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INFINITE MEASURE: Geometric Harmony in Art, Architecture, and Nature

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Designer and author Rachel Fletcher will give a gallery talk followed by a reception and book signing on Thursday, September 4 at 5 p.m.

Infinite Measure illuminates the geometric underpinnings of natural and human forms, analyzing harmonious proportions in world-famous art and architecture. Original studies include Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Pantheon in Rome, Palladio’s Villa Emo, The Philip Johnson Glass House, a Stradivarius violin, as well as examples found in nature, such as snow crystals, plants and shells.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of Fletcher’s Infinite Measure: Learning to Design in Geometric Harmony with Art, Architecture, and Nature, a creative workbook and authoritative reference guide for teachers, students, and practitioners of design, which may include architects, interior designers, landscape architects, painters and sculptors, graphic artists, stage designers, and even musical instrument makers. Taking pages from books of nature, art, and architecture, Fletcher provides visual designers with geometric methods for composing harmonious spaces and places.

The desire for harmony is universal throughout history and among all cultures. In Infinite Measure, a fundamental starting point is provided: the simple act of drawing with a compass and a rule, which can sensitize the artist to the rich subtleties of spatial harmony and proportion.

Rachel Fletcher is the author of Infinite Measure: Learning to Design in Geometric Harmony with Art, Architecture, and Nature and Harmony by Design: The Golden Mean. Her work designing theatrical spaces led to her deeper study into the principles of geometric proportion as a design system. This study and design work resulted in her receiving an International Center for Jefferson Studies Fellowship Award to study geometric proportions in Jefferson’s architectural works.

Fletcher is a faculty member of the New York School of Interior Design and contributing editor to the Nexus Network Journal. She is the founding director of Great Barrington’s Housatonic River Walk and co-director of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. To find out more about Ms. Fletcher’s work, visit her website at