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Wild Women: Bringin’ home the aesthetic bacon, fryin’ it up in the pan

Did you ever see that great picture of Indira Gandhi and underneath it says, “She’s cute, but can she type?” It’s an absurd and dandy summary of low expectations for women, which, we strongly believe, have been summarily blown out of the water by girls like Ms. Gandhi, Oprah, Sally Ride, Sojourner Truth, our moms, our sisters and our daughters.March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re very pleased to bring back 16 historically proven, wild, wild regional women artists, to exhibit in our “Wild Women II” invitational show March 7-29. All of these women have something to say, something that will stir emotion, challenge expectation and maybe even rock your world.Just to show us (some more) that they can bring home the bacon AND fry it up in the pan, the artists volunteered to make the food for their reception, which will be held starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9.Expect it to be eclectic, maybe even a little naughty. Expect it to be yummy. Expect it to be powerful. Expect to laugh, chat, think, glimpse truths, ponder the big questions and exchange recipes.DeeDee Shea is one of the talented, avant garde artists exhibiting in “Wild Women II.” Her bright, wistful, bold acrylic paintings were inspired by literature, and reflect her own preoccupations and those ingrained in our culture.”I read about 30 books in December,” DeeDee said, “some rereads, and some classics that I felt I should have under my belt by now. I was finding common denominators even if the books weren’t about women.””I chose the books randomly. I wanted to paint. These books just completely light up my imagination. I just did this kind of “cinematography” on the canvas. The funny thing is that this art that I’ll show is more about content and subject matter, and is a lot less `wild,’ less abstract than I usually am artistically. It’s thoughtful painting, but it’s not my usual stuff.”In these books, particularly, I noticed the issue of vanity: aging men grieve for their youthful vigor, and the women grieve for their former appearance. And I kept seeing the value placed on physical beauty. In `The House of Seven Gables,’ there’s a little girl named Phoebe. She comes out and the birds start singing; the sky lights up; it’s like a scene from `Snow White.’ This girl is idolized, and she does nothing to earn that. Her youth is her only virtue. Then there’s this 90-year-old woman who has to go back to work at her advanced age, and she does it, but that isn’t celebrated. That strength isn’t seen as a virtue.””In all of these books, it seems that women, when they get past their breeding years, have no sense of purpose or value. In upper-class families, prior to learning what menopause was, or depression in general, menopausal symptoms were called “Women’s Disease,” and treated with Laudanum. Laudanum makes you old really fast: You’re nuts, and then your dead.””I think that women who had `women’s disease” weren’t diseased at all, but were pointing out painful truths that a man didn’t want to see because he was not permitted to be more feminine – not permitted to cry, to feel compassion or empathy. He’s supposed to keep fighting till the day he dies.””With these themes in my head, women’s issues and men’s issues, I was doing impressionist stylings mostly. I’d get a flash snapshot, and then tried to illustrate it.””I like this show because there’s an incredible looseness of parameter. There’s nothing that you can’t put in it, and there’s nothing that isn’t pertinent.”We invite you to take a look at the wild, wonderful works of DeeDee Shea, Sheri Gaynor, Linda Drake, Caole Lawry, Azya Rice, Jackie Tidd, Kathy Honea, Wewer Keohane, Bobbie VanMeter, Eva Hansen, Barbara Stormer, Patty Schenck, Alyssa Mortell, Janet Nelson, Kristin De Santis and Lisa McDonald.You’re gonna love it.

When a Wild Woman sings, everybody dancesIn keeping with our wild women theme, join us at Spring Break for a full course of powerhouse blues, savory jazz and a side of R&B to be dished out by Tempa & the Tantrums Friday, March 22. This wild concert and dance starts at 7 p.m. Tempa and the guys are the musical personification of a walk on the wild side. They’ll get you movin’ with a combination of blues, jazz and R&B standards and their own original tunes, as only they can lay ’em down and serve ’em up. Their previous performance venues include the Denver Blues & Bones Festival, Hard Rock Cafe and many points between.Tickets are $18 for members and $24 for nonmembers. Reserve your tickets now by calling 945-2414.This is another great opportunity to get in touch with your “Inner Wild.”

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is seeking artists from the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Crystal, Eagle and Colorado River valleys to show their work at the “Five Rivers” exhibit, June 6-24, to be juried by Dianne Vanderlip.The Center is now accepting artists applications and a maximum of three 35mm slides from each artist. For more information or an application, call the Center at 945-2414 or e-mail gswarts@sopris.net. Application deadline is April 12.Dianne Perry Vanderlip is the founding curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum, a position she has held since 1978. Prior to coming to Denver, she was founding director of the Moore College Art Gallery in Philadelphia, where in 1971 she organized the very first retrospective of Alice Neel, and the first exhibition of artists’ books in the country. These are just two of the 50 exhibitions she presented during her 10-year tenure there.Vanderlip is an adjunct professor in the University of Denver’s Fine Arts Department. She is an award-winning curator and recent recipient of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Award.She has served on numerous juries, boards and panels, including The National Endowment for the Arts, Getty Grant panels, the Institute of Museum Services, the Skowhegan Awards, the Gottlieb Foundation, the Pace Foundation and the Fabric Workshop.This is a rare opportunity for artists outside of Denver to work with a juror of her exceptional caliber.

Wild Women II – March 7-29. 2nd Annual exhibit of avant garde art from avant garde women – it’s a wild invitational. Wild Women II Opening Reception Saturday, March 9, at 6 p.m.-Tempa & the Tantrums – Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. (She gets down!)-Photography & Graphics – April 5-26. CMC Graduate Portfolio Exhibit – Opening Reception, Friday, April 5, at 6 p.m.-Application deadline for the Five Rivers juried exhibit: Friday, April 12.-Mr. Booker & the Swingtet – Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. A Community Dance!-GWS Art Guild Exhibit – May 6-31-Glenwood Springs Art Guild Member Exhibit. Opening Reception May 10 at 6 p.m.-Lionel Young – Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m. Rhythm & blues mixed with a little Motown!-Five Rivers Juried Exhibit, June 6-24. Artists from the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Crystal and Eagle River valleys will show their work. Juried by Dianne Vanderlip, curator of the Denver Art Museum. Opening and Artists Reception Friday, June 8, at 6 p.m.-Surf & Turf exhibit, June 28-July 31. A nonjuried show of land and seascapes. Opening and artist’s reception Friday, July 12, at 6 p.m.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th St. between the Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. We are open Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, and noon to 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Call 945-2414, or e-mail us at gwsarts@sopris.net.

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