New works by Craig Forrest on display at It’s By Nature

It’s by Nature Gallery of Sylva is pleased to announce that the gallery will be hosting a one-man-show during the month of December for Cullowhee watercolor painter Craig Forrest. Forrest has been represented exclusively by the gallery since its opening.

This show will be titled Downtown Sylva in Detail - Urban Subjects, A New Direction.

Forrest was interested in tackling some new subject matter for this show. The work represents a departure from his usual subject matter of local rural landscapes, still-lifes and portraits. It is expected that viewers of the work will enjoy trying to guess the locations of the subjects as the titles will purposely not provide easy identification. Some works will be be almost immediately recognized while others will possibly be more obscure.

Giclée reproductions of his paintings will be available. These reproductions are done by the artist in his home studio using a technique he has mastered over the past several years with a flat-bed scanner, computer and inkjet printer with pigmented inks. Forrest was a featured artist in the first edition of the book Mastering Digital Printing by Harald Johnson.

In addition, the artist will have available for sale the recent painting Snowfall at Full Spectrum Farms, a watercolor painting depicting the hay barn at Full Spectrum Farms during a snow storm earlier this year. Through special arrangement with It’s by Nature Gallery all proceeds from the sale of the original painting will go to Full Spectrum Farms of Cullowhee. Full Spectrum Farms will serve adults with autism in Western North Carolina by providing a farm community where affected individuals can live and work in a healthy, enriching environment. Limited edition prints will be available as well with a portion of the proceeds to go toward Full Spectrum Farms.

An opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the gallery. Public invited.

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