December 20, 2017

“Past Looking Forward” at PDS Art Gallery

“SAVE THIS I”: This painting by Charles Bryan is part of “Past Looking Forward,” an exhibition featuring the work of Bryan and Diana Weymar at the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School. The exhibition runs from January 8 through February 1, with an artist’s reception on January 12 from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School will present “Past Looking Forward,” featuring the work of artists Charles Bryan and Diana Weymar, from January 8 through February 1. There will be an artists’ reception on Friday, January 12 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

“Past Looking Forward” explores the personal narratives of two accomplished artists working in different media. Charles Bryan uses oil on canvas to portray his personal stories and assimilate cultural history. He cites the strong influence of the Renaissance masters on his work and notes: “Working in a traditional painting style and medium and rendering artworks that reflect my life experiences and perceptions makes my works sincere in purpose …. I believe it was Matisse who argued that to be a good artist, the art should reflect the time of one’s life.”

Diana Weymar’s studio work is based in the traditions of writing, text, textile, handmade objects, and storytelling. She is the creator of “Interwoven Stories,” a community textile project developed during her Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residency at the Arts Council of Princeton. Initially a small project, it grew in Princeton and has now traveled to the University of Puget Sound, the Nantucket Athenaeum, the Peddie School, Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), and Build Peace Bogota, Columbia. She has worked on community-based projects in Cyprus, Switzerland, and Canada in addition to “Interwoven Stories.”

“Past Looking Forward” will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the school is in session and by appointment on weekends. For more information about the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery, call Jody Erdman, art gallery director, at (609) 924-6700 x 1772 or visit