Local artist Nancy Purington will show slides from Moonlight on the Mississippi, her new book from Penfield Books of Iowa City. Moonlight on the Mississippi features an extensive collection of paintings and photographs of the Mississippi River. Purington was born in Scott County, Iowa, where the Mississippi River meets the Wapsipinicon. There, the vast space, luminous color, reflections, refractions and infinite change provided the inspiration for her artwork. Nancy Purington has a B.F.A. in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. in Design from the University of Iowa. She taught Textile Arts for several years and is now a full-time studio artist in addition to being a part-time designer and consultant.
“Purington’s aesthetic sensibilities combine medieval perspective and modern art intention with traditional and experimental methods. Indigo, lapis, cobalt, cadmium, gold, silver, palladium, sticks, stones, shells, pearls, and digital photographs express the transformational nature of the Mississippi River experience . . . She helps us to see the endless beauty of the river and to contemplate the mystery of a moment, encouraging us to live, to look closer, again and again.” —Jane Milosch