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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Passenger to Paradise" - the Art Show

All the while the "Passenger to Paradise" books were in process, a series of paintings was being developed as well. Many of those paintings are currently on view at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art in Petersburg, Virginia. The Grand Opening reception and ribbon-cutting for the new facility took place last Friday night.

Some of the paintings were inspired by scenes in Jamaica, the setting for Hearts Across Forever. Others were created from photos taken as a hurricane moved toward the shores of an island in the Bahamas. Visits to St. Martin, Barbados, Trinidad, and Sedona, Arizona were the motivation for other paintings in the series.

Seeing a series of these paintings hanging on the walls of The Ward's beautiful new gallery space brings back many memories. It's fun to be a "Passenger to Paradise" and encounter lovely spaces in our too often traumatic world.

Thank you, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, for bringing new spaces for artists and art. Make art, not war. That would be a beautiful thing and offer many new journeys for all "Passengers to Paradise".

Noelle Ward with her son following the ribbon cutting at The Ward.
"Passenger to Paradise" show at The Ward
"Passenger to Paradise" paintings at The Ward

7 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Was that opening night? It looks like a great turnout.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

It was a good turnout,Diane,especially since this was also graduation night at zillions of area schools. The underground studios were full as well.

Birgit said...

This would be a dream come true for my hubby who is an artist but works with wood. I love the one painting you are standing beside. It is a brilliant mix of bright colours-love it

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Birgit. I love wood sculpture. Good luck to your husband with his artwork!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I bet seeing all those paintings brought back a ton of memories.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Creating a show with them creates many memories, Alex. Thanks for visiting.

Random Musings said...

What a fantastic opportunity. Looks like you had a good turnout too!
Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip
Debbie
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