Women and Water

WOMEN and WATER: An International Women’s Day Show

(RUNS MARCH 9-APRIL 8, 2011)

International House Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Wednesday, March 16th

Opening for International Women’s Day celebration

Sponsored by: Penn’s Provost office for the “Year of Water,” Penn Women’s Center, Center for East Asian Studies, Middle East Center, South Asia Center, African Studies Center, United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia & International House Philadelphia.


Our mothers and grandmothers have taken the role of water bearers, transforming water into a source to boil our nourishment.  Without water, there is no harvest, no purity, no life.  This exhibition responds to the billions of people who live each day without clean water, to the impurities that families have to face globally and the scarcity of food source because of it.  We hope to raise awareness on this International Women’s Day 2011 of the physical and environmental suffering to Mother Earth because of the global water crisis.


Qaadira Allen has been identified by many roles, each reflecting her passion for, and her fascination with creativity, energy, and the dynamics of change. She brings over 25 years experience as a mixed media artist, writer, transformative art facilitator, health educator, creative life coach, and consultant. She also brings her contagious enthusiasm, intuitive insight and peaceful perspective.

Alison Altergott is the current co-president of the Philadelphia Chapter Women’s Caucus for Art. She is a printmaker and book artist, and shows her work at Gallery 22 in Philadelphia.  Her work is currently part of the Battle of the Sexes exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum.

Joan Arbeiter is an artist drawn to people, nature and the ironies of her pre-feminist circumstance.  Her art has focused on Women Artists, Street People, The Vanishing Vista, Friends and Neighbors, a Job Search, Familiar Faces, The Artists Palate, and Portraits of the Artist. As A Young Girl Fulfilling Society’s Limited Expectations, an on-going series. Portraying her images in the media and size she finds appropriate, Joan weaves into her art a text of personal, political and/or social significance relating to her subject. Joan Arbeiter’s work has been seen in more than 20 solo exhibitions and 100 group exhibitions. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Noyes Museum and in public and private collections throughout the country.

Cynthia Back is a printmaker and painter who has exhibited widely throughout the

United States and Europe. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors includinga Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant in 2009 and 2005, a Puffin Foundation grant in 2003, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1996; a residency to Acadia National Park in 2009; fellowships to The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Ltd., Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1997and 1999, Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain in 2000, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in 2000, The Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry, Ireland in 1999, and The MacDowell Colony in 1994. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections.

Rosalind Bloom been exhibiting regularly since graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1985. Her work is in many public and private collections. She is known primarily for mixed media paintings of sometimes fanciful, sometimes mysterious creatures. She has been included in group shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg, the Borowsky Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, and the Woodmere Art Museum.

Ellen Bonett (installation design, photographer) member of Women’s Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter and Midwives Collective: I want to engage my audience. My art is not just a reflection of myself; it is a culmination of universal ideas and perceptions translated into different media. The public plays a necessary role in the translation, because my work is mainly abstract. If the audience can assimilate a personal reflection in the work, then I have achieved my objective of inspiring community interaction. I am gradually combining all of the elements that excite me in my work – recognizable 3D objects, abstract forms and color into larger installations.

Katrina Carroll is an artist and aspiring art therapist. She recently graduated from Holy Family University and is pursuing her M.P.S in Art Therapy. She enjoys working with a variety of art forms such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. Her work frequently includes self-portraits and the female body.

Rachel Citrino is a Philadelphia based independent artist and curator with thirty years of exhibitions internationally. A past president of the WCA Philadelphia Chapter, she has been an advocate of women’s art through most of her career organizing and curating exhibitions and international exchanges highlighting the contributions of women artists.

Danielle Ferrell is a student and multimedia artist working with photography, sculpture, painting and printmaking. Her most recent series focuses on dealing with different abuse issues and victims.

Jane Forth: “Nature has always been alluring to me. Growing up in Chicago, trees, dandelions, pigeons and an occasional robin were what I knew of nature. I remember copying a blue jay from a book of Audubon’s paintings because I found the look of that bird quite amazing. I now live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains—very close to the Appalachian Trail. Everywhere I look, there are plants, animals and mountains. Painting is natural in this environment. “

Pamela Flynn is a mixed media artist. She received her MFA from New Jersey City University and has her studio in NJ. She is a Professor of Art at Holy Family University, Philadelphia. Her work is fueled by cultural and social issues. This body of work is titled Demarcation Exclusion/Exclusive. This work bids the viewer to consider structure and placement and one’s relationship to a wall or fence-physically/conceptually/politically. A barrier to one person may be a means of protection to another. The purpose of this work is to bring attention to the barriers that persons must climb (figuratively and actually) everyday in order to share in the American dream.

