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Show at Tucson J highlights ‘Women Who Art’

‘Catch and Release’ by Barbara Brandel

The Spaces We Inhabit” encourages art enthusiasts to explore the points of view of seven local female artists. The exhibit will be on display March 16-April 27 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Fine Art Gallery.

The seven artists, members of group called “Women Who Art,” use a variety of media to express the challenges and beauty of life. The featured artists are Barbara Brandel; Jo Valandry; Helen Gaus; Kimberley Lund, Ph.D.; Greta Ward; Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb; and Leslie Epperson.

Brandel is a painter, collage, and assemblage artist. Her works are in the collections of the Racine Art Museum, Tucson Country Club, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson Medical Center Foundation, private collections throughout the United States, and in various countries across the world. This exhibition will include her painted collages that incorporate recycled world postage stamps.

‘Reverence’ by Jo Valandry

Valandry is a professionally trained printmaker who earned an MFA from the University of Arizona and a BFA from the University of South Dakota in studio art. Throughout her career, Valandry has exhibited in Tucson and nationally.

‘Progeny,’ part of a triptych by Helen Gaus

Gaus studied at Henry Ford Community College, Michigan State University, and University of Arizona, graduating in 1977 with a multi-disciplinary degree in painting, drawing, and printmaking. She spent the greater part of her working life at the University of Arizona, fitting in book illustration and other graphic art commissions.

‘Pomegranate’ by Kimberley Lund

Lund attended Virginia Commonwealth University, The Corcoran Gallery School of Art, George Mason University, and UArizona, studying fine arts, art history, cultural studies, and tertiary studio arts education. She runs Pencilkitty Ink Studios, a fine arts printmaking enterprise, and Santa Javelina Delights, an artisanal food stuffs endeavor. She has exhibited her creative work in international venues.

‘Synergy’ by Greta Ward

Ward works with cold wax and oil. She also works in egg tempera and gold leaf, watercolors, assemblage, and stained glass. With a degree in piano performance, Ward has found commonalities between music and visual art. Her work has been shown in national and local galleries.

‘Like a Phoenix Midst Her Fire’ by Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb

Hastreiter-Lamb earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from the UArizona, concentrating in painting and drawing. She has exhibited her work in galleries and art centers in the Midwest and Western states.

‘In the Forest’ by Leslie Epperson

An award-winning artist and filmmaker, Epperson created the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Divine Mission — San Xavier Del Bac” for Arizona Public Media. It was broadcast nationwide on PBS.  She received a BFA from the University of Illinois and an MFA from UArizona, and has exhibited multimedia artwork nationwide and in Britain.

The artist reception for the exhibit will be on Sunday, March 29,  2-4 p.m. For more information, call 299-3000.