Skaneateles AAUW Women in Art show blossoms

When reviewing world history, women are often missing. This is especially true in Art History. In recent years the Skaneateles Chapter of the American Association of University Women have decided to do something about this.

Every November Women are center stage in Skaneateles as the AAUW host an art show. This year's show will feature more work than ever before with many new artists displaying their work at the First Presbyterian Church on Genesee Street.

"The American Association of University Women promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change. An art show fulfills all these goals," AAUW organizer Patti Carey said. "In addition, I am a charter member of The National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington DC, the first museum dedicated to displaying and researching and uncovering art created by women. It inspired me to come up with a local version knowing how many women there are here who have few opportunities to show their work."

Carey starts preparing for the show in early September by contacting former participants, new prospects.

"Our September dinner meeting is the start of energizing my wonderful team of helpers in the branch," Carey said.

The AAUW show is most excellent because of the overall vibe. Members pitch in with homemade goodies that fill a banquet table that is replenished throughout the show. There is live entertainment mostly in the form of piano music. And the garden club sets up a display of floral arrangements that are works of art.

"Each year, after the chaos and excitement of the set up, I look around to see neighbors and friends, merchants and so many community people enjoying each other and the art and talking to the artists and just hanging out at what we have created and it's a thrill," Carey said. " It has become an autumn tradition.

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