Zenith Gallery Presents HERSTORY Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on March 22, 2021
Women on Top: The Parade of the Untamable Spirit by Caroline Benchetrit.
On View: March 5 – April 17, 2021

Featuring Artists: Caroline Benchetrit, Rachael Bohlander, Holly Boruck, Anne Bouie, Reneé duRocher, Cheryl Elmo, Elissa Farrow-Savos, Margery Goldberg, Carolyn Goodridge, Mihira Karra, Joan Konkel, Joey Mánlapaz, Anne Marchand, Kristine Mays, Donna McCullough, Anu Narasimhan, Nancy Nesvet, Carol Newmyer, Katharine Owens, Anna Podris, Sabiyha Prince, Suzy Scarborough, Ellen Sinel, Patricia Skinner, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Paula Stern, Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, and Joyce Zipperer.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are exhibiting works by our women artists. This comes after a monumental feat where in America, the county voted its first woman Vice President Kamala Harris. This event was a catalyst for the inception of this exhibit as well as a video that was shared about women in power around the world and here in the USA. Many of the works in the exhibit are inspired by recent events celebrating numerous women in power.

Caroline Benchetrit’s signature style “is inspired by a world without rules, reminding us of a passionate moment in time where joy breaks all boundaries and dreams come true because you believe they do!”

Rachael Bohlander work explores the space between geometric structure and expressive gesture, utilizing the tension between the two opposing forces to create new forms.

Holly Boruck lives and works in the Los Angeles area. A common thread in her art making practice is a deep interest in the human psyche and earthly experiences.

Anne Bouie seeks to express the universal themes of order, harmony, growth, beauty and transcendence that under gird the art most pre-conversion religious and spiritual traditions. These traditions frequently employed symbols, which often served as a “shorthand” way of communicating truths and teachings.

Reneé duRocher’s work has been exploring and calling into question the concepts of duration, time and history that permeate the historical places she visits on her trips, those sacred and archaeological sites that are transposed into her paintings.

Cheryl Elmo, a signature member of the Pennsylvania and Baltimore Watercolor Societies, has shown her artwork nationally and internationally. Cheryl’s watercolors give the medium a new visual quality focusing on human connection.

Elissa Farrow-Savos’ pieces are about storytelling, each a narrative of some woman somewhere, and every woman everywhere.

Margery Goldberg makes art because that is who she is. Whether she carved, laminated, or fabricated wood for sculpture and furniture, like the ancient carvers, she let the spirit out of the wood. She considers herself a wood whisperer.

Carolyn Goodridge’s paintings are emotional attunements to nature’s elements: sun’s fire, the wind, water and Mother Earth.  Each work whispers a glimpse of an intelligent and relentlessly churning life.

Mihira Karra is a fabric collage artist who started sketching and using pastels as a child. She realized her passion for portraiture and figurative art as a twelve-year-old when she sketched her first portraits of her great aunt and grandmother.

Joan Konkel describes her work as a visual labyrinth, active with shifting colors and patterns. Within the labyrinth she attempts to capture a bit of the magic and joy of phenomena, in essence one small facet of the complex, mysterious universe we inhabit.

Joey Mánlapaz (MFA, George Washington University) is a contemporary realist painter, avid educator, compassionate art provider for the older community, noted curator and juror all rolled into one. She lives and works in Washington, DC, the main subject of her canvases, which are widely recognized and collected, most notably by the nation’s capital that owns 43 paintings and prints.

Anne Marchand’s new work is underpinned by a structure of geometric fabrics embedded under translucent paint, anchoring paint, and other elements. Images of planets from the Hubble telescope inspired the painter to introduce circular imagery into her work. The nebulas and galaxies suggested biological structures.

Kristine Mays is aware of the impermanence of life. With metal wire she has timelessly captured a fleeting moment that will last for decades. Her artwork points to the soul and spirit, transporting the viewer into another place.

Donna McCullough forges steel, scrap metal, and found objects into feminine silhouettes of various fashions, lacking only the flesh and blood women whose presence they suggest, manifesting as an expression in contrasts and compliments.

Anu Narasimhan was born in Southern India and was raised in the Netherlands before finally settling in Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s in studio art from Virginia Tech. She started exploring pastels during her bachelors and it was love at first sight.

Nancy Nesvet as curator, arts writer for ArtScope magazine, painter, and activist, much of Nesvet’s subjects bring awareness to global warming and women’s rights.

Carol Newmyer always felt that the desire to communicate is one of the great universal reasons why artists create their work. Many of her sculptures are meant to be touched and moved and are purposefully designed for hands-on interaction with the viewer, which further allows them to take part in the creative process.

Katharine Owens, a self-taught artist, wields her scissors with precision in meticulously designed three-dimensional paper collages that stand out of a two-dimensional surface. Owens is a sculptor in her own right creating structures, people, and places out of paper.

Anna Podris paints people, plants, animals, or buildings, creating quirky and mythic narratives. Unexpected color combinations along with a love of pattern are elements that denote her unique style of painting. Podris is committed to the transcendental nature of art.

Sabiyha Prince is an artist and anthropologist whose paintings explore memory, personal growth, identity, and African American experiences in the US, delving into anti-racism, environmental justice and other issues to inform her visual work.

Suzy Scarborough commands a paradigm shift in which the people will reclaim humanity and throw off the shackles of power, tradition and the status quo and demand that each human being be free to exercise true freedom and true equal opportunity on an equal playing field with all other humans.

Ellen Sinel’s landscapes are inspired by the silent mysteries in nature’s constant transformations. She conveys both the stillness and tension of nature, capturing a moment in time. She works in oils for the most part, and paints on canvas, paper, and wood.

Patricia Skinner believes painting the landscape is a humbling endeavor as it is an artist’s imperfect interpretation of a perfect beauty. Her work is a diary of her feelings in a special place and time. Through painting, the place becomes a sanctuary of emotion as of beauty.

Lynda Smith-Bugge crafts local trees into works of art by extending the life of the tree into sculpture. She invites the viewer to witness the simple grace of lines, textures and rhythms created by the forces of nature. Existing scars add expression and history to each piece.

Paula Stern’s sculptures are the tangible manifestation of a deeply conscious effort to capture personality, corporal existence, and human vigor with my hands. I shape sculptures of the human form that my mind’s eye sees.

Marcie Wolf-Hubbard has a love for drawing because it provides a connection to the world. The surface of encaustic paintings captivated her because it seemed more like a construction, a play of light, with a surface you wanted to touch.

Joyce Zipperer focuses on women’s undergarments, using metal fabrics, carved stone and welded steel to convey the changed attitudes and styles which have mirrored our culture, past and present, to address some of these issues.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday: Noon – 6pm
  • Or by appointment

Zenith Gallery is located at 1429 Iris Street NW.