Gadsden, AL - First Friday, June 2nd the Gadsden Museum of Art will host an opening reception
for two shows: Ironic Design, an exhibit organized by the museum’s Exhibits Coordinator
Blake Dodgen, and An Open Heart Allows Blessings to Flow by Claire Lewis Evans.
As part of his thesis exhibition and research to complete his MFA, Blake Dodgen is curating an
exhibit at the Gadsden Museum of Art titled Ironic Design. The exhibit features an array of
disciplines showcasing different interpretations of irony. The exhibit is ultimately a research
component to determine how patrons react to irony and how it plays a crucial role as an
element of contemporary design.
An Open Heart Allows Blessings to Flow showcases the work of Atlanta native Claire Lewis
Evans. Evans works with a variety of media and materials, but in recent years she has made
sculpture her primary creative focus. An Open Heart features large, colorful mobiles made of
materials like mulberry paper and bamboo. These hovering sculptures serve as tangible
reminders to seize the day and are intended to be observed in person, in motion. Evans
currently lives in Tuscaloosa and teaches at The University of Alabama.
Walking and Flying by Sarah Landrum will continue to be displayed in the Leo Reynolds
Gallery as well as Rachel Wakefield’s Southern Realism in the Second Floor Gallery.
Exhibits are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more
information, contact museum staff at (256) 546-7365.