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Shadows, art hearts line gallery walls

Reception with artists and a skit about the July 7 London bombings kick off exhibit of paintings and photos at Moxie's with works ranging from $300 to $3,400

By Allison McDermott

Staff Writer, The Orion

Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - Updated: Monday, May 11, 2009

Dynan & Nelson put on exhibit and play in Chico

Pointed trees made shadows against a yellow hill on one side of Moxie's while blue people with red hearts danced along the other side.

Three art exhibits featuring the works of UC Davis alumna Anastasia Nelson and artist Phil Dynan opened with a reception and a short play at Moxie's Cafe and Gallery on Friday.

Nelson's exhibit titled "Dream Intersections" includes seven paintings of trees on top of rolling yellow hills with the sun coming down from different directions making shadows. Her paintings ranged from $750 to $3,400.

"The general message is, 'Oh pretty,' but I am going for many perspectives," Nelson said.

Some of Nelson's earliest memories were of drawing on anything she could get her hands on, but the paintings she is currently showing at Moxie's took her anywhere from 16 to 60 hours to paint, she said.

"These started as my midnight paintings," Nelson said. "And when I paint late, it has to be a really good idea."

Although Nelson went to UC Davis, she chose to show her paintings at Moxie's because of the skylights, big walls and atmosphere.

Dynan's exhibits, which include paintings and photographs, are called "All Things Connected" and "On the Edge: Photo Art."

"Art is so important because, like the title 'All Things Connected,' it's something that binds people together," Dynan said.

Dynan's "All Things Connected" exhibit has seven paintings. All have a black background, which brings out the bright colors that Dynan used for the shapes, designs and blue people with red hearts who dot the canvas. His paintings ranged from $300 to $2,800.

While the paintings that Dynan exhibited convey many things, such as the painting called "Entering the Underground" about the London bombings on July 7, they are all connected because everything is connected, he said.

Dynan also displayed six photographs he took of Chico State and Red Bluff for the exhibit "On the Edge."

Alexandra Condon of Sacramento, who has been an avid lover of art for the majority of her life, is friends with Nelson and Dynan and really enjoyed all of the pieces that were shown.

"Ana and Phil are just dichotomy," Condon said.

After the capacity crowd at Moxie's viewed the exhibits, Nelson, Dynan and four other actors presented a short play written by Dynan titled "All Things are Connected: My Last Thoughts on Earth," which depicted five passengers on an ill-fated London bus on July 7.

As the passengers are riding the bus, it suddenly stops and they begin talking. They soon realize they are connected through place, experience or interest. The play ends with four passengers leaving the bus, not knowing they are dead, while one passenger stays behind and tells his crying fiancee he loves her.

One of the cast members was Leslie Daniels, a junior from Orange County majoring in theater.

While Daniels doesnt make it to many art shows, she thinks its important to get art in Chico.

"Art is extremely important, but it is hard to define what art is."

Nelson's and Dynan's exhibits will run at Moxie's through Sept. 23.