By Vera M. Chan-Pool
photo courtesy of Bherd Studios
Jenny Dayton’s “Hearts Beating.”
photo courtesy of Bherd Studios
¦ Crystal Barbre’s “Vulpes-zerda.” ”
photo courtesy of Siolo Thompson
¦ The letter A from curator/artist Siolo Thompson’s “Alphababes” series.

In keeping with the stereotypical feminine theme of Valentine’s Day, Bherd Studios Gallery in Greenwood will present “Pretty, Sexy, Dirty Girly,” a multimedia exhibit featuring all female artists who will explore the theme of female sexuality.

This fourth-annual all-female show will feature about 50 pieces. Because some will feature nudity, this show is for mature audiences only, said Michele Osgood, co-owner of Bherd Studios.

Past all-female shows at the urban and contemporary art gallery have included such themes as “Sugar and Spice,” “Ladies First” and “XX,” the latter exploring the female chromosomes.

“Our group shows tended to be male-heavy, so why not [showcase] more females?” Osgood said. “We wanted to pull out and highlight the women.”

An array of artists

The exhibit will feature pin-up photography, live performances, illustrations and figurative paintings by artists Crystal Barbre, Sadie Beaudett, Jenn Brisson, Niffer Calderwood, Cat Davis, Jenny Dayton, Andie deRoux, Jackie Kingsbury, Maggie Schneider and Debora Spencer.

Schneider, who created her work through Velocity Dance Center on Capitol Hill, will perform her live, improvisational dance “pants. dance. revolution,” in which she dances in her underwear while listening to music that only she can hear. An installation of 16 short videos she created will play during her performance.

Eastlake artist Siolo Thompson is curating this show. She explained that she “chose a very eclectic group of artists…of various lifestyles,” ranging from age 16 to someone in her 50s.

“It’s about trying to find a good mix. It’s not all paintings of big eyes… [or] dolls with big heads,” she said. “It’s representative of real women and real sexuality.”

Thompson’s own “Alphababes,” featuring women posed as letters of the alphabet, will be part of the exhibit.

Opening night

The exhibit will open Friday, Feb. 10, during the Greenwood’s Art Up art walk, with an artist reception from 6 to 10 p. m. The evening will include burlesque performances by Lyla la Coeur and Cherry Manhattan and a raffle to benefit Urban Rest Stop, a Low-Income Housing Institute program that provides restrooms, showers and laundry facilities to homeless people. (The gallery will take donations of toiletry items during the reception.)

Also, Home Suite Home gallery, located next door to Bherd Studios (8537 Greenwood Ave., Suite 1), will present a “Sadie Hawkins” show in which the women ask the men to collaborate on an artwork. Each collaborative piece will be on display during the art walk.

And Tasty Gallery, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N., will have “Girls Gone Wild,” a group exhibition of 10 female urban artists.

The “Pretty, Sexy, Dirty Girly” will continue through March 2 during regular gallery hours, from noon to 6 p. m., Wednesday through Friday. For more information, visit www.bherdstudios.com.