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ART | "Natura Naturans"


Beginning Saturday, March 12, Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford Street) will present a show is titled "Natura Naturans," featuring the work of Rochester-based painter Richard Jenks and painter and sculptor Helen Santelli. Regarding the title's meaning, director James Hall explains that the show's title refers to a concept made famous in the work of 17th-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza. The Latin term translates literally to mean "nature naturing," and refers to the dynamic or creative force within nature, as distinguished from the physical attributes of nature (natura naturata). In art historical terms, natura naturans and natura naturata have sometimes been used to distinguish between the creative and the imitative aspects of art, respectively.

A reception will be held Saturday, March 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit continues through April 16. Oxford's hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 271-5885 or visit