published Sunday, February 26th, 2012

'Environments'

Curtiss Brock and Margaret Dyer find inspiration in their personal and natural environments

River Gallery's March exhibition showcases the work of Curtiss Brock and Margaret Dyer. Their show, "Environments," opens Thursday and continues through March 31.

Brock is a glass artist from Tennessee who constructs objects that have the look and feel of rocks and minerals. His well-known Geodes Series illustrates his desire to leave behind objects of beauty and mystery in much the same way that nature does.

"Rocks and minerals can be seen as the clock that dates the Earth itself," he said. "They are also the fingerprints and footprints of life's struggles and its evolution."

Dyer, a painter from Georgia, focuses on the figure as her subject matter. Her portraits capture candid, unguarded moments with an individual engaged in an ordinary task. She uses pastel as her medium because of its lasting brilliance of color. In her hands, pastels evoke a particular mood and atmosphere.

A reception for the exhibit will be held Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (snow date: 2-4 p.m. Saturday). Both artists will be present to discuss their work during the reception.

Dyer will give a demonstration at the gallery on March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.

River Gallery, corner of Bluff View and High streets, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. For information, call 265-5033.

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