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On view November 26 – January 8, 2017

In the first floor gallery
Rachel Gardner - Prey
In the Upstairs Galleries
Rena Wood - Interpreting Memory
Second Floor Pop-Up Gallery (On view through January 8, 2017)
Beyond Bindings: The Book as Art

In Prey, Rachel Gardner’s work references our estrangement from nature in modern society through sculptures of wild animals juxtaposed in modern environments. Packs of wolves frequently inhabit her installations, putting the primitive and natural world at battle. Prey is a site specific installation meant to reawaken the human spirit in an unexpected place. It focuses on cycles that occur in the natural world and intends to bring us outside our concrete walls to meditate on something much bigger than ourselves. Gardener received her BFA in Art Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and MFA from Houston Baptist University, where she currently teaches Sculpture, Design II, and Art Appreciation. Her work has been included in group and juried exhibitions throughout Houston and Texas. She will be premiering many new pieces in the show at Galveston Arts Center.

Rena Wood uses vintage textiles to evoke memories from her personal history through deconstructed materials of a previous maker for the exhibition Interpreting Memory. Wood’s laborious reconstruction of these fibers represent the passage of time and fragile nature of memory. Wood received her BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been exhibited nationally. She has been a resident artist at the Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design in St. Louis, MO, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, TX.

Galveston Arts Center presents Beyond Bindings: The Book as Art, an exhibition that explores the diverse world of book art. The collective talent of six book artists will showcase the breadth and complexity of this art form. The show will run through January 8, 2017 in the upstairs Pop-Up Gallery.