TALES: A Les Femmes Folles Group Exhibition

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) is pleased to host TALES, a group exhibition by Les Femmes Folles: Women in Art, in the Benedum Gallery from May 8 – 30, 2015.

The public opening reception for this exhibition will be at MAC from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015. The opening reception and exhibition viewing are both open to the public and do not have an admission fee.

TALES is themed around the 2015 Les Femmes Folles book, The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales, written by Laura Madeline Wiseman. The book explores themes of girlhood, coming-of-age, beauty, and the female body and is illustrated with art by Lauren Rinaldi, who will be the featured artist of this exhibition.

Sixteen artists from around the nation will show their work alongside featured artist Rinaldi’s original artwork from the book. The art explores the book’s theme via painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, and video.

The sixteen artists include Cheryl Angel, Launa Bacon, Tracy Brown, Chuka Susan Chesney, Kim Darling, Sally Deskins, Jacqueline Ferrante, Michelle Furlong, Sheila Grabarsky, Cindy Hinant, Marisa Lewon, Cathleen Parra, Christie Neptune, Courtney Kenny Porto, and Marlana Adele Vassar. These sixteen artists submitted their artwork earlier this year and were selected by Les Femmes Folles founding editor, Sally Deskins, and the exhibition’s featured artist, Lauren Rinaldi.

Deskins states, “Though this exhibition features women, it does not seek or attempt to represent all women; it is merely a celebration of the women featured in this exhibition, a small address to the national and looming issue of under- (and mis-) representation of women in art institutions, sales, and texts, which perpetuates the myth of the outlier woman artist.”


!women art revolutionIn conjunction with TALES, a Les Femmes Folles group exhibition, MAC will host a screening of !Women Art Revolution on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The film screening does not have an admission fee and will commence immediately following the May Artist Networking Event.

The 2011 documentary by Lynn Hershman Leeson chronicles the 1960-70s feminist art movement. Through intimate interviews, art, and rarely seen archival film and video footage, !Women Art Revolution reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into an art that radically transformed the art and culture of our times. !Women Art Revolution was selected by MOMA New York as one of the three best documentaries of 2011.

This will be the seventh Les Femmes Folles exhibition since the group’s establishment in 2011. Les Femmes Folles exhibitions have been nominated for awards and reviewed in local and national publications.


Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center Donation Drive

RDVICThe exhibitors, in collaboration with the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC) in West Virginia, would also like to welcome gallery visitors to bring in-kind donations for young women in need, including toilet paper, trash bags (13 gallons or larger), cleaning products, gallon/quart size storage bags, food storage containers, plastic coat hangers, new women’s underwear (all styles/sizes), new or gently used women’s pajamas, new make-up (all sorts), sunglasses, purses or tote bags, shaving cream, hair styling products, and alarm clocks/clock radios. RDVIC is a nonprofit agency serving Monongalia, Preston, and Tayor counties in West Virginia, which provides services to men, women, and children currently experiencing domestic violence and survivors of domestic violence. More information about the organization is available at rdvic.org.

Les Femmes Folles is a volunteer organization that was founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles, and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions, and events. Les Femmes Folles was inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women).  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press by Les Femmes Folles, which publishes one to two books per year. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund. The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales, the book that inspired theTALES  exhibition is available on Amazon.

TALES: A Les Femmes Folles Group Exhibition

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) is pleased to host TALES, a group exhibition by Les Femmes Folles: Women in Art, in the Benedum Gallery from May 8 – 30, 2015. The public opening reception for this exhibition will be at MAC from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015. The opening reception and exhibition viewing are both open to the public and do not have an admission fee.TALES is themed around the 2015 Les Femmes Folles book, The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales, written by Laura Madeline Wiseman. The book explores themes of girlhood, coming-of-age, beauty, and the female body and is illustrated with art by Lauren Rinaldi, who will be the featured artist of this exhibition.Sixteen artists from around the nation will show their work alongside featured artist Rinaldi’s original artwork from the book. The art explores the book’s theme via painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, and video. The sixteen artists include Cheryl Angel, Launa Bacon, Tracy Brown, Chuka Susan Chesney, Kim Darling, Sally Deskins, Jacqueline Ferrante, Michelle Furlong, Sheila Grabarsky, Cindy Hinant, Marisa Lewon, Cathleen Parra, Christie Neptune, Courtney Kenny Porto, and Marlana Adele Vassar.

[img src=http://www.monartscenter.com/wp-content/flagallery/tales-a-les-femmes-folles-group-exhibition/thumbs/thumbs_courtney-kenny-porto-mirror.jpg]640"Mirror"
by Courtney Kenny Porto
[img src=http://www.monartscenter.com/wp-content/flagallery/tales-a-les-femmes-folles-group-exhibition/thumbs/thumbs_courtney-kenny-porto-the-walls-were-black.jpg]10"The Walls Were Black"
by Courtney Kenny Porto
[img src=http://www.monartscenter.com/wp-content/flagallery/tales-a-les-femmes-folles-group-exhibition/thumbs/thumbs_launa-bacon.jpg]20work
by Launa Bacon
[img src=http://www.monartscenter.com/wp-content/flagallery/tales-a-les-femmes-folles-group-exhibition/thumbs/thumbs_marisa-lewon.jpg]20work
Marisa Lewon
[img src=http://www.monartscenter.com/wp-content/flagallery/tales-a-les-femmes-folles-group-exhibition/thumbs/thumbs_sheila-grabarsky_meadowromp_4.jpg]00"Meadow Romp"
by Sheila Grabarsky
[img src=http://www.monartscenter.com/wp-content/flagallery/tales-a-les-femmes-folles-group-exhibition/thumbs/thumbs_sheila-grabarsky_somebirdsdontfly.jpg]30"Some Birds Don't Fly"
by Sheila Grabarsky
[img src=http://www.monartscenter.com/wp-content/flagallery/tales-a-les-femmes-folles-group-exhibition/thumbs/thumbs_cheryl-angel_i-miss-you-this-much-i.jpg]20"I Miss You This Much"
by Cheryl Angel
[img src=http://www.monartscenter.com/wp-content/flagallery/tales-a-les-femmes-folles-group-exhibition/thumbs/thumbs_webmarlana-adele-vassar-thevisionary-2.jpg]30"The Visionary"
by Marlana Adele Vassar
[img src=http://www.monartscenter.com/wp-content/flagallery/tales-a-les-femmes-folles-group-exhibition/thumbs/thumbs_webchuka-susan-chesney-wherehaveyoubeenjpg.jpg]30"Where Have You Been"
by Chuka Susan Chesney

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