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By Andi Bedsworth

Most of the local galleries are closed for the holidays, but you can still see some art by local artist Nancy Moore at the Powerhouse in Oxford. The show is called Morning Pages and includes a collection of watercolor paintings she started in Italy while she was with her husband on his sabbatical in 2009.
The idea of morning pages comes from the book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron with Mark Bryan. The authors suggest that by writing each morning, you can create more time and energy for creativity. I am of course simplifying the process, but the gist is that writing every morning can help the creative process. I read the book and tried the morning pages and found that they did indeed help me be more creative.
Moore discovered that writing did not work for her, but that painting did. She painted from her stream of consciousness and day dreamed with a paintbrush. She completed 30 paintings during her stay in Florence and found that she could not stop when she returned. The result is this collection of colorful watercolor paintings that adorn the walls of the gallery in the Powerhouse.
Moore has chosen to frame her work by using mix and match frames she collected from thrift stores which gives the show an eclectic feel. This show is in its closing week, and is on view in the gallery this week until Friday, January 11. The Powerhouse is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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