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Pink Waves celebrates female artists in Palm Beach County

Pink Waves is a special month-long exhibit of 22 women artists from Palm Beach County, curated by Sarah LaPierre & Gaby Viteri. Their mission includes raising awareness about women's health.

An all-female art show in West Palm Beach at artist Sarah LaPierre’s Studio + Gallery is painting the town pink – and mauve, and berry and magenta – while showcasing different art styles from 22 women artists from Palm Beach County.

Pink Waves is trying to “create a ripple effect so that we can change attitudes and support female artists,” said Gaby Viteri, co-curator.

Their mission includes raising awareness about women’s health.

The exhibit runs through October, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Promise Fund of Florida® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Known for her thick paint palette knife style and vibrant landscape, flora, and fauna scenes, La Pierre, co-curator of Pink Waves, says that female artists need more representation.

“Having worked in this industry in this area for so long, we both know so many phenomenal women artists, and we really wanted to put them all together under one roof.”

Ashleigh Walters, a former local TV host, is included with a fun artwork of radishes, an unexpected choice.

“I’m grateful to have been included in this mighty little art show,” she told WPB Magazine. “The prompt to use pink as a star “hero color” seemed to draw out something different in each of us. As I thought about it, the color pink started to represent something raw and fundamental, like a radish pulled from the earth. It was about the final promise one sister made to the other.”

“With so many incredible advancements in technology and science, women can survive breast and cervical cancer with the right care. The patient and the care they need may be just miles apart, but they are worlds apart.” 

The Promise Fund aims to remove barriers and help women navigate to the life-saving care they need to survive.

“This is what I wrote about my painting: In fuchsia pinks as bold as their punch of flavor, with a bouquet of health benefits, each radish grows in its own wildly beautiful shape,” says Walters. “The radishes in this painting are raw, reflecting the earthly and fundamental promises Nancy G. Brinker made to her sister Susan G. Komen. Nancy has resolutely devoted her life to changing the world in Susan’s memory, saving countless lives yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”

Now that Walters has stepped away from her longtime gig at WPTV, she says she is “working on brand storytelling and journalism projects, along with my art, of course – so all in the same vein, just in a new way!”

Sarah contributed a painting and said, “I started this pink collection closer to my roots of representational art, the familiar seascape sunrise, with the two connecting pieces “You’re beautiful” and “I know,” but even they start to lean abstract through sweeps of loosely applied texture.

“From there, I wanted to separate the color from any representational identity, which is where the three “Together” pieces came in. These paintings have the most hours committed to their creation process, during which, over multiple days while working on them, I was consistently surrounded by amazing women who inspired me.”

Fellow artists of the Pink Waves exhibit, co-curator Gaby, and other members of the creative community in Palm Beach County offered their assistance and much-requested input by Sarah about the event planning and even worked on their own projects in her space for a while. Pieces of the community coming together to make something beautiful.

“Finally, I came to the energy paintings,” says Sarah. “These abstracts, “Weird Barbie,” “Let’s Go Party,” and “Out of the Box,” are made up of many layers of acrylic that were mixed and used in the making of all the other pieces of this pink collection and collections prior. They are the culmination of much creative energy and unconstrained expressive spirit.”

“For me, female energy is bright, bold and playful, sometimes messy, and creative,” artist and muralist Corey Murrow said. “I think women are often told that each other is their competition, and I don’t see anyone here as my competition. I see every single person here as just a great voice for our community.”

All other female artists participating in the Pink Waves exhibit are Hayley Sheldon, Camilla Webster, Amanda Perna, Tracy Guiteau, Devin Noel, Renata Rodrigues, Jordan Silvia, Jill Hotchkiss, Renee Phillips, Cinthia Santos, Sarah E. Huang, Jennifer Noelle, Corey Morrow, Ana Monsanto, Angela Bulich, Lani Goodrich, Megan James, Lisa Kaw, Jenny Kiker, and Laurie Duncan.

The Pink Waves art exhibit is at the Sarah LaPierre Studio + Gallery, part of The Peach Art Collective at 3950 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach. For more information on Pink Waves artists, their programming, and upcoming workshops in October, please visit FirstFemalePB.com.

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