Celebrating the 115th anniversary of Athena Art Society!
The exhibit continues through December 29, 2018.
20 North Gallery and the artists will be welcoming friends and collectors at the free Public Reception for Athena 115 on Sunday, October 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Formed in November of 1903, the Athena Art Society of Toledo (Ohio) is one of the nation’s oldest, continuous women’s art organizations. With a mission to inspire and aid women artists, Athena has served to foster the visual arts within the community. Through its partnerships, Athena supports fellow art organizations, with many members serving as delegates within a number of these Toledo-area artist societies. Athena presents local art awards and has offered dedicated scholarships, in addition to hosting annual juried and non-juried exhibitions for its members. Jurors for Athena 115 are 20 North Gallery owner Eric Hillenbrand and art director Condessa Croninger.
In 2003, 20 North Gallery Art Director Emerita Peggy Grant proudly hosted the Athena Art Society’s centennial exhibition, Women of Valor, at 20 North Gallery. As a lifetime honorary member of Athena, Mrs. Grant aided in the centennial show traveling to the Toledo Museum of Art and to the Ohio Statehouse. On October 7, 2018, 20 North Gallery is honored to have the Athena Art Society Annual Juried Exhibition return to celebrate 115 years of talent and promotion of the arts.
“The Athena membership is a remarkable mix of personalities and talents,” says Athena Art Society President Kay Weprin. “Some members are retired art teachers, some have been commercial artists and some just love the creative visual arts. They work in a wide variety of media. Many members are exploring the new media presented by the technical electronic instruments. Others are excited by new materials. They love to learn, discuss art, share ideas, see what other members are creating and follow the group’s mission. We thank 20 North Gallery for giving us an opportunity to show our work together in celebration of our Society’s 115 years of promoting women artists in our area.”
Condessa Croninger, 20 North Gallery art director states, “Since 1903, the Athena Art Society has supported training and exhibition opportunities for their members and the community, as well as mentored successive generations of young women artists, many who in turn became members, mentoring those who came after them to create beautiful work as professional artists. 20 North Gallery owner Eric Hillenbrand and I were delighted to be invited to both judge and display the 115th anniversary Annual Juried Exhibition for the Athena Art Society. We are honored to promote the legacy of this historic organization—and to exhibit the new and engaging work created by this current generation of the superb member artists of Athena.”