LEWISTON — An exhibit titled “All WOMEN: Your Full and Wonderful Self” runs throughout March in the first-floor galleries of the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main St.
The exhibit coincides with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8, an event honoring women’s contributions to society, culture and history. The work of five female artists from four states is featured, with works ranging from colored pencil portraits to quilts.
Amber Marie Hunt creates colored pencil portraits of individuals who have healed from trauma. By focusing on authenticity, vulnerability and resilience, the artist encourages viewers to embrace their own stories and imagine a colorful future for themselves. Hunt received her Bachelor of Arts from Idaho State University in 2016. Her work has been featured in numerous juried exhibitions across the Northwest. She has served on various local arts councils and is president of her local chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. She currently lives and works in Green River, Wyo.
Inspired by her grandmother’s miniature creations, Rachel A. Jameton builds tiny worlds without borders or societal limits. She envisions her miniature creations as safe spaces full of opportunity. Jameton is a professor of chemistry at LC State who embraces interdisciplinary practices in his work. Both artist and scientist, Jameton recognizes the important role the arts play in nurturing critical thinking, creativity and innovation. She lives in Asotin, Washington, where she has a dedicated art studio.
Born and raised in Japan but now residing in Dallas, Texas, Nishiki Sugawara-Beda examines the connections between past and present through elements of her native and adopted cultures. By painting with Sumi, an ink made from soot and animal glue, the artist engages his own spirit. Sugawara-Beda explores themes related to culture, language, and spirituality rooted in Zen Buddhism. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally at venues such as the Spartanburg Art Museum, the Morris Graves Museum of Art, and the Dennos Museum. His work will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition, “Somewhere Around There”, at the Amos Eno Gallery in New York.
Cheyanne Faye Donald Valera immerses herself in new settings and landscapes to illustrate her relationship with her environment. Inspired by the natural elements and the concept of Mother Earth, the artist connects and portrays the personality of a place through her digital paintings. Valera is an itinerant self-taught artist working primarily in graphic design and digital painting. She was first drawn to the texture, lines and movement depicted in fashion illustration and now prefers to approach her art with the same quick, gestural quality. She recently resided in the Bay Area of California.
Naomi S. Velasquez studies relationships and how they change over time. In her quilting and artist books, she explores the meaning and layered nature of these associations. Velasquez received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University in Interior Design and his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art – Fibers from the University of North Texas. She currently works as an Associate Professor of Art as well as Department Chair at Idaho State University. She has exhibited her work internationally and nationally, including at colleges and universities across the North West.
Velasquez will also host a free art workshop on Japanese bookbinding on March 12 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. A limited number of free art supply kits are available for local workshop participants. Register at: https://bit.ly/ArtsWorkshop_JSB
The exhibit will be on display during the Centre’s normal hours of noon to 4 pm Monday to Friday. College COVID-19 protocols will be followed for the exhibit. The protocols can be found on the college’s coronavirus resource page.
For more information on the Center for Art and History, please visit www.lcsc.edu/cah.