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Opening Reception for Women Create on April 15

Following two highly acclaimed and well attended exhibits in the past four years, Women Create is returning to Jamestown, New York.

From April 15 to May 11, the Dykeman-Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium at 100 East Second Street in Jamestown will showcase a wide range of art and fine crafts in a variety of media. The works were created by 46 artists ranging in age from 16 to 94 and representing primarily western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.

Women Create is a community-minded, volunteer-run initiative to support and celebrate women artists by mounting a juried exhibit every other year. Internationally exhibited artist, curator and educator Debra Eck and photographer and blogger Jennifer Schlick are creative directors. They are assisted by mixed media artist Katherine Turnquist.

At the 7-9 p.m. opening reception on Friday, April 15, the creative directors and many of the exhibiting artists will welcome visitors, share refreshments, and answer questions about their work.

Audrey Dowling, the juror for the exhibit, will give a juror’s talk at 7:30 p.m. Dowling is an artist and the owner and operator of the Portage Hill Gallery in Westfield, NY.

Immediately preceding this reception will be the opening for the Juror’s and Founders’ Show at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery, adjacent to the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts at 116 East Third Street in Jamestown. The 5-7 p.m. event will open an exhibit of the artwork of Dowling, Eck, Schlick and Turnquist that will also be on display until May 11. 3rd on 3rd Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.reglenna.com/content/3rd-3rd-gallery-events.

Both exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. Catering for Women Create is by Miley’s Old Inn, with a cash bar. Donations will be appreciated to help defray costs.

All work at the Women Create exhibit will be for sale, and purchasers are asked to leave work in the gallery until the closing. Prices range from $90 to $10,000 for “Above and Below,” an acrylic on wood of a pair of ruddy ducks painted by Jennifer Miller of Cattaraugus County. Miller won the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only art competition of its kind sponsored by the United States Government. “Above and Below” was used to create the companion image on the 2015-2016 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp that went on sale last June.

Salons with the presenting artists will be held at the Dykeman-Young Gallery at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings throughout the show.

For more details, visit www.womencreate.org.

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