A one-woman show by Ste. Genevieve artist Jean Rissover will open at the Southeast Missouri Council of the Arts in Cape Girardeau on Friday, March 1, during that city’s First Friday Art Walk.
The show is titled “Distaff: The Lives of Women” and portrays the everyday and sometimes extraordinary activities, experiences, relationships, joys, sorrows and moods of women of all ages, stations in life, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.
“The women are mothers, daughters, wives and partners, workers, caretakers, thinkers and creators,” Rissover said. “Each is unique, and at the same time, represents a component of ‘the feminine.’ The intended message is simple: Women’s lives are diverse, rich and complex. Most important, the lives of all women are worthy of attention.”
Rissover began her painting career in 2011 at age 70, after retiring as managing editor of the Herald, following prior careers in teaching and social work.
She attended studio classes at Mineral Area College, studying with professor Jim Wilson, and in 2013 she traveled to Italy to study for two weeks at the Jerusalem Studio School Summer Program, headed by internationally-known artist Israel Herschberg.
She has won several art awards and her work has been shown in galleries in Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, the Parkland area and Cape Girardeau. She is a member of the Ste. Genevieve Art Guild and Cape Visual Arts Cooperative. Rissover’s work is also on display at E-KleK-Tix, her studio/gallery located at 130 N. Main in Ste. Genevieve’s historic downtown.
The Southeast Missouri Council of the Arts gallery is located at 16 N. Spanish St. in Cape Girardeau. The First Friday Art Walk takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rissover’s show will remain in place through March.
(Information in a release from Jean Rissover.)