TABER ART GALLERY (303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke MA)

Things Aren’t What They Seem is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Ryan Patience Rushing, a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Rushing’s engagement with letterforms is the bedrock of her practice, and a point from which she examines physics, philosophy, psychology. A philomath and amateur cosmologist, Rushing’s interests span Simulation Theory, String Theory, Optimistic Nihilism, fallacies, and semiotics. The nature of our world and how we understand it are at the core of this work.

Rushing’s career in design spans 15 years of experience in graphic design, marketing, branding, UX design, and front-end development. She received her BFA from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 which provided a fine art foundation for her career.

In 2019, her branding work for a Dallas city council candidate was hailed as a ‘master class in visual political communication’ by D Magazine. She is also a sought-after speaker in design, development, and accessibility, having shared her insights with prominent organizations such as Shopify UX, CreativeMornings, Texas Woman’s University, and the National Student Show and Conference.

Passionate about keeping the arts accessible, Rushing will provide a free workshop on Broad Line Calligraphy using simple Crayola Markers. Open to the public, advance registration is requested. Register now at

Celebrate this exhibition by joining us for an opening reception on November 3, 2023 6-8 p.m.