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Vera Barnett: The Painted Word

In this body of work, Vera Barnett has turned to the written word for inspiration – quotes, poems, sayings. From those words, Barnett derives poignant meaning through compositions she develops. Once the composition is developed and a sketch made, Barnett creates the elements of the composition – by sewing and painting plastic and cloth to create figures and animals, by painting backdrops often using cardboard and tape, and by assembling found objects. Once these elements are set up in her studio, as a mini stage set, Barnett paints her maquette as a still life painting – in a trompe l’oeil manner so real as to confound the viewer. What is real and what is plastic? The presence and humanity of the figures is so real – yet they are made of plastic. Barnett’s juxtaposition of plasticity and reality is poignant in the duality of meaning it suggests. Her interpretations of the written word are uniquely her own. Barnett says, “I am drawn to art that explores the emotional relationships between people, their environment and circumstances that they find themselves in. I wish to reconstruct these ideas through my own vision, my life and experiences.” Barnett studied at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. This is her second solo exhibition at Valley House Gallery. Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches will present a solo exhibition of Barnett’s work in 2016.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 30, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 6, 11:00 am

View the exhibition at or call 972-239-2441 for information


May 30, 2015 to July 03, 2015
10:00am to 5:00pm


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Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
6616 Spring Valley Road (between Preston and Hillcrest)
Dallas 75254



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