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Sharon Allicotti, "Angela's Persona," oil on canvas, 30 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.

"Women by Women" Display in California

The latest installation featuring the talented and invigorating painters from the Women Painting Women artist collective premieres this weekend.
"Women by Women" will be on display at California Lutheran University's Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, opening February 13 and closing April 12. An opening reception will be held on February 15, beginning at 7 p.m.

Sadie Valeri, "Self-portrait at 41 in the Studio (with Dog)," oil, 41 x 31 in.
Participating artists include Sharon Allicotti, Juliette Aristides, Candice Bohannon Reyes, Kathiucia Dias, Pam Hawkes, Kathryn Jacobi, Teresa Oaxaca, Carolin Peters, Kate Savage, Betty Shelton, Terry Spehar-Fahey, Sadie Valeri, Ruth Weisberg, and Aihua Zhou. Though the paintings on display find common ground in their figurative nature, styles and treatments vary, ranging from realistic and traditional treatments to pop-surrealist contemporary work.

Betty Shelton, "Prague's Madame Magdalena de Thebes" oil on canvas, 35 x 29 in.

Terry Spehar-Fahey, "La Fenice," watercolor, 52 x 34 1/2 in.

"Women by Women" at the Kwan Fong Gallery will remain on view through the forthcoming Representational Art Conference (TRAC), slated for March 2-5, which will bring conference participants to the CLU campus to view and discuss its art exhibitions. "Women by Women" artist Ruth Weisberg will deliver a special presentation on Monday, March 3, during the conference visit to the Kwan Fong Gallery.

Aihua Zhou, "Cambria," pastel and charcoal on toned paper, 17 x 17 in.
The "Women by Women" exhibition features artists from the "Women Painting Women" movement, which explores how contemporary women painters are handling women as subjects, simultaneously seeking to bring more visibility to women artists and to bring more critical thinking to the portrayal of women in visual art. Valeri co-founded the movement with fellow artists Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel. The group held a series of successful exhibitions in 2013 and plans several more shows in 2014. In their public exhibitions, Women Painting Women allows galleries the freedom to organize and curate shows under their own themes. By bringing together women artists from diverse locations to display together, every WPW installation advances the group's fundamental goals.
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