INSPIRATION: A lot of Cincinnatians remember a man dressed in a clown collar and construction hat, walking the Cincinnati streets with a toolbox in tow, a serious expression on his face. He did this for many years, mystifying folks as to what he was up to. The man’s name was Raymond Thunder-Sky. And what he was doing was drawing demolition and construction sites throughout Cincinnati and other parts of the region. Raymond, a Native American with a rich family history, passed away in 2004, leaving behind over 2,000 drawings, and a vast array of clown costumes, construction hats, and tool-boxes. Thunder-Sky, Inc. was founded in order to preserve Raymond’s legacy through exhibits and programs, and to provide an exhibition space and ongoing support for other unconventional artists in the area.
MISSION: To keep Raymond Thunder-Sky’s legacy alive through community-based programs and exhibits, as well as showcasing and supporting unconventional artists like him from the region.
VISION: Raymond Thunder-Sky was a gifted artist whose life and art are examples of unique creativity, ingenuity, and dedication. We believe his spirit and legacy enriches the lives of everyone it touched and continues to touch. As well, his stature as both a cultural and artistic figure offers a valuable opportunity to learn about, and to champion, other unconventional and overlooked artists from across the region.
Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler, at The Thunder-Sky Folk art Carnival, Sept 2010
Press about Thunder-Sky, Inc.
- Aeqai Review of “Hard Knocks” August 2011
- Art Gage Blog August 2010
- Best of Cincinnati Citybeat March/April 2011
- Cedric Michael Cox Blog May 2011
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- Channel 19 Story about “Direct Contact” and Thunder-Sky Documentary October 2011
- Channel 9 WCPO November 2010
- Cincinnati Enquirer August 2010
- Cincinnati Magazine June 2010
- Cincinnati Magazine November 2009
- Cincy Voices July 2010
- Citybeat August 2010
- Citybeat August 2011
- Citybeat December 2010
- Citybeat July 2010
- Citybeat July 2011
- Citybeat November 2010
- Citybeat October 2011
- Citybeat September 2009
- Citybeat September 2010
- Columbus Dispatch September 2010
- Folk Art Messenger October 2010
- Home of Folk Art August 2010
- Intoview with Bill Ross May 2011
- Street Vibes Newspaper September 2010
- Top 9 Things to Channel 9 August 2011
The Thunder-Sky Folk art Carnival, Sept 2010
THUNDER-SKY, INC. is a 501c(3) non-profit art gallery and organization. 4573 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45223.
(513) 823-8914. firstname.lastname@example.org
HOURS: Friday 6 to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 pm. (Or by appointment).