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Liz Ward at the U of A



Liz Wards Fungia
  • Liz Ward's "Fungia"

Let's hope we can say that Fayetteville has seen its last buckets of snow and there will be no more event cancellations. (Poor Fayetteville Underground had to cancel its First Thursday opening for consecutive Thursdays! More on that later.)

So if the sun keeps shining, here's something to look forward to: An exhibit by Trinity University art professor Liz Ward, whose works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of Fine Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and others, in the Fine Arts Gallery at the U of A.

"Liz Ward: Phenologies" will include watercolor and gouache paintings inspired by the phenomena of seasonal change (phenology is the study of life cycles, not to be confused with phrenology, as I first mistakenly read the UA press release!). Included with the press release is the image above, "Fungia," a 26-by-36-inch watercolor on Japanese paper. This I cannot wait to see, both because it is beautiful in itself, and because I have always been captivated by the image produced by spore prints — which produce something like Ward's watercolor. (To make a spore print, put a mushroom cap — if you can find one — gills down on a sheet of colored paper. It's something I used to do with my erstwhile-mycology-loving daughter.)

The show opens Monday, Feb. 21. The artist will be in Fayetteville March 3 for a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Reception follows.

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