A large watercolor painting of blue water lilies with green and purple hues hangs above the mantle in a brightly lit room.  In the corner of the piece are tall green reeds that flow into the lily pad-filled pond. This piece is part of Women Sharing Art Inc’s “Arboretum Inspirations” at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, Long Island.

The artist of the water lily painting, Victoria Beckert, is one of 33 artists that participated in the exhibit.  She is a founding member and the vice president of Women Sharing Art, which hosts exhibits and gallery shows like this throughout the year.

“We try to do some interesting things and get everyone together to promote each other’s work,” Beckert, who also teaches watercolor workshops at the arboretum, said.

“Artists that have come that might not feel comfortable at first have grown in the organization with their work year after year.  It’s pretty amazing.”

Women Sharing Art was created in 2008 by Sue Miller, a photographer, to promote art in women and help artists develop and showcase their talents.  It has since grown from a small group of five Long Island female artists to now 34.

“The organization gives us a place to show our work and meet other women who are doing art,” Sheri Berman, a potter and collage artist, said.  “For me it’s been very expanding. It’s helped me grow as an artist.”

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