Quaker Heritage Center to Present "Inspired by Cranes" Art Exhibit

The Art of Craig Dove to Run Aug. 12 through Sept. 27

August 5, 2013

Visitors to the Quaker Heritage Center immediately notice the more than 1,500 origami paper cranes suspended from the gallery ceiling. Now visitors can witness how those cranes inspired one artist, in addition to having an opportunity to create their own artwork.

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center is presenting the gallery exhibit, “Inspired by Cranes: The Art of Craig Dove” Aug. 12 through Sept. 27. Norman gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. Sept. 24.

Curator Ruth Brindle Dobyns said Dove’s screen prints explore the interplay of shape and color at the boundary of abstraction.

“My art has always been about the intersection of the second and third dimension: flattening out a familiar object in order to show it anew,” Dove said, “but also creating the illusion of depth. While I have drawn and painted for a number of years, my recent exploration of screen printing was spurred on by the discovery of the origami cranes in the Quaker Heritage Center after meeting for worship at the end of December.”

The exhibit also includes the artist’s drawings of both Sandhill and Red-crowned cranes.

While exploring the exhibit, visitors will be encouraged to create their own artwork inspired by the cranes.

“Ultimately,” said Dove, “I hope to capture the peace that the cranes have come to represent, and spread that peace through my work.”

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College is an educational center designed to help learners of all ages discover the rich heritage and living traditions of the Religious Society of Friends through a variety of exhibits, tours, presentations, lectures, activities and programs. For more information about special events, hours, and upcoming exhibits, visit