Natural Wonders: Paintings by Chris Morel and Sculpture by Dan Ostermiller

Nedra Matteucci Galleries’ first summer exhibition will open with an artists’ reception from 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.  The show will feature Chris Morel's luminous southwestern landscapes, and Dan Ostermiller's expressive animal bronzes.

Chris Morel has focused on painting in oils for over 20 years, sharing his keen observation of southwestern beauty through exquisite, light-filled compositions.  “I'm certainly looking for something different in my work,” says Morel of his latest paintings.  In his search for perspectives, he focuses on the interplay between color, sunlight, and mood. Morel is the featured artist for the 2016 New Mexico Artist Calendar, and his enchanting paintings have won numerous awards, including the Best of Show Maynard Dixon Country. 

A past President and member of the National Sculpture Society, the talent of Dan Ostermiller is widely recognized. Recently, the Lauritzen Gardens - Omaha’s Botanical Center and Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden, have both held successful outdoor exhibitions of Ostermiller’s work, broadening his audience and the national reach of his winsome sculptures. His ability to express the personality and physical characteristics of animals in bronze is unparalleled.  From his innovative studio in Loveland, Colorado, Dan’s inspired compositions have grown from his youthful love for and thorough knowledge of animals gained from his years working, studying, and traveling throughout the West and Africa. Ostermiller’s sculpture reflects a lifelong adventure in animal art.