Kent watercolorist to exhibit in WRA's Moos Gallery

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Henry Walker will be the featured artist in Western Reserve Academy's Moos Gallery through Feb. 23.

Walker is a traditional watercolorist whose work reflects the natural world as he perceives it. His paintings portray a variety of subjects, from Italian scenes, to Western barns and landscapes, as well as Ohio, Lake Erie and Western Reserve landscapes.

"I prefer the medium of transparent watercolors because of the clarity of the result," Walker said in his artist statement on his website. "I find the intensity of color in watercolor seductive. There is also efficiency to watercolor that I find appealing both in application and preparation. What watercolor has taught me is the need for preparation and patience, two qualities that, if not exciting, are certainly beneficial in the process of art as well as life itself."

Walker, a resident of Kent who holds a master's degree from Kent State University, began painting seriously in the late 1980s after two cancer operations forced him to retire from his career as a college English teacher. He has exhibited in shows at the Butler Institute of American Art, as well as in national and international watercolor shows. Earlier this year, his Olympic Alders was included in the American Watercolor Society's 146th Annual International Exhibit in New York City.

Walker's exhibit is the latest in a series of featured artists in the Moos Gallery this year. Following his exhibit, several exhibits are scheduled to display the work of WRA's talented art students. The Studio Art Class will be featured from Feb. 28 through April 1, the Art II Class will display its work from April 4-16, the Art I Class will be on display from April 18-30, and the exhibit of work from the Woodworking and Photography students will close out the year from May 2-18.

The Moos Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The gallery is located in the Knight Fine Arts Center at the corner of Hudson-Aurora Road and North Oviatt Street in Hudson.

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