Art, activism combine in ‘Nasty Women’ exhibit

Troy's art scene slated to get 'nasty' this weekend
“Resist #1” and “Resist #2,” works by Theresa Van Duyne, are among the items for sale at the “Nasty Women of the North” exhibit.
“Resist #1” and “Resist #2,” works by Theresa Van Duyne, are among the items for sale at the “Nasty Women of the North” exhibit.

TROY — The Troy art scene is slated to get “nasty” this weekend with an exhibit/fundraiser and slew of events organized by The Feminist Art Project of Upstate New York.

It’s a weekend they’re calling “Nasty Women of the North,” taking place at The Arts Center of the Capital Region and Collar Works in Troy. The Upstate group is part of the The Feminist Art Project, an international initiative which celebrates the feminist art movement, along with the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women within the art community.

Madison LaVallee and Claire Sherwood, both sculptors, founded the regional branch of TFAP shortly after the 2016 presidential election. So far they’ve hosted gatherings and happy hour events, but the “Nasty Women of the North” is their first large-scale exhibit.

Over 100 artists from the Capital Region and across the country have come together to create the exhibition. It’s not only packed with visual arts, but performance art, film and music.

The show is inspired by the national “Nasty Women” exhibit that was shown earlier this year at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York earlier this year. The exhibit was focused on feminism and activist-driven artwork. The show also helped to raise money for Planned Parenthood.

“Nasty Women of the North” is similar, with 156 in the visual art exhibit alone, all of which will be on sale at the opening on Friday. 100 percent of every sale goes to the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. Visitors can bid on the artwork, which will be priced at $100 or less.

There will also be performance art, film screenings at the Arts Center and a musical performance from The Magdalens, an Albany-based feminist alt-folk/rock band.

Artists like Melissa Sarris will be performing an interactive performance piece at Collar Works on Friday evening. She’ll have vintage typewriters set up to represent various points in feminist theory and will be asking gallery goers to write feminist love letters.

“It’s really a visually compelling show,” said Elizabeth Dubben, the executive director of Collar Works. 
LaVallee also noted that it’s a very inclusive show. All artists who wanted to submit or be a part of the show in some way were welcomed.

“I hope the exhibition provides a sense of community, inclusiveness, and the realization that we are all in this together. It’s important that artists, creative movers-and-shakers, and Planned Parenthood feel supported by each other and the community at large,” LaVallee said.

“There’s been a lot of anxiety and frustration in our sociopolitical community,” Dubben said.

She hopes this exhibition and all the events centered around it will give people in the community an opportunity to come together in a unique way.

“It’s bringing people together to hopefully cultivate change,” Dubben said.

For more information on the exhibit, visit

Here’s a brief look at the schedule:


6 p.m. at Collar Works Gallery (621 River St. Troy)

Making it in the Margins: A zero-waste five-course dinner created by chef Brandon Schatko, the executive chef of Plumb Oyster Bar, will be served to benefit the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. There will also be a preview of the exhibition. Tickets are $75 per person.


5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Collar Works

Nasty Women exhibition and art auction: Gallery goers can experience the exhibition and bid on their favorite pieces. All pieces are $100 or less and sales go to the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. 


11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Collar Works

MoonBee (or SewingBee): Community members can come in to sew menstrual pads to be given to girls in the poorest communities worldwide as a part of the Mooncatcher Project.

12 p.m. at Collar Works

Poetry discussion on Women Writers Poets and The Elephant in the Room: What’s Race Got to Do with Me and My Creative Work. Organized by Dawn Marar.

1 p.m. at the Arts Center (265 River St., Troy)

Performance by The Magdalens, an Albany-based female fronted alt-folk/rock band
3 p.m. at the Arts Center

Screening of “!Women Art Revolution” and roundtable discussion


2 p.m. at the Arts Center

Screening of the documentary “Our Now”

3 p.m. at the Arts Center
“Rite of Passage,” a performance piece by Erin Helfert and Nina C. Young

Last Chance

“Nexus,” SculptureNow’s 2017 outdoor exhibition at The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts, will be closing on October 31.

It’s an expansive exhibition, with 30 works spread out among the grounds of author Edith Warton’s home.

One sculpture, “Yellow Peril,” is spread out across the forest floor at The Mount. It includes 120 seemingly fragile yellow bowls created by Setsuko Winchester to symbolize the 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were taken to concentration camps during World War II.

Other pieces are large than life, including artist James N. Burnes “Nine Piece Ring.”

“I create forms from nature that express our intimate relationship with Mother Earth. I am drawn to the tension between the natural and organic, man and nature, time and decay,” said Burnes in a statement.

What at first look like giant mosquito nets are actually Ann Jon’s installation “Netting for Water.”

“My work is an adventure, exploring new forms and media, hoping the viewer’s eye, mind, and heart will experience the sculpture visually, creating their own narrative or message,” Jon said in a statement.

To find out more about the exhibit visit or The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA.

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