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Audrey Kay Dowling has been named the juror for the 2016 Women Create juried exhibit of regional women’s art.
“We are thrilled that Audrey has accepted our invitation to take on this major challenge,” said Jennifer Schlick. A photographer and blogger, Schlick and internationally exhibited artist, curator and educator Debra Eck are creative directors for Women Create. “Audrey brings a tremendously broad background to the task and will guarantee the quality of our presentations.”
Women Create invites artists to submit work for consideration for its third biennial exhibit of women’s art in the Dykemann-Young Gallery & Vintage Emporium in downtown Jamestown, New York.
Applications are being accepted from women of all ages in any art medium, and artists from Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania, and Northeastern Ohio are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Artists will be notified of the juror’s decisions during the week of February 1, 2016.
Since 1982, Audrey Dowling has owned and run the Portage Hill Gallery in Westfield, New York. Originally opened as a venue to showcase her own work and that of many of the fine artists from the Chautauqua area, the gallery now represents the regional and national work of over 100 artists.
In addition to jurying and curating many shows over the years, Dowling carries out a passion for making art of her own. She creates organic functional and abstract ceramic forms that are decorated with illustrations of nature, as well as paintings, drawings, and various mixed media. Her work strives to remind viewers of the natural beauty in our world, that we coexist with nature whether we acknowledge it or not. Details on the gallery and Dowling’s work can be found at www.portagehillgallery.com .
Dowling is currently showing at the Patterson Library in Westfield with Nancy Ensign, curator of the Patterson’s Octagon Gallery. More information on “Stalking the Elusive Landscape,” on display through November 27, is available at www.vimeo.com/144559019.
Artists that Dowling accepts for Women Create will be required to deliver or ship their pieces to the gallery ready to hang or install. As the Dykemann-Young is a commercial gallery, accepted work must be available for sale.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be on Friday, April 15, 2016, and the exhibit will run through Saturday, May 14. A series of salons with the presenting artists will take place in the gallery during that time.
More information and complete guidelines for applying for the Women Create exhibit are on the website www.womencreate.org.