Play is Practice  2009 - 2013  

In their shiny wrappers, toys reinforce social norms. Toy guns mask violence.  Colorful, plastic, mass-produced, imported, play violence. (Curator's Statement by Sammi Stills

Play is Practice (installation view)
Play is Practice (installation view)
Space Ray Guns
Super Squirt (capsule)
Super Squirt
Tiny Squirt | 2013
Inflated World
Snub Nose Cap Gun
Blue Squirt
Six Shooter
Bang Bang
Army Tank
Strawberry Candy
Chocolate Cupcake
Oreo Cookie

Barbara Ryan Gartin grew up in the woods of Northwest New Jersey, earned a BFA in Studio Art at Kutztown University and moved on to earn her MFA at Old Dominion University. She has taught and served as gallery director in universities, colleges, museums and community venues all over the country.  Working in primarily in printmaking and book arts, her most recent researchThe Story of Our Disappearing, documenting the 27 National Monuments currently being reviewed and reduced and Invisible Ancestors an exploration of the gaps between time, story and perception of familial truth and legends.   


In 2010, she began working under the studio name Two Tables Press producing limited edition hand pulled prints and artist books.  After living in nine states in each of the continental time zones, she now resides in Flagstaff, Arizona with her amazing husband John and aptly named cat, Salty. Together they own Adventures in Flagstaff and Tie the Knot Flagstaff providing outdoor creative experiences including Astrophotography and art workshops,  as well wedding officiant services. 

About Barbara and Two Table Press ~