From: Keith Banner, Butler County Board of MR/DD Date: January 22, 2002 The Middletown Fine Arts Center, The Art Thing Project, & Empowered People with Disabilities present… When Silence Becomes Singing …an art exhibit of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and words by Antonio Adams, Kendra Bayer, Richard Brown, Cheryl Conley, Dan Dagenbach, Jarel Galloway, Stevie Grueter, Patty Kempf, Pam Myrick, Paul Rowland, Eric Ryan, Rose Sattler, Gregory Soellner Jr., Raymond Thunder-Sky, Kevin White, and many others. It opens March 22, 2002 at the Middletown Fine Arts Center in Middletown, Ohio, with a reception from 6 to 8 PM. The Middletown Fine … Continue reading WHEN SILENCE BECOMES SINGING


While going through our old yahoo group: The Fringe Ezine, I stumbled upon two articles I posted there from 2004.  Both are by David Wecker who I finally met a few months ago,  during the shooting of our documentary of artist Raymond Thunder-Sky in Cincinnati. As per the norm, I had forgotten all about posting these but, it was a bit like finding some old gems. Much has happened since then. Raymond passed just a few months after these articles were published, Keith Banner and Bill Ross departed V & V and started their own gallery, named after Raymond, and … Continue reading FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE ART THING PROJECT


Ohio artist Bill Ross does not subscribe to the “aesthetics only” propaganda of the avant-garde.  As an art student in the 1980s, Ross was stubborn in regards to his work. Complete abstract expressionism was the accepted norm, but Ross’ work plunged the viewer into an idiosyncratic world of slapstick surrealism. Many reviewers have commented on Ross’ works and some of the usual descriptions are “candy colored”, “playful”, and “decorative.” While Ross’ work is all that, there is also an undeniable and inherent element of danger underneath a deceptively bright colored surface. That danger is a true trait of surrealism. In … Continue reading BE HAPPY GODDAMMIT: THE ART OF BILL ROSS

THUNDER-SKY promo video for documentary

This is an 8 minute promotional video for a featured documentary. An art gallery and organization, inspired by Raymond Thunder-Sky — an unconventional artist whose works and life transcend notions of “outsider” and “insider” art, breaks barriers, demolishes stereotypes, and empowers artists (both self-taught and formally educated) through showcasing their works and stories side by side. Continue reading THUNDER-SKY promo video for documentary