International Women's Day is Wednesday, March 8 and the Cultural Center in New York Mills is honoring the work of women in arts and advocacy with a gallery exhibit, "Women Are the World."

The grand opening reception for this exhibit is Friday, March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m., and is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served alongside live music. A discussion among the artists will be facilitated by local artist and feminist, Pam Robinson.

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This show presents work by Nebraska artist, Jennifer Bockerman; Minnesota artist, Jennifer Chilstrom; Mexican artist, Susana del Rosario; Northern Native artist, Annie Humphry; and pieces from Honor the Earth's Program Director, Winona LaDuke's personal collection.

Winona LaDuke, an internationally-renowned activist, works on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two-time Green Party vice-presidential candidate with Ralph Nader. Pieces from her collection include Native fiber and beadwork.

Annie Humphrey-Jimenez is an Ojibwe mother, singer, songwriter and visual artist who was born and raised on the Leech Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota. Humphrey-Jimenez has interpreted the world through painting since she was a young child who grew up in a creative family. She recalls her mother's drawings and stories. These were Humphrey-Jimenez's first examples of the beauty and strength of art which transformed our tiny rooms on the dusty reservation. Her mother, Anne Dunn, is a published author who taught Humphrey-Jiminez how to tell a story with her paintbrush. (Annie will be back at the Center in concert on September 23, 2017.)

After graduating with a BFA, Susana del Rosario worked as a professor of semiotics, narrative and basic modeling at the Universidad Politecnica de Santa Rosa Jauregui. In 2016 she was part of the Women's Art Institute in St. Paul and felt again the call to paint. She currently is working toward a Master's in Art Studies at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and is part of the project Girl Power. Del Rosario's work is full of themes related to women. She uses imagery, archetypes and even her own visage to portray different fears and concerns from her personal experiences.

Minnesota artist, Jennifer Chilstrom, is also an arts advocate who works in a variety of media. She is the co-founder of Showroom, a co-working retail space that spotlights the Twin Cities maker and artist community with a focus on diverse and underrepresented communities. Chilstrom draws inspiration from the world around her and explores her creative voice through direct service to the community. Her ambition as a multi-media visual artist is to inform, enrich, connect, and employ the diverse communities with whom she collaborates and serves.

Artist and educator Jennifer Bockerman lectures on visual art at Doane University near Lincoln, NE. Her work represents an evolution in exploring bodies, identities, and culture. Throughout her education and experience as an artist and educator, Bockerman has used her work to question how women represent themselves through domestic chores, iconic roles of femininity, and their bodies. Her ability to create confrontational installations and works has been featured in shows throughout the Midwest and in New York.

The 'Women Are the World' exhibit, which is sponsored by Centennial Realty of New York Mills, opens today (Wednesday) and continues through Saturday, April 8. It is free to view during regular Cultural Center hours (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fridays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).

For more information please call the Cultural Center at 218)-385-3339 or visit the Center's website at www.kulcher.org. The Cultural Center is located at 24 Main Ave. S. in New York Mills.