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Cultural center to feature new exhibit, 'Landscapes of the American West'

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An exhibition of large landscape drawings of the American West opens at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center Gallery on Saturday, May 26.

The artist, landscape architect Caroline Lavoie, will be present to talk with visitors about her work from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited; there is no charge.

'Landscapes of the American West' examines the process involved in drawing on-site: seeing, interpreting and internalizing the qualities and variations of the landscape to facilitate a form of interaction with the viewer.

Themes in the exhibit include desert landscapes to landscapes of water/rivers, to winter and mountain landscapes; from very quick sketches to longer ones; and from the large-scale to smaller details in the landscape.

These sketches were drawn directly on-site in order to capture the relationship between the artist and the landscape. As a form of analysis, a sketch can convey the sense and essence of a place.

Lavoie investigates landscape representation and perception as part of the design process in landscape architecture. Her work on drawing has been published in Landscape Journal.

A series of Lavoie's collages were exhibited for Design Utah 2005 in Salt Lake City, and an associated article was published in KERB-Journal of Landscape Architecture.

Lavoie is an associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and has been a Fellow of the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies in Utah from 1999-2001.

Cultural center gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.