‘Nasty Women’ art exhibit in Leverett

  • Leverett Crafts and Arts is hosting a Nasty Women art exhibit this Friday through Sunday in the Barnes Gallery. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • "Deplorable Donald Trump" by Sue Katz is one of the pieces available for purchase at Leverett Crafts and Arts' Nasty Women art exhibit this Friday through Sunday. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • "I'll Decide" by Molly Cantor is one of the pieces available for purchase at Leverett Crafts and Arts' Nasty Women art exhibit this Friday through Sunday. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • "My Body, My Choice" by Madeleine Conover is one of the pieces available for purchase at Leverett Crafts and Arts' Nasty Women art exhibit this Friday through Sunday. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

Recorder Staff
Published: 2/9/2017 10:46:48 PM

LEVERETT — A politically charged art exhibit, the work of “nasty women,” opens today and continues through Sunday in the Barnes Gallery at Leverett Crafts and Art.

“As part of a national movement of exhibits, this group show demonstrates 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,” reads a statement about the exhibit, titled Nasty Women.

Show organizer and Leverett resident Nancy Paglia said proceeds from artwork that’s sold during the three-day show will benefit the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts.

“Given the dire consequences of the election, I felt like I wanted to do something — and this really spoke to me,” Paglia said about the show’s inception. Paglia said 118 artists from as far away as Oregon have contributed baskets, furniture, jewelry, paintings and other art pieces to the show.

“It spread like wildfire,” she continued, calling the exhibit “fun, energizing,” and defining a “nasty woman” as “a woman who chooses to speak up and speak the truth of what needs to be said against Trump’s agenda.”

The exhibit is part of a broader art initiative featuring similar gallery shows across the nation and globally in countries like Australia, Belgium, Portugal and England.

“The spectrum of creativity and imagination is amazing for this exhibit,” Paglia said.

The exhibit opening will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, featuring refreshments and music by “The House Band.” On Saturday and Sunday exhibit doors open at 10 a.m., and close at 4 p.m. Buyers will be able to take purchased artwork home immediately. Because of that, Paglia noted there might not be as many pieces to see Saturday and Sunday.

The gallery is located at 13 Montague Road in Leverett. For more information, visit www.barnesgallery.org.

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