2020-08-10T17:26:25-04:00

Women’s Caucus for Art/Florida Chapter is currently exhibiting its Portrait Project: WOMEN WHO WORK at the Morean Art Center, St Petersburg, Florida.

by Neverne Covington

Women Who Work: A Portrait Project

Presented by the St. Petersburg Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA), which opened Sat., Aug. 8th. There will be a closing reception Sept. 26th. I have two portraits in it whose subjects I have interviewed and have previously individually blogged about in previous blogs: Dr. Nancy Bryant, ophthalmologist and Missy York, COVID charge nurse and St Anthony’s Hospital. The theme of this years exhibition is about the women who make our community work. WCA-FL aims to strengthen and inspire through community and collaboration & work to give visibility to voices both large and small.

Our exhibition presents 36 portraits of working St. Petersburg women created by WCA’s artist members in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. GalleryTalk will make it possible for viewers to hear the story of the inspiration and passion behind each work directly from the artists themselves, via video, with just a tap or click of their smart phone.The new technology, developed in collaboration with PixelStix, provides exclusive content to viewers using NFC code, transforming physical items with a GalleryTalk tag into a virtual experience. To see the exhibit visit the Morean Arts Center, downtown St. Petersburg.

This exhibit will continue to travel throughout the year and next years Portrait Project them will be artists who work. 

About Women’s Caucus for Art

The Women’s Caucus for Art was founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA). WCA is a national member organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals.

The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism. WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts; providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development; expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women; supporting local, national and global art activism; and advocating for equity in the arts for all.

As an NGO (non-governmental organization) of the United Nations, the Women’s Caucus for Art actively supports the UN Millennium Goals. WCA utilizes art as the universal language to engage artists, NGOS, and civil society on a broad range of issues such as gender equity and environmental sustainability.

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2020-07-27T20:31:35-04:00

The Portrait Project- part 2- Women’s Caucus for Art

THE PORTRAIT PROJECT- WOMEN WHO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY WORK

Part 2, of 2 portraits and interviews by Neverne Covington

Women’s Caucus for Art, St. Petersburg Chapter

The portrait project consists of a series of 36, 10 x 12 paintings of women who are crucial to making our community thrive and function. It includes women in a broad spectrum of economic status and of a variety of occupations. The purpose of this project is to honor and celebrate 2020 women’s suffrage and to honor the women of St. Petersburg who are crucial to its operation.

This exhibit is part of the national organization of the Women’s Caucus for Art, St. Petersburg’s Chapter event. The exhibit opens on August 8th at the Morean Art Center with plans for the exhibit to travel to other venues. 

I chose two women to paint. This portrait is of my ophthalmologist, Dr. Nancy Dianne Yates Bryant. She has been my ophthalmologist for over 20 years and cared for and guided me through having glaucoma, a detached retina, and cataract surgery; a challenge for anyone and a frightening experience for a visual artist. She helped me with her utmost care, expertise and compassion.

Below is my interview with her and featured is my painting of her.

Q. Who are you?

A. I am Nancy Diane Yates Bryant, MD. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and native Floridian.

Q. What do you do?

A. I am an Ophthalmologist in St. Petersburg who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases.

Q. Words of wisdom

1. Always lead with your heart, however in the words of my dear mother, Mrs. Hattie King Yates, “Always use your head!”
2. When we do the best we can we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or in the life of another.– Helen Keller

Q. What one thing I would do to change St. Petersburg?

A. I would ask all people who enjoy the privilege to live and work in our beautiful city to treat each other with sincere kindness, love and respect; to become the best they can be by educating themselves, participating in healthy activities, helping and inspiring others so that collectively our city will continue to soar.

Q. Comments about Women’s Suffrage

A. The right for women to vote was gained in 1920. Sadly, that movement did not include all women due to discrimination and systemic racism. This unfortunately also included the highly educated, distinguished and accomplished women in my own family who were denied simply based on the color of their skin. Black women did not officially participate in the voting process until the passage of the Voters Right Act in 1965. Although the history of the Suffrage movement is wrought with a dramatically flawed and imperfect vision, we have seen the power of the women’s vote in our present American democracy.

