Monday, March 2, 2015

A Hidden Gem in Darke County.

Cure your cabin fever and get out of the house. There’s a hidden gem you can visit in Greenville. The Anna Bier Gallery in Memorial Hall is hosting the paintings of Dan Knepper during the month of March.

Many of the oil paintings feature those amazing sunrises or sunsets we all wish we could capture. The watercolors figures on display have won state and national awards and one was recently a finalist in an international competition.

Dan says, “I started painting because I liked faces and the challenge of capturing them…. The light in a person’s eye, or the glow as it passes through skin. The human face and figure are amazing. They are the basis of our standard of elegance and proportion. Painting with watercolors allows me to capture that as if using layers of little chips of stained glass.

It’s sounds cliché, but the more I’ve painted, the more I realized it was the atmosphere of light I was trying to capture…. And so when I paint landscapes, it’s the light, and its effects, the illumination of leaves and grasses, the glowing shadows, the dance of the sunset on the water, and those amazing moments when the air itself has color, that I try to capture and pass on.

I hope you’ll step into the moments. Feel the rocking of the waves, hear the wind through the grass, feel the sunlight, explore the barns, and take the path beyond that next hill.”

Take a few minutes to get out of the house, explore the gallery, and enjoy the warmth of the paintings.

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