Bravo debuted a new show this week, Gallery Girls.
TEASER: A battle is brewing between Brooklyn and the Upper East Side girls. Oh no!
"They [Brooklyn girls] always get lipstick on their teeth and I hate that," said one exasperated UES actor.
Really? This is what Bravo thinks of women artists and gallery owners? No, you don't have to answer that.
When it comes down to it, women who make their living as visual artists, writers, and gallery directors deserve credit for the risks they take in their work, the networks they create, and the visual landscapes they shape for future generations.
That they can accomplish all of this while sporting a little black dress and red lipstick, or not, should be irrelevant.
But, sigh, this is Bravo. The television network whose concept of American geography is portrayed through the over-the-top characterizations of women living in cities like Atlanta or New York City.
Unlike TV's make-believe gallery world, Ann Arbor's artist community is supportive and growing. Established artists, students, and visiting artists work together to create an inclusive gallery season.
In a gallery overflowing with local artists, we shared our vision for the show. Lots of hushed, excited "Oooh, I just love her work, too!" could be heard as we poured over portfolios.
I'm still deciding which pieces will make the final cut, but Deb asked me to choose among these images of strong, capable women!
Watch for more information about the show, confirmed artists, and other gallery events in the area. Rackham's Centennial Exhibit will be an opportunity to see the work of many talented Ann Arbor artists.