Women of NOTO Exhibit at the Morris Gallery
This exhibit will shine the light on the women who have dedicated their time and talent to help make NOTO what it is today.
What started out as a handful of galleries, studios and vintage shops has turned into a vibrant community of small business owners of all kinds. With the additions planned through the capital campaign, such as Red Bud Park , enhancements to the NOTO Arts Center courtyard and other improvements planned for the district , NOTO continues to grow. However, one thing will always remain consistent; the presence of creative, strong, and forward-thinking women, all of whom have contributed to NOTO’s success.
Shelly Bedsaul, one of the first artists in the district, recalls the dedication that was so prevalent in the early years and continues today, “We had a vision, we were willing to work hard, we had faith, and we got things done!”
Lois Van Liew has also been a part of NOTO since the early years, she opened her studio space inside Studio 831, “It has been a privilege to be there from the beginning and watch the evolution of the art district into an exciting, thriving area. There is always a pulsing, creative heartbeat in NOTO that is inspiring, and the support of the art community is invaluable to me as an artist.”
Today, more than 40 women live, own businesses, create, or otherwise call NOTO home. In the last three months, NOTO has welcomed six new women business owners. Two more – Paper June and The Glass Company – will open their doors in the coming weeks.
Denise Selbee-Koch, co-owner of Dirty Girl Adventures Compass Point, had this to say about the energy surrounding her day to day in the district. “Being part of NOTO is energizing. We're surrounded by great neighbors and part of a community of creative business owners. The added plus is the energy of so many women owned businesses. It feels empowering to know that we are not alone. It is energizing to be able to connect with other women working for a similar dream.”
The exhibit visualizes the journey each woman took as they became part of the NOTO Arts & Entertainment District. While each had her own unique experience, all these women share a common bond and are part of a much bigger story than their own. A story of love, tears, triumph and passion – all told through the eyes of the Women of NOTO.
The Women of NOTO exhibit will be on display to the public from Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 30 at The NOTO Arts Center, 935 N Kansas Avenue. A special Sneak Peek Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, June 6 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. for Friends of NOTO.
The NOTO Art Center is open Thursday and Friday 11-5, Saturday 10-3; open late on the first and third Fridays of each month.