Petticoat Painters at Big Arts
Oct. 16–Nov. 28, 2014
Admission is FREE (no tickets necessary)The Petticoat Painters is one of the oldest, continuously exhibiting women’s art groups in the United States. The group was formed in 1953 to showcase the talents of female artists at a time when women had trouble getting their work exhibited.
Seven women artists participated in their first show held at the gallery of Martha and William Hartman. Those original members selected the name “Petticoat Painters,” thinking it would be a one-time show of their work. The Petticoat Painters recently celebrated their 60th anniversary with a show at Ringling’s Selby Gallery in Sarasota.
The group is limited to twenty Sarasota-area artists, and prospective members have to be nominated by a member. They are carefully considered after screening for artistic integrity and exhibition experience to determine if they will be invited into the group.