Moving Forward: Women of the 21st Century, the third annual art show produced by local LGBT group, Closet Talk, is on display from now until March 29, 2013. Fourteen women artists are featured in this exhibition at The Pride Center. A gallery reception with food and drinks is scheduled for March 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“All artists will be in attendance to discuss their pieces,” confirmed Judissa Atkinson, co-owner of Closet Talk. “We have quite an interesting mix of art, from figurative art to photography, graffiti to abstract, contemporary paintings to metal sculpture, pen and ink to oil. Many of the pieces are about women of power and progress in the U.S. and abroad.”
Karina Luna’s “Freudian Embrace” is “a painting involving a private scene of two women embraced in an intimate moment one of the women looks to be expecting a child,” noted Atkinson. She also observed that Luna’s painting emulates the style of Lucian Freud and Alice Neel, “ the body’s beauty as well as its flaws.”
Ofelia Atkinson’s “Photo 51” centers on biophysicist Rosalind Elsie Franklin, and Chris Strait’s “Our Lady of Gagalupe” provides another perspective on LGBT icon Lady Gaga.
Atkinson describes Teepop’s “For Every Woman- Angela Davis” as “an empowerment piece.” Another of Teepop’s works, “Four Women,” refers to the song by Nina Simone.
Atkinson’s own work, “Laura Pollán- Libertad,” depicts the leader of the Cuban opposition group Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White).
Although this month’s art show will be one of the most visually engaging events at The Pride Center, there are also other notable programs on the schedule.
Women With Pride has started a new book club for women, “Between the Covers.” Participants will read Katherine Hepburn—The Untold Story, and meet for a discussion on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The comically titled “Hoos-hoos, Coochies and Treasure Chests” presents information about vaginal health on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Dr. Lanalee Sam leads this event, which is part of the ongoing Women With Pride Empowerment Series.
As far as regularly scheduled events, Monday Night Women’s Group and Lavender Speaks are always listed on the Women With Pride program.
Monday Night Women’s Group meets every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This activity gives women the opportunity to have lively discussions, and to interact with other women outside of the bar scene.
On the third Thursday of every month from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Lavender Speaks provides a place for creative individuals to express themselves. For the past three years, Debbie Chamberlin has organized the event. She describes the environment as supportive.
“It’s an opportunity to share in the creativity of the community,” Chamberlin said.
The next Lavender Speaks is scheduled for Thursday, March 21 with featured performer, pianist Ani Kambur. An open mic will follow Kambur’s performance.
Even after Women’s History Month is over, the book club and Empowerment Series will continue to be offered at The Pride Center, along with the other regular events. Hopefully, this is an indication that the celebration of LBT women will also continue, and that more Women With Pride activities are added to the schedule.
On display now until March 29, 2013
Gallery reception: March 22, 2013
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“Between the Covers” Book Club
March 2013: Katherine Hepburn—The Untold Story by James Robert Parrish
Discussion: Thursday, March 14, 2013
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Hoos-hoos, Coochies and Treasure Chests” Presentation on Vaginal Health
Women With Pride Empowerment Series
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Monday Night Women’s Group
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lavender Speaks- Open Mike Event
Third Thursday of every month
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
$3For more information:The Pride Center
2040 North Dixie Highway
Wilton Manors, FL