Experience a bold new exhibit with artist Patrick Henry (Berlin, MD). “Another View: Untold Stories” centers on using archived black and white photographs as reference to tell the stories of Black families and communities on the Eastern Shore. This new series, developed over the past few years, is now on display in the Ward Museum’s LaMay Gallery through May 15.
Patrick Henry has gained a reputation as one of the Shore’s most influential artists. For decades, his snapshots of life on Delmarva; seascapes, landscapes, local attractions from the boardwalk and small-town living, have been highly sought after by both local fans and collectors from all over the world. The paintings in this new body of work are translated through the style and use of color that has come to define Henry’s work over the years, but rather than depicting coastal and pastoral landscapes, showcase the distinction of its people. Paintings like ‘Hotel Staff in Ocean City’, ‘Wait Staff at Burley Manor’ in Berlin, and ‘James Franklin’ – a Black veteran returning home from World War 1 – all vividly highlight local people in familiar settings.
“Several years ago, this collection of photographs came my way and I started looking into the eyes of my ancestors from not only my family, but from others in my community, and the powerful refection back showed me that in spite of very adverse conditions they maintained their integrity – they maintained their spirit,” said Patrick Henry. “It’s a crossroad that we as a country have come to … the representation that we are all in this together; that we are all equal.”
“Another View” features dozens of original paintings by Patrick Henry. Next to each painting in the exhibit will is a copy of the historic black and white source photo for reference, along with some further historical context on the photo.