Garden of Venus: A Women in Web3 Art Exhibit

Here’s the press release for GARDEN OF VENUS! An exhibition in Cleveland, Ohio that combines digital art and music with traditional art-making.

NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 3, @ MAHALL’S GALLERY

NFTs have become a way for women to yield more power in technology and creative arts. The goal of our exhibition is to challenge the perception of value. Is women’s art more valuable in the ether or the flesh? Women are extremely underrepresented in traditional art genres such as solo shows and the secondary market. 

The three exhibitors are Arabella Proffer, Tessa LeBaron, and Jenna Fournier (AKA The Super Psychedelic Sisters). Their artwork plays on themes of transformation, beauty, and unseen worlds. Art is often used to integrate psychedelic experiences, transcending language, culture, and experience. Unlike typical tech-art exhibits with screens in a white cube, we will create an immersive environment, displaying traditional paintings alongside crypto art.

Despite the ability to break stigmas, women only make up 16% of the NFT space. This trend is rapidly changing, women in the crypto art space do not want a repeat of the traditional art world, and even worse statistics. Resident engagement and education is our second major goal, and part of our mission is to teach the public that crypto art is approachable and here to stay.

Building on the educational aspects, a major component of our project is a free zine with a punk rock edge which will be distributed throughout Greater Cleveland during the run of the show. This “info zine” is an easy guide to NFTs and how to get involved as a creator at any level. It serves to also educate on a technology that will soon be coming for everyone. It is based on Arabella’s popular digital guide, which is free of jargon and techy talk.

This will be the first and only women-led NFT exhibition in the state of Ohio and this part of the country to date.

Mahall’s Art Gallery opening reception, Friday Nov. 4th, 6pm – 10pm, 2022 Specialty themed cocktails will be made for the evening.  The first 50 visitors will get a chance to receive a free NFT (no crypto needed) marking the occasion.

13200 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 Contact arabellaproffer@gmail.com   

Part of this exhibition is made possible by The Ohio Arts Council.

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