RED BANK – “Women Paint Women,” is a new group exhibition of paintings by emerging and established artists Karissa Harvey, Kathleen Heron, Pat Hutchinson, Shoshana Kertesz, Sharon Sayegh, Elaine Shor, Elizabeth Sowell-Zak and Kathleen Tobin.
“It was important to me to give women artists a chance to have an exhibit all to themselves to help tip the balance in the male-dominated art world,” said Ellen Martin, curator. “All of these talented women have produced beautiful work.”
Martin said she wanted to highlight the difference between how women paint women and how men paint women. “Yes, it’s true that the nude is a staple of Western Art,” she said, “but women artists also paint women in a wider range of roles and occupations, from a portrait of Virginia Woolf by Shoshana Kertesz to a black woman archer by Pat Hutchinson. You’ll see that variety here.”
The artists come from cities all over the state, including Belmar, New Brunswick, Farmingdale and West Orange. They all paint women engaged in various occupations, states of being and everyday activities.
“I paint women who inspire me through their strength, sensitivity, creativity and wisdom,” said Shoshana Kertesz, who has painted famous women writers. “I paint women to bring to attention the character behind the facial and physical makeup and the beauty that shines from within. Women come in all emotional and intellectual colors that are unique to them, and I want to emphasize this aspect by foregoing feminine stereotypes.”
The exhibit will open at the Oyster Point Hotel on Thursday, May 5, with an artists’ reception from 7 to 9 p.m. It will close Sunday, June 26. The Oyster Point, located at 146 Bodman Place, has both free and valet parking, and will serve complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The public is welcome to this free event.
Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Shoshana Kertesz
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