Girls' Club: Under the Influence

While in south Florida earlier this month, I visited The Girls' Club Collection. Established in 2006, this private arts foundation and alternative space emphasizes women's contribution to contemporary visual art. The Club operates outside the traditional boundaries of gallery, museum and art center. The space hosts special events, yearly exhibitions and artist workshops.

I had the pleasure of meeting Creative Director Michelle Weinberg and Founder Francie Bishop Good. Both women have impressive backgrounds. In addition to serving as Girls Club Director, Weinberg (below) also works as an artist, designer, writer and curator.

Bishop Good is an artist and collector who has served on the board at Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, Young at Art Children's Museum, and North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art, just to name a few of her credentials.

On view are works from the Good/Horvitz Collection. Here are some highlights from "Under the Influence".

Elisabeth Condon, "Realms of the Dynasty", 2007, acrylic on linen, 44 x 72"

Joanne Greenbaum, "Portrait", 2003, oil on canvas, 60 x 60"

Elizabeth Murray, "Rosy Glow", 1993, pastel, charcoal and ink on folded and collaged paper, 45 x 30 x 3"

Vickie Pierre, "We Were, You and I, (from Allegria)", 2004, oil and ink on canvas, 9 x 9"

Julie Davidow, "The New Strain #3", 2008, gesso, acrylic, latex enamel, and enamel paint on canvas, 48 x 48"

Amy Sillman, "Ugly", 2003, oil on canvas, 46 x 42"

Carolyn Swiszcz, "Weinberg Apartment", 2007, acrylic and rubber stamp on paper, 40 x 60"

The Girls Club is located at NE 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301, 954-828-9151. They're open to the public on Wednesdays 1-5 pm and other times by appointment. The current exhibition, "Under the Influence" is showing through September 20, 2009.

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