At the spacious Shot Tower Gallery, the members of the Creative Arts of Women collective have room to stretch their creative legs. (And during the opening reception, CAW performance artists Coco Loupe and Heidi Madsen will have room to stretch their actual legs.)

At the spacious Shot Tower Gallery, the members of the Creative Arts of Women collective have room to stretch their creative legs. (And during the opening reception, CAW performance artists Coco Loupe and Heidi Madsen will have room to stretch their actual legs.)

"It's such a gigantic space, so you're able to work bigger than usual," explained Mabi Ponce de Leon, one of more than 25 female artists participating in the show, titled "CAW: Creating Our History."

The ambiguous title gave the artists the freedom to interpret the theme.

Ponce de Leon's paintings and mixed-media works are based on the Serpent Mound, an ancient effigy mound in southern Ohio.

"The serpent form serves as an important symbol in many ancient cultures," Ponce de Leon said. "I am fascinated with cultural origins and the connections that exist between people's social and religious beliefs, symbols and other identifying traits of a group of people in a specific place and time."

The exhibition will also feature Pop-Tart-inspired paintings by Amy Neiwirth, as well as works by Stephanie Rond, Helma Groot and many other artists active in the local scene.