Friday: Les Femmes Folles: WV!
I’m so very excited for the LES FEMMES FOLLES: WEST VIRGINIA exhibit opening at Monongalia Art Center this Friday March 7 (show runs thru April 5)!! It came together so quickly and everyone has been awesome getting it together. Here’s a sneak peak at the ten stellar artists who will be exhibiting in celebration of Women’s History Month (and just their general awesomeness!):
Julia in her studio, will be exhibiting two mixed media drawings.
Julia Cahill (LFF July 5, 2013) is an artist living near Pittsburgh, PA where she was born and raised and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work ranges from video performance to painting and critiques social issues that she finds prevalent in her life on a daily basis. Her recent works explore the sexual imagery and exploitation of the female body in media today. She uses exaggeration and satire to make rather uncomfortable topics more approachable and engaging for her audience. Julzcah.com
Betsy Cox’ ceramic “Mother”
Betsy Cox (LFF Sept. 14, 2013) is a native of Glen Dale, WV where she operates and maintains her studio, Echo Valley Pottery. Her works are primarily pit-fired, Raku, Horsehair, saggar fired, Wood-fired pottery and traditional glazed pottery. Betsy is a Member of Artworks, the WV Craftsman’s Guild, Charter member of the American Potter’s Council, NCECA Member, and member of the American Ceramics Society. Her work is featured at Tamarack, Artworks Around Town and numerous galleries and shops in the Pittsburgh area. Betsy’s work has been featured in Sterling Publishing Books, 500 Tiles, 500 Raku and various magazines and calendars. Her works have been exhibited and honored in many area and international venues. echovalleypottery.com
"Being a Woman Artist," acrylic and ink on board, Sally Deskins with excerpted quote by Wanda Ewing
Sally Deskins (Founding Editor of LFF) is an artist and writer, focusing on women and feminist writers and artists, including herself. Her art has been exhibited in galleries in Omaha, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago; and has been published in publications such as Certain Circuits, Weave Magazine, Her Kind: A blog by VIDA Women in Literary Arts, Vagina, CLAP, Wild Women Rising and Whitefish Review. She has curated various solo and group exhibitions, readings and performances centered on women’s perspective and the body. Her writing has been published internationally in journals such as Stirring, Prick of the Spindle, Bookslut and Bitch. She edits the online journal Les Femmes Folles, has published two anthologies of art and writing and her first illustrated book Intimates & Fools, with poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, came out in 2014. Femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com, Sallydeskins.tumblr.com
"Corazon," mixed media by Claudia Giannini
Claudia Giannini (LFF Oct. 14, 2013) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University and studied art history and museum education at Penn State, graduating with a Masters in Education in 1981. She has worked in the museum field, including at the Smithsonian, the Birmingham Museum of Art and The Carnegie Museum of Art. She currently works at the Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art in Pittsburgh. Claudia received her Master of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University in 1999, with specialization in printmaking and photography. She has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts and participated in a residency at Artists Image Resource in Pittsburgh sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The work she created there was included in an exhibition that traveled throughout the Mid Atlantic region in 2004/2005. Claudia has exhibited her work widely, including at SOHO20 Gallery in New York, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, the Buckham Gallery in Michigan, the Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as throughout West Virginia. She contributed 13 images to a book, Field Notes from Grief, with text by Judith Stitzel, published in 2012. Her work combines photographic and printmaking techniques, along with other media such as wax, collage, and handmade paper, to create images that explore our connection to the natural world and the universal search for spiritual meaning.
"Between the Lines," mixed media by Bonnie Gloris
Bonnie Gloris (LFF June 19, 2013) is a visual artist, illustrator, and independent curator, originally from Albany, NY. She earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design (NYC) and is now a graduate student in the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA). She is currently the Visual Programming Manager for Future Tenant art space in downtown Pittsburgh. Gloris has participated in group and solo art shows across the country. Since her recent move to Pittsburgh, she’s had a solo exhibition at Artisan Tattoo/Gallery, and was selected by Pittsburgh City Paper to design a newspaper box as part of a public art initiative, revealed at the 2013 Best Of Pittsburgh party. Bonnie has been interviewed on the Les Femmes Folles blog and her work appears in the 2014 LFF calendar. She’s looking forward to another great project among the talented women of Les Femmes Folles. bonnieglorisfineart.com
"Spirits on Cloth," by Jane Ogren
Jane Ogren (LFF Oct. 10, 2013) is a native Pennsylvanian. She has lived the last forty years in the Pittsburgh area. Jane graduated from Edinboro University of PA with a B.S. in art education and an M.Ed from Indiana University of PA. She taught art in several Pittsburgh suburban schools. Her teaching assignments have put her in the drawing, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, and sculpture studios. Jane also taught Advanced Placement Art. In her studio Jane is now concentrating on her fiber art, working in both 2 and 3 dimensions. Her work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally. Locally, Jane’s artwork has been exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, SAMA at Ligonier Valley, the Erie Museum of Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Lancaster Museum of Art, the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, the Society of Contemporary Craft and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Her artwork has also been included in gallery exhibits in Louisiana, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Internationally her fiber art has been shown in both Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, Birmingham, England, Kherson, Ukraine, and in Xalapa, Mexico. Jane’s artwork has been recently featured in the book 1000 Artisan Textiles and her artwork will soon be published in the book PatternBase. She has been working with traditional and contemporary fiber materials for many years as a professional artist. Jane enjoys the evolution of her work as she problem solves through the entire process deciding on color, texture and design. Remembering where she has been and then looking forward to exploring new ideas keeps her work ever evolving. Jane continues to enjoy creating her art work and volunteering in the art community. She is a member and a past president of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, a member and past Board member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (now a Board member Emeritus), and previously was the Northeast representative for the Surface Design Association. Jane is also an honorary member of the World Textile Art Organization. www.janeogren.com
Other exhibiting artists include:
Originally from south Mississippi, Breanne Holden (LFF Feb. 20, 2014) is an artist currently living in Morgantown, West Virginia. The majority of her work consists of paintings and drawings done in whatever medium she can get her hands on—mostly watercolor, acrylic, or ink. Although the themes in her work can vary from whimsical and light to a more serious and critical exploration of social and cultural issues, she is always inspired by color and aims to represent her ideas through the usage of intense color. Her work can be found in various galleries, as well as online at Etsy and Behance, and some pieces are also currently on display at Table 9 in Morgantown. She has recently had work featured in Bohemia Journal, an online publication showcasing Southern artists and writers.
