The Peterson- Cody Gallery, LLC will present an exhibit of new paintings by Gallery artists and folk art by Diane Moreno Dec. 2 - Dec. 31, 2011. A reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5:00pm – 7:30pm in conjunction with the West Palace Arts District First Friday Artwalk.
Gallery artists Stephen Day, Annie Dover, David Foley, Gordon Inyard, David P. Knowlton, Jim McVicker, Forrest Solis, Terry Strickland and Dennis Wojtkiewicz will present new works, many incorporating the red and green theme. The exhibit will also feature nichos and ZinTins by New Mexico artist Diane Moreno.
Moreno’s ZinTins are a quirky tribe of characters full of spirit, sass and soul. Sometimes a sly message or a sweet sentiment emerges from Moreno’s act of "pounding life" into her tin characters. For Moreno, the malleabilty of tin is a joy to work with and surprises her still when faces or fingers materialize under her hammer. There are 17 whimsical ZinTins in the exhibit.
Nearly 25 years ago, a neighbor saw one of Moreno’s little cabinets and exclaimed, "Oh, a nicho!" and in the instance the artist knew that's what she wanted to create. The nichos are inspired by those made by the Spanish colonials and placed in thick adobe walls. Moreno uses weathered wood, juniper pieces and pinon roots and then tucks an adornment inside a door.