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Bella Donna

  • Tejas Gallery 341 South Jefferson Street Dayton, OH, 45402 United States (map)

Please join us for the opening reception of Belladonna, an exhibition featuring womean artists residing in Dayton, Ohio. 

Featured Artists: Amy Kollar Anderson, Bridgette Bogel, Ellen Bukvic, Tina Eisenhart, Ann B. Kim, Evie Lewis, Mychaelyn Michalec, Sabrina Pryor, Rachael Redolfi, Rebecca Sargent, Talia Shade and Megan Smallwood.

On view at TEJAS Gallery September 1-30, 2017
Opening reception Friday, September 1 from 6:30-8:30pm.

First recorded in 1590-1600, belladonna is an Italian word which means "fair lady". It is believed to have taken on this meaning because the plant, a deadly nightshade, was used by some women to dilate the pupils of the eyes in order to create an artificial pallor. The word has mixed connotations that can represent extremes: both beauty and strength but also weakness and death. It also speaks to the contrasting forces that many women feel in society: weakness vs. strength, beauty vs. vulgarity or vanity at its extreme, connotations of power, extremes to which some women will subject themselves to in order to obtain beauty. Similar to the complex connotations of the word belladonna, living in a gender defined category has even more complex connotations. As the artists represented in the exhibition highlight, it's difficult to limit or define anyone to a specific set of rules or characteristics. The artists represented in Belladonna utilize a range of contrasting styles and techniques. Several artists lean toward the delicate and controlled, some toward the bold and expressive, some use metaphors and yet others aim to re-imagine their realities.

Earlier Event: August 4
Art in the City