Multicultural Art


 Woman with a Scarf Ginnie Streeper


"Woman with a Scarf"

by Ginnie Streeper


March 2015

During the month of March, MSU-N is celebrating Women’s History Month and Irish-American Heritage Month. To observe the first of these celebrations, the artist invited to exhibit work is Havre resident Ginnie Streeper. It was in an art workshop that she created this 10 X 8 water color. To the question of what she wanted to express on this piece, she answered, “This watercolor depicts the dignity and grace of an African woman. The scarf, wrapped turban style, may represent the colors of a particular ethnic area, a traditional wrap, or even a fashion statement. Her bearing and carriage suggests that of pride and even royalty. Viewers, may enjoy her calmness and composure, and find it gives appreciation of a quiet, unobtrusive woman's portrait.” This piece primarily includes only two colors---brownish and blue, also various shades in between these two. Streeper, reflects on the personal meaning of what it means to be a woman, “A female adult with characteristics, strong or weak but able to make decisions and plan about her life without necessarily relying on others. Throughout history women have been forerunners in the fields of history, science, education, and religion; they have been too numerous to list here. Among these strong and influential women are the quiet and supportive ones not so easily recognized for their worth, but loved and treasured beyond limits: wives, sisters, and friends who play unadorned roles throughout their lifetimes. I’d encourage women everywhere to revel in their role, however great or small: you are significant! Eleanor Roosevelt used to say ‘A woman is like a tea bag--you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water!’” she concludes.

The MSUN Office of Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs (ODAMP) invites local and regional artists to exhibit their pieces, preferably those that have some link to multicultural themes. For more information, contact or call (406) 265-3589.