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Beyond the Curves

A celebration of courageous, outrageous, and trailblazing women.

Gallery 40 is hosting a month-long show featuring nationally curated visual art and an evening of live dramatic performance pieces. 


Beyond the Curves celebrates women's fortitude, persistence, and strength in the face of adversity. It is about women who have been set aside by the patriarchy or men in their lives, women ahead of their time, women who worked without the proper recognition, women who have been judged or misunderstood, women whose voices may yet be unacknowledged. 


As part of the group exhibition, Gallery 40 will feature Lisa Winika's Misunderstood Women Project which seeks to cast light on some unexplored ideas about women that deeply influence the foundational thought process and emotional undercurrent of society. Lisa evocatively tells these stories of women through the ages with a blend of admiration, pathos and humor. These brief stories vary and each delivers  a fresh understanding of a character that “maybe we knew.. or maybe she is a new discovery for us”. By looking at individual women, the artist seeks to present a universal and intersectional portrait. Some of her subjects are historic and public, some are mythological and metaphorical. History has been written by the victors, those who might have made them ‘right’ and most often at the cost of other’s ‘rights. Lisa's work would like to offer alternative views of at least some of the myriad of women throughout history who have been misunderstood and start reconciliation.

The series of portraits are rendered in mixed media with a final goal of 100 works.


As a centerpiece of the exhibition, there will be a live performance of intimate  monologues and short scenes that illustrate  the authentic and unfiltered stories of such women. The performance pieces, directed by Deborah Coconis and Chris Burney, are written by local authors and will be performed by actors from the Hudson Valley.


Juror of Selection: Nansi Lent 

Nansi T. Lent is a painter from Rhinebeck, NY, who was born in New York and grew up

in Coconut Grove, Florida. She holds a BA from Boston College in Studio Art and a

Masters in Visual Arts Administration from NYU. Painting for decades, she has exhibited

widely in New York?s Hudson Valley region and beyond including The Katonah Museum of Art, The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, The Coral Springs Art Museum in Florida, Goggleworks in Reading, PA, The New York Public Library, The Starr Library in Rhinebeck and in numerous co-ops and private galleries. She has received multiple awards and commendations. Her work is held in several private collections. Nansi has served on the board of The National Association of Women Artists and in 2018 founded, a gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY. She is an Active Member of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 6, 2024  5-7 pm

On display through July 28, 2024

Live performance on Thursday July 25, 7pm

Lisa Winika's Misunderstood Women Project
Karen Madden
Bob Madden
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