The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve presents Disparately Distinguished, a retrospective of the works of two of Cleveland’s most prominent female artists

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve announces the opening of its Disparately Distinguished art exhibition on July 31, 2009. The show, free and open to the public, will begin with an opening reception on July 31 from 5-8 p.m. The reception will feature a gallery talk by artist Nancy Underhill at 6:30 pm as well as complimentary refreshments. The show features paper creations, drawings, paintings, collage and wood block artworks by two of Ohio’s most prominent female artists, Gail Newman and Nancy Underhill, both AAWR archived artists. The exhibition runs through Sep. 4, 2009. The gallery’s regular hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from noon-4 p.m.

Gail Newman’s art mainly consists of paintings and wood constructions.  Stylistically inspired by folk art, she created pieces with subjects that reflect her own life experiences.  Gail Newman’s compositions are filled with rich colors and delineated images often placed within framed settings.  Artist Nancy Underhill works mainly in the medium of paint, colored pencil, and graphite.  She creates bold drawings and wall reliefs inspired by architectural forms, using geometric lines to produce a three-dimensional quality in her work.  The architectural forms are often accompanied by human, animal, and foliage elements.

“This exhibition will take viewers on an imaginative journey through the artistic worlds of Gail Newman and Nancy Underhill,” says Kenneth Goerg, AAWR Executive Director. “From Newman’s interesting evolution as an artist and autobiographical focus to Underhill’s creative use of forms and figures, visitors will enjoy a special treat and gain insight into two of AAWR’s most compelling artists.”

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is a unique archival facility created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibitions, and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is located at 1834 East 123rd Street in Cleveland’s University Circle district, across from Lake View Cemetery. 

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