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The public is invited to the second annual Nasty Women’s Evanston Art Exhibition and sale, from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 2 in the Evanston Made studios at 1100 Florence Ave. The artworks will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at this free event; there will be no pre-sales.
According to its website, Nasty Women is now 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.
Last June, in solidarity with sister shows around the globe, Lisa Degliantoni and Cathy Helper organized the first Nasty Woman Art Evanston fundraiser. That year NWE raised more than $10,000 for Planned Parenthood in 82 minutes. A number of sponsors will provide refreshments. This year there will be a 3D tent in the backyard for ceramics, jewelry and more, with a portion of those proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. This one-night exhibition and fundraiser hopes to exceed last year’s expectations.
The goal has been to welcome all women, including those self-identified, to donate art (12-inch-by-12-inch or smaller), priced at $100). A $20 souvenir poster designed by Tamara Grusin will be offered for sale, with 100% of sales going to Planned Parenthood.
The Nasty Women movement first launched in 2016 as a result of a phrase used by then-President nominee Donald Trump during a presidential debate about then-candidate Hillary Clinton. What started as a Facebook post has now transformed into a global network of Nasty Women’s undertaking across America, Europe and Australia.
The work done by Nasty Women is an example of art as protest and how art can be used as a vehicle for social and political change.
The Nasty Women Evanston exhibit is also a stop on the Evanston Made 2018 Art Tour on June 2, noon-5 p.m.