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Parker's own Jay Moore art exhibit at the PACE Center in January

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The PACE Center is pleased to present Parker’s own Jay Moore, at PACE’s Bellco Credit Union Gallery Jan. 11 through Mar. 8, 2014.

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Moore is a nationally renowned artist who has raised his family in Parker for the past 16 years, and his studio and gallery are located in the heart of downtown Parker. As a Colorado native, Moore loves wilderness and backcountry and travels the West in search of beauty. His trademark is the ability to capture the serenity of nature in every season, from colorful autumn foliage to icy rivers in the heart of winter. He is especially adept at painting the effects of water, rendering reflections, ocean vistas, and meandering rivers with affection and skill.

His latest show “Close to Home” is appropriately titled, as Moore lives in Parker, works in Parker, and draws much of his inspiration from the splendor of the Parker area.

“We are so excited to have Jay Moore at the PACE Center, and believe it’s the perfect place for him to share his personal journey,” explains Elaine Mariner, Cultural Director for the Town of Parker. This exhibition is unique because it is the only show that takes visitors through Moore’s working process. Beginning with initial field sketches, and journeying though color studies, journals, field painting boxes, and finally the finished product, visitors will get an intimate glimpse into the creation of the exhibition’s largest painting, "Autumn Brilliance."

Along with oil paintings, the exhibit will also include Moore’s complete works of copper plate etchings. All 16 plates will be framed on display as well as a display of the creative process of this 600 year old art form.

“A painting starts with a general idea in my mind,” Moore recounts. “Maybe something grand like Yosemite or the bend in a river I saw years ago. I take mental notes when I travel. When I decide on a subject,” he continues, “I plan a trip around the season and the time of day I want to paint it. Over three or four days I do small graphite sketches and then some plein air sketches. Once I work out the composition I work on the colors and values. I also make journal entries about the scene, what I did that day, the weather, etc., and I take a bunch of photographs. Back in the studio I decide which ones deserve to be larger paintings.”

Moore attended the Colorado Art Institute in Denver and the Art Students League of Denver and subsequently worked as a designer and illustrator. Over the decades of his career, Moore’s work has been featured in over 25 different publications. Lockheed Martin Corporation and Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver have recently commissioned large paintings. Rock and Roll legend Joe Cocker has also collected his work. His painting, “Hazard Creek, Backlit” was purchased for the Denver Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, and three of his paintings hang in the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs.

An Opening Reception is planned on January 17, 2014 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Parker's PACE Center
Pace Center Dr
Parker, CO 80138

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