On Wednesday evening, May 11, the final of four salons will spotlight artists whose works are on display at Women Create, the biennial juried exhibit of women’s art in downtown Jamestown. Presenters Tara Eastman of Jamestown and Jennifer Miller of Westons Mills, New York, will join Thomas-Yerace in giving brief talks about their work, interspersed with questions, answers, and conversation.
Also marking the closing of the exhibit, the 7-9 p.m. event is at the Dykeman-Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium, 100 East Second Street.
Gallery hours until the closing are 1-7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. The exhibit, featuring the works of 46 artists, and the salon are free and open to the public. All pieces are for sale.
Barbara Thomas-Yerace is showing two works of hand blown glass, driftwood and wire: “The Gatherer” and “Her Burning Desire.” After receiving a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Thomas-Yerace did post-graduate studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus. She continued her education in glass at Pilchuck School of Glass, Penland School of Crafts, Corning Museum of Glass, and Sonoran Glass School. She is inspired by nature and wildlife as well as glass itself, as it can be blown, cast in molds, and shaped with many different techniques.
Jennifer Miller has two acrylic on wood paintings on display, “The Forests’ Benefaction,” of a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, and “Above and Below.” The latter, of a pair of ruddy ducks, was used to create the companion image on the 2015-2016 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. Miller is the third and youngest woman to win the Federal Duck Stamp competition since it began in 1934. Along with her artistic pursuits that include illustration, sculpture, and crafting hand-made jewelry with precious metals and gems, the self-taught artist is active in conservation and paints endangered species to raise awareness.
Tara Eastman is exhibiting her acrylic painting, “Lucky Bamboo.” Eastman, who completed her theological studies at Wartburg Theological Seminary, combines her love of ministry with her love of the visual arts in numerous projects, both in Western New York and nationally. She has lead several mural projects as a Teaching Artist for the Arts Council of Chautauqua County. She was also the Artist-in-Residence and member of the faculty at the 2013 Forums on Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the Artist-in-Residence and workshop presenter at the 2012 Inhabit Conference in Seattle.
The closing salon is sponsored by Warrin’ Wrecking Dolls, a member-operated all-women’s roller derby league in Western Pennsylvania. WWD plays competitive roller derby under the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association guidelines. To learn more about this group that includes one of the Women Create artists, visit www.northshoreartsalliance.com.
Women Create has a special opportunity for Girl Scouts and other interested young people. A limited number of Art Gallery patches will be available for $3 each to those who complete at least four patch activities listed on a card.
Women Create is a community-minded, volunteer-run initiative to support and celebrate women artists by mounting a juried exhibit every other year. Artist Audrey Dowling, owner and operator of the Portage Hill Gallery in Westfield, New York, juried the show. Internationally exhibited artist, curator and educator Debra Eck and photographer and blogger Jennifer Schlick are creative directors. They are assisted by mixed media artist Katherine Turnquist.
From 5-6:30 p.m. immediately preceding the salon, the Juror’s and Founders’ Show will be open at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery, adjacent to the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, 116 East Third Street, Jamestown. The artwork of Dowling, Eck, Schlick, and Turnquist is on display there Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through May 11. For more information, visit www.reglenna.com/content/3rd-3rd-gallery-events.
To learn more about Women Create, visit www.womencreate.org.