Sela Ward is known for her impressive acting performances in projects like CSI: NY, House, Once & Again and the upcoming sequel Independence Day Resurgence. But next Friday she’ll be in the spotlight for an entirely different reason – to showcase her talent as a painter.
Palm Springs gallery Melissa Morgan Fine Art will host an exhibition of Ward’s works on Apr. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the actress in attendance. It’s a fantastic opportunity for fans of Ward the performer to become introduced to Ward the creator, as her career as a contemporary artist goes back almost as long as her acting resume. You can take a look at one of her pieces now on the gallery’s website.
Here’s how her work is described in the exhibition announcement:
Ward distills minimal gestures and colors into refined, zen-like compositions. She works with commercially available paints and uses simple washes of color to build grounds of color that bleed and run into aqueous fields.
Her abstract compositions are simple and clean, revealing each element of their making. Ward views painting as a quest to seek serenity, situating her methodology within a process-oriented tradition.
She is one of several actors and actresses to also have a passion for other forms of art. Last year, Suits star and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Patrick J. Adams had his photography featured in a New York City exhibition. Lucy Liu, Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey and Sylvester Stallone have all pursued painting in addition to acting; you can check out a list of celebrity artists here.
Ward won an Emmy Award in 1994 for her role as Teddy Reed on the drama series Sisters, and a second Emmy as well as a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Lily Manning on the critically acclaimed program Once & Again. She also starred as Jo Danville in the final three seasons of CBS’s procedural CSI: NY and had the recurring role of Stacy Warner in the first and second seasons of House, reappearing in the series finale.
She will next be seen as the President of the United States in Independence Day Resurgence, which is scheduled to open on June 24, and co-stars opposite Nick Nolte in the Epix political comedy series Graves, which is set to debut sometime later this year.
Melissa Morgan Fine Art is located at 73040 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information on the venue or the exhibition, visit the gallery’s website.