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June 2013

NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh Offers Works by Dawn Rentz

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, will present Beneath the Surface, featuring paintings by Asheville, NC, artist Dawn Rentz, on view in the Nature Art Gallery, from June 7 through July 28, 2013. A reception will be held on June 7, from 6:30-9pm.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Rentz spent many years experiencing the big skies and lush plant life of rural Wisconsin which fostered her connection to nature. After earning a degree in textiles from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA, she relocated to Asheville and began a fabric design and home decor business. During this period she also began developing her unique painting style using layers of woodblock prints to achieve the visual depth of a tapestry. Botanical imagery was always a common theme in both her painting and textile mediums.

Rentz’s paintings have since progressed to ethereal landscapes incorporating the botanical imagery of flowers and vines with Japanese and African textile motifs. “The intention of my work in a world where there is so much darkness is to remind the viewer that light and hope also exist,” Rentz says. “Like the gardens that have always inspired me, that change and grow with the passage of time and the succession of the seasons, my work continues to evolve and expand.”

The Nature Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Museum Store, Main building. All exhibited art is for sale.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and its new wing, the Nature Research Center in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John Skvarla., Secretary.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 919/707-9854 or visit (www.naturalsciences.org).

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