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Nancy Tokar-Miller:
A Celebration


Exhibition: Nancy Tokar Miller: A Celebration
Dates: March 24-June 6
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 7-10pm
Location: Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue
Gallery Hours: 11 - 5 Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment
Contact: info@ethertongallery.com, 624-7370


Nancy Tokar MillerNancy Tokar Miller: A Celebration
March 28-June 6, 2015

Etherton Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition celebrating the career of acclaimed Tucson artist, Nancy Tokar Miller with a selection of small studies and large-scale works made over the course of four decades in Nancy Tokar Miller: A Celebration. Her brilliantly colored paintings convey the essential spiritual beauty of the many places she travelled, from Java to Morocco.

Interested in anthropology and history at an early age, she was drawn to the exotic from her first trip to Hawaii as a teenager. Tokar Miller travelled widely to Morocco, Java, Cambodia, and Thailand, and made many trips to Japan with her husband. The exhibition highlights broad themes that appeared in Tokar Miller’s work over many years: an interest in landmark sites such as the Alhambra in Spain or Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the influence of the Zen Buddhist aesthetic, especially in her images of gardens and Balinese Shrines.

Tokar Miller felt that a painting should capture the essence of a place, and function as “a personal equivalence through paint on canvas or paper for the feeling of the site or experience.” It should contain nothing “extra.” She was drawn to Japanese screen painting not only because it combined both image and text, but for its deliberative approach and economy of means. While known for the wide open fields of color that inhabit her monumental canvases, Tokar Miller contemplated every swathe of color and every mark, saving their making for the right moment. Sometimes it was “not the day to make that mark.”

Lauded by curators, critics and academics alike, art historian Paul Ivey expressed her contribution to the discourse of painting, writing for her 2009 University of Arizona retrospective catalogue, that Nancy Tokar Miller’s works are “elegant propositions concerning the power of painting to create spaces of meditation.”

For over four decades Nancy Tokar Miller refined a technique that set her apart from her contemporaries, harnessing the dynamic power of bold color to create compositions that celebrated a sensuous stillness. Etherton Gallery celebrates her talent, dedication and pursuit of an aesthetic ideal that took her around the world for inspiration and home to the desert for love, work and friendship.

Nancy Tokar Miller: A Celebration opens with a reception, 7-10pm, Saturday March 28 and runs through June 6, 2015. Etherton Gallery: 135 S. 6th Ave in downtown Tucson. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm and by appointment. For more information, call 520.624.7370 or email the gallery at info@ethertongallery.com.