Happy Women's History Month!

March is Women's History Month!

The public celebration of women's history in this country began in 1978 as "Women's History Week" in Sonoma County, California. The week including March 8, International Women's Day, was selected. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women's History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month, and March was declared Women's History Month.

The city of Boston is supporting women in the arts by higlighting 4 Figurative Women Artists from Jamaica Plain.

The exhibition features a wide variety of technique, style, and medium and but the common thread of depicting the human figure and being a woman artist in Jamaica Plain is the bond that brought these artists together.

1. Jessica Burko utilizes paper quilts and photographic mixed media as instruments of a visual, autobiographical narrative.

Jennifer Hughes creates woodblock prints that depict women as mothers and lovers, as well as community and spiritual leaders.

Robin Radin captures photographic portraits of people in the context of their neighborhoods, exploring their relationships with family, neighbors and the immediate environment.

Kate True paints portraits that distill an emotional experience into its barest representation, leaving only the most meaningful details.

The exhibition will be displayed in the Scollay Square Gallery and the Mayor's Art Gallery at Boston City Hall from March 3- 31, 2008. For more information, visit the city of Boston's website.

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