For the first time in three decades, the GreenHill art gallery in downtown Greensboro is using the month of February to put a spotlight exclusively on women artists. 

The gallery is doing that through an exhibit featuring five female abstract painters from North Carolina.

The show will feature the works of artists Eleanor Annand, Barbara Ellis, Celia Johnson, Katy Mixon and Felicia Van Bork.  The new exhibition brings together roughly 80 major works of art from those artists and it includes everything from large-scale paintings to very small works.

Art fans can enjoy the opening of the show along with the company of all five of those artists, who will be in attendance.  There will also be music from Debbie the Artist – a local soul singer and social activist who advocates the use of music and art as forces for social change.  The opening will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at 200 N. Davie St. in the Greensboro Cultural Center.  The gallery and studios are free and open to the public, however, Greenhill always appreciates donations.  There will also be a cash bar at the opening.

The works of the female abstract North Carolina artists will be on display through Saturday, April 11. 

Later in February, the gallery will kick off another new show, “Pop-up Residency” featuring Greensboro multidiscipline artist Raman Bhardwaj.  That exhibit will run from Wednesday, Feb. 26 to Friday, March 6.

In addition to those displays, as part of a new collaboration with Cone Health, GreenHill is putting on “Parkinson’s and the Arts” workshops. That pilot program offers therapeutic opportunities in the Greenhill studios for Parkinson’s patients.  The program features customized art-making classes designed to “increase pleasure, improve motor control, strengthen the mind-body connection, and improve concentration.”