Haynes Galleries presents “Celebrating Art of Women by Women”
August 14 to September 19, 2015
Reception: Friday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 pm, August 14, 2015

THOMASTON— As part of its summer exhibition schedule, Haynes Galleries is pleased to present “Celebrating Art of Women by Women.” The exhibition will present paintings, drawings and sculptures of women by women artists. It was inspired by Women Painting Women, an art group and website that promotes contemporary women artists that paint in the figurative tradition.

The exhibit will be on view from August 14 to September 19 at Haynes Galleries at 91 Main Street in Thomaston, Maine. An opening reception will take place the evening of August 14, from 5 to 7:30 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

This will be the second time Haynes Galleries has hosted an exhibition of Women Painting Women artists. The first, presented in the summer and fall of 2013, was received with such enthusiasm from artists and collectors that this second show was soon planned. With an expanded roster of participating artists and a host of new works, this show is bound to surpass the first in depth, craft, and beauty. 

“These artists are redefining what it means to be a woman and an artist,” says Gary R. Haynes, gallery owner. “They are tackling themes, challenging preconceived notions, and forging new paths. But they each have their own distinct voice.” 

Premier contemporary portraitist Ellen Cooper paints her female subjects in a manner that reveals their inner psyche. A scene as simple as a woman walking down the street, in Cooper’s talented hands, is layered with meaning and insight. 

Whether in clay, plaster, or bronze, Alicia Ponzio’s sculptures never fail to amaze. Classically trained at the Florence Academy of Art, Ponzio understands the human body and manipulates it to create visually stunning and emotionally rich sculptures. Her latest works will appear in “Celebrating Art of Women by Women” including In a Still Field, a single nude bronze elegantly bounding through space.

Cornelia Hernes’s paintings evoke literature and eras long ago. Her subjects are expertly rendered, their skin soft and vibrant, their poses compelling. In Ophelia Hernes paints Shakespeare’s tragic character in a long, luscious gown walking through a forest, most likely on her way to her ultimate end.

Alia El-Bermani, one of the original founders of Women Painting Women, will also be participating in the showcase. Her drawing Keeper is an intimate character study of an older woman, the history of her life written in the lines on her face. 

“Celebrating Art of Women by Women” is much more than just a collection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings by women artists active today. It’s an exhibition of provocative, compelling, and engaging art that covers the variety of issues that affect women today. There’s no single voice but rather a conversation of interested parties, a conversation that is only happening at Haynes Galleries.