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Sarah Hyde “Joy in Motion” Artist Show and Reception
January 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sarah Louise Hyde (1947-2007) was an educator, artist, mother and wife who lived in the DC area most of her life, traveled extensively and lived in Takoma Park, Maryland from 1985 until her death from brain cancer in 2007. Her artistic career included many shows in DC, collaborations with dance companies, and a significant accolade from an icon of American art, Alice Neal in 1983. She was on the faculty of the Corcoran Gallery School of Art, and had a Ph.D in Art and Philosophy from NYU. And she was well-known around Takoma Park as the founder of the Allegheny Learning Center; a pre-school operated out of the lower level apartment of our home on Allegheny Avenue. After a 14-year hiatus from active studio work, she was heading back into the studio in 1999 when she was diagnosed with brain cancer and became disabled from the treatments.
The show is called “Joy in Motion”. In the late 70’s-early 80’s, Sarah had spent much of her time at the Joy of Motion Dance Studio using the dancers there as models. This show represents only a sampling of the work she completed that came out of that period in her life. She also has a large body of work that focuses on a wide range of portraiture. These works survived unmounted and unframed safely in storage in her studio in Takoma Park. They are now mounted and preserved and I am bringing it out into public view. Most of this work would have never been seen. It is a visual remembrance and memorial to her energy, creativity and enthusiasm. Showing at the Back Wall Gallery from Tuesday, January 14th through Tuesday, February 18th. Reception Saturday, January 25th from 5-7 pm.