Foundry Gallery Presents Fran Abrams For the Love of Lines: Polymer and Poetry

Fran Abram Miami Beach, 10 x 10, polymer clay not painted trim. Courtesy of Foundry Gallery.
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Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5 from 5pm to 8pm
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Artist Talk: Sunday, May 20 from 2:30pm to 5pm

Fran Abrams began creating artwork with polymer clay in 2000 and has been a member of Foundry Gallery since 2009.  Using only polymer clay, without paint or ink, she creates artwork that hangs on the wall like a painting.  Her work has won many awards in competition with paintings in more traditional mediums.

Last year, Abrams began writing poetry, too.  This show, For the Love of Lines, combines her two creative passions, one old and one new.  The exhibit includes all new polymer art work with each piece using lines as a design element.  Also on display are poems she has written over the past year.  “There is no direct relationship between a piece of artwork and a specific poem,” she says, “but rather the exhibit is intended to demonstrate how much can be expressed by just a few lines in the visual art and the carefully chosen words in the poems.”

TIME TRAVEL AT THE 7-11

A Siren song from the freezer case
that only I can hear. It’s February,
but I must have an ice cream sandwich.
A thick layer of cold vanilla ice cream
hugged by two chocolate cookies.

Now it’s August 1953. I hear the truck
with the tinkling bells. My pink sandals
slap the pavement as I skip with a six-year-old’s
confident leaps, coins in my plump, sweaty hand.

As I sit on the grass, the ice cream sandwich
melts almost faster than I can eat it.
My mother washes my hands and face
with the garden hose. Nothing left
but the wrapper licked clean and the cold
ache in my tummy and teeth. A child’s pleasure,
short-lived, but worthy of repeating.

–Fran Abrams

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday-Sunday: 1pm  to 7pm

Foundry Gallery is located at 2118 8th St. NW. Contact the gallery at 202-232-0203 or visit the website at www.foundrygallery.org.