Nicole Renee Ryan is a watercolorist, oil painter, and muralist from Mercer, Pa. From May 7 through early August she will exhibit “As Everywhere of Silver” at SAMA’s Ligonier branch. The exhibition, named after the Emily Dickinson poem, will debut around 30 paintings by Ryan that draw fantastical inspiration from the isolation and nostalgia heightened by the pandemic.

Art and Intention

Growing up on a farm in Mercer County, surrounded by expansive fields and wooded hills, I spent much of my childhood either outdoors exploring or inside reading. I was (and still am) particularly fond of stories that explore hidden worlds, like the poems and drawings of Shel Silverstein and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden.” …

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