When you walk into the Pierce Ball Gallery to see the second annual "Artsy Girls Show - A Common Thread," it will be striking to see the tremendous diversity of the work being shown. There is a passion evident in each piece that inspires creativity.
Among the artists in the show, which opens Saturday are Norwalk artists:
Susan Leggitt of South Norwalk - Painting
Susan Borgen of Rowayton-- Mixed Media
Cheryl Govoni of Rowayton, CT -- Fine Art Print
Mary M. Quinlan, of S. Norwalk- Oil Painting
Jane Pollak of Norwalk - Jewelry and Hand Painted Eggs
Meredith Gray of Norwalk- Painting
Mindy Green of Rowayton - Mixed Media
Betty Ball of Rowayton - Painting
Susan Borgen of Rowayton - Games
This body of work is just a small sample of the collective works of members of "The Artsy Girls."
Formed in 2000 as the brainchild of Jane Pollak, a successful entrepreneur, public speaker and business coach, she wanted to bring together her like-minded business associates and friends who have already created a name for themselves in their respective creative fields, and develop a network that would allow them to share their triumphs, gain insights from each other, and share their creative journeys. Quarterly meetings include an update from each member, as well as a "here's-how-I-did-it" talk from a selected member from the group. The group has grown to include more than 50 highly talented and diverse creative woman from the Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts area. The Artsy Girls range in age from early 20's to 80's+.
The show features more than 20 works of art, in a wide range of media, from painting, mixed media, photography and sculpture to quilts and clothing. Each piece is featured with a biography of the artist.
The show will run from Sept. 25 -- Oct. 10 -- open only on Saturday and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.
This Saturday and Sunday many of the artists will be on hand to share their creative stories and inspirations.
"I love the fact that each of these women have created a life for themselves that revolves around their creativity. I am looking forward to attending this show because of what I had seen last year, which was amazing," said Mary Tomolonius, an art collector and a frequent visitor at the Pierce Ball Gallery.
Some of the other featured artists include:
Nicole Cudzilo of Bethel -- Photography
Carolina Fernandez of Ridgefield -- Oil Painting
Pamela Hochstetter of Bridgewater -- Painting
Laurie Klein of Brookfield -- Infared Photography
Leslie Mueller of Greenwich- Fine Art Collage
Laurie Davis of Wilton, - Mixed Media
Jeanine Esposito of Westport- Sculpture
Denise Schmidt of Bridgeport - Quilt
Elizabeth P. Ball of Stamford - Photography /Collage
In addition to the Artsy Girls Show, the Pierce Ball Gallery also features works "BY" two African Elephants, Jabu and Thembi (yes, these elephants painted them). These expressive paintings in small watercolor on paper and "elephant sized" acrylic on canvas, are a sheer joy to see. PB Gallery is the only gallery that sells their work.
The Pierce Ball Gallery is located at 9 Webbs Hill Road, Stamford.
For information, contact Elizabeth P. Ball, director of the Pierce Ball Gallery and president of TFI Envision, Inc., located in Norwalk.
"Last year, many parents brought their young girls to see the show as a way of encouraging their creative spirits," said Ball.