NEWS RELEASE FROM THE SPIVA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Whimsical woodcarvings and paintings that take a humorous look at every day events and poke fun at our human foibles will fill the Main Gallery of George A. Spiva Center for the Arts when the exhibit Kathy Ruth Neal: Wood at Play opens Saturday, May 17.
A members-only opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16. The exhibit will run through July 6.
The work of this self-taught Kansas City artist does not hold back in irreverently depicting the humor of human nature. Her woodcarvings frequently represent plays on words, offering literal interpretations, rather than the accepted, figurative ones.
Neal, who died of leukemia in 2009, has described her work as depicting vignettes of American life, focusing on everything from the circus and movies to politics and issues of the day. Her vibrant colors and attention to