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W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Invocation’ The artist will give a public artist’s talk on Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall.

6_Detail-Annunciation W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Invocation’ALISON HALL; Detail: Annunciation, The Visitor; 2016/2017; oil, graphite and plaster on panel; 97 x 76 inches

Washington and Lee University’s Staniar Gallery presents “Invocation,” an exhibition of paintings and sculptural works by Alison Hall. The show will be on view Jan. 7 – Feb. 6. Hall will give a public artist’s talk on Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall. A reception for the artist will follow the lecture, and both the exhibition and reception event are free and open to the public.

Viewed from a distance, Hall’s paintings may appear to be monochromatic rich blues or blacks but the works slowly reveal intricate patterns, visual forms and labor-intensive systems built with small graphite marks. Both formally and materially, she takes inspiration from 13th-century Italian art and architecture with repetitive patterning rendered over layers of carefully sanded plaster grounds.

Hall lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y., with frequent sojourns to Europe.

Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.