Creative Arts of Women celebrates two different anniversaries with its "Rights and Representation" exhibition.

Creative Arts of Women celebrates two different anniversaries with its "Rights and Representation" exhibition.

The local collective observes its first birthday, a year after it was founded by Helma Groot and Stephanie Rond. But it also marks the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in August 1920.

Commemorating women's political representation via the vote, CAW does what it does best via artistic representation.

"The opening reception will include over 30 of our visual artists, exhibiting work on both Wholly Craft's Wall Gallery as well as in the window and on the outside of the building," Rond says.

Local choreographer and CAW member CoCo Loupe has created a new solo for the opening.

Exploring how she learned to move as she does, Loupe studied her characteristic movements and postures.

"I translated images, memories, questions and sensations of my own embodied history as a child/girl/female/woman into more refined physical actions," she explained.

After videotaping herself, she discovered that playing the video at higher speed "resulted in a moving image that was essentially unrecognizable as me. I had become another woman who moved in an unfamiliar way."

Learning to move like this alien self has allowed Loupe to "[mimic] the way that the expression of the female identity is reconstructed and redefined over time and through the influences of popular culture."

Loupe will perform in the Wholly Craft front window, which she considers "a location that is culturally loaded with the idea of commodifying, selling and consuming objects of need and desire."

That sounds creatively right.