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Delights: Bathing in Another World

Paintings and Sculpture by Elissa Morley

March 20 - May 10, 2015


The gallery, now on the 2nd floor of the DAC, is pleased to present Delights: Bathing in Another World, Paintings and Sculpture by Elissa Morley. Please join us and meet the artist at a Gallery Hop reception on Friday, March 20 from 5 to 8 pm.



This exhibition will feature twelve of Ms. Morley's ethereal drawn, painted and sewn pieces that depict mysterious and alluring architectural settings. She draws and paints on translucent papers, which she sews together to create several layers that evoke other-worldly places. Her work entices viewers to look closely and to slip into her wondrous and soothing world. She further enhances the atmosphere with delicate winged sculptural mobiles that hang from the ceiling.

welded steel, watercolor on tracing paper

Elissa Morley, welded steel, watercolor on tracing paper



The artist explains, "My work reveals places of spiritual rest, renewal and purification, many of which contain elements of water alongside natural and architectural forms. Pools, fountains, ponds, baths, and even the ocean within the landscape have the sense of existing expressly for ritual purposes. They, alongside bridges, gardens, geodesic forms and colonnades become metaphors for spiritual relationships, transformation and growth."


Elissa Morley grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and attended Asbury University and the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England.  She has lived in Lexington for several years, teaching at Georgetown College, Eastern Kentucky University and Asbury University.  She is also a recipient of a 2009 Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant. She has work in a number of private collections and has exhibited internationally. 


watercolor on layed tracing paper

Elissa Morley, Bath House I, watercolor on layered tracing paper, 27” x 34”

Elissa Morley, Delights I, watercolor on layered tracing paper, 22" x 30"




Elissa Morley, Delights II, watercolor on layered tracing paper, 22" x 30"

Elissa Morley, Bath House II, watercolor on layered tracing paper, 27” x 34”

Elissa Morley, Atrium, watercolor on layered tracing paper, 14" x 17"


Elissa Morley, welded steel, watercolor on tracing paper


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Work by artists in the gallery will be available, but not necessarily on display including: Patrick Adams, Minnie Adkins, Gary Bower, Cole Carothers, Nancy Fletcher Cassell, Carolyn Courtney, Sondra Dorn, Gary Drake, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Robert James Foose, Evan Fugazzi, Kevin Gardner, Gordon Gildersleeve, Ulrike Hahn, Georgia Henkel, Carolyn Young Hisel, Judith Pointer Jia, Guy Mendes, Joe Molinaro, Lonnie and Twyla Money, Mary Newton, Janet NeuwalderNadezda Nikolova, Anna Marie Pavlik, Spencer Reinhard, George Schmidt, Chris Segre-Lewis, Robert Shay, Valerie Shesko, David Shiner, Dollie and Guy Skaggs, Karen Spears, Kim Sobel, Lina Tharsing, Robert Tharsing, Mary Tortorici, Ann Tower, Travis Townsend, Sharon Weis, Judy Wells, and Daniel Werner. 

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Ann Tower Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main St., Lexington, KY, 40507. Our hours are: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am - 5 pm; 10 am to 2 pm Sundays; and with extended hours during special events and theater performances.


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