Tryon Arts and Crafts School to host lecture on “The Yards of the World”

Published 12:34 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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TRYON—The Tryon Arts and Craft School is set to host a thought-provoking lecture entitled “The Yards and the World,” on October 19  from 6 to7 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by Barbara Schreiber, an exhibiting artist whose work has gained recognition in many prominent collections. 

Schreiber is a Charlotte-based painter who began producing satirical paintings about a decade ago. Her paintings often depict suburban development encroaching on native habitats and displacing wildlife. In recent years, Schreiber has taken a slightly different path in her work, with her cast of animal characters showing up in less specific scenes. 

In this informal talk, Schreiber will discuss how her work has changed while addressing consistent themes. Schreiber received her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1977. 

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For years, Schreiber’s artist talks focused exclusively on the content of her paintings and the stories behind them. In recent years, she has been talking a little bit more about materials, technique and process, as well as the challenges of keeping the work fresh after decades of painting. 

For the past 15 or so years, her paintings have focused primarily on climate change and habitat loss. The content is often chaotic, but t controlled. Schreiber’s work is open to interpretation, so the viewer often finds a different meaning than the one she intended. 

After doing an initial pencil sketch on heavyweight rag paper, Schreiber primarily uses acrylic paint, although occasionally she uses vinyl paint, mica, or other materials. Even the fine lines are done in paint, using tiny brushes. 

“It’s all low-tech, or more accurately, no-tech,” Schreiber says. 

For those interested in seeing Schreiber’s work, it is presently on display at Tryon Arts and Crafts School, open 9 a.m. to 4 o.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. More information on Schreiber can be found at