Women artists featuring women subjects take center stage during an exhibition that will not fail to amaze. Will you have favorites?
As part of its summer exhibition lineup, Haynes Galleries in Thomaston, Maine, is shining a spotlight on many extremely talented and accomplished women artists. Featuring paintings, drawings, and sculptures, the exhibition displays a multifarious range of art that will leave any art lover wishing for more. “These artists are redefining what it means to be a woman artist working today,” suggests gallery owner Gary Haynes, “They are tackling themes, challenging preconceived notions, and forging new paths. But they each have their own distinct voice.”

Tina Spratt, “Unmasked,” oil on linen, 18 x 24 in. Haynes Gallery

One such voice is that of Lauren Tilden, whose “Least of These” is a powerful image of grandmother and grandchild. Tilden’s brushwork is absolutely magnetic in this example, which has an expressiveness and softness that activates the surface. Strong, dramatic light drapes the figures from the upper right and imbues the painting with a psychological intensity and fortitude.

Holly Bedrosian, “Self Portrait with Martini,” colored pencil on paper, 20 x 16 in. Haynes Gallery

A self-portrait by Holly Bedrosian is captivating as well. She stands in three-quarter length with martini in hand, and the picture resonates with confidence, elegance, prowess, and intelligence. There’s also the eye-catching “Unmasked” by Tina Spratt;  from a bird’s-eye perspective, we see a contorted red-haired figure lying in an undefined space. A mask rests at the figure’s side. As indicated by the title in addition to the sitter’s expression, gesture, and bare feet, there is a sense of freedom, release, and opportunity that radiates from the linen. The colors in the piece are stunning as well, the figure’s brilliant red hair and warm skin contrasting and balancing so well with the cool green and blue of her dress.

Danielle Richard, “Pour Toi Un Lac,” oil on canvas, 29 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. Haynes Gallery

The range of beautiful works, techniques, and themes is nearly overwhelming in the exhibition, which cannot fail to strike anyone who views it. “Celebrating Art of Women by Women” will open tomorrow, August 14, and will be on view through September 19.
To learn more, visit Haynes Galleries.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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