Several opportunities for area residents to support local women artists will begin this month.
The annual observation of Support Women Artists Now begins this month in Jamestown with an exhibit, a live concert and an art market.
The art exhibit opens on Saturday at 3rd On 3rd Gallery in Jamestown. It will feature photographs and art from Jennifer Randall, Angela Caley, Debra Eck, Jennifer Schlick and Ashley Ordines. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Admission is $5, and includes food and beverages. Those under 18 are admitted for free. The exhibit will be open to the public through April 5.
Pictured is a piece by Jennifer Schlick called “Sumac Leaves.”
Two of the artists who will be featured in the exhibit are Eck, who specializes in paper and installation art, and Schlick, a photographer. Eck and Schlick are the artists behind last year's "Women Create" exhibit, which celebrated SWAN through a juried exhibition.
According to Len Barry, program coordinator for the Arts Council of Chautauqua County, "Women Create" is the most attended exhibition of 3rd On 3rd Gallery's history, with close to 200 reception guests and more than 500 patrons visiting in total.
Randall and Ordines, both photographers, have displayed previously in "Cold Snap 2." Cold Snap is an annual winter kick-off photography exhibit held at 3rd On 3rd Gallery that features local artists. Ordines graduated from Jamestown High School in 2009. She then went on to study fine art at Jamestown Community College, where she graduated from in 2011. She is currently studying print and photo journalism at Edinboro University. Her display in the exhibit will feature photographs that have a lot to do with lighting, using light sources in different ways and people, she said.
"I think that it's really wonderful to have something like SWAN," said Ordines. "I'm considering minoring in women's studies, so I think that it's really important to bring focus to women artists."
Randall, who grew up in Westfield, got her first camera when she was 10-years-old. One of the first things that she took photographs of was Chautauqua Gorge, she said. In the SWAN exhibit she will display a number of the nature photos she has taken as well as some seashore photos that she took at the ocean in Rhode Island where he grandparents lived.
"I think it's really nice for women to have an outlet to display their works of art," said Randall.
Caley, a painter, was featured in "Art Exchange" and "This Must Be The Place" at 3rd On 3rd Gallery. Caley also showed at Jamestown's Dykeman-Young Art Gallery in December.
The live music concert, Girls Rock 6, is scheduled for Friday, March 29, and will begin at 10 p.m. at Mojo's in Jamestown.
According to Cindy Haight, organizer of Girls Rock 6, the event is a celebration of the Women in Music Arts in the regional area.
"It's an opportunity for women to collaborate and support each other's songs," said Haight. "We are often playing gigs ourselves, and don't have the chance to go see each other play, so this is a chance to see, hear and support other women who play music, either for a living or for the love of doing it, or both."
Haight said she is very excited about this year's show because the last Girls Rock was held in August of 2009.
"It was a lot of fun, and it's just been way too long since with have done this together," said Haight. "I am especially excited to hear the performances of the artists on the bill."
The show will feature Amanda Barton, who used to play with a local band but has since gone out on a roots-oriented project with local musician Bill Ward. Kat Elfman is the youngest girl rocker this year. She is working in Nashville and just signed with a recording company. Lori Burke, from Tiger Maple String Band, will perform a solo set. Burke recently released a solo CD, which will be available at the show. Marla Harris, one of Haight's favorite singers, will also perform, she said. Headlining the show is Gina Vecchio.
"Gina is so special to me, not just because I've been a fan of hers for so long, but because she recently taught herself guitar and has embarked on a songwriting venture," said Haight. "She has invited me to be a guest on her upcoming recording, and I couldn't be more excited. We also have special guest appearances from Sara Rafaloski, also known as 'Sara the Greatest,' and Natalie Langworthy. Sara will be playing acoustic bass, and Natalie will jam on percussion support for the grand finale all girls rock jam at the end of the night - it's going to be hot."
The SWAN celebration will continue on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when Infinity Visual and Performing Arts hosts an art market featuring the work of female artists and artisans. During the event, a lunchtime lecture about the history of women artists will be held across the street at the Reg Studio Theater. 3rd On 3rd Gallery will also remain open for Audrey Dowling's art show, "Comfort Zones." Visit www.infinityperformingarts.org for more information.
According to WomenArts' mission statement, the nonprofit organization is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. For more information visit www.womenarts.org/swan.
3rd on 3rd Gallery is located at 116 E. Third St. on the third floor of the Arts Council building. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Private viewings may be scheduled by calling 664-2465, ext. 227. For more information visit www.artscouncil.com.