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Lighthouses fascinate Ray Lopez. He draws and paints many other things, too, but lighthouses recur throughout his current exhibition, Natura, at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery.

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Lopez creates most of his art en plein air (in the open air). He he may set up his canvas on a beach, in the heart of the Everglades, in a forest, or on the rugged rim of a southwestern canyon. His grasp of a place is realistic but not photographic; he urges the viewer to experience it through his eyes and thoughts.

Just in case you have any doubts about what he sees in the works he creates, Lopez entitles most of them with quotations from Transcendentalist philosophers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

“I want to show my admiration for what is naturally beautiful, in its present state – marred by weather and time,” he says. “I paint what I see in the hope of connecting with someone else’s fond memory of a place, a moment, a transformative experience.”

Lopez teaches at the Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy. A Cuban-American born in Miami in 1986, he graduated from the New World School of the Arts in Miami and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery is in Mayfair in the Grove, 3390 Mary Street, #128. Lopez’s exhibition opened on May 4, 2013, and will be in place through the end of June.

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