In conjunction with the current exhibition in the gallery Continuum: Tradition meets Innovation the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Women in the Arts will be presenting a free workshop on Weds July 13 from 12-3. I recently connected with Jennifer Costello the NAWAMA Exhibition Co-Chair and she shared some information about the workshop and about the organization.
Can you tell me about the Workshop "Not Sitting Pretty" on July 13?
The workshop will be on past NAWA member Alice Neel, a brief history of her life and having participants bring in a portrait of a friend, family member or stranger to create a one sitting painting using concepts of the body while addressing Neel's expressionistic use of line, color and emotional intensity. This workshop is free with canvas paper, oil pastels and resources books provided for the duration of the workshop on July 13 from noon to 3.
Can you tell me a little about the members of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAWA?
Officially created in 2013, the Massachusetts chapter of NAWA is composed of area artists who have gone through the jury process and been invited to be members of the national organization. Liana Moonie, Massachusetts chapter co-founder, has said “We are proud of our heritage and the traditions of our pioneer forerunners; and, as we are in our organization’s second century, we look forward to the challenges of the future with pride and momentum.” Basically, art and its ability to elevate people are what inspire our President Nella Lush and the members of NAWA’s Massachusetts chapter every day.
What are their backgrounds?
All members are active and contributing artists in their communities, nationally and internationally. Where do they have studios?Boston, surrounding areas and nationally. 'Continuum' participating artists studios are located in: Boston, Andover, Cohasset, Wenham, Brookline, Newton, Hyde Park, Rockport, Newburyport, Osterville, NYC, Aventura FL, White Plains NY among others
How has the this group helped to promote awareness of women in the visual arts in MA?
Like the national organization, our mission is to foster and to promote awareness of women in the visual arts through exhibitions of its members’ work, scholarships to talented women artists in need, lectures, and other educational programs.