A show stopper

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The National Association of Women Artists is celebrating its 125th birthday but art aficionados everywhere are getting the presents, as NAWA’s Florida chapter presents the 125 Years: Women of Vision at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach from Dec. 5, 2014 through Jan. 10, 2015.

“The exhibition is a multimedia show which will include oil paintings, acrylics and watercolors as well as sculpture, ceramics, photography, and collage,” said participating artist Maxine Schreiber. “Close to 60 artists are included with a large number of renowned local artists, among them Durga Garcia, Barbara Bailey, Jane McIntyre, Diane Lublinski, Pokey Park, Judith Musser, Carol Staub and Judi Gilden.”

NAWA welcomes the public to the exhibit’s reception on Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The types of art that will be shown run the gamut; among them are Durga Garcia, a South Florida-based freelance photographer whose works grace many public and private collections. Meanwhile, Pokey Park creates sculptures that capture the imagination. Crafted out of bronze, animals of every size and species comes to life. Her work can be seen in the United States and abroad, with sculptures residing in many private collections, public gardens, and museums.

Each artist brings something unique and exciting to the show.

Founded by five New York women way ahead of their time in 1889, NAWA is the oldest professional women’s fine arts group in the United States. The ladies wanted to make the public aware of the wonderful work women artists were creating. They also aimed at empowering, supporting and encouraging female artists.

In its infancy NAWA shed light on notable artists such as Mary Cassatt and Suzanne Valadon. Artists Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Louise Nevelson, Alice Neel, and Judy Chicago have all become NAWA members.

“This is a show that shouldn’t be missed,” said Janice Cohen, president of the NAWA’s Florida chapter. “It offers the public the opportunity to see great art by women from around the country.”

Armory Art Center is located at 1700 Parker Ave. in West Palm Beach. For more information about the NAWA, visit www.thenawa.org, or for the Florida chapter, visit www.nawafl.com.

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