Charlotte Ka is originally from a small village called Crestas Terrace, twelve miles east of Pittsburgh; a beautiful northern town perched high on our Pennsylvania Hills, with Southern sensibilities. The original inhabitants were comprised of people who had come north to escape the burdens of the south and to work in the Steel mills and other factories. Both her father and grandfather worked in those mills. Her mother was a beautician. She left Crestas Terrace for New York to study art at The Cooper Union for the advancement of Science and Art. She was in New York during the Black Revolution of the 60’s and was inspired by that period of defiance, “Black Power” and the adoption of the culture of the Motherland, Africa. She immersed herself in a new lifestyle that included her African American and African heritages and loved the innovation of the free Jazz and went to the Five Spot to hear Mingus and to Slugs on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to hear wonderful jazz musicians such as Miles, Lee Morgan, Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Beaver Harris and Archie Sheep and has been inspired ever since. She was a member of “Where We At” Black Women Artists and was deeply inspired by them and the Weusi Artists the National Conference of Artists and Afri -Cobra. She returned to Pittsburgh in 1971 to attend Carnegie Mellon University, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking and painting. She opened Jade /gallery and showed Pittsburgh artists as well as Adgar Cowans, a NYC photographer. In 1981, she moved back to New York and worked as an art educator for the New York City Board of Education. In 1994 she received a Coca Cola fellowship to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art and received MFA in painting in 1998. She was awarded a fellowship in Painting from New York Foundation for the Arts and a MS in Art Supervision from Bank Street College and Parsons University. Currently she resides in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn, NY. She serves on the board of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and is a member of the Ujaama Womens Cooperative. She has traveled and exhibited extensively - Kenkeleba, Mocada, The Schomberg, Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and the Ivory Coast), Cuba, Jamaica, Rio, various galleries in New York City, in Pittsburgh, at the August Wilson Center and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and in Dallas in an exhibition honoring Mahalia Jackson, which traveled from the Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana. In October she was featured in the Sweetwater Gallery in Sewickley, Pa in the “Tending Our Mothers‘ Gardens Exhibition.”
Sharon Lyn Stackpole (LFF March 13, 2013) is an artist, writer, illustrator, poet and native of West Virginia who studied art history and painting at Fairmont State and West Virginia University. A writer for Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, former award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist, both her writing and artwork is also collected and published internationally. Her artwork can be found throughout her home state at The Purple Moon in Charleston, WV and the Appalachian Gallery in Morgantown, WV. She is a member of the Global Arts League and an active participant in the Sketchbook Project community based in Brooklyn, NY. For more information, visit her website at sharonlyn.com.
Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune (LFF July 31, 2013) is a 2001 graduate of The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York and a 2005 graduate of West Virginia University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, a Master of Fine Art in Painting, and a WV Pre-K through Adult Teaching Certificate. She has directed the WVU Young People’s Saturday Art Studio and instructed at the summer ArtSmarts program at Fairmont State University. As President-Elect, Yerdon LeJeune is an active member of the West Virginia Art Education Association and coordinated their annual conference in 2012. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Fairmont State University where she teaches Art Education, senior Capstone Experience, and freshman two-dimensional design courses in the School of Fine Arts.
…And come back for the special event March 25, 6pm, a reading with LFF Books’ Intimates and Fools’ author Laura Madeline Wiseman!! Also featuring readings with a piece by Kaya Stitzhal read by her grandmother, Judith Gold Stitzel; and area poets Marjorie Fuller, Kayla Sargeson and Bernadette Ulsamer.
Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins. LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com, including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.
See Les Femmes Folles’ current Call for Art & Writing: Our Intimates and Our Fools on the Submissions page!