MAY 2015 - The mixed media paintings from South Carolina-born artist Danna Ray communicate a dreamy and softened recollection of the woods and fields so prevalent in her upbringing. Drawn to the relationship of humans with nature, Ray experiences the world as an impassioned trail runner and rock climber and her oil paintings of steep slopes, rocky creeks, ebbing tides, and far-off farmhouses convey a particularly serene and benevolent perception of her ever-changing environs. Allison May Kiphuth, who both lives and works on the New Hampshire seacoast, utilizes the incredibly fragile elements of fine wire, watercolor, ink, paper, and pins to create layered dioramas of a Lilliputian scale in antique boxes. Like Ray, Kiphuth is redefining and reconstructing the outside world, but she takes in the expansive landscapes of entire mountain ranges and densely overgrown forests and reinterprets them in the astonishing manner of dramatic miniaturization. Owls and wolves, whales and oceans, woodlands and skies, smaller than dimes, still, magically, retain all of their most glorious and intimate details.