Can You Name 5 Women Artists?... 2018

by Anna Ancher

by Anna Ancher

To save you from a weekend of only plucking swans in the kitchen and Easter celebration prep.... here is my answer to  "Can You Name 5 Women Artists". The challenge is given annually by the  National Museum of Women in the Arts .... 

and hopefully I've given you plenty of videos and articles to enjoy on these women who have been creating wondrous things while being managers of their hearths and homes, well a few of them were not doing the plucking and house duties themselves, with servants to take care of such things, I know, but some were.

As was my #5... Maud Lewis (1903-1970)



The most unlikely of women that would gain world wide attention for her little paintings. Listen to article HERE



Her little house now resides in a museum in Novia Scotia.

the movie, MAUDIE, trailer below, stars 2018 Best Picture's ,SHAPE OF WATER, actress Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke as her cranky husband and would be a lovely Sunday evening  treat...

#4... the Navajo Weavers, traditionally women who teach the craft to their daughters, granddaughters and nieces have gained awareness outside of the Four Corners region, where I live on the Colorado side of the corners including New Mexico and Utah and Arizona, where the picture below was taken in Canyon de Chelly. ( which is pronounced Canyon De Sh- A.)

  Craft In America featured Barbara Teller Ornelas and her family on their 2017 "Teachers" episode...



After you watch that, watch another and another of Craft In America episodes on more women keeping alive skills taught to them by the women that came before them.

#3 is across the world and since it is Easter Weekend.... is another cultural tradition kept alive by women who have learned the craft from others, wax resist and dyed eggs, a pre Christian tradition that like other was incorporated in to the church's traditions of Easter. Like the weaving amongst the tribes of the Southwest United States, how the eggs are decorated varie sightly between regions such as Romania and the Ukraine where it is called Pysanka.

In Romania, the eggs are called painted, though the process still uses dipped wax pens and dye bathes....

from  natgeo

from natgeo

from  natgeo

from natgeo

National Geographic and Jungles in Paris made a wonderful short on egg painting Romanian artist Elena Craciunescu...

#2 is Anna Ancher( 1826-1916)

Who did have others to do the cooking, the child rearing and the cleaning...leaving plenty of time for Anna to paint more then the plucking of fowl in the kitchen, but here is another example of "Grow where you are painted", a lesson that women artists have utilized over the century turning to more motherly  domestic subjects than their male counterparts. 


Anna Ancher  is considered on of Denmark's greatest painters. She, like my other favorite Danish artist couple of Carl and Karin Larsson, was married to Micheal, another painter, and was so great loved by their country, the country of my great grandmother and grandfather as well, the Anchers were featured on Denmark's currency...


No movie or documentary that I could find but here is something for your bucket-list if you ever visit Denmark, a destination that is definitely on mine, their home like the Larsson's is a museum...

And #1...Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

Who, though she gave us some of the most well known and loved characters, lost the first love of her life, highlighted in the 2006 MISS POTTER....

There is a second chapter of her story...who self published her first books of her prim and proper animals in her 30s...did not like children that much....bought a farm and married in her 40s...and was a conservationist by buying up more farms in the Lake District UK and putting them in Trust.

So whether it falls to you this weekend to do the cooking and plucking, I hope you have some time to sit down and enjoy discovering these women whose names might not be well known or the world might not know all that they have done, but that can change, can't it?

The lace below was made by my great grandmother, the quilt made by another, and I continue the tradition of using my hands and thread. 

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