04/21/14 10:47 am Age: 193 days

Art Show Features Works by Noted Watercolorist

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By: Rosa Jimenez

Celebrations Marks 40th Anniversary of Gallery

Artist Vernon Nye taught art at WWU.

An art show featuring the works of noted artist and former Walla Walla University professor Vernon Nye will be held April 24-29 at the Clyde and Mary Harris Gallery. “Remembering Vernon Nye” is a memorial retrospective featuring works now owned in personal collections.

An open house event will be held Saturday, April 26, 7-10 p.m. The gallery will be open during the following hours:
• April 24-25, 2-5 p.m.
• April 26, 2-4 p.m.
• April 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
• April 28-29, 2-5 p.m.

The art show is also a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Clyde and Mary Harris Gallery. The gallery opened in January of 1974, ten years after the opening of the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center. The gallery is named after Clyde and Mary Harris, the benefactors who provided a gift of $50,000 to construct the gallery. The Harris family were the founders of Harris Pine Mills.

Nye, who taught art at WWU from 1979 to 1983, was an accomplished watercolor artist. His landscapes of coastlines, farmland, woods, and other West Coast scenes have been shown in national exhibitions for the Society of Western Artists, the American Watercolor exhibitions, and in galleries in northern and southern California. Nye was an elected member of the American Watercolor Society, the national honor society for watercolor painters in the U.S.  He had a prolific career until his death in 2013.  

Nye spent most of his teaching career at Pacific Union College, where he served as chairman of the department of visual arts for more than 20 years. Early in his career, he worked as an illustrator for Review and Herald Publishing Association in Washington, D.C. Generations of Adventists saw Nye’s work on book covers, posters, and in church publications. As a freelance artist, he illustrated posters for the U.S. Treasury Department and the Department of Defense.

Published April 21, 2014.


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