Last weekend we attended the Steinbeck Center’s new exhibition – “Honoring Women’s Rights” – a curated collection of contemporary women artists. It is a large and very interesting show with informational placards next to each piece explaining the process and thoughts behind the images. Some very strong, moving, important and beautiful pieces – many with themes that deserve to be addressed but aren’t often displayed. Feminism, genetics, stereotypes, family roles, children, fashion, abuse, sexuality, celebrations and politics are all represented.
Since women artists continue to get the short end of the stick in our society, it is refreshing and inspiring to see so much talent and expertise brought together in such a gracious space. Presented by the Women’s Caucus For the Art (Nor Cal Chapters), it is a national exhibition juried by Dr. Joyce Aiken, Dr. Ruth Weisberg, and Patricia Rodriguez.
There is a great mix of mediums and variety in styles – sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography and textiles. A very refreshing break from the pervasive onslaught of seascapes that permeate the Monterey arts scene. Take a getaway weekend to the coast for yourself and spend some quality time absorbing the thoughtful, emotive art in this show.
There are way too many great works to include here, so we really had to edit down. The only solution is to get out and see the show for yourself, it is really worthwhile. The artists’ statements about each of their works lend so much understanding and value to each viewing!