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Nancy Horwick – Recollections: Near and Far
March 2, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nancy Horwick – Recollections: Near and Far
There will be an opening reception for “Recollections: Near and Far” on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5:30-6:30 at City Hall, 401 S Ventura St, Ojai. All are welcome, there will be light refreshments, and Horwick will be on hand to answer questions about her work. The collection will be viewable by the public for two months thereafter during regular city hall and Ojai museum hours.
The upcoming featured artist at City Hall is celebrated local painter and collagist, Nancy Horwick. Selected by the City of Ojai Arts Commission Gallery Committee for her exquisite technique, and the harmony and quiet, meditative intensity of her work, she will be displaying an outstanding collection of oil paintings entitled “Recollections: Near and Far.” The collection depicts landscapes and scenes from the artist’s life, especially from Ojai, where she has lived for almost 40 years. In the main it will hang at City Hall but there will also be three large works in oil at the Ojai Valley Museum on the subject of trees.
Horwick, who has exhibited extensively in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and is highly sought after for private commissions, started painting and studying art seriously almost twenty years ago. As an elementary school-teacher she began taking classes initially as a way to find new ways of drawing the artists out of her students, but it very quickly developed into a personal passion. From the Mona Brooks school of art, where she worked with acrylics, she progressed rapidly into oils and was taken under the wing of renowned British trompe l’oeil painter, Robert Walker, with whom she studied extensively. She cut her teeth at her mentor Kim Smith’s Ojai studio and in 2008 built her own studio at her Ojai home, where she works daily now she is retired from teaching. Scholarly by nature, Horwick is formidably well read in the arts and has won awards and acclaim for her work, which hangs on walls – including celebrity walls – all over the country and she has a number of patrons who collect her work.
Horwick cites 19th century old masters as having a strong influence on her work, as well as 20th century artists such as David Leffel, Jennifer McChristian, and Greg Kreutz. She has, until recently, chiefly been known for her breathtaking oil-work and fine-honed sense of light and composition, but over the past few years she has expanded her scope and appetite into the worlds of encaustics (consulting on this with the late, great local artist, Ruth Farnham) and collage, inspired by fellow local artist, Peggie Williamson. She is becoming known and celebrated especially for her mixed-media collage work. These new media have provided her with a whole other language and expressive range which challenges her and excites her fans immensely. Nancy is a bright-eyed, quietly-observant and softly-spoken woman who considers her thoughts and sentences carefully and is not naturally given to talking about herself, but when speaking about her work and the new techniques she is exploring, she becomes intensely enthused and animated in an infectious way.
Connecting with the viewer through the beauty of scenes, objects, and people that are intuitively compelling to her, is the most important and propulsive force in her work. Horwick believes passionately that there is a vital place for beauty and human creativity in a world so often marked by turmoil and human destruction. While the possibilities for expression in combining text and mixed media mark a bold new artistic direction for this popular and accomplished artist, she also remains powerfully attracted and committed to a painterly, representational style and this is what will be on display to the public at City Hall
It is a fascinating and absorbing pleasure to talk to this artist about her work. Equally pleasurable and absorbing is spending some time in front of her paintings. The City of Ojai Arts Commission is delighted to be able to present this collection to the public in our own city hall. There will be an opening reception for “Recollections: Near and Far” on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5:30-6:30 at City Hall, 401 S Ventura St, Ojai. All are welcome, there will be light refreshments, and Horwick will be on hand to answer questions about her work. The collection will be viewable by the public for two months thereafter during regular city hall and Ojai museum hours.