WOW: Wonderful Old Women was a Bihl Haus Arts gallery exhibition by long-time senior center instructor Gabbe Grodin. This project was inspired by a book called Wonderful Old Women, a series of interviews conducted by Bonnie Lyons, edited by both Bonnie and Deb Fields, with photographs by Linda Harris. In the book (Outskirts Press, 2016), thirteen women, ages 80 to 97, tell their stories, reflecting on how they see themselves and their life’s journey. In this visual version of WOW, Grodin shared her My Matrilineage (58 portraits on a single canvas) and fourteen life-size oil paintings of her students showing us their paintings. Tens of paintings and drawings from Grodin’s students also had their place in the exhibition.
Leading up to the show, art historian Xan Murphy interviewed Gabbe Grodin about her work. A zine of this interview is on sale in the shop.
The show was reviewed by art historian, Wendy Atwell for Glasstire Magazine: https://glasstire.com/2022/07/29/gabbe-grodins-wonderful-old-women-at-bihl-haus-arts-san-antonio/
San Antonio Express News Journalist, Vincent Davis, wrote a feature about me and this work on October 24, 2022: