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Exhibitions examine wives, family ties
Art focuses on clothing, students abilities
“The Good Wife” exhibition at Brenau University shows how the persona of the wife has changed throughout the years.

Art reception
When: 5:30 p.m. today
Where: John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, 429 Academy St., Gainesville
Cost: Free

Brenau University Galleries is holding a reception today to celebrate two of its summer exhibitions. The reception will showcase the exhibitions “The Good Wife” and “Brenau Family Ties.”

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Leo Castelli Gallery in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts on the Gainesville campus with light fares and a talk on “The Good Wife.” Afterward, the reception will move to the Presidents Gallery in the Simmons Visual Arts Center for desserts and a discussion about “Brenau Family Ties.” Both receptions are free and open to the public.

The official description of “The Good Wife” exhibition reads: “In an era of instant fashion and ‘what not to wear,’ it is easy to forget that clothes once defined a woman’s status in society. This exhibition explores the changing persona of “the wife” throughout the years with garments and accessories from the Brenau Historical Clothing Collection.” Brenau University associate professor of fashion design Lori Gann-Smith will discuss the many roles of women represented in the exhibitions during the reception.

“The Good Wife” was designed by Brenau fashion design student Jackie Willis. She was recently awarded an internship through the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute in Washington, D.C., where she will preserve and repair African-American clothing from the Civil War to modern day for display in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“The Good Wife” runs until Sept. 1.

“Brenau Family Ties” showcases student artwork acquired through the Brenau Student Purchase Awards in the Brenau University Permanent Art Collection. The works range from mixed-media and paintings to photographs and etchings.

“‘Family Ties’ reinforces the bond and commitment the university has to the arts and the work its students produce,” said Brenau University gallery director Melissa Morgan.

The newest works, three hand-colored linoleum prints interpreting phrases from young children such as “I Ate Saturn,” “I Have a Sandwich” and “Houses Will Fly,” came from recent studio art graduate Brooke Powell. Many works in “Brenau Family Ties” were made by students who still produce art professionally including Deangela Chastain, Winston Crawford, Sarah Larned and Natasha Haynes.

“Brenau Family Ties” runs until June 30.

For more information, call 770-534-6263.