Bradford Artist Selected for Women Create Exhibit

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – April 11, 2016 – The work of a Bradford artist was chosen from 160 submissions to Women Create, the biennial juried exhibit of women’s art in Jamestown, New York. The opening reception for the exhibit will be on Friday evening, April 15, 2016, at the Dykeman-Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium, 100 East Second Street, in downtown Jamestown, New York. The exhibit will continue through Wednesday, May 11, 2016, with gallery hours 1-7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.

Connie Bahan’s acrylic on stretched canvas, “Shoreline.”

Connie Bahan’s acrylic on stretched canvas, “Shoreline.”

Connie Bahan’s acrylic on stretched canvas, “Shoreline,” is among the selections that encompass a wide range of art and fine crafts in a variety of media. They were created by 46 artists ranging in age from 16 to 94 and coming primarily from western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.

This is the third exhibit mounted by Women Create, a community-minded, volunteer-run initiative to support and celebrate women artists. It will run from April 15 through May 11.

Other artists from Pennsylvania are Diane DeLarme, Clarendon; Toni Kelly, Jodi Staniunas Hopper, and Barbara Thomas-Yerace, Erie; and Eileen Bovard, Monika Garami, and Kimberly Turner, Warren.

Artists from the host city are Wendy Bale, Renate Bob, Leslie Calimeri, Gayle Choate Johnson, Tara Eastman, Sandra Ecklund, Nancy Ensign, Kristina Faulkner, Nance Jackson, Lisa Offhaus, Catherine Panebianco, Jennifer Randall, Katherine Stuart, and Jean Voltmann.

Additional artists from Chautauqua County are Renee Pye, Bemus Point; Sara Baker Michalak and Lori Deemer, Dunkirk; Barbara Del Monte, Forestville; Jill Johnston, Sue Mcnamara, Marcia Merrins, and Cecelia Price, Fredonia; Heather Kanazawa, Kennedy; Jenny Brown and Molly Woodfield, Lakewood; Chloe Reuther, Lily Dale; Karen Glosser, Mayville; Kathleen Tenpas, North Clymer; Christy Johnson, Panama; Brianna Caskey and Donna Tranum, Sinclairville; and Deborah Lanni, Stockton.

Other New Yorkers are Carol Siracuse, Buffalo; Suzanne Borowicz, Colden; Karen Carlton, Orchard Park; and Karen Santoro from Victor.

Artist Sandy Shelenberger is from Conneaut, Ohio.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be on Friday evening, April 15, 2016, at the Dykeman-Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium, 100 East Second Street, in downtown Jamestown, New York. The exhibit will continue through Wednesday, May 11, 2016, with gallery hours 1-7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.

Salons with the presenting artists will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. throughout the show. All work will be for sale, but customers are asked to leave work in the gallery until the closing.

Women Create has a special opportunity for Girl Scouts and other interested young people. A limited number of Art Gallery patches will be available for $3 each to those who complete at least four patch activities listed on a card.

Artist Audrey Dowling, the owner and operator of the Portage Hill Gallery in Westfield, New York, juried the exhibit.

Internationally exhibited artist, curator and educator Debra Eck and photographer and blogger Jennifer Schlick are creative directors for Women Create. They are assisted by mixed media artist Katherine Turnquist.

To learn more, visit www.womencreate.org.