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Our President's Message

Christine Bethea
President since December, 2019

Women of Vision's Anniversary year has been precedent-setting! Our ability and organizational flexibility positioned us to "re-open" several art institutions in the Pittsburgh area. During Covid-19 from 2019-2021, WOV Inc. jump-started Pittsburgh Center for Arts and MediaContemporary Craft's BNY Satellite Gallery, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and the University Art Gallery with in-person art exhibitions. Undeterred that the trend was to take everything virtual or suspend entirely, WOV resisted the shut-down. The reason for us was simple: There is no better way to experience visual art, arguably ANY of the arts than to witness the genuine article. We posed the question: Can a pandemic stop art? Then answered by offering live exhibitions to the public while encouraging safety through timed tickets, mask advisories, and appeals for hand sanitation. Our collaborators were a critical part of this affirming venture. When this worldwide pandemic passes, and we pray it soon does, WOV will have done its part to keep Pittsburgh arts open for business. 

 

We thank you for visiting our website and ask that you come out to enjoy and support our exhibitions and events. Join our celebration as America's longest-running African-American Women's collective of visual artists.

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LaVerne Kemp

Vice President

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Lynne b

Recording Secretary

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Janet Watkins

Treasurer

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Ashley A. Jones

Financial Secretary

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Ruth Bedeian

Historian

Executive Board

Our Members

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Lynne b.

Lynne b. is a mix media artist, independent curator and music archivist. "I work with found objects and I like to layer, collage and re-purpose things. As a mix media artist, I go wherever my work leads me."

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Jo-Anne Bates

The process of creating mixed media mono-type prints has allowed me to try many different methods of using color, shape, text and more recently texture which lead me in the direction of developing a much different and more exciting colorful abstract prints.

 

My work often folded, torn, and frequently printed with text continues to reflect my interest in color, shape, form and language.

 

Exploring and experimenting continues to Inform the final outcome which have been referred to as multicolored folded cloth or philosophical road maps.

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Ruth Bedian

Ruth Bedeian is an artist whose work is primarily in fibers, even though she has a background in painting, calligraphy, and design. Her focus for many years has been quilting. Through her quilts she tries to explore her African American heritage, using images and metaphors that explores the culture heritage of Africa. Much of her influence comes by way of a love of the literature of African American writers and the images evoked through the stories they tell. The poetry of Jean Toomer or Langston Hughes as well as the novels of Zora Neale Hurston were just as impactful as the collages of Romare Bearden and the paintings of Jacob Lawrence.  

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Christine Bethea 

Christine Bethea is an award-winning visual artist, Teaching Artist and a 20 year veteran of arts administration, who has worked with national organizations, nonprofits and local governments to advance the visibility of Pittsburgh through its arts community. Her work as a Western Pennsylvania quilter has been archived by the Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate. Selected to showcase at the 100th Folklorist Conference in Baltimore, Bethea's film on immigrate settlement, was both shot and edited by Bhutanese teens from BCAP and sponsored by the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art and NEA Bethea is a popular Teaching Artist whose mediums include: fiber, painting, glass, ceramic and mixed media assemblage.

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Tina Brewer

Tina Williams Brewer is an internationally recognized fiber artist known for her artistic exploration of African American history and issues related to family, women and children, and cultural spirituality.

Brewer’s inspiring quilts have been exhibited in Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia as well as numerous venues across the United States. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg, PA, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, in Greensburg, PA, the African American Museum in Dallas, TX, the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington WV, and the United States Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan.

Brewer was honored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for the Arts, as Artist of the Year, 2018; is a Master Visual Artist for the Pittsburgh region in 2014; received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 2009; and the Huntington Museum of Art Walter Grouper Award in 2006. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio.

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Annette Jackson

To be able to create art, I feel, is a God given talent that I love and cherish.  My paintings are expressions of my spirituality, thoughts, concepts, life experiences, and imagination.  I love both abstract and realistic painting.  It is the process, colors, and shapes that intrigue me and keep me wholly committed to each attempt to express and share who I am as an Artist.  Abstracts allow me to go on a journey – time travel – if you will; it’s a continuous discovery of self, living, love, people, in general, and the world in which we live.

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Ashley A. Jones

Multidisciplinary Artist

Art Educator

Curator

Public Speaker

Program Coordinator

Workshop Facilitator

Ashley A. Jones is a multidisciplinary artist and educator from Duquesne, PA., whose work challenges the notion of identity and beauty standards among African American women and girls. Her work has been exhibited internationally across the USA, Canada, and Indonesia. Jones' work is in the collections of the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio. She has received her MFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a BA in studio art from Central State University in Ohio. Jones is the director of Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is also an Assistant Professor of Art. Her artwork and research on colorism and discrimination within the black community have resulted in numerous requests for presentations and lectures. Her work has been favorably reviewed and recognized in several publications.

