Patricia Ward’s Book Arts installation Re/Vision will be closing this weekend, so catch is while it is still up!
Visitors who have stepped into the world created by Patricia Ward’s current installation walk away entranced. Some viewers comment on the depth of the work, others wonder at the intricate methods used in its creation, and writers walk away smirking. The eighteen miniature Book Arts works were created from the shreds of a novel of Ward’s for which she could not find a publisher.
The bridge between writing and Book Arts is complete in this not-for-sale installation at Albright art + craft. The pieces are moving in content and presentation, and simultaneously beautiful to view. Gallery owner Bonnie Albright met Ward when she came to visit the gallery this summer. Upon seeing Ward’s samples Albright immediately asked her to exhibit. This is the first installation at the new contemporary art gallery. While most shows at the gallery present artists’ works for sale, Albright intends to occasionally use the space for conceptually based installations. She is pleased at the overwhelming positive response.
Patricia Ward was born in Beirut, Lebanon and lived there through the brutal civil war. Her novel The Bullet Collection (Graywolf Press, 2003) received the GLCA New Writers Award, the Anahid Literary Award and the Hala Maksoud Award for Outstanding Emerging Writers. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, and she has held multiple residencies. In the past few years, Ward has transitioned from writing novels to Book Arts. She is an Artist Member of the Center for Book Arts in NY, where she also received a fellowship for the Fine Press & Letterpress Printing Seminar in 2005.
Albright is excited for the next gallery show, Give Art, which will focus on smaller paintings highly suitable for giving as gifts. Unlike other exhibits, customers can take their purchases away with them the same day, rather than waiting until the close of the exhibit. This vibrant show features seven local artists and will be open for viewing starting Tuesday, November 17. The show will remain up until December 23rd.
Artist Patricia Ward converses with a guest at the opening of Re/Vision.
Dick Goodwin sits at the recreation of Ward’s workspace, a part of the installation.
A visitor to the installation reads one of Ward’s books.