Exhibitions at the Gallery
August to September
Presenting "Sweet Fortunes and Earthy Finds” featuring mixed media by Stacy Crabill and pottery by Russell Knop.
Russell's first exposure to pottery was at Sandhills Community College. As a student, he visited a variety of studio potters in the Sandhills area and was drawn to functional high fire stoneware. While completing his B.S. in Art Education at Appalachian State University he found excitement and joy in a variety of clay and sculptural media. He has continued to develop and explore his clay experience over the years and, now in retirement, has the time to experiment and process his clay ideas with friends, fellow potters, and the community. Teaching and sharing the joy of throwing clay helps him stay focused on the value of learning and being present in life.
Candy, fortune cookie messages, labels, and vintage photos of interesting people are all things that intrigue Stacy Crabill. The recurring element of text in her work is derived from candy labels as well as fortune cookie messages. Stacy's work strives to combine all of these seemingly unrelated elements to create a world in which their relationships become connected in a new and somewhat believable space.
July to August
Presenting "Return of the Queens” featuring watercolors by Dimples Gibbs and abstract acrylics by Ruby Johnny.
Dimples Gibbs states God inspires her work and she speaks for her ancestors who were unable to express themselves creatively, spiritually and culturally. She brings a collection of watercolors that give us a look into African life, from the women going to market, to a series of African Orishas, beautiful abstracts, multi-media and much more. Ruby Johnny feels her work profoundly reinforces her favorite Kwanzaa principle of “Kuumba” that says “We must leave the world more beautiful than we found it”. She brings us abstract acrylic work, inspired by her love of patterns, African fabric, designs and her experiences with West African dance, music and culture.
June to July
This month's exhibit is part of a collaboration with Triangle-wide artists united in one goal - to tell the story of "The Walls We Build" by exhibition during the June 2018 Art Walks in Raleigh, ChapelHill/Carrboro, Durham, and Hillsborough. The goal is to examine the kinds of walls that we build in our communities: social, economic, physical, political, and metaphorical. The intent is to promote understanding in hope of dismantling the many walls that divide us from one another. artistUNITED, Voices for Understanding by North Carolina Artisans was co-founded by Donn Young, Katie Bowler Young, and Tinka Jordy. To learn more about artistUNITED go to artistunited.org.
Mimi Proctor Games, Jo-Anne McDonough and Brenda Brokaw are artists who enjoy landscape and plein air painting.
This show includes various walls the three artists have seen while traveling abroad and in Orange County. The decorative, stable and sheltering nature of walls is emphasized in this show. Barn walls became a special focus when Mimi Games saw a hand-painted contemporary quilt on a local barn owned by Mary Beth Louchs-Sorrells and upon hearing the historical significance of barn quilts. During the time of the Underground Railroad, a quilt was used to designate a “safe house” for slaves seeking freedom. There is a “quilt trail” of quilts painted on barns all over the United States. Several counties in North Carolina are participants.
May to June
David Terry has, over the past twenty years, held 27 one-man gallery shows, designed multiple book-covers, and illustrated for many national magazines and newspapers. All of his paintings and drawings are done on paper, using pastels, pencil, India ink, and watercolors. He lives in Hillsborough with his three terriers. Please visit www.davidterryart.com for complete portfolio.
April to May
12 members of Triangle Visual Artists present spring-themed works. Triangle Visual Artists is a virtual entity that has a physical presence as their art works are viewed in many places throughout the Triangle and beyond, including Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, Raleigh and Roxboro. Members work in a variety of mediums in the visual arts: abstract and realistic painting, fiber, photography and pottery. For a preview go to www.trianglevisualartists.com
About the images, artist and titles are: Trudy Thomson, Birds Fly Earth and Sky, Joan Meade, Still Pool and Chrystal Hardt, Carolina Country,
March to April
In Reveries and Realities: The Cosmic Lilt, Pittsboro artist Heather Gerni meshes everyday rational imagery with fantasy.
Her vibrant dreamscapes and creatures are created through Intuitive Painting, a process in which neither the composition nor the subject matter is planned. Instead, each layer of paint informs the next lending way for stories and characters to naturally emerge and evolve. These works explore the dynamic or the dance between the unconscious and the conscious, between our reveries and our realities.
February to March
Shannon Moore Fitzgerald is a Creative Explorer. She listens to the messenger of her soul, her intuition, to guide her creativity. Subject matter of her acrylic paintings is never planned, but rather unfolds organically through many layers of textures and colors on her canvas. She finds joy in creating high vibrational intuitive paintings and unique mixed media artwork. Her creations, as they bubble up from deep within, reflect her love of the natural world, her life experiences, and her willingness to embrace a little magic in her life. Shannon’s hope is that her paintings connect to viewers on an energetic level. She is also a passionate writer/illustrator of children’s books. You can visit her website at www.boldmovesstudio.com
January to February
The African American Quilt Circle (AAQC) was founded in Durham, NC in 1998 by four African American women. The primary purpose for starting the group was to preserve the heritage of quilting in the African American community. Twenty years later, the AAQC has grown into an arts group with over 60 members of quilters and quilt aficionados who live in the Triangle and surrounding areas.
The group meets monthly at St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham. Members gather to share quilting tips and resources, provide ongoing instruction for new members and support for experienced quilters, and extend the bond of sisterhood. AAQC curates exhibits every eighteen months at Hayti during the Blues Festival and Black History Month. The exhibits showcase the art of members ranging from traditional block designs and hand quilting, to original designs, machine quilting and contemporary three-dimensional fiber arts. In addition to holding local group quilt exhibitions, the AAQC members have art in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and around the world. In 2008, the AAQC self-published a book, The African American Quilt Circle of Durham.
The AAQC takes seriously its charge to maintain the heritage of quilting in the black community and is committed to supporting community projects. The AAQC has sponsored Community Quilt Days in Durham providing community members opportunities to participate in hands-on quilting activities and share their family quilts and stories with the community. For the past fifteen years, the AAQC has displayed quilts and provided quilt demonstrations during the Annual African American Heritage Celebration at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, and for two years has participated in the African America Cultural Festival in Raleigh.