Celebrating Women's History Month at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate, a number of galleries throughout the region are hosting exhibitions featuring exclusively female artists all month long. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. this Thursday Mar.12, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) hosts an opening reception for Majority Rising, a show featuring six of its archived women artists.

The exhibition includes Shirley Aley Campbell, Lee Heinen, Kathleen McKenna, Marsha Sweet, Lynn Szalay and Judy Takacs. Takacs has curated the show, and will lead an artists’ talk about midway through Thursday’s opening reception.

“Feminist issues notwithstanding, a ‘Woman Show’ makes for a dynamic unifying theme. All six of the archived artists in Majority Rising, myself included, came of artistic age working figuratively in Northeast Ohio. We share a common ‘Cleveland Female Gaze’ if you will. This exhibit pays homage to the figurative art revolution that has been brewing, living and thriving in Cleveland for the past 7 decades, and I am incredibly honored to have been asked to curate and participate in Majority Rising.”

All of the artists currently live and work in Northeast Ohio, with the notable exception of Marilyn Szalay, who passed away in 2012.

“My regret is that I never met Marilyn Szalay before she passed away in 2012. Her superb graphite drawings are larger than life, intimate human compositions. I thank her sister, Diane for tending Lynn’s legacy and lending her work, along with a self-portrait to be exhibited with Majority Rising.”

In the coming weeks, the AAWR will present a number of free studio visits with the artists. Space is limited, see their website to register.

Majority Rising runs through May 2. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

(Artists Archives of the Western Reserve)1834 E. 123rd St., 216-721-9020, artistsarchives.org