Gives birth to an exhibition and a children’s book

Brooklyn, NY ( Brooklyn artist couple Janet Morgan and Gregory Frux could not have been further from home when they painted in Death Valley National Park, the hottest and driest place in the United States. Opening April 3rd 2012 the duo will reveal the culmination of a seven year project with a month-long exhibition at Furnace Creek Visitor Center in the heart of Death Valley. The gallery walls will be filled with four seasons of artwork, oil paintings and watercolors, wrestled from a windy and challenging desert landscape, the select of over one hundred creations. That evening, at 7 PM, they will present a slide talk on exploring this great national park. Three time official visiting artists (April 2005, 2006 and 2008) the pair returned a fourth time as drawing instructors for a university geology field school.

Their travels spanned the park– from Badwater, lowest point in North America, elevation minus 282 feet, to remote sites including Saline Valley Hot Springs, Panamint City and the Eureka Dunes, places as much as fifty miles off paved roads.

Working on site with a portable box easel Frux created series of oil paintings on prepared masonite. These often depict the vast landforms, suggestive of the geologic forces underlying their creation. Morgan, working in watercolors, captured the motion in the mountain forms as well as details of miniature flowers. Besides the watercolors, she painted on large sheets of muslin to capture unusual 360-degree panoramas..

Mr. Frux said, “We hope our work in the park will help people understand the diverse beauty of the wild land, and help us to preserve it.” Morgan wrote of the experience, “Death Valley is so vast and yet so friendly, so huge and yet so intimate. We fell in love with the wide wide spaces and ravens riding the wind… I feel at home here. What a blessing to paint here and meet the dedicated & enthusiastic staff and visitors who return again and again.”

A catalogue of the exhibition has been published– “Death Valley: An Ongoing Exploration,” a 48 pages full color book with essays by James McElhinney, artist, scholar and instructor at Pratt Institute and The Art Students League and Rowland Russell PhD., environment educator.
$20 48 pages full color paperback 8” x 10”.

Simultaneous with the opening Janet Morgan will launch her children’s book “Welcome to Death Valley! A Guided Tour Through California’s Death Valley National Park.” In this lavish picture book two ravens take the reader on aerial tour of the park as depicted in her paintings, from below sea level to high up over the Panamints, explaining the science of the desert from their wide and playful perspective.

Title: Welcome to Death Valley! A Guided Tour Through California’s Death Valley National Park
• Author: Janet Morgan
• Publisher: Art and Adventures Publications
• Number of illustrations: 43
• Pages: 32
• Price $16.95
• Binding: perfect
• ISBN: 978-0-578-09633-9
• Publication date: 2012
• Contact: Janet Morgan, 11 Sterling Place, Suite 3a, Brooklyn, New York 11217.
718-789-0334 or 917-685-6438 [email protected]
• Available at

Non-fiction Children’s Book, Science, Geology, Death Valley National Park, Ravens, Desert Ecology.

For images of the Death Valley paintings see

Contact: Gregory Frux 718 789-0334 or Janet Morgan 917 685-6438, info(at)artandadventures(dot)com

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