PRESS RELEASE: Zenith Gallery Presents:
Featuring: Elizabeth Ashe, Leda Black, Lea Craigie-Marshall, Jessica Damen,
Elissa Farrow-Savos, Susan Freda, Julie Girardini, Carolyn Goodridge,
Joan Konkel, Nancy Nesvet, Katharine Owens, Suzy Scarborough and Sica
1429 Iris St NW, Washington D.C. 20012
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 18th, 2:00-6:00 P.M., talk will begin at 3pm
Elizabeth Ashe, Lea Craigie-Marshall, Jessica Damen, Carolyn Goodridge,
Joan Konkel, Nancy Nesvet, Katharine Owens
We are proud to present, "Artists Femina," an exhibition celebrating women in the arts. All too often in Art History, women have been excluded from schools, events, and exhibitions, with only their bodies allowed as subject matter. Rising from the male gaze, but still inflicted by it, women have infiltrated the arts at a local, national and international level. Today we reflect on the impact that female artists from DC and beyond have made on the contemporary art scene. Owner/founder/Director of Zenith Gallery; Margery Goldberg, has been breaking down barriers in the arts her whole life. From operating the first all-female wood shop, to creating one of the longest running galleries in D.C., Ms. Goldberg has been an inspiration to female and male artists alike, and now feels compelled to highlight those who have continued the path that she has helped forge.
Administrative Director of Zenith Gallery’s non-profit organization,
Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF), Elizabeth Ashe is a new
addition to our gallery artists. Her sculptures and paintings highlight
the drawn-to and repelled-from-danger safety dynamic in relationships
and landscapes. Leda Black’s Fringe Series sublimely blends and bleeds
nature and color, with definite elements rhyming with the indefinite.
Another newcomer to Zenith, Lea Craigie-Marshall not only experiments
with a multitude of different mediums, but also plays with varied
subjects from current political events to obscure natural images.
Jessica Damen uses classical techniques and influences in her modern
take of current socio-political issues. Elissa Farrow-Savos reflects a
sense of womanhood through her mixed media sculptures that provokes
feminine emotions with their titles. Susan Freda weaves fine metal wire
to create airy, kinetic and organic-looking dresses. Julie Girardini
incorporates her science background to create steel and glass marvels
unlike any other sculptures around. Carolyn Goodridge, a founder of Art
Impact USA, creates organic and spatially beautiful blooms using
encaustic and glass that has a soothing feel. Joan Konkel intricately
places painted metal mesh onto playfully colorful canvas in a technique
she developed, creating multi-dimensional wall art that invites the
viewer into her pieces. Prominent writer and journalist Nancy Nesvet
gives the environment a voice in her troubling yet beautiful arctic
landscape paintings. Katharine Owens wields her scissors with precision
in meticulously designed paper collages. NY based veteran artist SICA
constructs her own metallic paper in abstract and symbolic designs in
both sculpture and paintings. Suzy Scarborough’s
work is layers of collage and acrylic
masterfully done with a global view, delicious style, wit and great
Together, these artists represent their powerful journeys and exquisite talent through their art, ranging from subjects about women to nature, to the abstract, making their very own contributions to the history of women in the arts.
Installations by Elizabeth Ashe and Lea-Craigie-Marshall invite viewers’ participation to weave or narrate wishes.