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Women Take Issue

Opens: February 4th | 6:00PM

Closes: February 23rd | 5:00PM


Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm

Fridays 10am-10pm


General Admission: $1 entry donation

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Like women around the nation and across the globe, Patricia Anderson Turner of Charlotte Harbor, FL woke up four years ago to a reality that women’s voices were not being heard. Determined to change that, an idea began to form to find a platform where women could speak loudly and be heard clearly. Using art as this voice, Turner called on her friends, female artists of all media from many locations, to make pieces that express their concerns, their pride, and their history. “What rings our bells, what sounds our alarms? What causes us to sing? My passion and that of other female artists to challenge assumptions, to educate about heroines of history, and to celebrate women from around the world is why I conceived of this exhibition at this particular time,” said Turner. From each of their studios in multiple states from Florida to Ohio, the artists accepted Turner’s challenge to explore the slippery landscape of American politics, ownership of the female body, immigration, gun control, the accomplishments of women in history – any topic to which they wanted to give voice, perspective and context. Several of the artists will be present to greet visitors and discuss their work.  

“Women Take Issue” directly takes on the difficult issues that monopolize newsfeeds and dominate American and world politics and culture. The endless list of societal issues that plague our culture — school, church, and nightclub shootings, domestic violence, our nation’s history of racism, mistaken views and language used about women’s bodies – remain difficult to resolve. This exhibit confronts these issues, documents the artists’ views, asks the tough questions, and poses the hard conversations. This exhibit features the work of Patricia Anderson Turner of Charlotte Harbor, FL, Fran Gardner of Heath Springs, SC, and Beau Wild of Port Orange, FL. Using art quilts as her form, Turner boldly tackles issues such as immigration, gun control and racism. Gardner, who works in mixed media collage, uses the repeated image of the female body to speak to the rights of women to make decisions about their own bodies, lives and mental and physical health. Wild, a painter, speaks to the solidarity of women based on shared conditions, experiences and concerns. 

“The Female Spirit, All Fired Up and Stitched Down” will exhibit in the 2nd floor Capital Gallery and is a collaboration of ceramic sculpture and fiber art that focuses on women around the world. The essence of the exhibit is to convey the commonalities shared by women regardless of their heritage. This exhibit features the work of Linda Hoffmeister and Katty Smith, both of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Hoffmeister celebrates the “unknown women” through art quilts.

A nationally traveling collection featuring strong women throughout history will hang in the Conservatory Gallery and features quilts from the HerStory and the OurStory collections curated by Susanne Miller Jones and juried by Lies Elis and Cyndi Souder. This exhibition, which features 36 quilts, includes the stories of Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan and so many more. Along with the work, the exhibit features biographies of these important women. Visitors can use a cell number connection to hear the artists speak about their choices and techniques. This exhibit is educational and celebratory of the contributions of women throughout history and is featured in hardcover books published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

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