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Trackside Studios Opening Reception: Cycles of Nature

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April 13, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

“Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher” William Wordsworth

Nature works in cycles that are endless. They encompass growth and decline, abundance and scarcity, life and death. When we watch a sunset, grow a garden, or track the phases of the moon, we are witness to the cycles of nature.

The River Arts District Artists theme for April, CYCLES OF NATURE will be featured in the Trackside Studios Inner Stairway Gallery, opening on April 13 (Second Saturday). A reception from 2 – 6 pm will kick off the exhibit which runs through May 10. Featured artists include: Barb Perez, Kate Colclaser, Pat Abrams, and Suzanne Saunders.

Kate Colclaser: Winter Birches is a statement of one phase that nature takes us and the world through from year to year. These birches may be void of leaves and look dead and empty in this season, but they are resting and building resources to grow stronger, larger and better when they awaken in spring. Might be something we all need to consider to grow and improve in our own life cycle.

Barb Perez: In her 3D piece, Disintegration, Barb shows how time and the elements have broken and worn down everything. Rust and oxidation have eaten through the surface. Nature though just wants to grow, and vines and leaves are starting to reclaim what’s left. Eventually, it will be broken down to the original ingredients: sand and minerals. And it will recycle into new things.

Pat Abrams: Drawing inspiration from the exposed rock walls along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Formations I & II explores the tectonic shifts and colliding energies that shape one’s interior landscape. Look closely at the folds and crevices, the variety of mineral colors over the ages, the layers of personal shadows. It is an embrace of the abstract nature of human experience.

Suzanne Saunders: In her mixed media painting The Stag, celebrates the spirit and powerful presence of the father of deer. He and the doe create new life. The first ungulates appear in the fossil record over 50 million years ago. The common whitetail deer dates back 4 million years ago. Long story short, the deer is a resilient, amazing creature that has survived countless cycles of nature. Impressive to say the least.


April 13
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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