NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– The colors move you outdoors to the farmland and meadows around New Wilmington. You are swept up in indigo slowly swirling below a rising moon. The greens in a swampy spring field soak into your memory. You fade into brilliant magenta layered with sharp pink popping from the horizon at dawn. The landscape paintings of Peggy Cox make you want to go explore our rural setting and feel the wind on your face.
“I spent hours and hours standing in place in all kinds of weather, in every season, and at all times of day,” Cox said. “I can’t work from photographs because it’s important to see the colors and to see how the light changes the colors. It’s a collective kind of experience and it works for me.”
Cox, an art professor at Westminster College since 1985, spent four years exploring, sensing and imagining the landscapes she created with watercolors and oils. She studied the landscape and wooded areas around Westminster that inspired her to create more than 20 works. Some are as small as n iPad while others fill the wall.
Her solo exhibition in Westminster’s Foster Gallery, “Standing in Place, Recent Landscapes,” is an exhibition free and open to the public until Oct. 14. The gallery is open Monday through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.