Hands Gallery remembers Pat Pilchard

Article Published: May. 6, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Hands Gallery remembers Pat Pilchard

The late Pat Pilchard's work will be on display at Hands Gallery in Boone, as her surviving family hosts a celebration of her life on May 20.

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Hands Gallery will present a memorial showing of Pat Pilchard's digital prints from May 7-21.

Pilchard's images of flowers and plants have been a part of the Hands Gallery community for many years, and when she died last December, the members of Hands Gallery felt the loss of this talented artist.

Pilchard was originally from Chicago and studied for two years at the Institute of Design. Later, she received her BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Georgia. She worked for many years as a graphic designer, and many of her prints have been selected to be in local and national exhibitions in Massachusetts, Virginia, Minnesota, Arkansas and North Carolina. She was accepted into The Boston Printmakers 2005 North American Print Biennial.

Pilchard was fascinated with making images of flowers and thought of them as metaphors for life. She said, "They start out as tiny seeds, become beautiful, energetic adolescents, adults and then, eventually die. Even in death, their shapes and forms are striking."

Her sense of the fragility of life compelled her to treat the images with compassion and humor.
Pilchard's family will host a celebration of her life on Thursday, May 20, from 6-8 p.m. at the Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, located at 381 E. King St. in Boone. This event will be a covered dish supper. Contact Alice Naylor (naylorap@appstate.edu) about what to bring.

Hands Gallery is located at 543 W. King St., next to Macado's in downtown Boone and will be open late for the Art Crawl on May 7. For more information, call (828) 262-1970.

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Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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