The Shot Tower Gallery presents the The Women’s Palette exhibition in honor of Women's History Month. The Women's Palette was conceived in 1978 over lunch at the Gallery of Fine Arts (now the Columbus Museum of Art) in the Palette Restaurant by Jeny Reynolds and Mary Lou Jackson. The impetus for the forming of this group was the recognition that there were a number of dedicated professional women artists in Central Ohio who were producing quality work but did not have adequate exposure. By banning together, they could show works in many mediums and with a variety of techniques. They also felt certain that a compatible group could support, inspire and further the development of each individual artist.
Eight artists were selected to be charter members. The women raised a thousand dollars with which they built easels and invitations were mailed for their first show. John W. Wolfe donated the parlor rooms on the second floor of the Neil House Hotel. The first show opened June 8th, 1980, the same day as the Downtown Arts Festival, then held at the State House grounds. The Marquee at The Neal House announced; “The Women’s Palette, offering over three hundred paintings for sale.”
The artists in the Women’s Palette paint in a variety of styles from abstract to realism as well as a variety of medium including watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel sculpture and mix media. The artists are recognized and respected professionally. They have won numerous awards and have earned international reputations. Members are regularly invited as jurors, lecturers, teachers and artist demonstrators both locally and nationally. All members have signature status in regional and national, professional organization.
As the group evolved, the members chose to meet once a month to critique each other’s work, have a potluck lunch and plan future exhibits. There are thirteen active members currently in the group. They are Suzanne Accetta, Bess Alexander, Donna Burns, Christiane A. Curry, Valerie Dunning Edwards, Sally Ford-Lyles, Jane Heller, Karen LaValley, Merry Gant Norris, Jeri Ellis Platt, Jeny Reynolds, Susie Schreiber and Lavonne Suwalski