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Gayle Bard Gains Retrospective at BIMA

Gayle Bard Gains Retrospective at BIMA

: Bateman's East Sussex, 2011, oil on canvas, 54"x72"; courtesy of Linda Hodges Gallery.

Gayle Bard Gains Retrospective at BIMA

: Gayle Bard. Photo by Chuck Kuhn.

Gayle Bard Gains Retrospective at BIMA

: Willapa Red Marsh Night, 2007, oil on canvas; courtesy of the artist.

Gayle Bard Gains Retrospective at BIMA

: Skagit Flats, Oil on Canvas, 2004, 64" X 60"; courtesy of the artist.

Gayle Bard Gains Retrospective at BIMA

: The new Bainbridge Island Art Museum building, courtesy of BIMA. Photo by Art Grice.

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The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has a beautiful new building: first major solo retrospective features Gayle Bard (AR ’83).

In what the museum calls its “first major solo retrospective,” Gayle Bard: A Singular Vision opens at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) on October 12. The exhibition “celebrates the long and rich career of one of Bainbridge Island’s most respected artists. From her early installations that challenged viewers’ perceptions to her groundbreaking Bunker series of large-scale paintings that blended abstraction with representation, to the majestic landscapes within massive dark frames that have become her hallmarks.” Bard is a 1983 graduate of Cornish’s art department and served as visiting faculty in 1988-90.

Gayle Bard: A Singular Vision, which runs through January 5, 2014, will fill most of BIMA’s 2nd floor gallery spaces—the entire Rachel Feferman Gallery and the Beacon Gallery. BIMA is brand new, having just opened its doors on Friday, June 14th, 2013. Easily accessible from downtown Seattle by ferry, the museum is situated in Winslow, near the dock.

“From an early age, Bard was encouraged to explore art,” reads the BIMA website, “and the prospect of creating an illusion made such a significant impression upon her that it has informed her work through its shifts in scale, medium, and subject matter to the present day.”

Gayle Bard is represented by the Linda Hodges Gallery. According to the gallery, Bard’s “recent work continues her parallel interests in the lay of the land, the power of sky, her love of nature at night, and the art of those who over centuries continuously transform elements of the natural world into living sculpture, both decorative and purposeful. Shape is becoming increasingly more important in her paintings, as well as the perceptual dissonance between our mind and sight when we experience color at night, in particular at the exact moment when color vanishes.”

Bard moved to Seattle from the Midwest in 1978. In addition to her B.F.A. from Cornish she studied at the University of Wisconsin, Yale School of Art, University of Chicago and DePauw University. Her work is in many public and private collections, including the permanent collection of the new Bainbridge Island Art Museum.

In addition to the exhibition, BIMA has published an 88-page book in conjunction with the retrospective of her work.


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