BAYarts gets all dressed up
"The Dress Says It All," opening July 5 at BAYarts, is a celebration of women artists, individually responding to the “dress” in form and words.
“A woman’s dress is an extension of herself: another skin,” says Denise Stewart, who curates the show. The idea for this exhibit came together over two years ago when Denise and fellow artist Leslie Edwards Humez were tossing about ideas for an exhibit. “We began thinking about the theme of LBD – Little Black Dress; that must-have staple in most women’s wardrobes,” says Denise.
But that idea grew into a much more interesting prospect when author Erin McKean’s book, "The Secret Lives of Dresses," came to their attention. In this novel, dresses speak of their own experiences. This led them to the idea of having artists write a “story,” from the voice of their dress, rather than the traditional artist statement.
The exhibit’s range of technique and approach is as varied as the fabrics and styles available in a department store, thrift shop or the back of women’s closets: paintings, prints, textile, sculpture, photography and film; each piece with its own unique story. Contributing artists include Fran Belkin, Christi Birchfield, Liz Maugans, Sarah Curry, Jessica Pinsky, Marilyn Dolence, Judy Takacs Pendergast, Christi Gray, Arabella Proffer, Leslie Edwards Humez, Chloe Stites, Margaret Kimura, Anna Wallace, Sally Maltia and Rebecca Wilhelm. A limited edition exhibition catalog will be available for purchase.
An accompanying show, in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery, features the work of 10 BAYarts instructors and artists interpreting, what else? Apron! “The Apron Covers It” features Moira Beale, Julie Cikra, Mary Deutschman, Sarah Graca, Kate Oulton, Diane Padrutt, Erin Schectman, Mary Ann Sedivy, Andrea Serafino and Erin Stack. Both shows will be on view through July at BAYarts, 28795 Lake Road.
BAYarts, non-profit art education and exhibition center in Bay Village