Gallery Q Archives – 2017 June/July

So-Called Ladies: Works by Beth Bloom and Saundra Ehman

June 2 to July 27, 2017

Opening Reception: June 2, 2017 (First Friday) from 6pm to 9pm

Gallery Q presents two So Called Ladies

So Called Ladies includes work by two of Rochester’s creative talents and active members of the Alliance’s Sage program. Each artist uses vibrant color and mixed media to create work that is whimsical as well as introspective.

Beth Bloom’s series, Cowgirls, Vamps and Other So Called Ladies, includes an array of embellished and bedazzled found photographs and found sculptural objects. Bloom’s work combines the traditionally “feminine” domestic chore of sewing with found photographs and sculptures of women to create work that embodies the feminine mystique, exploring their beauty, power, confidence, attraction and majesty. Bloom says, “In a world that is fast paced and stressful, my work is an oasis – whimsical and colorful. In a politically charged atmosphere of polarization and negativity, I gravitate towards all that is beautiful: women, immigrants, religion, gender and sexual diversity, the differences that make us real.”

Saundra Ehman explores her own aging female figure with humor in her larger-than-life soft sculptures. The forms turn the notion of the ideal feminine form on its head by glorifying and beautifying the real feminine form. Her sculptural pieces are complemented by her vibrant pen and ink drawings and weavings. She is prolific in creating meditative drawings that are filled with detail and bright colors. Ehman states, “I get inspiration from people, places, things, situations, conversations…actually anything can get me to take pen or pencil to hand.”