Exhibit portrays artist's Inner Canyon journey

"Inner Gorge Metaphors: An Artist's Perspective of the Grand Canyon," an exhibit of painting and poems by artist Serena Supplee, opens Monday at Kolb Studio with a reception from 7-9 p.m.

The reception is free and the public is invited.

The Colorado River, as the lifeblood of the Grand Canyon, is a personal metaphor for Serena Supplee's life path.

Her dazzlingly colorful, energetic paintings and gentle poems illustrate her journey, and perhaps yours ­ floating through the canyons, encountering obstacles and challenges, experiencing joy and confronting fear, and finding surprises around each bend of the twisting, fluid river of nature and life.

Twenty-five years of loving and experiencing the Colorado River is inspiration enough for lifetimes of work. Serena Supplee, one of the most prolific artists in the Southwest, draws from this current.

Her oil paintings and watercolors reveal the depth of her intimacy with the river and its canyons.

Inner Gorge Metaphors is a testament to her mastery of motion. It elicits the sensation of water currents ­ trickles and torrents ­ the fluidity of earth, the force of erosion, and the movement of one's soul as it encounters something initially incomprehensible to the mind.

The exhibit is sponsored by Grand Canyon Association and Grand Canyon National Park.

The coffee and dessert reception will be catered by El Tovar.

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