Ukiah Art Center will celebrate International Women’s Day and all of March by focusing its new show on “Her Story.” Half of the humans on Earth are women. They are mothers, daughters, sisters and partners. They are peacemakers, warriors, innovators and healers. They are beautiful because they are diverse… across cultures, lifestyles and ages. Life wouldn’t exist without women, and the ACU Gallery will be loaded with images of them in all sizes and mediums.
According to the organizers of the show, “International Women’s Day is March 8. This global event offers everyone the opportunity to reflect on the progress made, to call for change and to celebrate the acts of courage and determination of ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their country or their community”. The question posed to the artists introducing their work in the exhibition is “Who inspires you? or groups of women in your life or in your imagination?”
The first Friday opening celebration of “Her Story” will take place on March 4 from 5-8 p.m. at Art Center Ukiah at the back of the Corner Gallery. Masking requirements and current COVID protocols will be in effect. The music will be provided by a woman we will all want to celebrate, classical piano legend Ukiah Elizabeth MacDougall.
In addition to the art exhibit, ACU will be offering two free women-themed workshops during the month of March. The first will be taught by renowned local collage and assemblage artist Esther Siegel on Saturday, March 5. Using upcycled/upcycled materials, students will learn to both create unique colorful envelopes and unique greeting cards to suit any occasion. , but especially for an important woman in their life. Many materials will be provided for the envelopes (templates and calendar pages) and for the decoration of the cards. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite images or photos to add to their collage to personalize it, along with scissors and a glue stick.
The second workshop will take place on Saturday, March 26. Saoirse Byrne, a fiber artist from Anderson Valley, will teach students how to create a string garland in a workshop she calls “Every Turn.” It may sound simple, but as Saoirse describes it, “Who we are is a myriad of twists and turns. Her story line may seem straight when viewed from a distance. Stringing is basically string and it too can look straight. But look closely and see how the fibers are each twisted and then twisted around themselves to create a solid length.
Saoirse continues with her challenge to the participants: “Who are our mothers? What are the lines that connect us? In this workshop, you will join me in creating your very own string garland that honors the strength, struggles, and beauty of the women who have contributed to our own lives. We will write on lengths of fabric and twist them into garlands that are at the heart of its story. »
Both workshops are free to the public, and all or most materials will be provided. They will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Art Center Ukiah space at the back of the Corner Gallery at 201 S. State St. in Ukiah. Participation will be limited to 10 students per workshop and sign-up sheets can be found at the Corner Gallery. All COVID protocols, including masking, will be in effect.