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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.)

Arts Center Walls Come Alive

The Westport Arts Center is a handsome space. Its walls are often filled with intriguing, inspiring and/or challenging exhibitions.

But yesterday and today, the art came alive.

Three local artists — Randi Davis, Liz Leggett and Tammy Winser — are creating large-scale paintings. In real time.

And anyone can watch.

Their works are 10-foot-by-10-foot “Mad Men”-themed paintings of 1950s advertising offices and home interiors.

Randi Davis, hard at work.

They help recreate the scenes, lounges and spaces from that era. And they’ll be displayed May 20, at the WAC’s “Martini Madness” gala — helping transform that venue back in time.

“Martini Madness” pays tribute to the role Westport played during the creative heyday of the mid-20th century. This town was filled with artists, illustrators and “Mad Men” admen.

The painting event — which runs through 5 p.m. today — and May 20 gala are organized in conjunction with the WAC’s current exhibition, “Main Street to Madison Avenue.” Examining the interplay between art and advertising, with homage to Westport illustrators, it runs through June 23.

(For more information, click here or call 203-222-7070.)