By Dave Warner

The Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts held an opening reception on Saturday for its ‘Women Paint Women’ exhibit. The exhibition is a “hall of fame of notable women whose contributions inspired the artists to paint their portraits,” and the following artists’ work was on display: Sally Casler, Monana Fletcher, Virginia Keith, Yulia Levkovich, Maggie Peterson, and Teresa Van Etten.

Executive Director Mary Ellen McGillan stated, “We wanted to have a show about women during Women’s History Month. This show has been travelling around Upstate New York, and we thought it would be perfect to show here.”

There are six women painters who have painted women of note in the show. Two of the women depicted are from Little Falls – Donna Veeder, who recently passed away, and Jayne Ritz. “They both have been very prominent in the art community, not just in Little Falls, but in the region,” she said.

The artists did interviews with all of the subjects as well. “It’s about women who have been active in their community,” McGillan remarked.

She said that the MVCA is really working hard to push art out into the community.  They have a show every month at the Rennaisance Pub featuring local artists, a show at Herkimer College with the Arts Factory of Montgomery County, and public art on display on the fourth floor of Stone Mill.

“There’s going to be more to come. I hope we’ll see more people coming to see art in the Mohawk Valley,” she said.