Hard Won, Not Done

Watercolor painting "Elsie" based on the grandmother of artist Jo Myers-Walker

I based “Elsie” on my grandmother because of her determination and perseverance (smaller study on the right,
full-sheet painting on the left).

Patience, watercolor portrait of a woman in profile by artist Jo Myers-Walker

The strength and determination
of “Patience” are visible
in her face and demeanor.

Friend Mary helped me transport two paintings and a sculpture to Muscatine Art Center for their exhibit “Hard Won, Not Done,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

Works by 24 eastern Iowa women artists will be on display from January 18 to April 12, 2020. Panel discussions are scheduled on February 9 and March 26, and I’ll be part of the March 26 panel! See the exhibit website for more information.

“Hard Won, Not Done” is just one of three exhibits which will be at Muscatine Art Center at the same time, inspired by the 19th Amendment milestone. The City of Muscatine has posted a good summary of all the exhibits and events.

Marisa, handmade-paper bust of a young woman in flowing hat by artist Jo Myers-Walker, shown being transported on a handcart and after installation

Transporting “Marisa” (handmade-paper sculpture). I imagine Marisa
at the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s rights convention.
Suffragists became mindful of how style influenced their public image.

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