Mommy Monsters Exhibit & The Artist Behind It
Are you looking for empowering events and a community that supports local, sustainable artists? Look no further than The Jeweled Warrior! Our rotating monthly exhibit highlights some fantastic artists, and we have Mommy Monsters joining us this month! The Mommy Monsters Exhibit opening reception is taking place on Friday, February 17th, from 5:30-8:30 PM. This solo exhibit by Margaux McAllister does not require the purchase of tickets and will be located in the Transformative Gallery. Mommy Monsters will be run through March 12th. Read on to learn more about Margaux, her exhibit, and the other events that The Jeweled Warrior has in store for you!
About the Artist
Margaux McAllister, a multidisciplinary artist, aims to explore the idea that our identities can be defined and challenged by our emotions. Her exploration of her identity as a mother plays a crucial role in her work, as she sees it as a psychological and emotional journey. In 2004, she received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design, and in 2010 received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. She currently works and lives in Phoenixville, PA, and has had the opportunity to show her work nationally and internationally. Visit Margaux’s website to discover some of the art she has created here!
About the Exhibit
Margaux McAllister’s Mommy Monsters exhibit consists of giclee prints and tufted masks. These masks are inspired by the emotional states she experiences as an artist and mother, and they also explore how our emotional states can challenge and define our identities. Her Mommy Monsters idea came from the issues she discovered when attempting to regulate her emotions when dealing with her children. As she creates these masks, she reflects and sees how her role as a mother is cast into her art. The inherent dichotomies in masks allow the wearer to simultaneously hide and expose parts of themselves. Using the method of rug tufting, Margaux can subvert the domestic qualities of that medium. Her interest in creating identities based on emotions grew, so she started to relate the masks to her garden. Margaux began to imagine these masks as a representation of the care and the love that go into gardening. She started incorporating plants and flowers into the photographs to extend the gesture of each emotion and deepen the understanding of the whole being. Margaux sees the melancholy, the pose, and the commitment to understanding herself as a mother in these works.
Visit our website to read more about Margaux’s creations and the inspiration for Mommy Monsters.
About Our Events
At The Jeweled Warrior, multiple event spaces are designed to empower the local community. Some events we have in addition to our rotating artist exhibit include artisan-led workshops, oracle and tarot card readings, mindful meditations, sound therapy, astrology classes, and educational series. You can always check our events calendar to stay up to date with us and plan your next visit! It is also important to us that dates and times are available for all. Feel free to fill out our survey to let us know what dates and times work best for you, so you can make it to events you are interested in!
The Transformative Gallery
The Transformative Gallery has an abundance of natural light on our second floor. This room features trunk shows, community gatherings, rotating local artist exhibits, fundraisers, and more! On opening night celebrations, you can meet the artist, purchase their art, and sip on some bubbly (complimentary, of course)! Our Transformative Gallery allows attendees to learn about organizations that help our local communities! Fill out an application here to exhibit your artwork in The Transformative Gallery.
We are thrilled to have Margaux McAllister and her Mommy Monsters Exhibit featured in our Transformative Gallery this month. Don’t forget to stop by on opening night, February 17th, at 5:30 PM to browse the exhibit, connect with Margaux, sip on a bubbly beverage, and explore our incredible selection of hand-curated art and jewelry in our Enchanted Forest Gallery! You can also sign up for our newsletter and VIP SMS program to stay up to date with everything happening at The Jeweled Warrior. For our newsletter, click here and scroll down to the bottom to add your email, and for our SMS program, click here. We look forward to seeing you soon!