Winters’ desert exhibit comes to Arizona Capitol Museum

A painting by Tony Rivers. (submitted photo)

A painting by Tony Rivers. (submitted photo)

The Arizona Capitol Museum is presenting New York based artist Tony Winters’ series of paintings “Desert River/City River.”

The exhibit gives guests an opportunity to marvel at Arizona’s beautiful, yet fragile, watershed, from its origins high in the Mogollon Rim to its destination in the Valley of the Sun, rendered in vibrant oil paint, according to a press release.

Mr. Winters is a prize-winning landscape artist and Hudson River Fellowship recipient. He uses traditional painting techniques to portray America’s contemporary natural environment.

“I believe people feel love and protectiveness for things they understand and find beautiful,” said Mr. Winters in the press release. “This project intends to evoke that feeling toward the water landscapes that keep the Valley alive.”

From parched desert to city garden oasis, the future of America’s west increasingly focuses on water. “Desert River/City River” wades into this conversation and celebrates the rivers that bring life to the Valley of the Sun.

Paintings in this series show the Superstition Mountains, Bartlett Lake, South Mountain, as well as images of the canals that wind their way through downtown Phoenix, even resort fountains and backyard swimming pools.

The exhibit will open on Monday, Oct. 24, and run through Saturday, Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Thursday, Nov. 10 there will also be a special reception for the artist, free to the public, hosted by the Arizona Capitol Museum’s Historian and Administrator Dr. Jack August.

“Tony Winters’ work reveals the diversity hidden in Arizona’s landscape and climate, as well as its built environment.  Tony features Arizona’s most precious natural resource, water, and its primary place in an arid environment,” said Dr. August in the release.  “As a visitor to our state possessing a clear and discerning eye, he looked closer and discovered more.”

Mr. Winters is a classically trained artist who studied at Grand Central Atelier and received his B.A. in Fine Art from the University of the South. He holds the Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas, with further studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has exhibited his paintings nationally and been featured in both online and print publications.

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