Art: The Sleeper Awakens Mindful
Berkshire resident Peggy Rivers utilizes her artistic ability to express her life pre and post an accident.
Peggy Rivers was driving to Austerlitz to attend a watercolor workshop on one of the few snowy days last winter when she was injured in a car accident. In all, she lost two months of preparing for an exhibition and is still in physical therapy.
“Having the focus for this show really helped me,” she says. “After the accident, I didn’t want to hold myself back. Just paint.”
Rivers moved to the Berkshires in 2012 from Charlotte, North Carolina, to join her husband Van Shields, director of the Berkshire Museum, and to become a full-time artist and part-time teacher online and at Berkshire Community College.
Six paintings with a subtle line of demarcation that illustrate Rivers “before” and “after” a shift in her consciousness are being exhibited at Hotel on North in Pittsfield through the end of August. And in The Sleeper Awakens Mindful, the sleeping Buddha represents her knowledge that everything she needs is inside herself.