Telling herstory through art in Avon |

Telling herstory through art in Avon

Sarah MausolfVail CO, Colorado
HL Amy Dose RESPECT KA 03-05-08

AVON, Colorado Fourteen female artists have banded together to honor womens history at venues across the valley.A silent auction will take place Saturday at Loaded Joes in Avon as part of R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A community celebration of womens history month.The theme for the exhibit is Duality. About 20 pieces ranging from sculptures to drawings to paintings will be on display.To create the collage HomeWork, Eagle resident Amy Dose did some homework on the women in her family.She dialed her grandmother in Mississippi and interviewed her about the expectations she faced growing up, along with her memories of the womens movement. Dose also e-mailed her mother with similar questions. HomeWork, has a scrapbook feel, with faded pictures of Doses mother wearing her nurses hat and pearls. Does also scrawled the words lover, mommy and demon on the piece a statement on a womans many roles.The concept of duality hits home for Dose, who has a 7-year-old daughter and mural-painting business.Its totally pertinent in my own life because Im a mother and a wife and I take care of my own house but I also am a business owner and I have my own dreams and my own goals, she said.Also hanging on the wall at Loaded Joes is a chrome longhorn skull. The skull is part of a painting by event organizer Robin Nash.That symbol represents the masculine, obviously, the shape of a bull, but it also represents the feminine because it is the shape of the womans reproductive system, the Eagle resident said.Another painting Nash created shows a woman with two snakes wrapped around her body. Snake Goddess borrows from a female figure archeologists unearthed from the ancient Knossos society.Shes a very powerful symbol for women and shes fearless and stands her ground and is ready to defend her home and family and do whatever it takes, Nash said.

Each artist involved with R-E-S-P-E-C-T donated a piece for the silent auction.Proceeds will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Money will flow to women who are in the midst of medical crises like cancer, heart disease or serious accidents, said Karen Simon, executive director of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Organizers hope to raise $5,000 to $6,000.I think its an incredible example of how a small, tight-knit community can rally together and support their neighbors, Simon said.Nash said the slogan for this years national womens history month inspired the event. The slogan is Womens Art Womens Vision. Nash said she stumbled on the phrase while surfing the Web, and it struck her as a good theme for a group art show.Over the past six months, a group of artists from the Valley and Denver have been creating exhibits for valley libraries. Feminine Ideals is the theme at the Avon Library while Heroines and Goddesses appears at the Eagle Library and Referencing Herstory is on display at the Gypsum Library.Whereas school text books often tell the story of the past through the male perspective, the exhibits shed light on the female point of view, Nash said.This is not going to be some stuffy womens history event, she said. Its going to be a fun, hip event.High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at (970) 748-2938 or

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