Brandy Wednesday (www.brandywednesday.com), founder and Executive Director of StrangeMatterATL, is a native of metro Atlanta whose paintings and collages encompass femininity and questions the ideals of a woman’s ‘role’ in society. She earned her Painting and Drawing BFA at the University of Georgia in 2008 and exhibited extensively at Atlanta’s Kai Lin Gallery, Goat Farm Art Center, Mint Gallery, and MOCA. Still, Wednesday felt Atlanta’s Art Scene could do more to represent woman artists like herself in the southeast region. So in 2017, Brandy Wednesday renovated an old car repair shop in Atlanta’s Adair Park, gathered sixteen female-identifying artists at various stages in their careers, and hosted five separate exhibitions.
In 2018, Wednesday formed a committee surrounding StrangeMatterATL A.K.A. the Strange Ladies. The idea behind this was to extend the mission behind StrangeMatterATL and see how many branches could be reached collectively. Among its ranks are: Heather Foster (www.heathermfoster.com) who teaches studio art at the University of North Georgia, Makeda Lewis, who published Avie’s Dreams with the Feminist Press (www.feministpress.org/books-a-m/avies-dreams), RISD alumna Julie Fordham (www.juliefordhamart.com) who teaches kindergarten in Norcross, GA, and Britt McDermott (www.brittmcdermott.com) who is a Teaching Artist at the High Museum of Art.