The Petticoat Painters is one of the oldest continuously exhibiting women's art groups in the U.S. This group was formed in 1953 to showcase the talents of female artists at a time when women had difficulty in finding venues to show their work.
Seven women participated in the first show held at a local Sarsota Florida gallery. These original members selected the name "Petticoat Painters" thinking it would be a one-time show of their work. The name continues to be used both in honor of the founders and to retain its historical signature. The membership is limited to twenty women.
While we revere our history, each generation of members evolves its own identity framed by contemporary thinking. As we continue to engage new members, we actively move into the twenty first century in concert with the dynamic metamorphosis in art philosophy and aesthetics.
The Petticoat Painters are motivated by their individual process of making art. Each artist has a firm committment to moving beyond the boundaries of materials, of techniques, of standard images and preconceived notions.
All the members of the group are inspired by the camaraderie and vibrant association with each other. Each person is encouraged to continue her journey of exploration and the development of artistic endeavors. To learn more about the group's history contact our historian, Ellen Mason.
2008 Tallahassee Show
In May, 2008, the Petticoat Painters exhibited at the state capitol in Tallahassee.
In 2012 and 2013 the group awarded a local high school art student. Click here photos.
Poets Project, December, 2012
At the Petticoat Painters' 59th Anniversary Show in December, 2012, poets were invited to respond to an image. To view the results, see the Poets Project.