LOWELL -- A new exhibition in the city features work from New England artists who have interpreted the "various archetypes of the feminine."

The exhibit, titled "Saints, Sluts, and Sirens," explores the various images of women that come to mind, from figures like Mother Teresa to Marilyn Monroe to the Virgin Mary.

The exhibit be featured at the UnchARTed art gallery at 103 Market St. through Saturday, Dec. 2. The event was coordinated by Cindy Hughes, Glenn Szegedy and Gay Tracy.

"Glenn has wanted to do a show similar to this for quite a while and I think it's really timely now for all the things that are going on in the world with women," Hughes said.

"Saints, Sluts, and Sirens" will have its opening reception on Friday, Nov. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. The work of more than 26 artists will be on display, in addition to performance art by MJ Bujold and Barbara Poole. Light refreshments will be served.

The juried exhibit is free to the public. Various forms of art, including paintings, mixed media, embroidery and photography will be on display.

Szegedy is an artist and said the subject of his work over the years has largely been focused on the feminine. He began conducting his own research on the various archetypes. The goal of the exhibit is to open visitors' minds to the fact that women are multi-faceted. The archetypes of the feminine can be anything from the healer, the victim, the slut, the healer and more.


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"I want them to get an understanding that women aren't just these one-dimensional kind of creature you see portrayed on the news," Szegedy said. "There's this richness involved in the feminine that people should really be aware of. The archetypes run true and they run really deep."

Hughes said the exhibit ties into some of the major headlines in the news today surrounding women.

"Just think about what it is to be female in today's world," Hughes said. "To me personally, it's like when you see so many things in the news now. Why are you looking at this woman as a slut when a man can do similar things and he's not?"

UnchARTed is opened Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

"It's just a really great show. I think it's real important to understand the strength of the archetypes of the feminine just to give women some credit for who and what they are," Szegedy said.

For more information on the studio, visit www.unchartedgallery.com

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