Newport artist bringing water dragons and synthesizers to the MAC Center

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NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts recently announced their autumn offering will be a visual and musical exhibition created by digital artist, keyboardist, and composer Ben Luce.

Titled “Water Dragons, an Exploration of Fractal Watershed Forms and Synthesizer Music,” this exhibit will feature 10 “water dragon” works created by Luce from the outlines of various water bodies throughout the world, and a variety of other cosmic-looking digital artwork.

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Luce will give a Zoom presentation about the origin and process of creating the water dragons and his other works, and enhance the experience by playing some of his synthesizer music.

Ben Luce is a digital artist, musician, and physicist who resides in Newport.

He creates digital art using a variety of computer programs and other tools.

His starting points for images include his own photographs of objects or natural scenes, various illustrations, and less conventional sources such as maps, electronic circuit schematics, and computer simulations of the analog circuits of vintage electronic music synthesizers.

He says he began creating digital art simply out of a hunger for images that please his eye.

Luce is also a multi-instrumentalist who creates music with synthesizers and other keyboard instruments, as well as guitar and flutes.

“Water Dragons, an Exploration of Fractal Watershed Forms and Synthesizer Music,” will open Friday, October 8.

A live Zoom presentation and performance will be given online from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. the same day.

For the link, visit www.maccenterforthearts.com/zoom

The MAC Center is located at 158 Main Street in downtown Newport.

Hours of operation are Tuesday to Sat 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; closed Monday.

For more information, call (802) 334-1966.

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