When our esteemed Gallery Director, Dean Rockwell, set up the upcoming exhibition of Three Kinswomen, we at the WCI Arts Center were thrilled to have Macomb natives Cathmar, Beckie and Meg Prange exhibiting their work in our amazing space. Since the initial planning of this exhibition, the ever talented Prange family has enlarged the exhibitors to include Amy and her daughter, Anna. The expansion of artists displaying their work also modulated the name change. What was initially Three Kinswomen expanded to Four Kinswomen and with addition of Anna, to Kinswomen. This is one of WCI Arts Center’s most anticipated exhibitions. Here, in Cathmar’s own words, is an explanation of Kinswomen’s evolution:
In 2001 the Kinswomen began when painter Cathmar Prange and her daughters, the fabric artist Meg Prange and the poet A.O. Spencer, collaborated to produce an exhibit they called the Three Kinswomen. They had already been sharing their creative endeavors since the daughters’ childhood. Suddenly, similarities in their work became obvious to Cathmar and Meg. When Amy noticed that her poetry would add a literary element to the duo, they allowed themselves to be inspired by one another’s work. This resulted in displays organized as triplets, art pieces that shared subject or some aesthetic aspect. During the next two years they exhibited as the Three Kinswomen in midwestern communities. The eldest daughter Beckie Prange, a woodcut printer, joined briefly to create the Four Kinswomen. After a hiatus of nearly ten years, Meg was invited to exhibit in Greenfield, Iowa. Because her inventory would not adequately fill the available space, she suggested that her mother might be interested in joining her. A Two Kinswomen exhibit evolved in 2012.
Now Beckie and Amy join them again to exhibit as the Four Kinswomen in their home town of Macomb, Illinois, at the West Central Illinois Arts Center on the square, October 25 through November 23, 2013. This time, visitors are invited to draw their own conclusions as to the similarities between their works.
We hope that our supporters of the arts will join us in welcoming the exhibiting members of the Prange family for our opening reception on October 25 from 6:30-8pm. Thank you for your continued support!