Women’s Museums

March is Women’s History Month, so I find it fitting that I should receive a letter from Meryl Streep about becoming a charter member of the National Women’s History Museum. It will be built in Washington, DC.  When it opens I hope to go, since it is within driving distance from Philadelphia.

The letter sent by Meryl Streep, who is on the NWHM Board of Advisors writes that there “has never been a National Museum in Washington dedicated to telling the incredibly rich and fulfilling story about the contributions that American women have made — and are making every day — to our country, our culture and our way of life.”

I say a museum highlighting women’s achievements is an idea whose time has finally come!  For more information, go to www.nwhm.org. There is also a petition to Congress you can sign to make sure the museum becomes a reality. The cost of becoming a charter member is $25.

Not so coincidentally, the day of my International Women’s Day Luncheon on Tuesday, my neighbor Judy brought me a beautiful book to read called Women Artists: Works from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.* This museum opened in the spring of 1987, also in Washington, DC. The photo above is by artist Susan Swartz, whose work will be exhibited. (See details below.) Here is what I lifted from their website: www.nmwa.org. (Ooops! I got this info from www.artfixdaily.com, who featured this artist.)

Known as much for her environmental activism and philanthropy, the multi-award winning abstract expressionist painter Susan Swartz displays the boldest, riskiest work of her career to sound an alarm about protecting our planet’s scarce natural resources.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC will host a special exhibition of abstract landscape paintings, SUSAN SWARTZ – SEASONS OF THE SOUL from June 17 through October 2.

“Passionate about the environment, and eager to use her art and resources to sound an alarm about the fragility of the planet we inhabit, Susan Swartz (www.susanswartz.com)  is known for the emotional and lyrical beauty of the landscapes she paints using bold strokes of color that inspire a visceral response in viewers. Her remarkably potent abstract paintings have captured the attention of both museums and collectors, and prompted them to take environmental concerns more seriously.  Susan Swartz says there’s an underlying narrative to her work now: ‘An urgent plea to notice, respect and preserve our natural environment.'”

*Special thanks  to my neighbor Judy sharing her art book of scupltures and paintings by women on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The book starts with women’s art in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries and spans Europe and the Americas into the late 20th century, explaining how women artists struggled to do their art in world that favored men artists, because women’s place was in the home.  These women are the pioneers of women artists and their lives are filled with passion for their art, despite all odds.

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