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Friday, August 28, 2015 marked the opening reception of “The Goodwill Biennial” art show at the Thunder-Sky, Inc. gallery in Northside. Goodwill team members, Vanessa Cornett, Donations Supervisor and Sharon Hannon, Interim Marketing Director, were on hand for the festivities. The show will continue through October 15, 2015. Gallery visitors and patrons seemed to enjoy the show which featured handmade art donated Goodwill of previously undiscovered artists.
Curators Keith Banner and Bill Ross created the show as a homage to lost artists whose work would have gone unnoticed without an opportunity of this kind. “The whole purpose of working with Goodwill is to treat the works we come across with respect and dignity, in order to find some kind of meaning/redemption in them that goes beyond kitsch and into another realm,” Thunder-Sky, Inc. Co-founder Keith Banner says. “Plus titling the whole project after sometimes pretentious and sometimes contentious contemporary biennial art surveys is kind of a lark- poking fun at the art world, while also paying homage to artists who have been lost, consigned to donation bins.”
Raymond Thunder-Sky himself is another reason Thunder-Sky, Inc. is partnering with Ohio Valley Goodwill in Cincinnati. Thunder-Sky worked at Goodwill’s employment and training center for several years before he died, and often featured Goodwill in his drawings.
Thunder-Sky, Inc. is a non-profit art gallery focusing on unconventional art, people and ideas. 4573 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223. (513) 426-0477. www.raymondthundersky.org.