FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
May 3, 2014
Contact: Margaret Jacobs, 603-448-3117
AVA Gallery and Art Center
The Walls of the Reliquary
April 25 – June 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, April 25, 5-7pm
AVA Gallery and Art Center, located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH, is pleased to present the exhibition The Walls of the Reliquary by Wayne Nield, on display from April 25 through June 6, 2014 in the Clifford B. West Gallery. A reception, free and open to public, will take place on Friday, April 25, from 5 to 7pm.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Wayne Nield, a recent resident of Canaan, NH, received his BS in Art and English from Towson University and his MA in Art History, with an emphasis on Architecture, from American University. For many years he served as an historic sites specialist for the Maryland Historical Trust studying hundreds of old buildings for inclusion in the State Inventory of Historic Sites and the National Register of Historic Places. Nield considers this historic preservation work as “grist for his mill as an artist,” whose work explores themes of place, the history of everyday lives and the demolition of historic buildings. Awarded numerous grants by the Maryland State Arts Council and Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City, his installations, wall pieces and murals have been shown in numerous art spaces and galleries in the Baltimore/Washington area.
Drawing on more than twenty-five years’ experience in the field of historic preservation, Nield’s work explores themes of place, the history of everyday lives, and the demolition of historic buildings. For his exhibition at AVA, Nield will be showing a selection from a body of work titled The Walls of the Reliquary. This work began as a response to the many abandoned buildings of Baltimore and those anonymous historical people who had resided in them. Nield states: “Ruins say as much, if not more, about our past than conjectural restorations. Old dilapidated buildings are an eye-sore for many. When I see ruins I see reliquaries whose worn surfaces and patina took generations to create and which stand as visual documents of the Eldergone. Our oldest buildings are more than academic examples of design; they are visual records of that continuum of which our lives are a part, and like the true symbols they are, say something that words fail to communicate.”
Since leaving Baltimore in 2005, Walls of the Reliquary have become less urban. These later works respond to the many ruins of our agrarian past as the artist experiences them in Pennsylvania, New York and now New Hampshire and Vermont.
Wayne Nield will give a talk on his work on Thursday, June 5th at 6pm in the
Clifford B. West Gallery. The talk is free and open to the public.
This exhibition is generously sponsored by:
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Hutchens Media, LLC
Woodstock Soapstone Company
AVA Gallery and Art Center/Alliance for the Visual Arts is a non-profit organization representing Vermont and New Hampshire artists. Located at 11 Bank Street right off Colburn Park in Lebanon, NH, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 5PM (7pm on Thursdays) and by appointment; closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Admission is free, and the gallery is accessible to the handicapped.
AVA is supported in part by:
the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts
and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.