The VOCA Art Gallery in Venice will feature an exhibit of works by Women Painters West artists beginning Saturday, Aug. 14 and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 12.

The exhibit will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14 at VOCA, 215 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.

Works will be on display by artists including Brooke Harker, Louise Marler, Dianne Neuman, Sonia Mirzaei and Teresse Radenbaugh.

Dianne Neuman, artist and VOCA gallery creator, said her vision for the gallery is to provide great art venues for artists to show their work and have community involvement. The gallery exhibits contemporary work ranging from representation to pure abstraction.

Neuman said that regardless of the medium, VOCA focuses on artists whose work challenges traditionally held notions.

Women Painters West, said to be the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the western states, was founded in 1921. This group of more than 250 members includes professional and award-winning artists who aim to utilize innovative approaches to art in all mediums ranging from realistic to contemporary and abstract works.

Women Painters West holds exhibits about four times a year in galleries, art centers, museums and universities. Members are chosen by application and juried selection in March each year. Philanthropy, outreach and scholarships programs are ongoing.

Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Information,, or