In The Arts

December 16, 2010
  • Laguna College students visit Venice.
Laguna College students visit Venice. (Coastline Pilot )

Women Painting Women features college artists

Five faculty and alumni from Laguna College of Art & Design were recently featured in the Women Painting Women group invitational at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, S.C.

The show, which featured one of the largest collections of female painters on record, brought together more than 50 female painters from around the globe, including LCAD faculty Sharon Allicotti, and alumni Alia El-Bermani, Candice Bohannon, Adrienne Stein and Stefani Tewes.

Featuring a variety of paintings depicting the female form, the exhibit displayed a shift in notoriety toward contemporary women painters. It was an expression of alternative ways of perceiving and portraying the female form.

"This was our most ambitious show to date," said gallery owner Megan Lange. "The quality of work and thematic breadth of the more than 200 submissions was characterized by the jurors as stunning, exuding freshness and vitality."


The inspiration for Women Painting Women, she said, came thanks to a poor choice of title for a show presented by Sotheby's Auction House called "Women in Art," which, ironically, didn't include a single female artist.

Only showing women as the subjects, El-Bermani said the show posed the question, "Do women have a different sensibility when presenting the female form?"

"Working on Women Painting Women has been an incredible and empowering experience," El-Bermani said.

"The artists chosen for the exhibition were those who refuse to play it safe, who don't adhere to traditional painting standards and are creating truly unique works," she said.

"I was so proud to be included in this showcase of talent among so many gifted female painters with such diverse visions. The show was so unique and the women who participated are just as deep, interesting and colorful as their paintings."

Cataloguing contemporary women artists painting the female figure, artists Sadie Valeri, Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel first established the concept on a website in 2009. Since then, the site has featured the work of more than 260 women painters from around the world. Out of the overwhelmingly positive response to the website grew a desire to create opportunities for women artists from diverse locations to gather and share inspiration and technique, and to promote and exhibit their work.


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