Transformations Gallery is excited to present our first virtual art show! Planned prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, we want to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women achieving the right to vote through artwork that depicts the power that arises when women use their voices to demand change. We hope to show the various ways that women impact society-- intellectually, economically, raising awareness, spiritually, etc.

We are thrilled with the work submitted by the 13 accepted artists whose techniques include painting, textile manipulation, and photography. Following each image, the work is described by the artist, in their own words, to provide you, the viewer, with some inside information regarding its creation, backstory, and insight into details you may have missed. Take your time looking through the artwork and enjoy the artist's words as if you were sharing an intimate conversation at an art opening.

We hope you feel inspired by this show and appreciate the artwork from the safety of your home. If circumstances change where we can safely host the artwork, artists, and art lovers at an in-person opening, we will let you know! Until then, we look forward to hearing your feedback regarding this show. Please reach out on social media to share your thoughts. And don't forget: all the artwork is available for sale so if you feel inspired, please reach out to the artist.

  

Artist: Janice Fried

Title: Eve

Medium: Mixed Media

Size: 10.5"x18"

Price: $500

Contact: 732-404-7314

 This piece started out as I thought about women’s voices being silenced in various ways since “Eve” but during this COVID-19 pandemic it took on a different visual effect.

 The use of fabric, textiles and embroidery traditionally known as “women’s work” has gained strength as an artists medium of late especially among female artists.

 I have been exploring using this new technique for several months.

 

 

Artist: Janice Fried

Title: Clara Lemlich

Medium: Mixed Media

Size: 13"x19"

Price: $500

Contact: 732-404-7314

Clara Lemlich (1886-1982) an immigrant from Ukraine gave voice to New York City’s “working girls” in the early part of the 20thc. She was a leader in what was known as “The Uprising of 20,000” which was a massive strike of shirtwaist factory workers shortly before the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911.

Clara was an activist and a fighter for Women’s rights and human rights for the rest of her life.

This fabric collage is done with stitches, antique lace and buttons which all relate to the shirtwaist workers of the time. The background fabric is a subtle map of New York City. There is a small piece of burnt fabric in the lower right as a tribute to the women who lost their lives in the Triangle Factory Fire.

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Artist: Joe LaMattina

Title: Estrogen Warrior

Medium: Acrylic, mixed media on canvas

Size: 40"x30"

Price: $1,450 Transformations Gallery Sale $350

Contact: Website: www.joelamattina.com,Cell: 201.446.7023, Email: artist@joelamattina.com

 “Estrogen Warrior” is a piece that I created years ago in hopes of it being entered in an exhibition entitled, “Warrior Women.” The power, confidence, and strength evoked by the final facial expression, eventually gave way to the title. It was eventually juried into the show as the only piece created by a male, among thirty, very talented, women artists. A proud moment!

 

Artist: Joe LaMattina

Title: Never Stop Pushing Yourself~A

Medium: Acrylic mixed media on canvas

Size: 12"x12"

Price: $175

Contact: Website: www.joelamattina.com, Cell: 201.446.7023, Email: artist@joelamattina.com

 “Never Stop Pushing Yourself~ A”  is part of a series that I am constantly upgrading and expanding. What I’ve done was to take several of my sold paintings, scan a focal part within each piece, convert it to black and white, and roughly adhere it to a 12”x12” canvas. From there, I painted and collaged each canvas, monochromatically, until each found its own strength. Finally, I added several red lines to anchor each statement and to recognize it as part of the series. It seems that many women can identify with the voice and the message in this painting, which again, makes me proud and humbled.

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Artist: Cynthia Cephas

Title: Tea Time

Medium: Quilt

Size: 20.5"x 25"

Price: $400

Contact: Cell phone 732.406.9986, Email: ccquilts@hotmail.com, Website: www.quiltsbycc.com

 

Artist: Cynthia Cephas

Title: Swing Low

Medium: Quilt

Size: 21.25" x 25"

Price: $500

Contact: Cell phone 732.406.9986, Email: ccquilts@hotmail.com, Website: www.quiltsbycc.com

 

Artist: Cynthia Cephas

Title: The Underground Railroad

Medium: Quilt

Size: 40.5" x 24.5"

Price: $600

Contact: Cell phone 732.406.9986, Email: ccquilts@hotmail.com, Website: www.quiltsbycc.com

My quilts tell a story that I feel most people can relate to. To create my quilts, I use cotton fabric, synthetic hair, applique and machine quilting. My quilt titled “The Underground Railroad” depicts a woman named Harriet Tubman who was born into slavery and escaped. She helped family and friends using the network of anti-slavery activist and safe houses known as “The Underground Railroad.” The Harriet Tubman story plays a big part in African American History.

