Luminous exhibits will open at RAG

Roxbury — Two luminous exhibits by area artists Nat Thomas and Yale Epstein will open in the galleries of The Roxbury Arts Group on July 25 and continue through August 22. An opening reception for both exhibits will be held on July 25 from 2-4 p.m.
Nat Thomas, a well-known painter and fabric artist who makes his home in Margaretville, is showing “New Works,” large non-objective paintings in RAG’s Walt Meade Gallery on Vega Mountain Road.
The eight canvasses in the show, a grouping of 18, created in 2008 reflect both Thomas’ fine arts background and his many years of working with textiles. He says, “All these works hearken back to the work I was making 25-30 years in New York City. Before moving into work in textiles in the mid-1980s, I was creating large works on canvas and paper that explored the nature of paint and gravity, and the interaction of different types of paint. After years of dying fabric and creating art quilts, I returned to painting a few years ago, first in acrylic and then in oil, but concentrating primarily on landscapes.”
Thomas will speak on the topic, “How to Look at Modern Art,” at The Walt Meade Gallery on August 20 at 7 p.m.
Yale Epstein’s show, “Aspects of Nature,” will be on exhibit in RAG’s Old Bank Gallery on Main Street. Epstein is an artist living in Woodstock. His works are an investigation into the nature of nature, exploring the “intelligence” and creative possibilities behind the natural scene, as he remembers it. Each painting is no longer a landscape, but has evolved into its own entity, on its own terms.
The Walt Meade Gallery and The Old Bank Gallery are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Call 607 326-7908.