Women Painters West “Memento Mori” Exhibit at VIVA Gallery

Women Painters West is about to celebrate its 90th year! WPW is proud to announce the opening of its latest show, “Memento Mori.” The artists’ reception will be held on Sunday, November 7 from 2-4 p.m. at Valley Institute of Visual Art (VIVA) in Sherman Oaks. The collection can be viewed from November 3 through November 20.

The exhibit, “Memento Mori,” is a Latin phrase translated “Remember you must die.” Popular in the 17th century, Memento Mori’s purpose as an artistic tradition is to remind us of our mortality and the brevity and fragility of life. The WPW show is open for a 21st century interpretation and artistic expression.

WPW is the largest and oldest art organization of its kind in the Western states, founded in 1921. Its more than 250 members are professional and award-winning artists who utilize innovative and conceptual approaches to art in all mediums, ranging from realistic to contemporary and abstract works. Membership is by jury. WPW exhibits in galleries, museums and public spaces throughout Southern California.

In addition, WPW is an educational and philanthropic association that has helped to create scholarship funds which award outstanding Southern California art students. These programs build on WPW’s goal of assisting in the development of emerging artists throughout the community. For further information, visit WPW’s website at www.womenpainterswest.org.

VIVA…Moving Ahead

As of this December, VIVA will move from its Sherman Oaks location. Valley Institute of Visual Art is searching for a new location and will continue to serve the community by providing the means for artists of the San Fernando Valley and the surrounding areas to exhibit their work and continue offering workshops, poetry readings and more. For more info go to: www.vivaartcenter.org.

Valley Institute of Visual Art, 13261 Moorpark St., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. For more information, call (818) 385-0080.

Adréana can be reached at: arobbins@tolucantimes.com.