Featured Event | American Women Artists

Orleans, MA
Addison Art Gallery, August 15-September 15

Cecy Turner, Morning Highlights, oil, 12 x 16.

Cecy Turner, Morning Highlights, oil, 12 x 16.

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Scenic Cape Cod is the setting for the annual American Women Artists Master Signature & Signature Members Show. This year’s presentation features more than 100 paintings selected from a record number of over 900 submissions. “The artists juried into this exhibit display the highest level of proficiency in their work, sensitivity to their varied subject matters, and excellent command of their medium,” says Diane Swanson, AWA executive director.

The opening reception takes place at Addison Art Gallery from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 16. Earlier in the day, painters Ann Larsen and Bethanne Kinsella Cople present a dual demonstration from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the gallery. Here we introduce you to a few of the other artists participating in this year’s show.

Although Cecy Turner calls Texas home, she also is inspired by other terrain, ranging from the southeastern coast of Florida to the northern coast of Oregon and many other places in between. She enjoys capturing the glow of reflected light and conveying emotion in her work. While Turner uses a brush, Carol Swinney wields a palette knife to create her landscapes. Swinney relishes the texture, lush colors, and depth the knife offers, whether she is painting the Pacific Ocean or the Santa Catalina Mountains near her Arizona home. Sandra VanderWall, also from Arizona, paints all genres and is known for her strong sense of design and emphasis on light. In her trademark still lifes, Ginger Bowen often features an array of intriguing objects, such as antique toys and telephones. The Arizona artist is equally talented at capturing the colorful architecture of her home state.

Ann Self, Golden Cholla, oil, 14 x 18.

Ann Self, Golden Cholla, oil, 14 x 18.

Californian Grace Schlesier paints both the land and the sea. Her artistic mission, she says, is to render nature’s abundant beauty and its many moods. Kansas is home base to Judith Mackey, and she paints scenes from her daily life—the prairies and rural areas sprinkled with working cowboys and ranches. Another Kansas painter, Ann Self, travels frequently, and her desert and coastal scenes portray the natural wonders of each new place she encounters. Susan B. Hecht also finds inspiration in nature’s splendor. The North Carolina artist is fond of saying that if her paintings bring happiness to viewers, she has accomplished her goal.

New Yorker Fay Shutzer casts her 
artistic eye on East Coast landscapes, including quaint small towns and Cape Cod’s coastal views. Susan Lynn from Missouri takes on the challenge of painting watercolor works on location and succeeds in capturing the atmosphere of various scenes, whether it’s morning light in a forest or cloud formations over mountains.

Arizona sculptor Carol Alleman creates elegant bronze vessels inspired by nature. North Carolina-based Tucker Bailey is known for bronze animal sculptures that convey the individual personality of each creature. The figure is the inspiration for Karen Crain’s bronzes and clay works. The Colorado sculptor fashions pieces that depict everything from a World War II soldier to a sleeping child. Angela Mia De la Vega from Texas also trains her 
artistic eye on the figure. Her bronze works include not only indoor sculptures featuring ballerinas and Boy Scouts but also outdoor public art installed at universities, shopping centers, and 
courthouses. —Bonnie Gangelhoff

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