Sunday, February 26, 2012

An Egg a Day: Phil Burns @ Richland County Public Library

I recently attended a book signing and reading by award winning author Ron Rash of his book Saints at the River, which is the current selection of One Book, One Columbia, a city wide initiative supported by the Richland County Public Library (RCPL) to reduce illiteracy and encourage reading in the Midlands.

While at the RCPL, I discovered an inspiring art exhibition in the downstairs gallery by artist and illustrator Phil Burns. After undergoing back surgery and suffering from chronic back pain, Burns was encouraged by surrealist artist Pavel Tchelitchew to draw an egg a day. Using a crow quill pen and India ink on illustration board, Burns has sinse created 3500 egg drawings. The exhibition, An Egg a Day: Drawings by Phil Burns, is on view through March 4, 2012.

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