13FOREST Gallery is pleased to present 13WOMEN, an exhibition celebrating Women's History Month.

Over the past year, women's voices have been at the forefront of national discourse. Women are speaking out against powers that had long been accepted as unfortunate but inescapable components of their lives. In recognition of this strength and resilience, we pause to celebrate some of the women who make 13FOREST Gallery such a vibrant art space.

13WOMEN emphasizes the essential role that women play at 13FOREST. Since our founding in 2006, the gallery's directors and the majority of artists we represent have been women. As creative forces, women artists are essential not just to our success, but to Boston's cultural direction. Although they still face serious obstacles to success and equality throughout the art world, at 13FOREST we are proud to provide a space where women's voices are valued and reflected in our daily practice.

Read more here for thoughts from the artists of 13WOMEN in their own words. 

March 17 - May 11, 2018

Sat 3/17, 4-6 pm: Opening reception
Sat 4/7, 12-4 pm: Spring in the Square - From Flowers to FOREST and other events throughout Capitol Square
Fri 4/13, 6-8 pm: Women Rhyme - Guest poets perform new work
Sat 4/28, 4-6 pm: Women Speak - a conversation with the exhibition's artists

About the Artists

Coco Berkman is a Gloucester-based artist and printmaker who utilizes her love of drawing and a literary inspired imagination along with Japanese carving tools, luxurious oil-based inks and beautiful cotton rag papers to create images that inspire a particular emotional effect. She has studied at several printmaking studios throughout the United States and Ireland.

Caitlin Duennebier received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2009 and studied on scholarship at University of the Arts London. She currently lives and works in Watertown, Massachusetts. Working in painting, drawing, sculpture, and animation, Duennebier creates surreal narratives that focus on a cast of oddball characters.

Nicole Duennebier received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Maine College of Art with a major in painting. She currently lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts. Duennebier's work explores the natural connection she observes between the darkness and intricacy of undersea regions and the aesthetic of 16th century Dutch still-life painting.

Catherine Graffam is a painter, printmaker, and draftswoman living in Lowell, Massachusetts. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from The New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2015. Graffam's current body of work consists mostly of self-portraits, and is a way for her to cathartically process her experiences and regain agency over her body as a trans woman.

Boriana Kantcheva draws on memories and imagination to create compelling narrative images in print and gouache. After emigrating from Bulgaria, Kantcheva received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University joint degree program. She is now on the faculty of Maud Morgan Arts in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she manages the Chandler Gallery. 

Asia Kepka is a photographer based in Arlington, Massachusetts. Her background in art stems from set design - which she studied in her native Poland - and modeling, before turning to cameras and photography. Kepka brings an enormous amount of imagination, creativity, and hunger for learning to the diverse range of projects she undertakes.

C.J. Lori is a self-taught oil painter and mixed-media sculptor. She holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University and has lived and worked as an artist in Brookline, Massachusetts for over thirty years. Her work reflects her interest in literature, anthropology and psychology, as well as an abiding fascination with the natural world. Often called "neo-surrealism" or "magic realism," Lori's paintings explore the complex relationship between humanity and the environment.

Mary O'Malley earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. O'Malley's work has been exhibited widely, including a show at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and a solo show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts this spring. In 2010, her work was acquired by the U.S. Embassy in Dubai. She lives and works in Rochester, New Hampshire.

Nancy Popper earned her undergraduate degree from Bard College and a graduate degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in printmaking from the Institute d'Arte in Venice, Italy. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Karla Quattrocchi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University with a concentration in painting and drawing. Her paintings incorporate multiple mediums, including acrylic, pencil, plastic and tar. Each composition uses a structured amount of space and adheres to a flat picture plane. Through her abstract narratives, Quattrocchi plays with meaning, always leaving the story to the viewer's imagination.

Allison Maria Rodriguez is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist working predominately in new media, film/video, and installation. With themes ranging from human migration to species extinction, her work converges on a desire to understand the space within which language fails and lived experience remains unarticulated. Rodriguez received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. She is also an independent curator and participant in artist collectives such as the Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance.

Amy Ross is a Boston-based artist who began as a religious studies major at Connecticut College and earned a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School before enrolling at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Ross uses charcoal, graphite, watercolor, collage, and walnut ink to produce works on paper as well as site-specific wall murals. Ross' work is fueled by a lifelong interest in folklore and mythology and a deep reverence for the natural world.

Dorothea Van Camp has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as the College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning at the University of Cincinnati. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. The printed mark has always been an important presence in her work. In recent years she has been using vector-based computer drawings to suggest, among other things, the intersection of body with technology. 

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