UW-Fox premieres women's gallery gala
By Leah Reif
photo by Leah Reif
Attendees Cindy Gorges (left) and Tina Dix (right)
observe pieces displayed at the Women's Fund event
in the Communication Arts Center's art gallery March 21.
UW-Fox held the charity event Wine, WOMEN & Art (and a little chocolate too) in the Aylward Gallery March 21.
Proceeds from the gala went towards the Women's Fund, an organization that assists women in achieving equal opportunities.
The gallery featured the work of 20 female artists and offered a cash bar of select wines. Chocolate fondue and desserts were free of charge for attendees.
"We have a lot of artwork coming in from the women of the community. We have over 45 pieces that are going to be represented throughout several artists," Megan Mudge, the university's new events coordinator, said.
The event's artists were in attendance as well.
"It's the first time we're using the gallery space for an outside event," Mudge said.
"There's a lot of successful women, a lot of great role models. It's a great networking tool."
The artwork represented mediums from paintings to glasswork.
"There is something for everybody with all of the different artwork. It's a good opportunity too, to showcase their work in a gallery like this for no cost," UW-Fox's campus marketing specialist Meagan Hardwick, said.
"If the artists don't have enough artwork to fill the shelves of a gallery, this is a good opportunity to showcase," Mudge said.
Featured artist Hanna Helein displayed two pieces at the one night only event, a mosaic titled "Flower Reclaimed" and a self-portrait.
"I believe that art is a way that people can be led on a journey or a point of inspiration. Different venues call for different pieces of art," Helein said.
"This provides an avenue to talk about where art comes from."
Attendee Lee Snodgrass admired Kate Bradley's sculpture "Rock-a-Bye-Baby".
"It reminded me of the sculptor Henry Moore," Snodgrass said.
Another attendee, Adrienne Palm, commented on the advantage of the gala for women artists.
"I'm really intrigued by the fact that there are only female artists. That's a really unique opportunity for this area," Palm said.
Kathy Gilmore, a featured artist and UW-Fox student services staff member, showcased her original artwork.
"I submitted "German Iris" to get me motivated again. It's been one of my favorites I did a long time ago," Gilmore said.
Local artist Sara Rezin's piece, "Molasses Cookies", was on display as well.
"My grandmother inspired it – her recipes, capturing fonts and memories of her," Rezin said.
She used the opportunity to connect with other artists in the Fox Cities area.
"I'm seeing what other people are doing and meeting other artists," Rezin said.
The event allowed locals to socialize and support a foundation that meets the needs of women and girls in the area.
For more information about getting involved with the Women's Fund, please visit www.womensfundfvr.org/.