Updated Wed, Jan 8, 2014 1:28 pm
Park View Gallery Artisans of Chillicothe will host the exhibit Women of Appalachia: Their Stories and Their Art through Feb. 28.
"This 14-person show comes to us after WOA’s very successful fifth annual juried competition, held this past fall at the Multicultural Art Center at Ohio University-Athens," said Park View Gallery owner Cynthia Davis. "This Appalachian region is rich in history, stories and lore, and his event is a lovely way to kick off the 2014 artistic season."
Women of Appalachia founder and curator Kari Gunter-Seymour said the event gives women of diverse backgrounds, ages and talents the opportunity to share their creativity, stories and music with the public.
"The mission of the WOA events is to showcase the way in which female artists respond to this region as a source of inspiration, with the intention that this gathering of artwork and spoken word will prove to be greater than the sum of its parts as visual and verbal themes emerge through the intertwining of the artwork and language," she explained. "Hopefully, this confluence of ideas and inspirations will empower other regional female artists and the surrounding community so that they might continue the narrative."
Keri Dodd, "Friend"
By telling their stories through art, Gunter-Seymour said the artists are helping to shatter long-held stereotypes about Appalachian women.
"Many people have an image of an Appalachian woman, and they look down on her," she said. "The Women of Appalachia Project encourages women to come together to show the whole woman, beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her. We believe that all women are capable, courageous, creative and inspired."
Davis says the artwork and stories featured in the Women of Appalachia exhibit will be educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking.
"The exhibit, as presented at PVG Artisans, comes to us through the graciousness of event founder, Kari Gunter-Seymour. We hope to continue this relationship as a satellite exhibit for the sixth annual event next year," said Davis. "The lives of Appalachian women are strongly rooted in family, mother earth, agriculture, mining, poverty, strength, joy and love. This region is rich in history, music, art, culture and creativity. These artworks and stories as presented will provide a moment of clarity and insight to the lives of the women of Appalachia."
Marlene L'Abbe, "White Cat"
On Saturday, Jan. 11, an artist reception will be held at Park View Gallery Artisans from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., in conjunction with Chillicothe’s monthly downtown Gallery Stroll event. The reception will feature musical entertainment by Foothill Folk Society members Walter Bagnall (5 p.m.) and Stacey Skaggs (7 p.m.)
Park View Gallery Artisans is located at 13 West Second Street in Chillicothe. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment for groups or for educational purposes.