By Tucker Harris EBS STAFF
A cohort of local women will present an art exhibit centered around the theme of resilience at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center on December 3 at 6 p.m.
The Her Gift, Her Creation series was founded by local pianist Klaudia Kosiak in 2019 with the aim of creating a space for local women artists to showcase their artistic talents as a means of celebration and healing. Following the 2019 exhibition of âHis Gift, His Creationâ, the series will return to highlight the resonant and timely concept of resilience.
This year’s exhibition is an amalgamation of interactive works of art, music, dance and gallery. Thirteen artists will be in the spotlight.
This year’s theme of resilience was a given for Kosiak after the difficult pandemic years of 2020 and 2021.
âWe are all on the boat and we feel overwhelmed and insecure, sad and happy,â she said. “This event will bring hope for the best, show the power of music and art and how these two can help us heal ourselves.”
The event will open with a reception where attendees can meet the artists and view their works on display while munching on desserts and sipping champagne. The show will then move to the WMPAC stage for the showcase.
Some arts will be interactive. Julie Iskenderian will create an interactive knitting and crochet piece and Sandy Epstein will create an interactive #MeToo sculpture.
Other featured artists will include multimedia artist Liz McRae; jeweler Ariane Coleman; the painter Lorri Lagerbloom; ceramist Zeidler; furniture maker Missy Botha; photographer Jill Bough; and Kosiak at the piano.
Two alumni of Lone Peak High School, Dasha Bough and Katie Bagby, will also present their art on stage.
For McRae, artist and co-organizer, this event is about raising the truth.
âFor me, it’s about highlighting the suffering in our community, but also in the world; the little things and the big things, âMcRae said. âRecognize our personal journeys in the hope of creating community around it and finding strength in one another. “
Much of the event aims to inspire healing, and organizers and performers will encourage local women to take the stage to express their own pain and healing with the community, according to Kosiak. âWe hope this concert and visual art will allow those who are still struggling to bounce back from difficult experiences,â she said.
For co-organizer and artist Jill Bough, the event is a way to recognize how resilient the Big Sky community has been over the past year, especially after experiencing the isolation that has occurred during the pandemic.
âI think we’ve built a greater sense of camaraderie in our community with the pandemic,â she said. âWe may not be closer physically, but we’ve been through it together. ”
The organizers believe this exhibition will testify to the power of the art of bringing people together.
âIt’s something very personal and yet collaborative,â Bough said. âIt’s about reaching your creative being – and it’s a common thread through all of us. ”
For Kosiak, the loneliness of the pandemic has been difficult for his artistic inspiration and creation. She lost her inspiration for a long time, she admits, not touching her piano for many months. Hosting this event challenged her to re-immerse herself in her passion and re-share her talents with the community while encouraging other women to do the same.
She hopes this performance will help the community heal, inspiring both serenity and energy.
All proceeds from ticket sales for the event will be donated to Women in Action’s education and arts programs.
Tickets are available for “Resilience: Her Gift, Her Creation” on warrenmillerpac, com for $ 10. The event will also be available for live streaming.