Honoring Suffrage Gallery

Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote With Artwork From the Women of Killingworth

In recognition of women’s suffrage, the women of KWO encourage all women to use this right and get out to vote. The journey to women’s suffrage was a long battle. A main driving force for women’s suffrage in Connecticut was the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association (CWSA), founded in 1869 by Isabella Beecher Hooker and Frances Ellen Burr. Besides its goal to persuade the Connecticut General Assembly to ratify the 19th amendment, giving women in Connecticut the right to vote, its members also participated in the national fight for women’s suffrage through national protests and demonstrations. Before women gained suffrage, the CWSA helped to pass local legislation giving women more rights. In May and June of 1919, the nineteenth amendment was passed in the US Congress. To ratify the amendment in the US Constitution, 36 state legislatures had to ratify it, which occurred on August 18, 1920; Connecticut was not one of the original 36 states to ratify the amendment, but it did become the 37th state to ratify the amendment on September 14, 1920.

The 19th amendment ensured that women’s voices would be heard. Today we celebrate this milestone through the voices of local women, expressed in their visual art. The women’s suffrage movement could not have been successful without collective action, and so it is important now, when we cannot come together in person, to come together virtually as a community in commemoration of women’s suffrage.

Gallery

Squirrel - Lisa Helene Goetze-Keiser
Squirrel Lisa Helene Goetze-Keiser
Media: Acrylic
Lisa Helene's style is best described as whimsical. Deeply believing that one of the greatest joys of art is its power to touch people, she paints what puts a smile in her heart with the hope that it does the same for others. Her work has been in juried shows, galleries, wineries & solo shows.  
In The Clouds - Christina Cowan
In The Clouds – Christina Cowan
Media: Oil and acrylic paint
Christina grew up and lives in Killingworth. She and her mom have an art studio in Clinton where she truly started making art three years ago. She works in the mediums of oil paint, acrylic paint, pen and ink, and watercolor, with a focus often in women and body figures.
Galine Sea Goddess - Renee Lavoie
Galine Sea Goddess – Renee Lavoie
Media: Acrylic on Canvas
Renee is a self taught artist who lives and works from her home studio in Connecticut. She enjoys creating art using bold, vibrant colors.  Renee's passion for art came at a young age and has helped her in many ways to cope with her struggle with anxiety and depression.
My Day Off - Teresa Yocca
My Day Off – Teresa Yocca
Media: Counted Cross Stitch
Teresa's art piece is a Counted Cross Stitch Picture called "My Day Off", a pattern from Design Works.  She has been cross stitching for 36 years.  Creating something  with cross stitch material and embroidery floss is fun for her. She chose this pattern because women work hard and we all need a day off.
Lisa Helene Goetze-Keiser - Doe a Deer
Lisa Helene Goetze-Keiser – Doe a Deer
Media: Acrylic
Lisa Helene's style is best described as whimsical. Deeply believing that one of the greatest joys of art is its power to touch people, she paints what puts a smile in her heart with the hope that it does the same for others. Her work has been in juried shows, galleries, wineries & solo shows.
My Pots - Joan Gay
My Pots – Joan Gay
Media: Pottery
Joan was a Key Member at Wesleyan Potters and studied with British potter Michael Casson, and numerous US potters such as Toshiko Takaezu, Cynthia Bringle, Karen Karnes, Jeff Davis, Alan McCullough, and Bob Parrott. She feels that taking a lump of clay and transforming it into a "pot" is a peaceful and satisfying experience.
Morning Joy - Kelly Leach
Morning Joy – Kelly Leach
Media: Photography
Kelly has been an amateur photographer for more than 25 years. She lives in Killingworth with her husband, Jon, and works as a clinical social worker.
JoAnn Poulsen: Montauk, Media - Acrylic.
Montauk – JoAnn Poulsen
Media: Acrylic
JoAnn started painting after retirement two and a half years ago. She always loved to draw and paint but was too busy with work and family to pursue it.
Christina Cowan's: Nyane, Media - Oil Paint.
Nyane – Christina Cowan
Media: Oil Paint
Christina grew up and lives in Killingworth. She and her mom have an art studio in Clinton where she truly started making art three years ago. She works in the mediums of oil paint, acrylic paint, pen and ink, and watercolor, with a focus often in women and body figures.
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