November 2014

Nancy Raasch and Shelly Hehenberger


"Nature of Design" featuring jewelry by Nancy Raasch and mixed media by Shelly Hehenberger.  The show runs from November 28 through December 21.  Opening reception November 28 from 6 - 9pm.  There will also be a Meet the Artist Reception on December 7th from 2-5 pm.


Nancy Raasch speaks about her work:  "I am passionate for paper! I design and craft my jewelry using hand-felted mulberry paper (Joomchi), papier mache, unremarkable scraps of corrugated cardboard, green packing material, hand-made paper, bits of wire and render them into unexpected creative wear. Each piece is unique and is the clash of the mundane and precious." Nancy Raasch graduated from the University of California at Davis. Her graphic design career spanned over thirty years in the Triangle Area of NC. In 2010 she became fascinated by all types of paper as a medium for jewelry design.  She is a member of the American Craft Council, and the Orange County Artists Guild.  She is represented by the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville NC, the NC Crafts Gallery in Carrboro NC, Lark in Chapel Hill NC, Gallery Five in Tequesta FL and the Mint Museum Gallery Shops in Charlotte NC.

Shelly Hehenberger speaks about her work:  "My work is a meditation on the patterns of nature explored through the process of drawing and painting.  I use a variety of techniques and employ many non-traditional tools to combine sand, earth, resin, chalk, cold wax medium, and other materials with oil paint on wood.  Nature inspires me and I try to work like nature.  Through direct observation and over many months, I savor the journey of making, adding and subtracting, as an end in itself.  This process reveals that which is beneath and helps me come to know myself better." Shelly Hehenberger has a BFA from Indiana University, 1990 and a MFA from the University of Cincinnati, 1994.  She has lived with her husband and daughter in the Carolinas since 2000, and in Orange County since 2008.  She is an active member of the Frank Gallery on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill NC.

October 2014

Nancy Smart Carlson


"Energy Stream of Consciousness II-Energy  Particle  Volatility" featuring paintings by Nancy Smart Carlson.  The show runs from October 31 through November 22.  Artist reception October 31 from 6 - 9pm.


Nancy Smart Carlson is triggered by high energy events.   Through her active marks and dynamic style she captures the energy that is suggested by the particles of matter that one might see under a microscope.   Imagination is the key to this work.  Capturing and painting is her response to the energy.  This satisfies her need to be inspired and her will to stimulate others.


Nancy Smart Carlson has a BFA from Oklahoma State University.  She taught art in public school for 18 years and also at the Philbrook Museum of Art for five years.  After retiring from teaching she managed the Foundations Gallery at Rodgers University.  She is an accomplished multimedia artist who has participate in many notable workshop including Penland, Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and the Tulsa University Daniel Lang Montone Workshop in Umbria.  She has been the recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, and has worked with Living Arts in Tulsa, and the Tulsa Art Coalition.

September 2014

Jennifer Hahn and Catherine Kramer


"ADAGIO" featuring oil paintings by Jennifer Hahn and embellished gourds by Catherine Kramer.  The show runs from September 26 through October 25.  Artist reception September 26 from 6 - 9pm.


From the Italian Expression “To be at Ease”.  Jennifer Hahn and Catherine Kramer are both inspired by the restful beauty of nature and that surrounds us and the sense of ease it brings to us all.  Jennifer Hahn Talks about her work:  “The beauty around us is not a static thing it alludes to something higher and ongoing.  That is why I paint landscapes—because I want to own some of what I see and keep what I see as a treasure.  I want something to hold on to long after that that first glimpse.  For me the process of painting is a way of engaging with Creation and the Creator.”  Catharine Kramer’s Tree House Gardens is located in Orange County, north of  Hillsborough.  Home-grown gourds are dried and then crafted into functional and decorative objects.  Bowls, baskets, urns and birdhouses are embellished using a variety of techniques and media including leather dyes, pigment ink, acrylic paint, pine straw, sea grass, handmade paper and fabric.  Catherine sells her work at local farmers markets, art galleries and at various arts and crafts events.

August 2014

Tom Willis


Tom Willis - Paintings. The show runs from Augsut 29 through September 20.  Artist reception August 29 from 6 - 9pm.

Tom Willis began his exploration of art at an early age.  Through his artistic evolution and discovery process he has developed a unique personal vision. His contemporary approach is direct and physical as well as spiritual.  Mystery, energy, emotional tension and color are all a part of what make his images work.   In these paintings he makes an expressive statement while he resolves the dynamic relationships of the elements within the painting.   He is for the most part self trained and has always focused on painting.  He has studied art at East Carolina University and the University of NC at Greensboro working with notable artists;  Francis Speight, and Peter Agostini as well as others.

July 2014

Bruce Weber and Jason Pulley


"Different Points of View" featuring photographs by Bruce Weber and Jason Pulley.  Bruce Weber's portfolio is entitled "Reflections on Atlanta Architecture" and moves beyond the strict world of fine architectural photography to present a series of images which begin as literal works and move quickly to the evocative, and then the abstract."  Jason Pulley's portfolio is entitled "Light in Motion" and is composed of images created by camera movement during long exposures. The effect is a surreal, abstract version of a scene, emphasizing light and colors.  The show runs from July 25 through August 23.  Artists reception will be on July 25 from 6 - 9pm.

June 2014

Pat Ewalt,

Louellen Vernon-White, and Yancey Smith


"One Space – Three Artists" featuring paintings by Pat Ewalt, prints, etchings, and mixed-media by Louellen Vernon-White, and paintings by Yancey Smith. The show runs from June 27 through July 19.  Artists reception will be on June 27 from 6 - 9pm.

May 2014

William Goodson Mangum


"1924-2013 Person, Place,Thing: Portraits" featuring drawings, paintings, and sculpture by William Goodson Mangum.  The show runs from May 30 through June 21.  Artist reception will be on May 30 from 6 - 9pm.

April 2014

Vivien WuShuan Burns


"Reticent Beauty" featuring Chinese Brush Paintings by Vivien WuShuan Burns.  The show runs from April 25 through May 24.  Artist reception will be on April 25 from 6 - 9pm.

March 2014

Amy Fletcher


"Between the Silence: Exploring Color Through Music" featuring recent paintings and encaustics by Amy Fletcher.  The show runs from March 27 through April 21.  Artist reception will be on March 28th from 6 - 9pm.

February 2014

Sandy Alexander McBride


"Sandy Alexander McBride".  The show runs from February 28 through March 22th.  Artist reception will be on February 28th from 6 – 9 pm. 

January 2014

Contemporary Quilts by Local Artists


After a short winter break, the Arts Council Gallery has reopened with a cozy wintertime exhibit of contemporary quilts.  Featured local artists are Carolyn Carlson, Carol Green, Gail Greene and Marcia McDade.  The show runs from January 15th through February 15th.  Reception on January 31st from 6 - 9 pm.