New visual arts exhibit ‘Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar’ opens at Walton Arts Center

High Cotton print by artist Alison Saar.


A new visual arts exhibit featuring work by acclaimed artist Alison Saar is now open at Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, inside the Walton Arts Center.

The exhibit, titled Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar opened May 28, and will be on display through Oct. 6.

The show features works of lithographs, etchings and woodblock prints on paper, vintage hankerchiefs, old shop rags, and antique sugar shacks that are evocations of her sculpture work, addressing issues of race, gender, and spirituality.

From curator Cynthia Norse Thompson’s description of the show:

Saar’s sculptures often depict powerful figures carved from wood or cast in bronze, that are articulated with found objects – material artifacts that enrich the work with a narrative all their own. As a practice maintained in connection to and in tandem with her sculpture making, Saar undertakes printmaking with the same tangible approach to unconventional materials and methods. Cast off objects like old chair backs and found ceiling tin become the foundations for etching or lithography plates. Carved wooden panels used for wood block prints echo similar techniques established in her hewn wooden forms.

The gallery is open Monday-Friday from noon until 2 p.m., and one hour prior to most Walton Arts Center performances.

Private gallery tours may also be scheduled by calling 479-571-2766.