Michelle Frazier resides in Maryland, Received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture (2004), BFA from the Corcoran School of Art (1999). She is a Visual Arts Teacher in Annandale, Va., Adjunct Faculty for Continuing Education, Community College of Baltimore County, Co-President WCA-DC.

Joanna Fulginiti is a fiber artist who paints and stitches on canvas and found fabrics. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Tyler School of Art of Temple University with a B.F.A in Fibers and Fabric Design. She holds a certificate in Patternmaking and Clothing Construction from Marangoni Institute in Milan, Italy. She studied Textile Design at Philadelphia University.

Veronica Gledhill was born in Philadelphia. From Chestnut Hill to Greysferry, the childhood city neighborhoods of her youth were rich in various cultures and economic diversity. She spent much time in, “the country”, on her architect-grandfather’s farm in Bucks County, PA. Gledhill’s art reflects that range of experience as her choice of painting subjects can be the still beauty of a person, place, object, abstract expression, or, a sometimes stark allegorical image. Gledhill co-produced two Philadelphia Fringe Festival events at “The Ethical Society” in Philadelphia and was the Art Director, writer and performer in a collaborative creative project, a short film titled, “This Way Out”.

Marilyn Hayes describes her pieces: “These paintings honor the physical and spiritual relationship between people and rivers. The series arose from my reflections on the world-wide symbol of powerful feminine river spirits and the Katrina aftermath. These images honor the spirits of the rivers – the canal-bound Mississippi and the Delaware and Potomac rivers.”

Martha Knox is a woodcut printmaker and art educator based in Philadelphia. She has an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and has exhibited widely at independent art spaces, art centers, and Philadelphia’s City Hall. Most recently Knox has shown at Isadore Gallery and the Allens Lane Art Center.

Bonnie MacAllister is a multimedia performance artist and playwright.  She is currently showing work at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, the Florissant Art Gallery in St. Louis, and the Center for Green Urbanism in DC.   She is the author of SOME WORDS ARE NO LONGER WORDS, PAID IN GOATS, and COPTIC:  ETHIOPIAN MYSTICISM. For more info: bonniemacallister.com.

Virginia Maksymowicz was born in 1952 in Brooklyn, NY and now lives in Philadelphia. PA. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York  (1973) and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego (1977). She has exhibited her work at the Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum, the Elizabeth Foundation and Grey Gallery in New York City, as well as in college, university and nonprofit galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture (1984), and over the years has been honored with numerous other grants and awards.

Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski holds her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Maryland and her BA in painting and drawing from the American University in Washington, DC. She has exhibited on national and international levels and her work is in numerous collections which include the Malt Beach Art Center in Tampere, Finland, the College of Charleston, the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY, University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Department and many private collections. She has taught at the University of Maryland, Western Carolina University, Columbus College, Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Gibbes Museum School in Charleston, SC to name a few.

Jean Plough: “Land and space inform my work, and the paintings often refer to states of mind. I do not want to limit viewers to here and now, but rather allow a space to open that can extend experience. Because I practice meditation, I am interested in the center it creates. I look at boundaries between forms, and what happens in and around them. In addition, the quality and texture of paint may cause forms and colors to happen by accident. In the summer I use oil paint, and in the winter I use acrylic.”

Cherie M. Redlinger’s artistic career spans over three decades and two continents so it’s no surprise that her visual art and art history education was in Europe and the United States. Cherie has drawn from life’s abstractions to create her art. She is involved in a new series of two-dimensional mixed-media on which she compiles her journeys with mind and nature. Filled with mystic, symbolic, cosmic expressive feelings she brings out the beauty of nature that surrounds her and to capture her mind’s essence. Cherie captured the hearts of clients and collectors throughout the United States and Europe and has artwork placed in the permanent collections of Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram Texas; Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC; ArtColle Museum & Gallery, Sergines, France; International Museo de Collage, Mexico; Contemporary Museum, MD; and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.

Ruth Schanbacher is drawn to fantasy costuming and sets, as an extension of her love of soft sculpture, toy design and plushies. The events she produces have a strong participatory community component. So much so, that sometimes there is no “audience” because everyone is involved at some point. Member of Women’s Caucus for Art. Community Coordinator for Handmade Philly.  More of her artwork can be seen at her website: www.ruthschanbacher.com

Rachel Udell has been working primarily with fibrous materials for the past five years.  Her work addresses how yarns, fabrics, clothing, and other materials can be used not only as formal elements to inform texture, shape, fluidity and plasticity, but also to evoke emotions that are sometimes difficult to put into words.  She lives and works in Philadelphia.  More of her artwork can be seen at her website: www.racheludell.com.

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