MARCELLUS – The tranquil beauty and underlying emotion of winter is exemplified in an exhibition of photographer Chris Murray’s work now on display at the Baltimore Woods Nature Center.
âWinter Meditationsâ can be viewed until February 24 at the John A. Weeks Interpretive Center at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus.
The public is invited to attend the reception on Saturday January 15 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition, the exhibition can be viewed when the Interpretation Center is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public is also welcome to view the exhibition Monday through Friday from 9 pm to 4 pm; those interested are asked to call 315-673-1350 in advance to confirm that the gallery is available for viewing. There is no admission or parking fee, and all artwork is for sale.
Murray’s collection of works for this exhibition is a visual expression of his perspective on the coldest time of the year.
âNo season transforms the landscape like winter,â he said. âBare trees expose panoramas hitherto invisible; snow-capped landforms are revealed. Nature is reduced to its simplest and most elementary elements. The beauty to be discovered in winter is as varied as it is endless. Lines, shapes, patterns and contrasts all have added emphasis in winter, as snow simplifies the landscape. It is a moment of solitude and peace, qualities that I appreciate in nature and that I try to express in my photography.
While the beauty Murray discovers in winter is evident in this exhibit, his ultimate goal is to creatively document the inner meaning of his chosen subject.
Over time, he realized that his most meaningful work comes from places familiar to him: the varied landscapes of New York State.
This exhibit will transport gallery visitors to local areas of central New York City as well as the Adirondacks.
Each viewer of Murray’s photographs will bring their own ideas to the emotional interpretation of his images.
Gallery coordinator Karen Jean Smith suggests these possibilities to consider: âIn ‘Frosted Trees’, a monochrome piece based on the color blue, our eyes are drawn to the frost on the deciduous trees, while the tree trunks provide a soft, muted texture to the Background. The effect is cool but silent. ‘Winter Grasses’, a black and white composition of simple lines, draws our attention to the life that once existed there and will inevitably return to it. Finally, âSilver Mountain Lake,â an image taken as the sunlight shifted in the Adirondack Mountains reminds us that winter can be joyfully colorful and surprising. “
Murray is a professional photographer, instructor, and writer living in Syracuse.
He mainly photographs in the landscape of his home, the woods, lakes, mountains and streams of New York State.
His work has appeared in several magazines including On Landscape, Popular Photography, Adirondack Life, Life in the Finger Lakes and New York State Conservationist, among others. Chris runs photography workshops independently and through the Adirondack Photography Institute.