401 President Clinton Ave.
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Katherine Strause will exhibit “Home Demonstration Clubs Or How Women
Saved the South” at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies July 11 – September
27, 2014. Her exhibition is supported in part by the Arkansas Committee of the
National Museum of Women in the Arts.
My paintings are always from the perspective of women and their work so imagery from
the Home Demonstration Clubs offered compelling and inspiring subject matter. Part
documentary, part naturalistic expression, these paintings examine familiar topics of
gender, class, social movements and a genuine shared existence.
Two years ago my friend Jane Thompson at the Historic Arkansas Commission
introduced me to the Home Demonstration scrapbooks. I was immediately hooked by the
imagery and the work this group had performed throughout the decades in Arkansas and
the South. These women elevated the health and standard of living for the poorest
among us through thrift, economy and education. Using government aid and fueled by a
feeling of personal responsibility, these women made theirs and other’s lives better,
happier and helped bring this rural State into the 20th Century.