YWCA Greater Green Bay features permanent art exhibit

(WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- If you enjoy art, you'll now be able to see 15 different pieces, meant to highlight one cause in Green Bay.

Inside the Baer Room at the YWCA, art, created by women, now decorates the walls.

"We tried to try to think of a theme that would work with the mission of the YWCA and what Marilee would like to honor her sister with which was basically inspiring women and supporting women worldwide," said Sandy Melroy a textile artist.

To better understand the inspiration behind this exhibit, there are a few names you need to know.

Patricia Baer was a volunteer, philanthropist, and active in the Green Bay community. Lela Jahn grew up in Green Bay, lived in various parts of the world, and empowered women.

Then there's her sister Marilee Jahn who's happy to see this room become a reality.

"It's kind of a memorial to my sister, However, it's to empower women. This is women's room. It isn't hers, It's Patricia Baer's she has her name on it. It's women of all ages," said Marilee Jahn.

Thanks to Baer, the Jahns, the YWCA, and Green Bay Art Colony, art created by Green Bay area women is on permanent display.

Some of the art includes watercolor, textile, and photography.

"The diversity of the art mediums, the diversity of just the theme's represented, it's all just very, we hope, inspirational to anyone in the room," Melroy said.

When asked what her sister would think about the display, Marilee couldn't help but smile and laugh.

"She's amazed. She's with us and she is amazed," Marilee Jahn said.

If you'd like to see the exhibit, the YWCA is open Monday through Thursday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m, Friday 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The YWCA is closed on Sunday.

If you'd like to learn more about the inspiration behind one piece of artwork, click play under the more media tab.

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