Stones & Dreams, Shadows & Streams

Abstract painting titled The Breeze by Hendersonville, North Carolina artist Cynthia Wilson.
The Breeze by Cynthia Wilson. Acrylic on archival paper.

Stones & Dreams, Shadows & Streams, a solo exhibition of dreamscape and landscape paintings by Hendersonville artist Cynthia Wilson, opens at Grovewood Gallery on Saturday, May 18. An opening reception will be held from 2-5pm (free to attend and open to the public), with the artist in attendance. This exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Cynthia Wilson says her dream paintings are her most personal and intuitive works to date. After attending the Haden Institute’s summer conference on dreams – an annual opportunity for spiritual seekers and dream workers to gather in Western North Carolina – she became quite interested in the study of dreams and what they represent. “Since I’m not always able to express myself verbally, painting the emotions and symbols of my dreams became a great expressive adventure for me,” says Wilson.

Wilson has always been an avid hiker and a lover of the outdoors, known for her nature and landscape paintings. “I decided to see if I could apply some of the more interesting aspects of working with dream symbols to my landscape-based paintings. Stones and Dreams, Shadows and Streams is the culmination of this effort. In this show, there are dream paintings that lead into landscape pieces, bringing together the symbols that I love and the shapes and colors that I see around me while I’m hiking or even looking out my windows at these beautiful mountains.”

Wilson has painted with watercolors in the past, but made the switch to working with acrylics several years ago because of the versatility of the medium. She also wanted more texture in her work, something she couldn’t achieve with watercolors alone. With acrylics, she paints on paper or canvas, and often incorporates collage elements, gold leaf, ink, and colored pencils into her work.

In 2018, Pardee Cancer Center in Hendersonville purchased three of Wilson’s paintings, which was extremely meaningful to her as a cancer survivor. Her paintings are also a part of the permanent collections at Fairfield University, Georgia Tech, the Housatonic Museum of Art, and Wachovia Bank among others.

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