Friday, March 12, 2010

UW alum Harold Garde returns for art exhibit

From a UW press release:

Harold Garde, a 1940s University of Wyoming art student, will be featured in several public programs in conjunction with his exhibition, "Harold Garde. painting. 50 years.," that opens Saturday, March 27, in the UW Art Museum.

As an abstract expressionist, his exhibition includes paintings from various subjects he has explored over the years including kimono images in the form of his own unique printmaking technique, strappo. Garde invented this printmaking process that transfers dried paint onto paper.

"I am interested in what paint can do, making marks that expressively respond to my thoughts and actions," Garde said.

Garde received his BFA from UW in 1949. He studied art with surrealist Leon Kelly, abstract expressionist George McNeil and geometric abstractionist Ilya Bolotowsky.

The following events will accompany the opening of Garde's exhibition:

Monday, March 22, 7 p.m. -- Film screening of Harold Garde, Working Artist, at the UW Art Department's new Gallery 211.

Monday, March 29, 10:30 a.m. -- Gallery walk through with Garde and Jeannie Dowis, the exhibition's curator.

Monday, March 29, 6 p.m. -- An opening reception will be followed by an Art Talk by Garde and Dowis.

Tuesday, March 30, 10:30 a.m. -- Garde will present a two-part demonstration of his strappo technique at Laramie High School. Part-two of the demonstration will continue Wednesday, March 31, at the same time.

For more information, call the UW Art Museum at (307) 766-6622, visit or blog at

Photo: Harold Garde's 1997 acrylic on canvas piece, "Samurai Kimono."