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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cihuatl, Mujer, Woman Exhibit @ Art Access (SLC: Feb 17 - Mar 9)

Salt Lake City, UT - February, 2012

Art Access Gallery

 Cihuatl, Mujer, Woman

a collaborative exhibit by Ruby Chacon,
Veronica Perez and Maritza Torres

"Cihuatl, Mujer, Woman" is a collaboration between artists Ruby Chacón, Verónica Pérez and Maritza Torres.  The exhibit blends personal perspectives and individual experiences to harmoniously create works that share the essence and inner beauty of women.  The result is an amalgamation of the past, present and future; a convergence that highlights individuality, while honoring strength, vitality and dignity.

Their artwork is inspired by their stories, their ancestors, their memories and their present ways of knowing.  Using this as the foundation of the series, they created work that highlights women as multifaceted beings, rather than mere objects for consumption.

By sharing these visual portrayals, the artists become the authors of their own narratives. They take ancestral memories and experiences, and render onto canvas a slice of their psyche, sharing their perspectives with you. 

Access II Gallery

Art With A View II
by Amber DeBirk 
Artwork and Creations 
by Eleanor Scholz

Amber DeBirk is a "sustainable" mixed-media artist from Salt Lake City, Utah who has experimented with recycled fused glass for over 10 years. Most recently she has been working with mixed-media, combining her recycled fused glass with paint, wood, and encaustic pieces. In this exhibit, entitled Art With A View II, DeBirk uses recycled window glass from a local window company, crushed wine and sake bottles from local sources, and glass paint. 

"The color and texture of my window paintings have an organic contemporary feel. I hope 'viewers' get as excited as I do when I look at them. If people can take the time to look at each window within each piece, there is always another scene that is captured," said DeBirk.

Eleanor Scholz's pieces utilize elements of comedy, satire, and the unexpected to create visually compelling and enjoyable scenes and commentary. "Without becoming too didactic," said Scholz, she hopes to present the viewer with "mostly neutral depictions of several social or environmental phenomena that are prevalent in our daily lives." 

Scholz is drawn to honest and intimate portrayals of individuals as they exist to themselves, not necessarily as they appear in reality. Ultimately, her hope is that through the use of whimsy she can share her observations and experience of the human condition and the world we live in while maintaining the levity and humor that went into the creation process.  

February 17 through March 9, 2012

Gallery Stroll Reception on Friday, February 17
from 6 to 9PM.

Art Access Gallery
is located at
230 South 500 West, #125 in Salt Lake City.

Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.

Art Access Gallery is funded in part by the following: Zoo Arts and Parks, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Utah Arts & Museums, Doctorow Family Foundation, Lawrence T. Dee & Janet T. Dee Foundation, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Kennecott Utah Copper Foundation, Marion D. & Maxine C. Hanks Foundation, and the generous support of our patrons and artists.

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