Art group showcases work at holiday exhibition

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Nov. 29, 2012
Susan Tait Porcaro, of Windsor, and Donna Shaw, of Enfield, show off their work at the Women Artists Collective's exhibition opening at the Windsor Art Center on Nov. 17. Photos by Pat Fahy. - Contributed Photo

A group of humble and unassuming artists who work as lawyers, doctors, engineers, teachers and business owners by day, and as painters, printmakers, quilters, jewelers, fiber artists and potters on evenings and weekends is currently displaying a wide variety of work at the Windsor Art Center. The interesting thing about the group is not their inconspicuous nature; it’s the fact they are comprised of strictly female artists, predominantly from the north central Connecticut region.

The Women Artists Collective will be presenting their visual artwork at the art center as part of their sixth annual exhibition and holiday sale between now and Jan. 5, where guests can look at their work as well as purchase it.

“Giving a gift of art is a great investment,” said Pat Fahy, Women Artists Collective chairperson. “People lose everything in the stock market, but art appreciates often by leaps and bounds.”

The formation of the group began about 10 years ago when several artists met at a coffee house, now Union Street Tavern, for their first meeting. The group wanted to bring visual artists together to energize and support each other in the creative process and to show and sell their work.

“Women artists have not received the recognition men have for their work,” Fahy said. “It seemed important to create a group where women could celebrate their art but also themselves.”

The group started showing off their artwork wherever they could find a space, including their own homes, coffee houses, the Masonic Lodge, the Windsor Historical Society, Art and Soul Gallery, and even the freight house, before it was called the Windsor Art Center. The group has expanded to 35 artists and artisans and has since found a niche and home at the Art Center, where, when their exhibition is over, some of their work will still remain on sale in the gift shop.

The exhibition offers a chance to see a variety of genres and techniques, and the group believes that if you’re looking for something in particular, you will find at least one example of it at the show.

“Our works are a huge variety of taste and talent, price ranges and materials; it’s a cornucopia of ideas,” said Nightwing Whitehead, a member of the Women Artists Collective.

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