Nine female artists from the Mount Washington Valley area, have come together and collaborated on a large painting that speaks to women's empowerment.
Their intention is to bring additional awareness surrounding women's rights, education, and the environment, through the arts by fundraising proceeds and donating to charity. The collaborative painting symbolically references these achievements and provokes the question: What is it like to express yourself as a woman in today’s world?
The completed painting is titled Athenai, The Sisterhood and will be the cornerstone piece in a juried art show titled Strong Women Move Mountains: A Women’s Art Collaborative featuring an additional 20 female artisans. Proceeds from this collaborative painting will be split and donated to charities, Planned Parenthood & Starting Point.
The women collaborating on this painting chose to depict the goddess Athena, as their muse, and role model for this project. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. She is said to be accompanied by an owl, which they have also included in the painting, a long time symbol for knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition.
The message these women are putting out in the world, through their artwork, is meant to inspire and encourage others, not only to collaborate on meaningful messages, but to encourage all women to reach for the stars, follow their dreams, be limitless, find their individual courage and know where to find support.
Special thanks and recognition goes to the generous donation of plates and glassware from the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine. The Oxford House Inn, of Fryeburg, Maine for the catered food and drinks. Deb Dawson who is donating an extended documentary film of this collaboration process. And Hunter Editions for donating the scanning costs so we have a high quality image for our print sales!
Please visit our GO FUND ME page and contribute to this cause!