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17 Waiting for the Mail, 46 inches by 54 inches, 2012. Ecclesiastes’ Bible verse is scripted into the checkered cloth repre-senting shingles. The portrait is framed in a delicate floral textile, not unlike the wallpaper that may be found within. Wirchansky travels to this neck of the woods about once a year to visit family members. At home in New York she revisits her ancestors through old photos, handwritten memoirs penned into the pages of a diary, bundles of old letters saved in shoeboxes. In “Waiting for the Mail” she portrays her grandfather, Joseph K. Bryan Sr., posed cane in hand, man’s best friend by his side, in front of his home a few miles from Kenansville. In the 1930s and ‘40s Bryan www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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