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BIMA's first solo show to feature landscape artist Gayle Bard

'Skagit Flats,' a 2004 oil-on-canvas by Gayle Bard. Bard will be the subject of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s first major solo retrospective next month.
— image credit: Art Grice photo/Courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has chosen Bainbridge artist Gayle Bard for the museum’s first major solo retrospective, museum officials announced Monday.

Bard's long and rich career will also be charted in images and words in an 88-page book that will be published in conjunction with the retrospective by the new art museum.

"Gayle Bard: A Singular Vision" will open Saturday, Oct. 12 and will run through Jan. 5. Museum officials said the exhibition will fill most of the second floor gallery spaces; the entire Rachel Feferman Gallery and the Beacon Gallery.

“The Bard retrospective and book project truly reflect the core mission and goals of the new art museum.” said Greg Robinson, executive director and curator of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. “This project showcases a remarkable artist whose work reflects our beautiful and diverse region.”

Born in Kansas City, Mo., Bard has been in the Pacific Northwest since 1978 and on Bainbridge Island since 1986. Her professional career as an artist spans 40 years, and the BIMA exhibition will showcase artworks from the 1970s to the present.

The display will include an early installation, sculptural works, prints, smaller scale paintings, and 40 large-format landscape paintings.

Bard was encouraged to explore art from an early age, and museum officials noted her intrigue with the prospect of creating illusions has made such a significant impression upon her that it has informed her work through its shifts in scale, media and subject matter to the present day.

Her career as an artist was altered, however, when she survived a car crash involving a semi-trailer truck. Bard lost her right eye and had to endure several years of surgery. She now sees the world with monocular vision and has lost her depth perception.

Bard currently works predominately with landscape paintings (typically void of human figures and structures) in oil on large canvases. Her altered visual abilities have been a challenge as a landscape painter, and her paintings evoke a dreamlike state; the lighting is ethereal and unfocused on the landscape featuring open fields, rolling hill and waterways.

Bard’s inspirations include art history, architecture, garden and set design, as well as the varied landscapes of her many travels throughout the region.

The hardbound retrospective, which includes 48 full-color plates, will be available in mid-October in the BIMA Museum Store. The cost is $42 plus tax.


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