FORCE OF NATURE: Exploring the Power of the Feminine
What is a “force of nature”? “When women demonstrate their feminine power and energy in positive ways that command deep respect, they are often referred to as a Force of Nature,” declares a powerful national juried art exhibition, FORCE OF NATURE: Exploring the Power of the Feminine. The exhibit will take place in two venues on the Plymouth State University campus from July 6 through August 14. An opening reception is scheduled for 5–7 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 in both the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and the Silver Center for the Arts on the PSU campus. Judith Brodsky, juror for the exhibition, will speak at the opening.
The exhibition features the work of 80 artists from around the United States, and includes 127 artworks in a wide range of media, such as painting, drawing, collage, photography, fiber, drawing, printing, ceramics, mixed media, indoor and outdoor sculpture, video, and installation. According to exhibition co-chair Laura Morrison of Concord, “The work submitted for this exhibition was encouraged to be broadly interpreted with concepts that might range from myth and legend to the personal, historical or political. Artwork considering Nature (as in Mother Nature and her natural forces), eco art and ecofeminism were also strongly encouraged.”
The exhibition coincides with a meeting of the national Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) board of directors, who are meeting in New Hampshire for the first time. “The New Hampshire chapter of WCA is one of the largest and most active in this national organization of women artists, so we were pleased that our first national exhibition is taking place at the same time that the board will be here,” said Marcia Santore of Plymouth, co-chair of Force of Nature.
The exhibition is funded in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. “We’re very grateful to the State Council for their support, including sponsoring the concert and poetry reading in the gallery on July 25 as one of their 50th anniversary celebrations,” Santore continued.
In addition to the exhibit itself, there are many activities and events planned to coordinate with the exhibition, many in conjunction with community partners:
- North Country Artists Viewing: 7–9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.
- American Women of Distinction Poster Exhibition: July 2015 at Pease Public Library presents 19 women in history who were “forces of nature” in their own right.
- Author talk with Lourdes B. Avilés: 6:30–8 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Lourdes B. Avilés, meteorology professor at PSU, will present the science and history behind her book, Taken by Storm, 1938: A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane.
- Art as Empowerment: 3–5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.
- FEMLINK: International Video Arts Collective Video Collage Screening: 6–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at Pease Public Library.
- New Hampshire Music Festival Chamber Concert and Poetry Reading: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25 Special guest: New Hampshire poet laureate Alice Fogel. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
WCA is a national organization for artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals, which creates community through art, education, and social activism. The New Hampshire chapter promotes advancement of women in the visual arts through professional networking, educational programs, and exhibition opportunities. To learn more about WCA/NH visit www.wcanh.org. Full details about FORCE OF NATURE and associated programming can be found at the FORCE OF NATURE blog at forceofnaturewcanh.wordpress.com.
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