learn more about some of the artwork that has been on exhibit this month at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery in Jamestown.

The final salon presented in conjunction with Women Create, the biennial juried exhibit of women’s art, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Giving brief talks about their work, interspersed with questions, answers, conversation and refreshments, will be Chautauqua County artists Deb Lanni of Stockton and Kathleen Tenpas of North Clymer. Joining them will be Emily Breedlove of Freeville and Ellen Paquette of Warren, Pa. who were originally scheduled for a Salon that was canceled due to the weather.

A professor and media arts program coordinator at Jamestown Community College, Lanni teaches photography, video and multimedia storytelling. She is committed to making images and telling stories that increase awareness of both the wonder of the natural world and the problems that face it. She believes that through the various communication art forms the artist can reach hearts and inspire change.

Lanni has three works on exhibit: “Lily Party,” a giclee print of composite digital images; “Man Ray, Sabbatier,” a solarized giclee print of digital image; and “Natura Feminina,” a split-toned giclee print from scanned, silver gelatin negative.

Kathleen Tenpas is displaying “Sunrise,” a photograph printed on handmade paper.

A lifetime farm resident with a master’s degree in creative writing: Poetry from the MacGregor School of Antioch University, Tenpas has been an artist in residence through the Arts in the Schools program of the Arts Council for Chautauqua County and a teacher of poetry in the special studies program of Chautauqua Institution. Most recently, she has given workshops at the Jamestown Audubon Society in natural dyes and leaf pounding and at the Write Around the Block summer Writers’ Workshop in Bemus Point.

Emily Breedlove is a junior at the State University at Fredonia, 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 currently 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.

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 and the salon 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.