Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Grant Tyler.
“The manner of choosing the artists for ‘Some Fine Women’ became like the 1970’s Faberge commercial where the frames of women multiply and the saying goes: ‘I told someone, she told someone, and she told someone and so on, and so on and so on,’” say’s the Vegas Valley based V A S T space projects owner, Shannon Mc Mackin.
Inspired by the strong, smart women she met through the gallery, she then cast an eye toward giving a leg up to other women artists, widening the circles. The importance of mentorship became apparent.
Mary Warner, Alexis Smith and Rachel Lachowicz share space with former students - Angela Kallus, Wendy Kveck, Barbara McCarren, Patricia Burns and Michelle Carla Handel. “These are women who have chaired departments, shown in museums and raised families. They are adept with power tools and can effortless segway from talking politics to passions. They share a resilience associated with a western spirit. These women know how to get it done. “ says Mc Mackin.
In a man’s world, you are told to pull yourself up by your bootstraps does a woman have to wear boots or strap on her stilettos to play ball with the boys? Or is the real power women hold in the connections they make with each other?
In addition to the painting show exhibited in the white, cube gallery space and the intimate “drawing room” with works on paper, the show takes over an adjacent 5,000 sq. foot warehouse. An Alexis Smith mural pulled from Las Vegas Cultural Affairs storage lays flat on the concrete with ladders to view. Scenes from an Alison O’Daniel, The Tuba Thieves shot in a moving truck and part of LA Louvre’s current “Rogue Wave” show, screens in a semi-trailer. The “semi-screenings” will also show Eloise Fornieles, Eternal Sea, Eternal Sky. Pen and ink drawings, videos, sculpture made with rubber and paintings poured from lipstick are some of the mediums used in this ambitious group show.
For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website :thuvanarts.com
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