Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring the upcoming Female Artist Showcase to
exhibit the artistic talents of women in the University of Wisconsin – Stevens
Point and Stevens Point community at Kristin’s Riverwalk, Friday, November 30th
at 7 p.m.
has been typically been held on campus and has entailed different forms of
artistic performance, such as dance, live painting, singing and the spoken
word. Jessica McKenna of the Women’s Resource Center helped organize the event
throughout time, women artists have not received nearly as much recognition for
their artistic achievement as their male counterparts,” McKenna said.
Women’s Resource Center creates a message and delivers it to the public asking
for artists to participate in the event. All artists sign up at their own free
will and have the opportunity to display their art, whatever it may be, in
front of a live audience.
receive about 10 to 15 performers each year and about 30 to 50 observers,”
McKenna said. “This year we moved the event to Kristin’s Riverwalk to encourage
the community to attend, but the campus has always been supportive of the
explained that the event has taken place for at least the past five years that
she has attended the university and that she hopes attendance will double this
year. This is the first year the showcase decided to incorporate a fundraising
aspect, which will mainly be a silent auction with items donated from local
businesses such as the Coffee Studio, Stevens Point Area Co-Op and the
the proceeds will be going to a scholarship that will be given to a female
student artist in recognition of her achievement on the UWSP campus,” McKenna
event will feature multiple performers. One example is the group known as the
Back Alley Blossoms, a four-piece, all female bluegrasss-folk music group based
in the Stevens Point area. Student Loren DeLonay will also be dedicating her
time to participate in the event.
participated in the last two years of the event and have enjoyed each
wholeheartedly,” DeLonay said. “This is a great evening to support the valuable
services that the Women’s Resource Center provides to the UWSP students.”
plans to do a Shuvani Tribal Dance with the members of the Central Sands
Bellydance group. Central Sands consists of community members who study
bellydance with DeLonay at Studio B Pilates. They will perform five dances at
group of women meets weekly and enjoys sharing the beauty of bellydance,”
DeLonay said. “Shuvani Tribal Dance was established in 2001 and has performed
at various cultural festivals throughout the state.”
encourages participation in the Women’s Artist Showcase and other performances
because she feels the experience is valuable to the Stevens Point community.
She looks forward to participating with her fellow dancers and expects to have
a good time.
always an honor to perform with the group of ladies I dance with. I also love
seeing other artists sharing their work. The evening will be very fun,” DeLonay
said. “I am interested in the conversations that will take place and seeing
people who I have not seen for a while, as well as meeting new people.”
will open at 7 p.m. at Kristin’s Riverwalk on Friday, with the event starting
at 7:30 p.m. The Back Alley Blossoms are scheduled to close the event with a
performance at 9 p.m.