After opening in early February, “Women Looking at Women,” an art exhibition about and by women will be on display through March 12th at the Arts League of Lowell’s Greenwald Gallery, 307 Market Street in Lowell. The exhibition, which is part of Lowell Women’s Week, highlights Lowell-based professional artists who feature the female image in their work. The gallery is open for viewing Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
As photographer Alfred Stieglitz once declared about Georgia O’Keefe’s drawings in 1916: “Finally, a woman on paper!” The goal of the exhibit is to present the female perspective as both the subject and creator of art. Their representations show women as bold, insightful, resilient, seeking, intelligent. They show the realities of women’s inner lives and outer circumstances, revealing women as humans who navigate landscapes with both obstacles and discoveries.
“For centuries, women have been the subjects of countless works of art. For centuries, women have also been the creators of art, but for much of that time, they worked without the opportunities to become recognized masters of their crafts and definers of culture,” explained Diana Zipeto, the exhibit organizer and one of the artists participating in “Women Looking at Women.”
The artists on display include: Angela Alés, Katherine DuBose Fuerst, Mary Hart, Sally Twickler Johnston, Ilene Richard, Laurie Simko, Janet Wolahan, and Diana Zipeto. Collectively, they have exhibited in hundreds of galleries and exhibits across New England, the United States, and South America.
According to Zipeto, their artwork represents an intense engagement with technique, materials and media. Paint, sculpture, and photography are all used with uniquely honed methods of paint application, composition and concept.
“Art created by women offers a powerful perspective, disrupts stereotypes, and actively adds to the artifacts and history of our society,” she noted. “By creating art, women exercise their right to author the culture and surroundings they are a part of. By representing themselves, women can define what they are, what they can do and who they wish to be.”