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New Art Exhibit Opens at the Rey Center

July 29, 2012

The Margret and H.A. Rey Center Art Gallery (2nd level of Town Square) opens an exciting new exhibit on Wednesday August 1, 2012. Opposites attract in this exhibit entitled CONTRAST “n:[kon-trast]” which is defined as “the opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines or colors in a work of art to intensify each element’s properties and produce a more dynamic expressiveness,” which is exactly what this exhibit is about!

Artists Don Jackson and Dianne Taylor Moore each bring their own unique and opposite perspectives to the New Hampshire scenes portrayed in the exhibit.

Don Jackson has been visiting Waterville Valley for 31 years filling his sketchbooks with drawings of scenes from Waterville Valley and beyond. In this show, Don captures the simple beauty of Waterville Valley in his original pen and ink drawings and other black and white prints. If Waterville Valley is as special to you as it is to Don, his work is a “must have” for your walls.  This is Don’s first show.

If Don Jackson’s work exemplifies the art of the pen and ink, Dianne Taylor Moore’s work by definition of contrast is in opposition. The heart of Dianne’s painting is the natural world and the soul is vivid color. Dianne uses the phrase “Exaggerated Reality” when asked to describe her style.  When you see it, you will know why.  Often her works are 48” x 50” or larger. The larger format helps to convey the excitement that compels her to paint, an excitement that is infective when experiencing one of Dianne’s pieces close up. Dianne credits many great artists with guiding her hand throughout her career, from Van Gogh to O’Keefe to Miriam Shapiro, who gave her permission to use skills she had acquired as a child.

Image from diannetaylormoore.com

CONTRAST will be appearing in the Rey Center Art Gallery from August 1 through September 2, 2012.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  A Gallery Reception will be held on Sunday September 2, 2012 from 6:30–8:30 p.m.  The Gallery and the reception are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. All proceeds from the exhibit benefit the art and science educational programs at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center.

Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s books series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and environmental stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys’ legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. For more information please contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or visit www.TheReyCenter.org.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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