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.
President - Evelyn McCorristin Peters, Vice President - Ellen Mason, Treasurer - Peppi Elona, Secretary - Susan Klein
Sherri Hill, Diane Schmidt, Jacqueline Clark, Susan Covert at the opening reception. (Images courtesy of Diane Schmidt)
In May, 2008, the Petticoat Painters had a group exhibit at the state capitol in Tallahassee.
In the gallery, at the exhibit opening
Trudy Whitney, Susan Morris McGee, Diane Schmidt, Judy Lyons Schneider, Julie Trigg, Ruth Colby, Martha Hartman
Near the exhibit area, under the watchful eye of the law
Left of the guard: Trudy Whitney, Peppi Elona, Sally Sloan, Diane Schmidt
Right of the guard: Julie Trigg, Susan Morris McGee, Martha Hartman, Judy Lyons Schneider, Ruth Colby