WMU News

Exhibit features art by WMU staff member

Nov. 1, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- A new exhibit in the WMU Unified Clinics features works by one of the College of Health and Human Services' own. Joyce Gard, office coordinator in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, is one of three exhibitors whose work will be on display.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. The reception and exhibit are on the third floor of the Unified Clinics and are free and open to the public.

Gard's medium is oil, and she paints under the name of J. Lily. In this exhibit, she attempts to share her inner conflict between anxiety and peace, and she endeavors to encourage others to develop their own means of personal expression and their own path to peace.

Two previous exhibits featuring Gard's work, in addition to the current show, have been sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Inc. The first appeared at the Unified Clinics and, earlier this year, her paintings were on display at the architectural firm of Kingscott Associates in downtown Kalamazoo.

All of the exhibits have been based on the same theme of searching for equilibrium in one's life. The earlier of the two came about as Gard recovered from serious head trauma following a bicycle accident.

Other artists whose work is featured in the upcoming exhibit are Kelly Parker, self-taught doll maker, who is fascinated with her dolls' relationship to the healing power, beliefs, and culture of people. Carol Yager, watercolorist, attempts to challenge the mind and heart of the viewer. Her work presents the familiar or ordinary in a surprising new way that creates the opportunity for an emotional connection between the work and the viewer.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 616 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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