An opening night reception and silent auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in Benjaman Gallery, 419 Elmwood Ave., will kick off “hear me” ROAR!,” a monthlong exhibition by more than 40 female artists.

It will continue through Nov. 30.

The auction and sale of the artwork will benefit the YWCA of Western New York and its programs to help challenged women of all ages and their families.

The reception will feature fine wines and delicacies from gourmet cafes and shops in the Elmwood Village. There also will be handcrafted jewelry by Annie Bliss of Bliss Designs.