When four artists gathered to paint together last summer, they were stunned that their art, though very different in style, sent the same message: an urgency to listen and understand the female voice. A sisterhood of abstract artists from different states who met at workshops and painted together annually, but, unknowingly, they were sending the same clear message about female empowerment. Why not have an exhibition of their work to encourage other women to claim their voices and men to understand and appreciate those voices. Sometimes, their work is crafted with the drama and strength of Adele’s voice, other times with the resonance and sweetness of Charlotte Church. “Voice Lessons,” a collection of paintings by Eli Corbin, Fran Gardner, Lisa Stroud, and Beau Wild will open on Friday, June 7, at The Satellite Gallery in downtown Asheville. Eli Corbin, an artist who divides her time between Asheville and St. Augustine, Florida, paints about the community and spirituality of women who support each other. Fran Gardner, art professor at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, crafts nudes, using symbols and stitchery to spotlight the everyday issues that impact and antagonize women. Lisa Stroud, an artist from Cary, NC, using The Little Black Dress as a narrator, explores the beauty and eccentricities of womankind, often in a whimsical, bantering voice. Beau Wild of Port Orange, Florida, mines the gestures of women to reveal a broad range of emotions and relationships. Join us at The Satellite Gallery, located 55 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, 28801, to celebrate why every voice matters. The opening reception is First Friday, June 7, from 7pm-9pm. The show will be up through July 14. From Asheville, this exhibition will travel to the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, where it will be on display from January through April, 2020. For more information, phone Bill Thompson at Satellite Gallery, 828.505.2225.