 

2020-07-21T14:59:58-04:00

The Portrait Project-part 1 Women’s Caucus for Art

THE PORTRAIT PROJECT- WOMEN WHO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY WORK
Part 1- of 2 portraits and interviews by Neverne Covington
 

Women’s Caucus for Art, St Petersburg Chapter

Portrait of Covid Nurse

Portrait 1 Of 2 for the Women’s Caucus for Art Exhibition St. Pete Chapter

By Neverne Covington

The portrait project consists of a series of 36, 10 x 12 of paintings of women who are crucial to making our community thrive and function. It includes women in a broad spectrum of economic status and of a variety of occupations. The purpose of this project is to honor and celebrate 2020 women’s suffrage and to honor the women of St. Petersburg who are crucial to its operation.

This exhibit is part of the national organization of the Women’s Caucus for Art, St. Petersburg’s Chapter event. The exhibit opens on August 8th at the Morean Art Center and with plans for the exhibit to travel to other venues. 

I chose two women to paint. The first person drawn and painted here is Missy York, charge nurse of the Covid Unit at St. Anthony’s Hospital. All of the interview questions were the same for each of the participants. Below is my interview with Ms. York.

 

 Q.Who are you?

A. My name is Missy York. I am a conservative bohemian, funny, truthful and fabulous.

Q.What do you do?

A.I am charge nurse on a COVID unit.

Q.What is your wisdom to share?

A, If we shift the paradigm to education as supreme, that one day our leaders will be grounded by science and elevated by art. We will be curious and empathetic of others and see people by their deeds and not their demographics. And we will no longer be afraid to weave our individuality with the collective consciousness of our community and life at-large.

Q.If you could do one thing for Saint Pete?

A.I would completely overhaul our public school system where families do not have to “play the lottery“ to get their child in a quality school. Every school should be exemplary to generate intelligent and compassionate citizens.

Q.Comment on women suffrage.

A.That woman’s right to vote is her right to be heard. It is essential, that when you elect to use your voice you do so with clarity, conviction and grace for your audience.

 

 

 

 

2020-07-15T11:44:51-04:00

My solo exhibition-Relative Motion: Focused Observations

By Neverne Covington

 

Gallery corner

The Burgeoning, The Beguiling, and State of Flux

Pictured here a few photos from my solo exhibition at the Tully Levine Gallery at the Art Exchange in Feb. and March 2020. The exhibition consisted of 24 non- objective oil and cold wax paintings, and drawings.

What inspired this work is interaction with the natural world, which ignites my senses and my intellect. Rhythm, pattern, and repetition color dictate my process and the direction each work will take.  I become inspired through direct observation and by immersing myself in nature. The inherent themes of permanence, impermanence, and transience become the basis of my work.

Painting makes me pay attention. It entices me into the mystery of nature and the landscape of memory.

View the Video Gallery on my website.

2020-06-29T10:51:03-04:00

MAKING ARTIST’S BOOKS

Made from old report card scantron cards, leather

“My mother said to pick the very best one and you are not it'”

Or the book of remembering and forgetting

A book of hidden text, meanings and images

book 62 x 6.8

An artist book

French door fold encaustic book

Inviting Pleasure graphic novel

 

MAKING ARTISTS BOOKS

By Neverne Covington

Books have always been dominant part of my life. Over the past few years I’ve begun creating my own. Making them fills me with awe and wonder. Whether they are sometimes literal or sometimes not, whether they have a text or only pictograms, artist’s books provide intimate containers for the narratives that become stories in and of themselves. My artist books are a work of art that utilizes the form of a book.

Some of the books featured here are small and intimate before being opened, like the Dervish Dances, which is 6.75 X 6 unopened, expanding to 6.75 X 68 inches. Also shown hers, the Alchemical Text, opened is 4 x 2 feet, made of rusted ceiling tin tiles and, pages full of etchings, lithographs monotypes and drawings and embedded with hidden text. The matrix for both the Dervish Dances and The Alchemical Text was made by letting the Florida summer rains press paper into the rusted ceiling tin tiles to imprint a pattern forming a matrix as well as embossing the surface. Strips of kid glove leather adorn each book. The book Inviting Please was made with melting encaustic medium with a blowtorch. My smallest book is 4 x 5 x ½ inches closed traveled internationally as part of the exhibit Monumental Ideas in Miniature books. I incorporate different folding techniques when making these books; most of my books are either Accordion folds or French door folds, occasionally I will use a folio method for my books. 

Whenever I start a one of a kind artist book, I never know where the story is taking me. The thrill is in the discovery; the story emerges later. Artist’s books are intimate, tactile, public and private. Making books initiates me into the story and narrative, to knowing and to the unknown, it makes me return to the private refuge of my childhood, books.

