River House showcases Sandra Jane HeardWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
Sandra Jane Heard’s latest artistic offering has been a long time coming. The exhibit, on display at River House Arts in Perrysburg, is the artist’s first solo show in nearly 15 years.
Heard is a member of the Young British Artist Movement, which includes artists born between 1960 and 1970. In addition to completing foundation training in art at Braintree College, Heard also studied the science of textiles at Huddersfield University in Yorkshire, before completing a BFA degree from the California College of Arts and eventually moving to the Perrysburg area in 2007. She has since exhibited her work at three fiber arts shows at the 577 Foundation, as well as the 2010 Ohio +5 show at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio. Heard’s last solo show was in Sonoma, Calif. She has also shown at venues such as Penn State University and Mesa Arts.
“This show came about out of a friendship with Bill Jordan and Paula Baldoni, who own River House. I first got to know them around the local community; our kids go to the same school. One of the reasons why I hadn’t done a solo show in so long is because we were moving every other year for like 10 years and there wasn’t that closeness,” Heard said. “I started helping curate for the gallery and they just thought that I should put together my own show. I would be happy to work in my basement, but Bill and Paula said, ‘Hey, this needs to be out there.’ I created around 20 pieces over a seven-month period. I just allowed the work to be fluid and tried to use the materials in different ways to convey my message using a repetition of movement. I don’t really make traditional art, but instead let my work follow the journey.”
For Heard, who took a hiatus from exhibiting her work to raise her family, the River House exhibition highlights the journey of her life, not only as an artist, but also as a human being.
“My work exposes the inside to the outside; it’s about those things in all of us that you just can’t touch. This exhibit includes vessels inspired by Native American dream catchers I saw while living in Phoenix,” she said.
The exhibit runs though July 30 and is free and open to the public. River House Arts is located at 115 W. Front St.
For more information, visit www.river-house-arts.com.