Cinderella, Maleficent, Snow White, the Evil Queen, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, the Seven Dwarves, Rumpelstiltskin and many, many more beautiful, mysterious and wicked characters have filled stories of our lives passed on in various forms. “Once Upon a Time: Twisted Fairy Tales features a new roster comprised entirely of female artists. The fairy-tale inspired group exhibition will provide a platform for female artists to explore the age-old tradition of fairy tales. What if Sleeping Beauty was never awoken from her deep slumber? What if the Beast did not fall in love with Belle and have a change of heart? What if Cruella de Vil managed to steal a few of the little Dalmatian puppies? As most of you are aware, the original fairy tales did not have the neatly tied bow ending, as the Disney versions demonstrate. Such as the original stories were written, these artists will create thought provoking works that question the values of the happily ever after and the archetypal heroine we knew from our youth. Do not attend this art show expecting to see the beautiful Snow White with her Prince standing by her side or Cinderella in her magnificent dress smiling because she was rescued from her nightmarish life. This show is gritty, it’s dirty, and most of all, it’s twisted.
Through May 8
Once Upon a Time: Twisted Fairy Tales
RNG Gallery, 157 West Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m.