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Women of Surfing: Art & History, July 22 – September 2, 2017

The Huntington Beach Art Center in collaboration with the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center present timely exhibit

San Clemente CA— Surfing Heritage & Culture Center (SHACC) is pleased to be partnering with the Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) in their Women of Surfing: Art & History, their second exhibition a three-part-series celebrating women in the arts, delving into the artworks of national and international artists who have an intimate relationship with the ocean and the sport of surfing. Special guests for the opening reception on July 22nd from 6:30 – 9 pm include Mary Lou McGinnis Drummy, 2016’s Women of the Year in Surf City USA’s Walk of Fame and co-founder of the Women’s International Surfing Association and Gidget (Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman), the inspiration for the fictional character Franzie (nicknamed Gidget) from the 1957 surf novel, Gidget: The Little Girl with Big Ideas.

The Women of Surfing: Art & History exhibition is set to coincide with the US Open of Surfing, and will bring Huntington Beach’s favorite pastime from the beach into the gallery. The exhibition will invite guests to contemplate artistic representations of the ocean and the sport of surfing by those who are keenly familiar with them.

SHACC will be providing artifacts such as surfboards, photographs and memorabilia which will convey the rich history of surfing. Kate Hoffman, Director of the HBAC states that, “…we chose to celebrate the art of surfing from the perspective of women in the field. From world champion athletes who also find creativity that flows from their relationship to the ocean, to those women who founded major movements on behalf of female surfers, and those who have documented the history and growth of the sport.This exhibition presents both an aesthetically beautiful and historically significant look at the world of women in surfing.”

Women of Surfing: Art & History curator, Phil Roberts, also emphasizes the unique narratives the featured artists are able to convey, saying that: “Mother Earth is a common reference to our planet. This personification throughout mythologies, religions, tribes, and human history, makes a connection between our planet and the feminine form. Honoring this way of viewing the world, this exhibition explores the intimate relationship that these artists have with the ocean through the creative lens of women who have spent their lives in the waves.”

This exhibition will be on display during the US Open of Surfing, the location and timing of this exhibition could not be more fitting.