NASHUA, N.H. – The Art Gallery at Rivier University is currently presenting “Sacred Space/Sacred Journey: New Work by Ronnie McClure,” running through April 19.
In 2012, faculty member Ron McClure, of Canterbury, N.H., spent a four-month academic sabbatical in the Southwest, where he produced a new body of work for exhibition. Inspired by the vastness of the landscape, the subtlety of its massive forms and the constant shifts in its light and color, McClure has created images that masterfully combine digital and traditional techniques. The results are technically seamless, aesthetically innovative, and contemplatively inviting.
A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA) where he studied classical approaches to photography, McClure was among the first generation of artists to embrace digital technology. In recent years he has been combining photography, digital painting, colored penciling, and other media to produce landscapes that symbolize the human relationship to nature. He has received awards in juried exhibitions and his work is in the collections of the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas.
“McClure ‘paints’ photographic materials into stillness—into repose,” said Sister Theresa Couture, director of the Art Gallery. “Yet, his images do not merely represent repose; they are themselves episodes of repose with a dynamism that reveals the artist’s keen eye for desert, water, greenery, aerial patterns, and, most importantly, for harmony and grace.”
The exhibition will be accompanied by a gallery musical performance titled “Keyboard Works of Johannes Sebastian Bach and His Contemporaries,” a lecture-recital by Michael Joseph, instructor in music at Rivier University. This presentation will include keyboard improvisation in Baroque style inspired by the exhibition, and will take place on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
The gallery is located on the second floor of Memorial Hall and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Information about Art Gallery events is available on the website of The Art Gallery at Rivier University at www.rivier.edu/artgallery.