Pop-Up Gallery “Uncovers” Women Artists

Darcy Hicks, Amy Kaplan, Liz Leggett and Tammy Winser are talented Westport artists. Many of their works address their experiences as women in today’s world.

As they talked last fall, they realized they were creating pieces in response to the Kavanaugh hearings, to stories of abuse, and to the joys, challenges and humor of motherhood.

“F— You, Hormones,” by Tammy Winser.

They also realized that they were keeping some of their work hidden.

“Westport has a long, rich history of art and writing,” Darcy notes. “But it’s small. Unlike New York, there is no security of anonymity.”

The women also realized that even if they took that big step into the open, there was no place to show their work.

Now there is.

On Saturday, April 27, a pop-up show — “Uncovered: What She Hides” — opens at 1 Main Street (the corner of Post Road East, where Calypso once was). It runs through June 1.

“Despite progress, women adhere to an ingrained societal protocol of accommodation and editing,” saysLeggett.

“The art and accompanying events in this exhibit will embolden viewers to converse and connect around shared stories.”

“Untitled,” by Barbara Ringer.

The pop-up show — which also features Westporters Chloe Blythe, Julie Gannon, Sarah Koskoff, Melissa Newman and Barbara Ringer — includes several inter-generational events.

Students from the Women’s Studies class at Staples High School will run an artists’ panel discussion on May 5. There are also coffees, interpretive dance, and an adult drawing and writing class (novices welcome).

“Art generates conversations and compassion,” Hicks says. “While allowing for varying perspectives, it can be the glue that holds a community together.”

(The grand opening celebration is Thursday, May 2, 6 to 8 p.m. A portion of sales throughout the show will be donated to Project Return — Westport’s residence for homeless young women — and the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force. For more information on “Uncovered: What She Hides,” including the schedule of events, click here.)

2 responses to “Pop-Up Gallery “Uncovers” Women Artists

  1. Sal Liccione

    I am proud off all you great artist

  2. What She Hides” came about because three local female artists shared an idea of an exhibition theme as well as the conviction that Westport–historically rich in the arts–was in a pivotal place to continue this history in a relevant, contemporary way, while understanding the importance of invigorating “Main Street”. As the Westport Library rebuilds, The Westport Arts Center contemplates a move, the schools undergo vast restructuring, and a percentage of storefronts are in flux or vacant, we feel strongly that downtown is ripe for an emerging gallery scene. The potential for Westport to be an arts destination in Greater New York is highly attainable with the proper access to viable properties and merchant support. We were extremely fortunate to find such partners in The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center and Win Properties. These same two supporters are behind another arts event happening downtown- a Pop Up Gallery at 47 Main Street, by the Westport Artists Collective, part of their Studio Tour event. April/May looks like an exciting time to be downtown, with the Maker’s Faire, a new Fashion Event from the DMA, the Pop Up Galleries and associated events, and even an outdoor Artisan’s Market put together by Savvy & Grace.