Miss Art World South Dakota Klaire Lockheart invites everyone to honor the end of Women’s History Month on Final Friday, March 31st at No. 7 Center Gallery, 7 Center Street, Vermillion, SD. The celebration includes the opening reception of the Thunderdomesticity: Damsels vs. Distress exhibition. The art reception, hosted by the Packard Group, LLC, lasts from 5:00-7:00 pm, and it’s free and open to the public. Thunderdomesticity: Damsels vs. Distress was juried by Klaire Lockheart, and prints of the selected artworks will be displayed outside on the north wall of No. 7 Center Gallery. This is the second annual Thunderdomesticity party, and guests are encouraged to dress up in post-apocalyptic costumes!
Thunderdomesticity: Damsels vs. Distress is a national juried art show designed to celebrate the strength of all women (including but not limited to: cis women, trans women, nonbinary, two-spirit, and gender fluid people). The current political climate can feel like the end of the world, but 50 amazing artists from across the United States offer encouragement through their artwork. This exhibition celebrates the heroic characteristics of women, which counterbalances traditional post-apocalyptic narratives that frequently exclude or mistreat women. The artwork is feminist, dystopian, and everything in between! There are over 100 works of art that include photography, paintings, mixed-media, henna, digital art, assemblage, fiber art, drawings, and ceramics. The range of art, from abstract to figurative, from traditional techniques to innovative uses of media, is exciting! These awesome artists know how to create powerful narratives through visual compositions.
The Thunderdomesticity: Damsels vs. Distress artists include: Abbie Graham, Abby Daleki, Amber Wright, Amy Langoni, Anndell Wubben, Anne Spooner, Art Fuentes (ARF), Becky Roberts, Bill Stamats, Blake Walker, Caitlyn Chellew, Cecille Santos, Cherie Lee, Cindy Hansen, Constance Klippen, Danny Sigelman, David Ezziddine, Donna Milligan, E. Schwinn, Emily Waters, Eric Anderson, Eric Marts, Evelyn Schmelling, Francine Fox, Hannah Bishop, Heidi Bennett, J Burke, Jacy Rooney, Jenna Robertson, JoAnn Telemdschinow ,Kate Glass, Kayla Koeune, Lacey Eidem, Leigh Nelson, Liana Lucier, Luci Hudson, Marla Goodman, Michael Doering, Naomi Even-Aberle, Nicole Houff, Phyllis W. Packard, Rachel Coyne, Racquel Banaszak, Remi Koebel, Rhonda Urdang, Rita Collins, Samantha Schenatzky, Shiri Phillips, Tia Sculpt, and Winnie van der Rijn.
In order to display such an abundance of fabulous artwork, the Packard Group professionally printed all the images as 8x8” squares. Juror Klaire Lockheart, will wheat-paste (glue) all of the artwork to the exterior of the building. When handling the artwork Lockheart stated, “I am honored to be able to curate this incredibly unique exhibition! Last year, I organized the first Thunderdomesticity art exhibition, and ‘Thunderdomesticity’ is a combination of ‘Thunderdome’ and ‘domesticity,’ which is why there is a feminine post-apocalyptic theme. This year, the show has ten times as many artists, and it’s wonderful to conclude Women’s History month with such a powerful art show.” The outdoor print exhibition of Thunderdomesticity: Damsels vs. Distress will be on display on the north wall facing City Hall from March 31st through May 19th, 2023 at No. 7 Center Gallery, 7 Center Street, Vermillion, SD. The prints were created by Aaron C. Packard from the Packard Group. Due to the ephemeral nature of the wheat-paste installation, the prints are exposed to the elements and public. Over time, the prints will change, and they will be destroyed in the removal process after the show ends.
The artwork is also available to view on the Packard Group’s website: https://www.packardgroupllc.com/exhibitions/damsels-vs-distress
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