Local artists Hanneke Goedkoop and Sandy Mills will present paintings in the upcoming “Spirit of Nature” exhibit at the Darien Nature Center.

A wine and cheese opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. A portion of sales proceeds will be donated to the Nature Center.

Both artists express their interpretations of nature’s imagery and sense of space and light. Goedkoop, a Rowayton resident, says her watercolor and acrylic work appears abstract but is rooted in reality.

“Thoughts about evolution and the environment are represented in visual narratives. They are shaped through observation, from memories, connections with and love for nature,” Goedkoop said.

Mills, a Norwalk resident, says she is inspired by the outdoors and looks for strong design and bold contrast in nature. Her paintings are in oil on aluminum and canvas.

“I hope the viewer feels an emotional connection to what I’m seeing,” Mills said.

The Darien Nature Center is located at 120 Brookside Road. More information on the exhibit can be found at dariennaturecenter.org/events. If questions, contact Administrative Affairs Manager Leah Salomoni at 203-655-7459.