Bar­bara Ward solo art show planned at Pe­teet­neet

Serve Daily - - LIFE EVENTS - By Re­becca Peery

Art­works by Payson res­i­dent Bar­bara Ward will be on dis­play dur­ing May and June at the Pe­teet­neet Mu­seum and Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter, 10 N. 600 East, Payson. A re­cep­tion with light re­fresh­ments will be held on Fri­day, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The mu­seum is open Mon­day through Fri­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Satur­days and Sun­days.

Bar­bara Ward was born in a small ru­ral town in South­ern Al­berta, Canada. She spent her youth out­doors where her fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties were hik­ing, ski­ing, rid­ing her crazy Ara­bian mare across the prairies and swim­ming in the cold glacial Cana­dian lakes. Al­though she was pas­sion­ate about art and draw­ing from an early age, her life took an in­ter­est­ing de­tour.

Her hus­band, a UPS driver, was laid up for sev­eral months be­cause of knee re­place­ments. Be­cause of this, she was re­cruited as an art di­rec­tor in the com­mer­cial film world. She be­gan to do ar­chi­tec­tural ren­der­ings as well as pick paint, fab­ric and floor cov­er­ing. She be­came in­volved in land­scap­ing con­cepts, sig­nage, faux paint­ing, de­sign work, props, dec­o­rat­ing and shop­ping. She was in­volved with fea­ture films, com­mer­cials, in­dus­trial films and episodic tele­vi­sion for 29 years. This ex­pe­ri­ence, al­though it took away from her ac­tual time pur­su­ing the miles of can­vas an artist is be­holden to, gave her an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop in color and de­sign prin­ci­ples. It also gave her the abil­ity to pro­duce un­der dead­lines and pres­sure.

Af­ter an ac­ci­dent side­lined her film ca­reer, she be­gan to se­ri­ously at­tack the can­vas with her brushes. Her work has most re­cently been fea­tured in the Utah Women Ju­ried Artist Ex­hi­bi­tion and at Payson City Onion Days.

Al­though Bar­bara is mostly self- taught, she has been in­flu­enced by sev­eral con­tem­po­rary artists, a few of which are Kathyrn Stats, Scott Chris­tensen and Lind­sey Bit­nar Gra­ham.

Bar­bara’s medium is oil. Her pas­sion is plein air paint­ing. Com­bin­ing her love of the out­doors - the sights, smells and sounds found there - with the chal­lenge of cap­tur­ing an of­ten fleet­ing mo­ment of na­ture is her quest.

Bar­bara lives in Payson where she shares her five-acre mini ranch with her hus­band, four horses, one over­ac­tive bor­der col­lie named Len­nie and a pam­pered Westie named Lucie.

*** His­tory has taught us over and over again that free­dom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ul­ti­mate pro­tec­tors of free­dom and lib­erty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Through­out our his­tory, they’ve an­swered the call in brav­ery and sac­ri­fice. - Tim Paw­lenty

*** What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, lib­erty is to the soul of man. - Robert Green Ingersoll

Art­works by Payson res­i­dent Bar­bara Ward will be on dis­play dur­ing May and June at the Pe­teet­neet Mu­seum and Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter.

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