February 27, 2012 – Pittsburgh, PA – Red Door Space is partnering with Pittsburgh’s founding chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) as they celebrate women artists in Women in Art/Art in Women. The exhibit includes works of four local artists creating in different mediums: Yelena Lamm (painting), Jane O. Popovich (drawing), Mimi Champlin (ceramics), and Sita Mae (photography). Opening cocktail reception on Friday, March 9, 2012, from 7pm until 10pm, at Red Door Space, 2112 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. The event is free and open to the public. Show runs March 9-31, gallery hours Sunday-Thursday by appointment, Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday 12noon-4pm.
Yelena Lamm is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, where she received her training in fine art, and Pittsburgh’s resident since 1995. Oil painting being medium of choice, Yelena’s subjects include portraits, figure, landscape and floral. Yelena’s works have been seen at group and solo art exhibitions in the Pittsburgh area, and at local art festivals. Yelena is a member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. For this show, Ms. Lamm is presenting a new series of female portraits. Website: www.yelenalamm.com
J. O. Popovich will be showing her new ink fairy tales illustrations series, and a collection of pencil drawings never before on display. Ms. Popovich’s background is textile design, in which she has over 10 years of experience both working and teaching, in her native city of Vitebsk, Belarus. Residing in Pittsburgh area for the last ten years, Jane is now creating intricate and elaborate images in pen and ink, illustrating folk tales and the stories of her own imagination. Ms. Popovich is a member of Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. Website: www.janepopovichart.com
Mimi Champlin has been a ceramic artist for 11 years and counting. In this presentation, her functional art has taken two forms: Thrown and Stretched. While functionality is a preference of hers, the inherent beauty of clay and fire often create objects which fill other needs as well. Mimi is a firm believer that as often as possible, objects which we use daily should have art as their basis and beauty as their effect. Website: www.sitamae.com/mlc
Sita Mae is an internationally acclaimed figure and portrait photographer. In her works, she is searching for people’s inner beauty underneath their daily uniform, capturing uniqueness of human body. The spectrum of her subjects ranges from accountants to ex-cons; from doctors to homemakers; from sex workers to tech nerds. “You might think you can tell which is which,” said Sita, “Mostly, you’d be wrong. People are far more beautiful than the lies they tell the world.” Website: www.sitamae.com
Together, these four artists share expressions of their experiences as women in society, art and life, with humor, knowledge, strength and intelligence.
By: Yelena Lamm