“Most often, I enter the woods feeling frazzled and frayed. It doesn’t take long for the bird songs, the breeze, the smell of earth and the trees to coax me back to feelings of well-being,” local artist Moni Hill says. “My paintings are meant to convey the bursts of color, periods of calm and breathing space that I encounter on my walks.” The Cincinnati native and self-described “reluctant optimist” says these non-negotiable daily strolls are her antidote to “the spiral of fear and depression that our technological, information-driven world relentlessly delivers.” Her decidedly hopeful Messengers collection will be featured in the F.W. Front Gallery at Woolworth Walk for the duration of July, with a meet-and-greet opening reception on Friday, July 3, from 5-7 p.m. Free. woolworthwalk.com. Image of “Learning to Pay Attention” courtesy of the artist
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