“Into the Woods” Ignites Reflections of Our Relationship to Nature

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

A medley of Earth’s colors, textures, shapes, and emotions, the exhibit Into the Woods captures the scenes and senses that establish the relationship between humans and nature. 

The exhibit consists of a variety of sculptures, paintings, photographs, collages, and mixed media pieces, ranging from one-foot, ethereal, water paintings to five-foot, geometric sculptures made of garden hoses. Gentle and curious, the exhibit allows the viewer to reflect on their relationship with nature-inspired pieces and reflect on the context of the artwork itself. 

Featured artists include Kevin Broad, Barbara A. Straussberg, Brent Crothers, JoAnne Schiavone, Diane Richards, and Kristen L. Bell. Schiavone’s “Tidal Pools” incorporates real water, photographs, and plexiglass to create an interactive experience resembling a boardwalk. Meanwhile, Richard’s “Double Vision” creates a double-sided wood and silk piece made with eco-friendly dyes to produce organic colors and textures from the environment. Regardless of the medium, each piece in the exhibit expresses the artists’ process of working with natural elements like wood, silks, metal, water and more. 

In her nature poem “Telescope,” poet Louise Glück writes: “You realize afterward/ not that the image is false/ but the relation is false.” Into the Woods draws upon themes of the natural and the unknown, the complex and the simple, the connection and yet, a misunderstanding. The viewers are able to witness and dissect their own engagement with the woods, the water, the creatures, and everything in between. 

The exhibit is divided by location and theme in each of Park Towne Place’s towers.  In the North Towery Gallery is the theme of “Submerge,” the South Tower Gallery is “Elevate,” and West Tower Gallery is “Meditative.” Find yourself immersed in nature’s power and environmental expression by visiting all three Into the Woods exhibits at Park Towne Place. The exhibit is on display until January 5th, 2020. 

Jessica Eldredge
Jessica Eldredge
Leah Macdonald's diversity and experience in the realms of photography, encaustic painting and mixed media continue to merge and compliment one another.
Leah Macdonald
Leah Macdonald

Leah Macdonald's diversity and experience in the realms of photography, encaustic painting and mixed media continue…

Leah Macdonald's diversity and experience in the realms of photography, encaustic painting and mixed media continue to merge and compliment one another.…

Leah Macdonald's diversity and experience in the realms of photography, encaustic painting and mixed media continue to merge and compliment one another.…

Brooke Lanier creates colorful, detailed, meditative watercolor and oil paintings of interactions between nature and architecture.  They combine elements of figurative and abstract painting.
Brooke Lanier
Brooke Lanier

Brooke Lanier creates colorful, detailed, meditative watercolor and oil paintings of interactions between nature and architecture.…

Brooke Lanier creates colorful, detailed, meditative watercolor and oil paintings of interactions between nature and architecture. They combine elements of figurative and abstract painting.…

Brooke Lanier creates colorful, detailed, meditative watercolor and oil paintings of interactions between nature and architecture. They combine elements of figurative and abstract painting.…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines the tension and optimism of life. My “Take Any Road Series” encourages the viewer to have the confidence to experience life no matter how difficult or confusing, beautiful, or powerful. All of this exists with an underlying structure of assumptions.
I think we all see the world a little differently and feel our own experience uniquely.  I paint using what all of my senses have given to me as the experience.  When I paint the sky, I am feeling the wind, putting it to music in my head, remembering the smell of the chance of rain, tasting the air, seeing the clouds dance. 
Fran Lightman Gibson
Fran Lightman Gibson

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines the tension and optimism…

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls and intricacies and details of the forms and colors.
Jack Knight
Jack Knight

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls…

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls and intricacies and details of the forms and colors.…

Jack Knight's works are free form compositions shapes, forms and colors that draw the viewer closer to examine the swirls and intricacies and details of the forms and colors.…

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