“Another View” exhibit depicts untold stories on Eastern Shore, shines light on diverse communities
SALISBURY, Md. – “But through my art, I can speak” Creator of Another View Patrick Henry said.
Most stories are told through words, others a paint brush. The “Another View” exhibit by Artist Patrick Henry at the Salisbury Ward Museum highlights historical African American communities and leaders on the Eastern Shore. “Where I was when I first started early 2020 to when I finished late 2021, I evolved,” Henry said. “If you walk around and you look into the eyes of everyone who’s represented here, each one tells a different story,” Ward Museum Curator Raye-Valion Gillette said.
The work is inspired by photographs given to Henry by generations of family members. Most of the images date back from the late 1800s to the 1950s.
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art is one of eight folklife centers in the state of Maryland. The exhibit brings a new, diverse look to the museum’s current showings. “Our history is in wildfowl and the fact that these are portraits of people is new. Also, what they represent because we strive to connect with our communities here on Delmarva,” Gillette said. “I think anyone who comes in can like look at these paintings and kind of find their own experience in them. Maybe even their parents or their grandparents.”
Henry tells 47ABC not only does the exhibit provide another view of history, it opens up the conversation for untold stories right here on the Eastern Shore. “These people were born. They lived simple lives of fishing, farming, laborers, and then they died. They’re never noted in any newspaper, any magazine, any tv,” Henry said.
It’s those stories that Henry and museum officials say they’ll continue to tell. Their hope is to bring unity to the community and show that despite some differences we have similarities. “What would they like to see here? How can we help them tell their stories? I’m just excited that this is kind of the jumping off place for that,” Gillette said.
“And to know how life has evolved for me. I know when I look in their eyes and see the resolve and the resilience in their eyes I can tell myself ‘Pat you can make it,’ Henry said.
The opening reception for “Another View” will be Friday, January 28th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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