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GearBox Gallery Event – Mother | Artist Roundtable

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Have you ever hid the fact you were a mom in order to be taken seriously in the art world? Being a mother and an artist can feel like an oxymoron. The complexities of motherhood and an art career are vast. At times the real or perceived barriers seem insurmountable. GearBox Gallery invites artist-mothers to participate in a round-table discussion about the challenges and inspirations we have as artists and mothers.

This event is for women who are artists and have children (young or grown).
Light brunch refreshments will be served.
Tickets are FREE but we expect this event to fill up.
Please secure your spot by registering today on Eventbrite.

Christine Ferrouge is an artist and a mother. With a studio practice of over twenty years, her figurative painting for the last decade has been oriented around her three young daughters (now ages 15, 13, and 9). Ferrouge creates larger than life-size paintings with the girls and their contemporaries as the main characters and collaborators. The work explores narratives about childhood today; along with the environments, identity, and quiet power of young girls.

Ferrouge grew up in Minnesota and fell in love with painting at a young age. She studied art in Florence, Amsterdam, and Spain, and holds a BFA in painting from the University of Evansville, Indiana. Recent honors include exhibiting Picnic in the deYoung Museum Open Exhibit; and current exhibitions in exciting group shows at Epperson Gallery, Gray Loft Gallery, and Yolo Arts. In addition to studio practices in Oakland and Los Angeles, Ferrouge is a teacher, curator, and promoter of the arts, who contributes passionately to art communities such as: the Oakland Art Murmur, Los Angeles Art Association, and Kipaipai Fellows. Ferrouge joined GearBox Gallery in 2021, where she participates in on-going member shows. Watching / Waiting is on view April 27-May 27, 2023. This is her second featured exhibition at GearBox Gallery.

11:00 Meet and Introductions
All participating artists introduce themselves.
11:30-12:30 Round-table Discussion
Sitting in a round table format, we will have a moderated group discussion being an artist who is also a mom.

Q. Who can participate?
A. Women who have biological or non-biological children and identify as a woman.

Q. Do I have to be an artist?
Yes. This is for moms who call themselves artists and have an art practice. If you are a new mom, perhaps your art-making is on hold, but you intend to get back into the studio soon… That’s ok. Please come.

Q. What if my kids are grown up?
This is for all mother artists. If you have ever had kids, you are still a mom!! Please come share your experiences and perspective of your journey!

Q. Does my art have to be about my kids?

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Gearbox Gallery
770 West Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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