published Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

'The architecture of nature' - Oct. 4 - Nov. 4

The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., will present a monthlong exhibition of Cumberland Plateau paintings by New York artist and architect Tony Winters starting Friday, Oct. 4.

"Sewanee Trails and Coves" is a new collection of paintings depicting the iconic landscapes of university grounds. It continues through Monday, Nov. 4, in the Edward Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building, 105 Kennerly Lane.

The show occurs during the inaugural year of Sewanee's Sense of Place program, an initiative to make the university's 13,000 acres of land a more central part of the educational experience.

"I grew up here," Winters says, "so the beautiful Gothic architecture is engraved in my memory, but I wanted to paint Sewanee's equally iconic natural sites -- outdoor spaces like Proctors Hall, Bridal Veil Falls and Morgan's Steep."

Winters describes the show's theme as "the architecture of nature." For example, Proctors Hall, with all its cantilevered horizontal stone slabs, "looks like Frank Lloyd Wright's house Falling Water," he says, "and I'm sure Wright studied natural landscape forms for many of his ideas."

Winters' landscape paintings depict multilayered stone cliffs with twisting, sometimes bizarre forms that rise high above the forest floor.

Winters received his Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts from Sewanee and was a recipient of the John B. McCrady Award in the Fine Arts. Since 1999, he has owned and directed Pentastudio Architecture, which focuses on design for creative environments. For more, visit www.tonywintersfineart.com or www.pentastudio-ny.com.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call 931-598-1870 for more information.

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