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Gallery One Explores What It Means To Be A Feminist

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Feb. 27, 2020)

Main Gallery: Girlfriends of the Guerrilla Girls - co-presented by CoCA Seattle
CoCA and Gallery One present a group show of feminist artists including Ann Leda Shapiro, Sheila Klein, Alice Dubiel, Deborah Faye Lawrence, Cecilia Concepción Alvarez, Hanako O'Leary, C. Davida Ingram, Dawn Cerny, E.T. Russian, Rachel J. Siegel, and Guerrilla Girls. This exhibition of people who are comfortable with the word feminist are local Pacific Northwest artists without gallery representation.

Artwork included in the show ranges from previously censored images, crocheted body-centered pieces, reproductive and seed installation, feminist content collage and video, clay in-your-face vaginal masks, powerful mujeres/madre imagery, identity/gender exploration, invisibility/visibility watercolors, comics, and hot off the press new, as well as old - but sadly still timely - classic posters created by the original Guerrilla Girls.

The Guerrilla Girls, "conscience of the art world," are a group of women artists committed to exposing the overlooked, as well as gender unfairness in the art world since 1985. They wear gorilla masks in public as the anonymity keeps the focus on the issues; use facts, fur and humor to expose gender and ethnic bias and have creatively inspired millions to be themselves, speak up and express their truths. We are thrilled in particular to be including Ann Leda Shapiro's sexually explicit image, "Anger," which the Whitney Museum of American Art refused to hang in her one-person show in 1973.

Mezzanine Gallery:

Let's Try This Again - Ray Mack  Ray Mack's work combines a childish sense of humor and style with the oil painting technique, compositional eye, and art historical references of a well trained and highly skilled artist. Using what she calls a "shoplifting mentality toward making," her paintings riff off works by well known dudes, using humor to insert her own perspective into a male-dominated view of the art historical canon. Integrating recognizable historical elements, these paintings transform the source material from well understood cultural documents to ambiguous markers of a contemporary moment.  The material is the past but the product is the present.

Ray Mack grew up in Ellensburg, Washington.  She received her BA in Studio Arts from Bard College and her MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012.  Her work has been exhibited and published both internationally and nationally.  

Eveleth Green Gallery: Embodied Movement - Michelle Elzinga

Michelle Elzinga's delicate sculptures utilize feminine imagery and unconventional materials to celebrate the human form and female power.

Exhibits run March 6- 28

Join us for these addition programs held in conjunction with this exhibition:

First Friday Artist Reception, 5-8pm- FREE 

Artist Talk with Girlfriends of the Guerrilla Girls: March 7, 3pm - FREE

Our Voices of KittCo Potluck Breakfast Meeting: Wednesday, March 11, 8am - FREE

Ladies Art Mixer & Poster Printing: March 18, 5-6:30pm - FREE

Collage: Paper Dolls with Deborah Fay Lawrence: Saturday, March 7, 11am-2pm



Image: Deborah Faye Lawrence & Rachel Siegel, Agent Yu meets a Guerilla Girl at the Art Museum VIP Reception, video still

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