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Speaking up: The ladies of the Art4201 guild are presenting the show '7 Voices' at P. Rose Gallery through November.
BY BRIDGET BALCH
From graduate school to guild-forming, a group of local women have made their journey to becoming mature artists together.
The members of Art4201, created in 2005, are displaying works in the "7 Voices" exhibit at the P. Rose Gallery in Fredericksburg through the end of November.
The seven artists of Art4201 decided to form a guild when they felt an emptiness after finishing Virginia Commonwealth University's graduate art program.
They had been meeting regularly to collaborate and critique one another's works and figured they should make their group official.
"We just kind of jelled as artists," said Nita Adams, one of the members.
The artists attend workshops, meet formally and have an open studio once a week, where they can work on their art individually and collectively.
Their goal is to grow in knowledge and broaden their experiences of art, and they consider showing their work in group exhibits, like "7 Voices," a constructive development.
Gallery owner Paula Rose knows several of the women and was eager to host their work.
"I thought it would make a great show," said Rose, who also is an artist.
The exhibit consists of 40 pieces of art from Adams and guild members Mary Magneson, Toni Scott, Brenda Douglas, Charlotte Richards, Lynne Mulhern and Christine Long.
"7 Voices" includes a wide variety of art styles and forms, including paintings, prints, jewelry and fiber art.
"It's a very pretty show," Adams said.
All of the pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase.
Bridget Balch: 540/374-5444
Where: P. Rose Gallery, 709 Caroline St., FredericksburgWhen: Through November. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 540/371-8499; prosegallery.com