Comprised of more than fifty landscapes painted on location, this solo exhibition takes viewers on a quintessential American journey—a journey of discovery, wonder, and contemplation that begins and ends with our national parks. With scenes ranging from the rugged ice-capped peaks of the Tetons to the steaming lava flows of Volcanoes National Park to the hallowed rolling hills at Gettysburg, the paintings capture both the grandeur and quiet beauty of our national, state, and regional parks. More than mere celebrations of wilderness, the paintings also explore these parks as laboratories of democracy, identity, and ecological change.
Landscapes from Allegany State Park, Zoar Valley, and selected sites in Chautauqua County demonstrate that land use, conservation, and other issues are just as relevant and pressing as they are out west. To complement the paintings, the exhibit will include a series of talks and painting and journaling classes to educate viewers about these many local and national issues. For more information please visit www.ThomasAnnear.com.