Women’s History Month Art Show ~ March 2022
Theme: “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”
The Bass Harbor Memorial Library invites women of all ages from Mount Desert Island area communities to exhibit works inspired by the National Women’s History Alliance 2022 theme “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”
2022’s theme is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.
Women as healers harken back to ancient times. Healing is the personal experience of transcending suffering and transforming it to wholeness. The gift of hope spreads light to the lives of others and reflects a belief in the unlimited possibilities of this and future generations. Together, healing and hope are essential fuels for our dreams and our recovery.
This year, in particular, we are reminded of the importance of healers and caregivers who are helping to promote and sustain hope for the future. We encourage artists to honor local women who bring and have historically brought these priceless gifts to their families, workplaces, and neighborhoods, sometimes at great sacrifice. These are the women who, as counselors and clerics, artists and teachers, doctors, nurses, mothers, and grandmothers listen, ease suffering, restore dignity, and make decisions for our general as well as our personal welfare.
Women have long advocated for compassionate treatments and new directions in public health and in women’s mental and physical health. Women have also historically led the way in mending divisions, healing wounds, and finding peaceful solutions. This timeless work, in so many ways and in addition to so many other tasks, has helped countless individuals in our communities recover and follow their dreams.
The 2022 theme proudly honors those who, in both public and private life, provide healing and promote hope for the betterment of all.
Pieces can be of any medium including framed, free-standing, multimedia or interactive. We welcome craft items, paintings, photography, jewelry, repurposed items, fiber arts etc., We encourage any woman or girl of any ability or experience to participate in this themed show. Artwork may be for sale, or not. 20% of all sales will be donated to library programming and are tax deductible.
Online registration is preferred, but if you need help, you may come to the library to register in person.
Submit your Registration and Image by Thursday February 10th, 2022 Please review the registration requirements for submitting your work and a high-resolution digital image.
Drop Off: Deliver your item, fully ready for display, between Tuesday February 15 and Tuesday, February 22. Pick Up: All works must be collected at BHML by 2pm on Saturday April 2. We do not have room to store pieces before or after the whole, so please drop off and pick up during these times. Instructions on how to prepare your item for exhibit will be sent to you after you register. If your item is not ready to exhibit when dropped off it will not be displayed.
Exhibit opens Tuesday March 1. There will be a virtual exhibit online in addition to the library exhibit. Exhibit closes Thursday March 31. There will not be an opening reception this year.
In addition to the art show, we will host several virtual programs addressing this year’s theme. Stay tuned for more information. If you have an idea for a program, please let us know!
Island libraries have been collaborating to celebrate Women’s History Month for over 15 years! Many will host exhibits on similar themes during March. Exhibitors are welcome to show at more than one library.
For more information, contact Lisa Murray, Amanda Crafts or Kathie Pratt at the Library: 207-244-3798, firstname.lastname@example.org.