 

2020-07-14T14:40:02-04:00

The Sisters Grimm

The Sisters Grimm

When a young child hears, “You are going to be the death of me,” they are threatened by the most trusted person in their world – their mother or father. But what does the child think? What ideas might enter the child’s mind when they are commanded to “Bite your tongue!” The Sisters Grimm poses an answer. This project combines oral history, visual art, and viewer participation.

Oral History & Idioms

Before I began the series, during exhibitions, I interviewed people for phrases they remember most. At the exhibitions, viewers sit in an old school desk and write what they remember. This oral history became the core of the series. The Sisters Grimm is a series of characters based on idioms I have collected. I spoke to young children over generations and different cultures. The series is based on, and titled with, common phrases every child has heard probably more than once, such as “You are going to be the death of me” and “Always wear clean underwear.”

I have collected many pages of such idioms, in four languages, from many different cultures. Sometimes unsolicited, I have received photos of people as children who want to be included in this project. A video made after the first five girls will be in artist stories on the Creative Pinellas website next week. 

The Kids are Us

Part sass, part satire, the Sisters Grimm skitters across the landscape of language to puncture innocence and dismantle the childhood scold’s sinister sensuality.

Themes/Titles include:
  • Always wear clean underwear
  • Hold your tongue
  • Don’t put it in your mouth
  • Don’t point that at your sister
  • Wipe that grin before it sticks forever
  • You are going to be the death of me
  • Step on a crack, break your mother’s back
  • Don’t cut your nose off to spite your face
The Art – a little Wicked

This series of drawings of young girls with large heads and diminishing bodies, puncture innocence and dismantle the rebukes from adults with a child’s inherent wisdom. Nevertheless, these statements continue to be perpetuated, but how are they interpreted? Out of sensual lines and somber colors, the girls gaze back at you with a stare you cannot avoid. They wink at us from across the divide of language, questioning, with humor and irony. Although the girls appear prim and proper, when they look back at you, it’s like stepping through a looking glass into a complex and humorous world – one that is certainly a little wicked.

See all the “Sisters Grimm” girls at my website.

2020-06-02T15:09:42-04:00

From From the I-Ching to Cold Wax to Carl Jung and back to Oil again

From From the I-Ching to Cold Wax to Carl Jung and back to Oil again

In 2016 I started experimenting with cold wax medium, using knives, brayers, scrapers, shapers, and stencils, this catapulted me out of my comfort zone. The physicality of the medium enticed me: to pull, scrape, roll, mask and layer to pull back, revealing, concealing, to unearth a path to the subconscious.

For inspiration, I drew upon the 3000 year old I-Ching and Carl Jung. I threw the I-Ching and landed on 4 hexagrams: Fu/the turning Point, Feng/Abundance, Chi’en/ the Creative and Kuai/Resoluteness. I made these four small black and white, cold wax paintings based on the these hexagrams. 

What I learned from this medium, I integrated into oil painting. I have used these images as a springboard for large oil paintings. Changing mediums, for a time, refreshed and invigorated my imagination. Pictured here, Into the Blue 60 X 48 is based on Feng. All 5 of these painting were included in my 24 piece solo exhibition Relative Motion: Focused Observations at the Arts Exchange in the Warehouse Arts District this Feb. and March 2020. It is my humble hope that my audience will respond to these resonances. 

2020-04-30T18:11:02-04:00

My 2020 solo exhibition- Relative Motion: focused observations

Gallery corner

The Burgeoning, The Beguiling, and State of Flux

Pictured here are some photos from my solo exhibition at the Tully Levine Gallery at the Art Exchange in Feb. and March 2020. There will be more to follow. The exhibition consisted of 24 non- objective oil and cold wax paintings, and drawings. I was interview by Mark Aeling in the gallery talk that followed. I was fortunate to have the exhibition just before the Covid lock down. 

What inspires this work is interaction with the natural world, which ignites both my senses and my intellect. Rhythm, pattern, and repetition color dictate my process and the direction each work will take.  I become inspired through direct observation and by immersing myself in nature. The inherent themes of permanence, impermanence, and transience become the basis of my work.

 Painting makes me pay attention. It entices me into the mystery of nature and the landscape of memory. It is my humble hope that this work resonates with my audiences. 

 

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