Courtesy image - Lucy Graves McVicker's Quiet Time - October
Lucy Graves McVicker’s one-person exhibition, “Imaginary Landscapes,” is on view in D&R Greenway’s Evelyne V. Johnson Room, now through September 25. Her Artist’s Reception, on Thursday, August 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., is free and the public is welcomed. To attend, firstname.lastname@example.org. This remarkable artist has also enormously impacted Princeton regional artists and art enthusiasts, serving often as juror and art teacher.
Ms. McVicker says, “The moods of nature have been my primary concern. But I do not wish to portray them in a literal fashion. Using various media, I attempt to capture the essence of the natural world in a more creative, semi-abstract way. I endeavor to create a mood (or even a mystery) which encourages the viewer to explore and participate, along with me, in the creative process.”
Russ Johnson, Director of the New American Gallery, has described Ms. McVicker’s art as “a bold and refreshing take on the familiar. Coax[ing] extraordinary excitement from everyday scenes,… in her world of glowing colors, vibrant shapes and richly layered meanings, you will… find the extraordinary in the ordinary.”
Ms. McVicker has shown in over eighty exhibitions, thirty-eight juried, in which awards for this artist are the norm. She was given the gold medal at a recent Audubon National juried exhibition in Manhattan, and also holds the Bristol-Myers Squibb Purchase Award. Her art graces private collections beyond counting, as well as Johnson & Johnson, Princeton University, the DuPont Corporation, Capital Health System, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and ADP Corporation.
Ms. McVicker’s art appears in many settings of the new Princeton Health Care System complex, most notably in the Edward and Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care. Her art and that of her husband, Charles McVicker, has appeared in D&R Greenway exhibitions since the restored barn opened as the land trust’s offices in 2006. The couple founded and/or sustains many art organizations over the decades, among them Princeton Artists Alliance and the Garden State Watercolor Society itself, whose art fills the other two galleries.