Stephen Chesley / Jan 23-Feb 7th, 2017, Opening Jan 26th 7-9pm

Stephen Chesley; Consideration of the Spirit Wild, 
Watercolors of Congaree Swamp, 1985-2017, On Weston Lake.
Vista Studios, 80808 Lady Street, Columbia, South Carolina,
January 23-February 7th, 2017, Opening January 26th 7-9pm.

 “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”                   Henry David Thoreau  (1817 to 1862)

2016 marked the National Park Service’s centenary of its founding as well as the forty year mark for the Congaree National Swamp.    The Congaree Swamp’s verdant greens of a promising spring are always a rich visual companion to the vital spirit of the wild. In these times of Anthropocene calamity, Thoreau’s  doctrine of the health of solitude in sojourn with nature is even more profound.      The works that will be presented are watercolors and oils spanning from 1985 to 2017, and where part of a Centennial exhibition at the Harry Hampton Center, Congaree National Park.     The spirit wild is in place for those who seek it and is foldable in the heartfor the return to urbanity.  On Walden Pond, On Weston Lake,,,, moose, Indian 

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