CMC Gallery features works of valley artist Lew Wilson
The works of Lew Wilson capture images of a pocket of Colorado landscape the Ute Native Americans called the “Land of One Hundred Skies.”
Constantly changing skies dominate Wilson’s minimalist contemporary paintings and nature photography at the Colorado Mountain College Gallery through Sept. 27. The exhibit opens with a public gallery reception from 5-7 p.m. today.
Wilson created his exhibit, “Two Rivers ” Two Lands: An American Passage,” from a 10-year odyssey in which he captured images of the lakes and brooks of Colorado’s Great Divide. After a near-fatal accident in 2002, he was recuperating in Florida, and focused on the Aucilla and Apalachicola rivers in his art.
“The Land of One Hundred Skies continues to change to this day, always a place of transcendent beauty. It dramatizes so clearly the inspiring dialogue between earth and sky,” he said. “It is a dialogue reflecting our national character as a self-reliant people committed to change, yet duty-bound to reverence and protection of nature.”
His landscapes in Colorado, the Southwest, the Everglades, the Caribbean and France address man’s presence in nature and responsibility to preserve fragile terrain. This essence interested CMC Center for Excellence in the Arts director Alice Beauchamp.
“The concept of protecting the earth comes through so vividly in Lew’s art,” she said. “It speaks to the environmental issues of today and especially that of protecting our water, so dear to Colorado. His art is also unique in its expression of color and drama.”
Wilson’s art features nature photographs and paintings. He hand-paints many of his black-and-white photos with oils on canvas and paper. Wilson’s works hang in the Denver Art Museum, as well as in other major cities, and in university museums nationwide.
This fall, Wilson teaches “Contemporary Plein-Air Painting” in a CMC class from 2-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 3 through Oct. 22. Students will paint rivers and landscapes outdoors near Two Rivers Park and CMC’s Spring Valley Campus. The entry-level class will explore light, composition methods and techniques with a contemporary approach to painting.
The CMC gallery is at Ninth Street and Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Hours for the exhibit are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information, call 947-8367.
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