RAPIDS, RIPPLES, AND REFLECTIONS: THE BEAUTY AND MAGIC OF WATER HELEN POWELL
ARTIST STATEMENT: I’ve always been interested in the depiction of movement in landscape paintings. It can be indicated by numerous elements including wind in the trees, interplay of light and shadow, billowing clouds, and moving water. Of all of these possibilities, I am most drawn to the patterns of energy expressed in moving water. Many factors influence how quickly or slowly water moves, but the geology and topography of the surrounding terrain are very significant. In the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern North Carolina, waterways such as the Cullasaja River are fast moving and very dramatic. The Cullasaja has carved steep gorges as it rapidly plunged through the steep rocky terrain on its way to merge with the Little Tennessee River. Water in the Cullasaja leaps and roars creating noisy rapids and waterfalls. Glints of sunlight sparkle on the rough surfaces of the water. Closer to Lexington, many fast moving streams can be found among the tributaries of the Kentucky River. One of these tributaries is Raven Run in southeastern Fayette County. Raven Run has cut a narrow corridor to the river through the high limestone cliffs. It swirls and tumbles around rocks and boulders creating a rush of oxygen in its wake. One of the waterfalls can be heard before it is seen. This energetic, dramatic waterfall follows a serpentine path down a steep slope to the site of the nearby Evans Mill. In comparison to the fast moving Cullasaja River and Raven Run, waterways such as Benson Creek near Frankfort, and the Chaplin River in Perryville move at a quieter, more sedate pace. The water is slow moving, but not static. These streams patiently carve gentle meanders through the rolling landscape of central Kentucky, often exposing the underlying limestone in the stream bed. The water has a smoother surface than the fast moving streams, but even on a still day, it can have ripples in response to a breeze. At certain times of the day, depending on atmospheric conditions, the water in these streams will become a shimmering, but imperfect mirror. It will reflect the sky, overhanging trees and any nearby buildings. This illusion of depth creates another dimension and opens up a mysterious, magical world beneath the surface of the water.
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The Gallery at First Presbyterian Church
The gallery exhibits up to 50 pieces of art, and is equipped with gallery lighting. Exhibits vary in theme - both sacred and secular - and medium. We believe that all human creativity is an extension of being created in the image of a loving Creator.
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