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Artist: Luciana Mallozzi

Title: I Will Not Be Quiet

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 18"x14"

Price: NFS

Contact:  Email: lmallozzi@mac.com, cell: 646-319-7960,  Instagram @lucianamallozzi.

 

This piece was inspired by so many things, from the original Greek myth of Medusa, the evolution of feminism, the demonization of women with ambition, the Women’s March and the pink pussy hats, the duality of femininity and the burden of double standards (alluded to by the pink roses, which represent both beauty with their pleasing appearance and fragrance and pain through their thorns). I added the phrase “Nolite te bastardes carborundum”, made famous by Margaret Atwood in her earth shattering and eerily prescient novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It isn’t true Latin, but it was a code of rebellion and translates roughly to “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” If anyone knows how that feels, I imagine Medusa would. The style is fairly consistent with my work, being fairly traditional and realistic. However, I have rarely worked with symbolic imagery in this way before. She is shown looking directly at the viewer, unsmiling, her lips parted, about to speak. She is not here to please anyone nor give comfort to her oppressors with her silence. In these turbulent times, Medusa is quiet no more.

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Artist: Beryl Koblin

Title: We Will Be Heard

Medium: Cotton fiber, sewing thread and photo transfer

Size: 10”H x 11”W (unframed)

Price: $100 ($125 framed)

Contact: Email: bejaknits@gmail.com, Website: www.bejaknits.com, Instagram: @bejaknits, Facebook: Beja Knits and Weaving

 In We Will Be Heard, I wanted to weave the history of women’s work, women’s activism, women’s voices and reflect on how much our lives have changed, yet so much has remained the same.  From the left: Rose Livingston who worked to free victims of sexual slavery, Fola La Follette, an actor and activist and an unnamed 14-yr old striker.

 I used a technique developed by Theo Moorman, and adapted by Daryl Lancaster for photos. I cut the photo into thin slices and used the Moorman technique to inlay each slice into the weaving. The beauty of this technique is that the photo is held down with very thin but strong sewing thread, here, the purple, gold and white colors of the suffragettes, while resting on a background of fine cotton weave. The purple fibers across the entire work express my anger and hope. I invite you to build your own story.

 Source of photo: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number LC-DIG-ggbain-12397

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Artist: Thelma Fried

Title: Inspiration

Medium: Oil pastel and collage on paper

Size: 14" x 14"

Price: NFS

 Along with art, I love to dance. Dancing feels like a spontaneous response to my own self-expression and i wanted to try to recreate that feeling on paper. This piece was inspired by a sculpture I saw in a small museum in Israel. The sculpture emanated joy and freedom.

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Artist: Nancy Ori

Title: A Young Voice

Medium: Archival Inkjet photograph

Size: 18"x24" print, 22"x28" Framed

Price: $295 print, $395 framed

Contact: www.nancyoriworkshops.com or www.nancyorifineart.com

 

Artist: Nancy Ori

Title: Workin' It

Medium: Archival Inkjet photograph

Size: 18"x24" print, 22"x28" Framed

Price: $295 print, $395 framed

Contact: www.nancyoriworkshops.com or www.nancyorifineart.com

 Although not a documentary photographer, it was difficult to visit Cuba and not become one. Both photos were made the day that Castro’s body arrived in Santiago to be buried there. Interesting to see the contradictions: a young girl walking next to her mother with ‘I am Fidel’ written on her face to honor Fidel and an old woman discovering the beauty of capitalism by becoming an entrepreneur for tips. What an amazing experience to see the contrasts of age, history, culture and understanding.

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Artist: Kathleen Kirchner

Title: Untitled 2

Medium: Photography

Size: 11" x 14"

Price: $250

Contact: Email: Kkirchner.photography@gmail.com, Cell: (973) 670-4284

 

Artist: Kathleen Kirchner

Title: Untitled 3

Medium: Photography

Size: 12" x 18"

Price: $250

Contact: Email: Kkirchner.photography@gmail.com, Cell: (973) 670-4284

 On January 21, 2017, only one day following the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, between 3,267,134 and 5,246,670 people in cities around the United States,assembled for the largest single day of peaceful protests in American history; without one single arrest.Worldwide participation has been estimated at over seven million; on all seven continents!

