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Westfield State Presents ‘Richard Yarde’s Irregular Rectangles and Their Influences’ Art Exhibit

Westfield State University will host the art exhibit “Richard Yarde’s Irregular Rectangles and Their Influences,” from January 30 through March 2, 2018. An artist’s reception will be held Wednesday, January 31, 4–6 p.m. in the Arno Maris Art Gallery.

Recognized as one of the great American watercolorists of the 20th Century, Yarde was a native of Boston and lived much of his life in Northampton, Mass. He taught art at several colleges, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, until his passing in 2010.

“Yarde’s work is energized by jazz,” said Faith Lund, gallery director and adjunct professor of art. “He draws the spectator into his world both visually and sensually. The experience is electric, vibrant, and tantalizing … his figures seem to dance off the surface and become alive.”

In addition to the Jan. 31 artist reception, the University will host a panel discussion about Yarde and his work on Tuesday, February 13 at 11:15 a.m. in the Arno Maris Gallery, on the second floor of Ely Campus Center, with artists Kim Carlino, Sue Montgomery, and Terry Rooney, among others.

The exhibit features work from the permanent collections of Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield State University, Westfield, Mass.; University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and R. Michelson Gallery, Northampton, Mass. Yarde’s work is part of numerous collections including the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York City, Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution, and The National Museum of American Art.

The exhibit, artist reception, and panel discussion are all free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit

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