Pyramid Hill’s Gallery Series looks close to home

Up next: a painter from Dayton.

Artists from across the region will be sharing their work with thousands of community members as part of Pyramid Hill’s new Museum Gallery Series.

Museum Gallery Series curator Jeni Barton said, “Previously, Pyramid Hill has presented national, and even international, artists in the park. One of the things we had not done was to focus on local, or regional, living artists that are creating right now.”

There was a vacant space in the museum, which was a large room that guests could rent out, but it wasn’t being used on an everyday basis. So, the new series will utilize that space and give local and regional artists an opportunity to showcase their work, she said.

The idea for the series that launched in February was brought to light last summer. Then, artists were booked for the 2016 season. The space has a new professional gallery hanging system, as well. The program is supported by the Hamilton Community Foundation and ArtsWave. Drawing many first-time visitors, guests can also enjoy the parks many features and outdoor sculptures.

“Both of the openings for February and March have gone really well. We had about 100 people attend the grand opening in February. In March, around 140 people attended the opening,” said Barton, who also serves as the director of programming and administration at Pyramid Hill.

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The Museum Gallery Series at Pyramid Hill’s April show, “Inland” by Dayton-based painter Heather Lea Reid, will be on display April 15-May 13. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 15.

Reid says, “This body of work explores the dimensional effects of environments, emotions, thoughts and discoveries through investigating familiar and unusual occurrences. Instead of revealing a narrative, though, I relate an overall mood that encompasses the heart of an experience.”

I describe my paintings as being about the daily experience, but it’s not just a snapshot of the day. It’s about the bigger picture, she said.

In her detailed paintings, layers of paint and abstracted color reflect the nuances that shape reality to show that moments are not isolated. Location, career, education, family, entertainment, money, health, history, religion and consumption all define us, and they play a role in how we see, create and experience life.

“I am honored and excited to exhibit at the home of such magnificent works of art. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is an exceptional place to experience. I want to thank the Pyramid Hill staff and the community for letting me share my work,” Reid said.

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