‘CRESTED PENGUIN’: This painting by Moss Freedman is among the works featured in ‘Space to Dream: Nature and Creative Freedom,’ on view through May 27 at the Marie L. Matthews Art Galleries of the D&R Greenway Land Trust at the Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation location.
D&R Greenway Land Trust’s latest exhibition “Space to Dream: Nature and Creative Freedom” showcases the relationship between open spaces and artistic expression with three themed galleries: On the Water; In the city ; and In nature. The artwork is on view through May 27 at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place. Meet the artists at an outdoor reception on Friday, April 29, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; RSVP requested to drgreenway.org or [email protected]
“Space to Dream” invites exploration of nature’s many open spaces that foster human creativity and artistic expression. From calm waters to bustling urban parkland to vibrant wilderness, land preservation allows future generations to be inspired by a wild and precious natural environment.
Colorful maple leaves float with Koi fish by artist Ting Ting Hsu at the entrance to the galleries. crested penguin by artist Moss Freedman is whimsical in evoking glacial waters and evoking climate change. A related quote from Sir David Attenborough reminds the viewer to “treasure the natural world, because you are part of it and depend on it”.
by Erica Harney Tondo the paintings enchant with brilliant color and imagery, from blooming daffodils to saguaro cacti. Melanie Lopez’s purple mountains blend into a peach sky Q ij which represents a sunset in Guatemala. by Susan DeConcini shades of dawn invites meditation with its purple hues above the water, while that of Léni Paquet-Morante shallow pebble contrasts with intense greens, oranges and browns. Did you know facts throughout the exhibit serve as a reminder that, among other important facets of the natural world, “water is one of our planet’s most precious resources”.
Artist Sean Carney’s unique painting style that uses Minwax and Dremel wood stain on wood is seen alongside large canvases by Tricia Zimic featuring bears and coyotes bringing nature into cityscapes. Kate Graves, known for her sculpture, exhibits landscape paintings reminiscent of Georgia O’Keefe’s New Mexico alongside her expression of the Delaware Water Gap. Charles David Viera invites the viewer to dive with a girl from the wharf into Reflection in the Bayside. His imaginative study of dog walkers is a delight to behold.
“D&R Greenway invites the public to this magical new exhibit as we celebrate spring and the opportunity to share our galleries again,” said the association’s President and CEO, Linda Mead. “I am particularly pleased to report that this exhibition was envisioned and brought to life by Senior Curator Ayame Whitfield, our one-year Fellow and graduate of Princeton University.”
Whitfield worked with longtime D&R Greenway curator Diana Moore, who said of the exhibition, “It’s beautifully balanced with engaging art that inspires the viewer to see and feel the significance of the world that surrounds us.”
This exhibition will also feature works by students from the Latin American Fund for Legal Defense and Education’s FUTURO program, which is an inclusive and diverse mentorship program for promising young first- and second-generation immigrants.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the following Saturdays: April 9 and May 7, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit drgreenway.org.