Jim Moor of Ellicottville, New York, is the featured artist at the Ellicottville Memorial Library through November and December. This exhibition features his photography in an exhibit entitled ‘THE ART OF SNOW IN BLACK AND WHITE’. The winter landscapes are in black and white printed on silver paper. Mr. Moor’s eye for the grace and contrasts of our coldest months produce scenes of exceptional beauty and serenity.
In the artist’s words:
“I have lived in western New York for over forty years. Having come from the flat topography of northwest Ohio, I immediately fell in love with our hills and valleys. They have provided me a strong sense of natural beauty as well as a definition of place. Seasonal change is more abrupt here than in Ohio. This is especially true of winter. It seems almost on a daily basis our winters become our shared conversation. While I continually hear of the complaints, I am more attracted to those who remark about the beauty of this season…the landscapes that capture our eye. These landscapes are readily evident to us and provide us a shared experience and a definition of ourselves. However, through photography I sought to reduce our broad winter vistas in order to discover the art of winter in its smaller form. I found this art in our icy creeks, in our wind formed drifts, hanging on our branches, and on the shadows cast upon the snow. However, like all of us, I could not ignore the landscapes. My hope is that the viewers of my collection will themselves make an effort to discover the beautiful art of snow in small places. It will be as rewarding to you as it is to me.”
Jim Moor is a professor of Political Science, previously at St Bonaventure, and currently at SUNY Geneseo. He lives in Ellicottville with his wife, Judy, enjoying all the area has to offer.
The Ellicottville Memorial Library is located at 6499 Maples Road in Ellicottville, NY. Hours are 10 to 5 daily except Sunday. Evening hours are 5-8pm Tuesday and Wednesday.