By Her Hand

OPENS SAT., OCTOBER 8, 2022 (artist reception from 2 5 pm) THROUGH NOVEMBER 5, 2022

As a female gallerist since the 1980’s I’ve experienced firsthand the struggle of women in the art world. From the early days of my career when I sold 19th and early 20th Century American art, I witnessed many talented women painters who were relegated to still life and portraiture. They were encouraged by the male dominated schools and teachers to stay in their lane and not compete with the men. From my perspective, many were much more talented and interesting than their male counterparts.

So here I am today, honoring the women in By Her Hand, featuring those who left their mark in years past all the way to young emerging artists. Names known to many Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson, Kara Walker, Faith Ringgold, and Nancy Graves will be shown along with talented female artists of today, Chizuru Morii Kaplan, Alice Dalton Brown, and Marina Forstmann Day, to name a few. In the exhibit, these amazing women will show their skills in oil painting, watercolor, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography and print making. –Jane Coats Eckert

Jane Coats Eckert’s roots are in 19 th and 20 th Century American artists, on whom she wrote and lectured. In 1996, she opened Eckert Fine Art in Naples, FL, where she formed a business relationship and friendship with Robert Rauschenberg. She curated shows on Rauschenberg at three museums. She specializes in art by Christo, Don Gummer, Robert Cottingham, Sol LeWitt, James Turrell and Eric Forstmann. Ms. Eckert has served as Chair of the Director’s Advisory Council at MASS MoCA, as Secretary of the Fine Art Dealers Association & was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Litchfield CT in 2017.


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