The flagship march, known as the Women’s March on Washington, estimated at 470,000 protesters, gathered in D.C., calling for human and civil rights regarding: gender equality, access to women’s health services, protection for immigrants, minority and LGBTQ rights, freedom of religion, and environmental protection.

I am happy to share with you two of my favorite photographs from that historic day. Both are untitled because, ultimately, they can speak for themselves.

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Artist: Nancy Wilton

Title: Silenced No More

Medium: Photography

Size: 11"x14" framed

Price: $50

Contact: email niceynancer@comcast.net

cell 732.675.3484

 

This photo is an empowerment to all women! Women will no longer stand in the background and will not be quiet anymore! We are equal to men and deserve our voices to be heard loud and clear! Women are strong and resilient!

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Artist: Julie Dunic

Title: Finding Color In The Dark

Medium: Watercolor and ink

Size: 11" x 14"

Price: Original NFS, prints available for $12 each

Contact: juliedunic@gmail.com

Instagram: @capy_boo_ra

Facebook: facebook.com/capyboora

 

With this piece, I hope to convey that it is always possible to make a change when put in a bad situation; there is always hope. This painting was created with watercolors and ink. The casual observer may not notice that the two purple eyes in the background line up with the wings of the horse strategically. In this context, the wings are meant to resemble teeth, and the small mounds on either side of the path resemble knuckles and claws. This piece is similar to my other artwork in that it is slightly eerie but also has colorful aspects. This image fits within today’s current events in that it is important for us to break from our changes and fight in this dark time for what is right.

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Artist: Lauren Curtis

Title: Keep Coney Island Weird

Medium: Digital Photography

Size: 8" x 10" matted & framed to 11" x 14"

Price: $115

Contact: Email: forestwalker333@hotmail.com, website: www.LaurenCurtisArt.com, Facebook: LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt

 I wanted to capture the spirit & uniqueness of the people who attend the Coney Island Mermaid Parade & how important it is to them to preserve this threatened landmark, and in particular the voices of the women who are instrumental in making this annual, famous event inspirational and creative. They have a powerful presence here & exemplify the significance of the mermaid theme. It captures a bold colorful and uplifting moment when women are using their voices & creativity to stand up for something they believe it. It's a bit different than some of my work in that it focuses on a current, modern-day moment & movement, yet it is similar in that the subject matter focuses on the power of women and feminine aspects shown in a positive light. Now more than ever people need to stand up for what is right and women need to be seen, heard & valued! In light of very recent horrible occurrences, speaking out for what is just has never held more importance!

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Artist: Cathy Tardosky

Title: The Right Track

Medium: Digital Photography

Size: 11" x 14"

Price: NFS

Contact: photoedit2@optonline.net

When I saw this scene on the race track in Saratoga, I was happy to see a woman as a track photographer. I imagined her struggle to get to that place, in an industry whose key players are traditionally men. Maybe she thought (as I would) that working at this legendary race course would be exciting, and maybe even a little glamorous. But as I watched this woman at work, I felt that she loved what she did and wasn’t afraid to get “down and dirty” to get the job done.  

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Artist: Tom Brown

Title: in Gaias Eyes

Medium: Digital Media Print

Size: 24.4" x 5.2" unframed

Price: $300

Contact: Https://www.41xRT.com/art 

“in Gaia’s eyes” is similar to my other recent works that combine images through computational methods some call Machine Learning or AI. When, I was working on "in Gaia’s Eyes" I was thinking about "God in the Abstract”. How we see the world, particularly through “big science”... the search for the Higgs boson the so called “god partial”. This exploration brought together inspirational images of eyes, technology, and the world from outer space. As well as art works that are representations of god.  Gaia the powerful female earth goddess loomed large in my thinking.

You may notice that although the two eyes are similar they are not the same. Earth's continents have slipped into this final image. The irises of the eyes may look like globes with Van Allen radiation belts in the whites.  But the pupils have a more camera iris like look, giving this image a sense of powerful otherness. Some folks viewing this have seen images of birds, flowers, butterflies. What do you see?

“in Gaia’s eyes” is envisioned for display above a door frame looking down on folks entering and leaving a space.