Visiting an artist’s studio is a special, and often sacred, act. Visiting an artist’s studio after they are deceased feels even more precious and vital, as if the objects created during their lifetime are now activated, a lifeline to a creative individual that would be otherwise lost.
This thinking was central in planning Dancing With Trees, the first major posthumous retrospective for wood sculptor and painter Joe Haviland (1952-2020), a Baltimore presence for many decades. Hosted at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens in Baltimore, this exhibit has been an opportunity for the public to engage with Haviland’s rich oeuvre, where wooden carvings mimic the natural forms that inspired them and abstract paintings forge a connection between nature, human figure, and a vision where a life force is present consistently in all forms.
On exhibit since January 29, the retrospective of thirty-five large carved wooden sculptures and six paintings will close with a public reception on Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 4-5:30 pm.