March 9, 2006

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A creative view of China
Professor wants you to see her etchings


By Glenn Laaspere† news@hippopress.com

Professor Loretta CR Hubley of Rivier College in Nashua will be showing an exhibit of abstract paintings, etchings, monotypes and sculptures inspired by mountain landscapes sin China through April 14 at The Derryfield School Lyceum Gallery, Manchester. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. schooldays.

The reception for the artist is set for 5:30- to p.m. Friday, March 10, and it will include Asian appetizers. The artist cites the Cleveland Art Museum as her first Asian influence. She has exhibited her etchings nationally and has a vast background in original printmaking.

The colorful and textured abstractions are inspired by landscapes Loretta observed first-hand when she traveled to view the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River before this natural wonder of the Asian world was engulfed by the waters of the Yangtze River to create the largest dam in the world. The beauty that had inspired poets and artists for centuries was engulfed in a tide of water, which for Loretta symbolizes the tide of modernization that threatens to inundate the lyrical aspects of Chinese culture as surely as it literally obliterates rural character. Loretta, however, noted the benefits of the dam as stemming the cataclysmic floods that repeatedly destroyed villages and harnessing one of the two great water sources of China.
The old tooth-like mountains of the hauntingly beautiful (and still viewable) Lin River Valley form a recurring image in pieces. These mountains seem to be the inspiration for the mist-clad ink wash landscapes we associate with traditional Chinese brush painting. Loretta suggests by the context of the exhibit that these age-old mountains and, on a larger scale, the aspect of the Chinese culture and way of life they represent are endangered. She portrays a sense of tension and turmoil to express the modernization of Chinaís ancient land. She asks the viewer to share her nostalgia for a land that is a source of one of humankindís oldest civilizations.

Glenn Laaspere is a senior at The Derryfield School and plans to study architecture at Miami University in Ohio next year.

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