By Lyn Dobrin
Westbury Arts is celebrating Women’s History Month with an exhibit of work expressing the theme “Timeless—TiempoEterno,” exploring issues women face in society today in the United States and Latin American countries through a poetry reading and workshop with artist and author Rosalba Henao. The exhibition will be up for viewing Fridays March 11, 18 and 25 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays March 12, 19 and 26 from noon to 4 p.m.
“Timeless—TiempoEterno” features work by women about women. Nancy Turetsky’s “The Distance She Traveled,” a painting incorporating family photographs, tells the story of her mother’s journey from her Orthodox Jewish home at age 18 to a secular life with her husband, Turetsky’s father. Writing about her painting “Cake,” artist Patty Eljaiek says, “The expectation of women to be subservient has not changed. Although these ideas seem quaint in 2022, we have not really come as far as we think we have.” Rosalba Henao’s “Original Power” depicts Eve in paradise and the serpent giving her power. Empowering pieces by several local and visiting artists will also be showcased.
Henao, who is also a writer who migrated to the U.S. from Colombia in 2010, read her poetry in English and Spanish at the opening on Friday, March 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. held at the Westbury Arts gallery. Her workshop, “My body, my dress,” on March 19, combines art and conversation as the women who attend reflect on their views of body image based on their culture and the media as they paint and draw. Henao holds a master’s degree in education for art and sociocultural animation. The women-only workshop will be bilingual, English/Spanish, and participants must be over 17 years of age. Space is limited, participants must register to attend.
Both events are free and held at the Westbury Arts Gallery, 255 Schenck Ave., Westbury.
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