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Booth Begins 2014 With 2 Exhibitions By Women Artists

"Windows of the Soul: A Portrait of America" by Susan K. Friedland opened Jan. 7 and "Taking the Reins! The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles" opens Jan. 16.

Credit: Donna Howell-Sickles, Making a Target of Herself, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48”
Credit: Donna Howell-Sickles, Making a Target of Herself, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48”

This month, the Booth Western Art Museum is opening two new exhibitions featuring the art of two female artists, according to a press release. 

Georgia artist Susan K. Friedland’s exhibit Windows of the Soul: A Portrait of America by Susan K. Friedland opened Jan. 7 in the Borderlands Gallery and will run through April 6. Donna Howell-Sickles, who is among the most recognized women artists in the West, will open her exhibit Taking the Reins! The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles in the Booth’s Temporary Exhibition Gallery Jan. 16, and it will remain on view through April 27, 2014. 

Donna Howell-Sickles is a Texas native who is known for her joyful, whimsical imagery of cowgirl heroines and their animal counterparts. The iconic figures, seen in more than 30 of the artist’s mixed media works, inhabit a realm between history and mythology, conveying timeless tales from frontiers of long ago, in a contemporary context. Much of Howell-Sickles works are on paper and canvas utilizing a mix of charcoal, pastel, and acrylic. She uses the color red in many of her works to symbolize the life and energy of the artist while animals are often found alongside the cowgirls in her pieces representing inner strength and obstacles to overcome. 

Booth Museum Members and guests are invited Jan. 16 to the Exhibitions Opening Reception and Evening Lecture with Donna Howell-Sickles. The exhibitions, Taking the Reins! The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles and Windows of the Soul: A Portrait of America by Susan K. Friedland, will be open to the public and on view. 

At 4:30 p.m., Donna Howell-Sickles will lead a gallery walk through her exhibit. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., refreshments will be served in the Booth Ballroom. At 7 p.m. in the Booth Theatre, Donna Howell-Sickles will describe her career as one of the most recognized women artists in the West. 

Susan K. Friedland is known for her ability to look beyond an ordinary image and capture the one-of-a-kind beauty that is often overlooked. Her exhibition is a visual journey across America that features over 30 mixed media works, including assemblage boxes, photographs, encaustic paintings, and sculpture. Her art reflects both her personal style and the spirit and soul of America, often conveying the optimism and joy she finds in the paradoxes of everyday life. 

Feb. 5 at 12:15 pm in the Booth Ballroom, the Booth’s monthly Art for Lunch program will explore the artistic career of Susan K. Friedland. She will provide members and guests with insight to her expression through art and lead a gallery walk through her current exhibit, Windows of the Soul: A Portrait of America by Susan K. Friedland

For more information on Taking the Reins! The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles and Windows of the Soul: A Portrait of America by Susan K. Friedland, contact the Museum at 770-387-1300 or visit www.boothmuseum.org

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