To coincide with the music and film components of this weekend's FemmeFest - the second-year festival that honors diverse identities and gender expressions- a handful of art exhibits, highlighted by the group show "Emanate" at Short North salon Girl & Guy Republic, will open as well. Each exhibit shares and believes in FemmeFest's objectives and will donate a portion of proceeds to this year's charity, Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO).

To coincide with the music and film components of this weekend's FemmeFest - the second-year festival that honors diverse identities and gender expressions- a handful of art exhibits, highlighted by the group show "Emanate" at Short North salon Girl & Guy Republic, will open as well. Each exhibit shares and believes in FemmeFest's objectives and will donate a portion of proceeds to this year's charity, Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO).

"I decided to have an open theme [for 'Emanate'] because I wanted the artists to feel free to express themselves, but I did make them aware of what the purpose was with the event and asked that they kept that in mind when creating a piece," said Laura Kuenzli, owner of Rivet Gallery and curator for "Emanate." "Part of the reason I chose the title for the show is because I want a positive message to radiate from the artwork towards the meaning of the festival."

While Kuenzli didn't ask for the artists to specifically convey a theme that ties in with FemmeFest, she did ask all participants to create a six-by-six-inch piece to maintain some conformity for the works from the 20-plus submissions - which includes some renowned local names like Adam Brouillette and Clinton Reno.

"The one cohesive thing I wanted was everything to be six-by-six. There are a few different reasons behind that. It was partly for marketability [and to have a low price point], but also because when you have that many different artists, it's a way to keep things as cohesive as possible without having a theme," said Kuenzli.

Other Femme Fest-affiliated exhibits will be held this weekend at What the Rock?! (a group show titled "Girls to the Front") and St. James Tavern (featuring Meagan Alwood-Karcic and Cassie Phillips). "Girls to the Front" will be an all-day event on Saturday. "Emanate" has an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and the Alwood/Phillips show will have one beginning at 7 p.m. the same day.