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Morlan Gallery features recent works by Transylvania professor Jack Girard; "Retributions: Elections, Floods, and Wishing Wells" Nov. 2 – Dec. 9

Rhinoceros by Jack Girard
Jack Girard, Rhinoceros, 2009. Collage, mixed media. 48″x72″

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Retributions: Elections, Floods, and Wishing Wells, a collection of new paintings, drawings and sculptures by Transylvania art professor Jack Girard, that pays homage to perseverance, opens at Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery November 2 and runs through December 9.

The centerpiece for the exhibition is an eight-panel work that was inspired by a recent visit to Saint Brigid’s Well in Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland. These pieces attempt to make ordered sense of the worn and layered tributes, or votives, left by visitors over many years—rosaries, statuettes, framed pictures, jewelry, carpet fragments, flowers, toys, personal letters, photographs, pacifiers, baby bottles and business cards.  Ironically, there is speculation that Saint Brigid may well be a fictional character who shared attributes with a pagan Celtic deity of the same name and was invented for purposes of converting the Celts to Christianity.

A public lecture with Girard is scheduled for Thursday, November 5, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Morlan Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

The Morlan Gallery is open weekdays from noon-5 p.m. and by special appointment. The gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays November 26 and 27. The gallery will be open Friday, November 20, from 5-8 p.m. for the Lexington Gallery Hop.

For more information, contact gallery director Andrea Fisher at (859) 233-8142 or visit www.transy.edu/morlan.