Waterworks Visual Arts Center

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Meet the Artists of 

The Language of Nature


The Nature of Nature: A Photographers Walk

with R. Wayne Wrights

Come join us for a

Gallery Talk with R. Wayne Wrights

Tuesday, May 22, 2018   6-7:30 pm

Wayne will provide insight into his solo exhibition, The Nature of Nature and his work as a nature photographer. Light refreshments will be served.

Nature photography is a beautiful art that really brings us closer to the world we live in, and the view through the camera’s lens helps us capture it every day. The natural world is full of beautiful sights - but capturing them on camera is not so easy.

Nature photography covers to a wide range of images taken outdoors, devoted to showcasing the world in its natural form. From wildlife to landscapes to plants and beyond. You can’t take pictures of nature without being out in it.

There are limitless possibilities in nature photography, ranging from standard photography to macro photography to capture all the smallest details of the natural world we live in. Nature offers infinity of views.

Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and to life in general. Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena.

I firmly believe that nature brings peace in all troubles. 

Artists of The Seasons of Hurly Park: 30 Years

Syed Ahmad  
Jonathan Thomas Armstrong  
Gail Baillargeon  
Carolyn Blackman  
Joyce Cavanaugh-Wood  
Pamela Deal  
Sharon Forthofer  
Mikel Frank  
Karen Frazer  
Hope Holmes  
Ceila Jarrett  
  Alee Johnson  
Keyth Kahrs  

  Kim Lance
  Patt Legg
  Rebecca Little
  Sean Meyers
  Don Moore
  Whitney Peckman
  Holly Riley
  Marietta Foster Smith
  Phyllis Steimel
  James Taylor
  Bill Ward
  Celeste Ward


An Installation with Sound

A Painterly Walk Through the Woods

Nancy Nieves


A Painterly Walk through the Woods is an installation with sound, consisting of ninety-eight 6-inch-by-6-inch abstract landscape paintings on stretched canvases.  The paintings are placed two inches from each other, creating a continuous line throughout the space, becoming one work of art.  By repeating the canvases, I have achieved unity, a walking trail in a gallery space.  The installation is accompanied by bird sounds in the distance, serenading the viewer while he or she is looking at the paintings.

I am trying to create the illusion of being in the woods or taking a walk through a city park in an enclosed space.  Nature sooths my body and clears my mind, allowing me to meditate and imagine the world at peace.  A world where everyone is understanding and accepting of each other, becoming one nation. 

Nature is an escape, a beautiful world under an enriching sky, with trees, babbling brooks and small innocent creatures everywhere. No two paintings are the same, each painting is different, just as no two trees or leaves are the same. I have captured precious moments in time and transformed them into abstract compositions inspired by nature.

I wish to share my ideas and vision through my paintings.  When I explore nature, I mentally record what I see, and then go back to my studio to explore what I’ve seen.  The medium I prefer is acrylic paint, the surface is canvas. 

My compositions, 6 by 6 inches or 48 by 48 inches are energetic and very personal.  Blended colors become atmospheric, adding mystery and movement in each painting.  With a brush, I make my pieces come alive, at times, using dotted lines and dotted shapes to illustrate natures language as I understand it.  The small shaped drawings attached to the paintings, represent our interaction with nature.  The human touch, the act of touching a leaf, building a camp fire or picking wild flowers.  My favorite moments in time are my walks in the park or in the woods with my wonderful husband and two Siberian Huskies.

Nancy was born and raised in the upper Westside of New York City. Her parents were both born in Puerto Rico moving to New York in the late fifties.  She received a BFA in painting from Parsons The New School for Design and her MFA from Hunter College, New York.  She and her husband live in Charlotte. Nancy teaches art part-time at Central Piedmont Community College and Gaston College.


Waterworks would like to thank Hurley Park for partnering with us to make this exhibition possible!!

Cathy Perry
"Entwined, Interwoven and Surviving Together"