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Charlotte Ka

My current artistic concentrations are paintings, mosaics and installations. The installations are inspired by the black experience in the diaspora with the general theme of” the power of the spirit to overcome obstacles”. My abstract paintings and mosaics illuminate “the beauty of spirit”.

My passion for jazz embraces in my abstraction’s concepts of improvisation, rhythmic energy and color fields. Currently, my partner Mobutu and I are opening a gallery and house of culture called MOKA: Mecca of Kulture & Art. A place for artists and musicians to share in the rebirth of the historic Hill District. 

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LaVerne Kemp

Teacher

Facilitator of Workshops and Demonstrations

I come from a family of entrepreneurs and knew from an early age that I wanted to follow the same career path. I opened LaVerne Kemps Studios after graduating from California University of Pennsylvania in 1980, where I studied both Education and Art. While at California University I studied Fiber Arts and instantly knew I’d found my calling- taking a weaving course ended up being a life changing decision.

Over the years my work has evolved into an art form rather than just traditional weaving. I’ve experimented with different weaving techniques, felting, shibori dying, beadwork and quilting. Using these various techniques, I’ve developed product lines that emphasize one-of-a-kind statement pieces, wearable art and accessories that are colorful and textural.

Instagram: @lavernekemp

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Mary Martin

Art educator

Collaborator

Curator

Entrepreneur 

Public speaker

Visual artist

Workshop facilitator

Mary Martin is a Pittsburgh based artist/ art educator. In 1993, she received Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Currently, she is a high school visual art instructor and student advisor at Winchester Thurston School. She’s worked for the Heinz History Center, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

 

Mary is a member of Women of Visions, Inc., an arts collective of Black female visual artists. Her work has been exhibited around the country. She has also curated, coordinated and collaborated on educational programming and special projects for organizations such as: August Wilson Center, Andy Warhol Museum, Women of Visions, Inc., The Society for Contemporary Craft, Winchester Thurston School and Heinz History Center. She has also served on artist/grant review panels for the August Wilson Center Fellowship Program, Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiatives Programs, Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, The Multicultural Arts Initiative, and the Ohio Arts Council.

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Instagram: @marymartin_art

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Altha Pittrell

I like to sculpt and make clay sculptures with the use of a vivid imagination. I like to paint on various style canvases, as well as to paint on just Bisk clay with the mixtures of Acrylic paints, beyond the rainbow of colors.  Inviting the audience to enjoy my arts of different mediums from my eye's mind.

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Dominque Scaife  

Figurative Sculpture

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Doll Artistry 

Dominique Scaife is an emerging, self-taught, polymer clay, figurative sculptural artist. Dominique was born, raised, and is currently practicing art in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA. Dominique Scaife Art is the telling of the story of African American culture through sculpture pieces. The intent of her art is to capture the vastness of what it is to be African American. She uses polymer clay to show details in skin tones, hairstyles, and to communicate the stories of her figurative pieces. Each piece is visual story of the culture. An open invitation to recognize, celebrate, and converse around issues or topics of current and past. Dominique is a current member of Pittsburgh Society of Artists Guild, Women of Visions Inc., and Society of Sculptors Pittsburgh.

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Ruth Ward

I consider myself to be a mixed media artist. A quilter first, because I have been quilting for so many years, but also a surface designer and an amateur of several other forms of art. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in my work or you wish to commission a work of art.

My quilts generally tell a story or send a message or have some relation to my life experience. I enjoy my art and spend a great deal of my efforts in improving and perfecting my work.

Most of my art is in private collections but some pieces can be seen at the Pittsburgh History Center, Bidwell Cultural Center or several Pittsburgh Public Schools.

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Janet Watkins

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Instagram: Janet2100Watkins

 

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Janet Watkins is a ceramic jewelry and figure sculptor artist working in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work is inspired by her love of reclaiming materials and utilizes various mediums including clay, glass, fiber and wood. Watkins recently received the Jurors Choice Award for her work in the Sankofa Soul: Past, Present, Future exhibit at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She has also participated in a two women show in Sewickley PA, a four artist show called Reclaimation Nation at the Union Project, Pittsburgh PA and currently has her art displayed at the Pittsburgh Cultural District.  To learn more about her and to see her current work, visit her on Instagram - @Janet2100Watkins. 

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