Two friends and I made our way to the Verge Center for the Arts this past weekend to view the Nasty Women Sacramento exhibit. The exhibit took place on Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th. We met first for Sunday brunch, and then we headed to the exhibit.
The Nasty Women Sacramento exhibit was modeled after the original Nasty Women exhibit at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York in January 2017.
That exhibit featured donated works of art from female and female-identifying artists, and raised over $42,000 – with all proceeds from sales going to Planned Parenthood!
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Per the organizers of the original exhibit:
“Nasty Women is a global art movement that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights.” “ ….Nasty Women Exhibitions also serve to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization and resistance.”
Since the original exhibition dozens of other national and international “nasty venues” have held their own exhibitions.
The Nasty Women Sacramento exhibit was organized by Sacramento artist Frankie Hansbearry and Verge Center for the Arts Deputy Director Susanna Tu.
The theme of the exhibit was (naturally) Nasty Women, and submissions were open to cis-gender, trans-women, and non-binary people. Over 90 Sacramento artists contributed works of art to the exhibit. Well done, Sacramento!
Proceeds from the Nasty Women Sacramento exhibit will benefit the Wellspring Women’s Center and My Sister’s House.
Wellspring Women’s Center is located in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento. The drop-in center for women and children has a Nutritious Meal Program (breakfast), a Wellness Program with a variety of services including crisis management assistance, a Children’s Corner with enrichment opportunities, and assorted safety net services.
My Sister’s House addresses the unique needs of Asian and Pacific Islander and other underserved women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. My Sister’s House offers a Safe Haven Shelter, a 24-Hour Helpline, a Women-to-Work Program (legal services and counseling), a New Beginnings Support Group, as well as providing Community Outreach and Education and a Domestic Violence Training Program.
I am familiar with both of these worthy organizations through my membership in the Sacramento Women’s Action Network (SWAN’s), a local giving-circle.
There were few other attendees at the time we were there, however just as I was entering a group of six or seven young women were leaving – one with a bubble wrapped painting under her arm. I imagine that many of the interested attendees made their way to the exhibit the day before on Saturday as all works (priced $100 or under) were being sold cash and carry.
Art preferences are a very personal thing – and although we left the Verge Center for the Arts without making a purchase, one of my friends indicated that she intended to send a monetary contribution to both the Wellspring Women’s Center and My Sister’s House.
Did you attend the Nasty Women Sacramento exhibit? Any comments to share?
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