The opportunity to take a virtual journey, as portrayed with canvas and paint, to select locations in the U.S. and Canada is the focus on the most recent art installation at the Marco Island Historical Museum.
Entitled “Here & There,” the show features 30 pieces works created by artist William Ward Moseley of Eagle Creek. Hespecializes in landscapes, some with buildings and some without, depicting scenes from across North America, skillfully painted in a realistic, impressionist style.
Moseley is represented by galleries in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, and his landscapes have been on exhibit in group shows throughout the East Coast.
An opening reception for the exhibit, which runs through Oct. 24, was held recently at the museum. On hand forthe evening affair were about 70 art lovers who came to enjoy Moseley’s handiwork, which includes pieces created with oils, pastels and acrylics.
“The idea was to have some Florida scenes and to have some that snowbirds see when they go home,” he said.
Included in the assemblage are some of Moseley’s copies of iconic works by such master Impressionists as Monet, the “Train Station,” and VanGogh, a selection from his “Wheat Field” series. This is the first time they’ve been exhibited, he said.
“Artists do that quite often for practice,” Moseley added. “It’s not meant to plagiarize the artist, but to learn something by trying to duplicate what the Impressionists did. I don’t know whether I learned anything or not,” he said with a chuckle.
The reception presented Jackie Hays, who movedto Marco in June, with her first opportunity to view Moseley’s work.
“I love all of his paintings with water and the pastels are very unusual,” Hays said with an appreciative nod. “Very unique, very unique, he has a different hand than most people; just incredible.”
Moseley was thrilled with the turnout.
“I’m very delighted,” he said. “A lot of my friends showed up tonight and there are a lot of artists too, which is very nice.”