Exhibitions at the Gallery

September - October 2017

"My artwork relates to our human struggle to meet our physical needs. I am exploring how the modern disconnect between the user and maker of everyday objects, has eroded the meaning from our daily rituals. My sculptures reference tools and ritual objects that have become obsolete or whose traditional production methods have been displaced by modern technological processes. My use of natural materials is a conscious choice that involves less convenience and more time consuming methodology during the construction of an artwork. Many synthetic materials offer unnecessary strength that society has come to expect without regarding the ecological and social implications involved in this constructed permanence." - Meredith Bridges 

"As fiber artist I enjoy the malleability and the colors of fabrics through various steps, beginning with dyeing and painting fabric or working with commercial fabrics, mostly batiks. After creating the top layer by sewing little pieces of fabrics together I then use this “canvas” a second time to form contour and depth with quilting lines. Essentially, I’m “painting” with fabric and threads. In the past three years my work revolved mainly around the topics of silence and solitude, sorrow and healing. My abstract art quilts are intended to give the viewer a visual place to pause, reflect on life and find inner peace. In addition, I explore other aspects of healing such as hope, balance and interactions. My work purposefully encourages stillness to counteract the fast pace of our daily lives. My intention as artist is to celebrate life and facilitate well-being through my art." - Christine Hager-Braun

October - November 2017

Artist Caroll Lassiter painting en plein air. Finished product: "Blackwood Corn Crib"

The Orange County Arts Commission and the Hillsborough Arts Council present their inaugural Paint it Orange: Plein Air Paint-out and Wet Paint Sale. Visiting and local plein air (open air) painters will paint the landscapes and historic and beloved sites of Orange County, NC, for three days. The juried competition will culminate with an awards reception at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery & Gift Shop at 6 pm before the start of Last Fridays Art Walk on Friday, October 27. The juror of the competition is notable local painter John Beerman,


The Wet Paint Sale fundraiser, to benefit OCAC and HAC, starts at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 27 and will run through the end of November. The sale of these framed ready-to-hang paintings will allow patrons the opportunity to purchase original works of art of notable Orange County locations, just in time for the holidays!

August - September 2017

"The Mask Makers continues the inspiration behind all of my paintings: the concept of identity and how it transforms. The Mask Makers represent each of us as we define who we are as well as the people in our lives who contribute to how we see ourselves. This series of paintings primarily focuses on the development of childhood identity which is nurtured or disrupted. We often live with a false sense of self until reaching a place of personal insight not controlled by the past. I wanted to create work that could be viewed as whimsical but have a deeper layer of meaning. Using the heads of animals seemed like a great way to achieve this. The placement of a cat or a lamb on child’s head can look both silly and symbolic of identity traits the child is expressing and also wishing for." - Lisa Bartell

July - August 2017

"I like to draw. In my paintings, the drawing of the objects is plainly visible. There is a seductive transformation in drawing, when lines become tangible things. And so, too, in painting, applying fluid paint to the surface of the canvas, sometimes with the broken dragging effect of scumbling, sometimes with the liquid blending of wet-in-wet colors, is enticing and magical. I work in oils and paint on large canvases in two “genres,” a completely abstract style and a figurative style with a strong abstract component. These paintings are mostly in the second group, showing flowers and other objects. The objects are painted in line, without using any shading or natural coloring. Behind and around them is a field of colors in arbitrary, abstract, and often indefinite shapes. The abstract colored areas have no immediate relationship to the figures. The abstract paintings resemble the figurative ones to the extent that the range and interplay of colors and the disposition of the different shapes are quite similar in both." - Michael Brady 

June - July 2017

In this exhibition, presented in partnership with Forest Circle Industries, Inc. and the Hillsborough Arts Council, we gain a rare glimpse into the final paintings of Henry C. Dyer, the first child born in the Hopewell Colony of the Martian Valles Marineris and the first native, extraterrestrial human being. Dyer completed the work shown here shortly before the tragic events which caused the colony’s life support system’s catastrophic failure and an unfortunate end to the pioneering souls who were the first to to set up permanent habitation on the red planet.

Two years after the colony’s demise, the Virginia Reconnaissance Mission reached the site but was only able to recover limited artifacts from the heavily damaged structure located along a particularly steep precipice of the canyon. Among these objects was a flash drive containing images of Dyer’s paintings preserved in a sealed container located beneath Hopewell Minister of Information, Sora Yasusada’s, private residence. According to information found on the drive, Yasusada had commissioned paintings from Dyer and had produced an exhibition of the work for the Colony’s arts council.

Lost colony comparisons between Henry Dyer and Virginia Dare (first child born in the Roanoke settlement of what is now coastal North Carolina) is a well-trodden subject. What differentiates Dare and Dyer are the crucial insights that the late Martian painter provides into emerging psychosocial changes taking place among the colonists themselves. Dyer, having never witnessed Earth first-hand, created representations of that planet’s landscapes based solely on data that was available to him from personal computers brought by other members of the colony. His paintings reveal a sehnsucht for a place he never saw but was able to imagine from digital mementos ferried across millions of kilometers of interplanetary space by those who felt compelled to escape the troubling events occurring on Earth at the time. The official sanctioning and resulting exhibition driven by Yasusada’s efforts mark Dyer’s work as a watershed in Hopewell’s cultural development.

Forest Circle Industries, having acquired the Yasusada estate, undertook the meticulous task of reconstructing Dyer’s landscapes as you see them here from the files retrieved by the Virginia Mission. The varying quality of the images from the recovered flash drive produced a number of challenges to conservators in their efforts to render faithful reproductions of his paintings. Using sophisticated analytical tools, careful visual study, and fragmented source documentation, we feel confident that the objects presented here mirror as closely as possible the paintings and context that the Hopewell colonists would have experienced of Dyer’s work before they befell their tragic fate.

The exhibition was curated by Scott Latimore, Forest Circle Industries Coordinator for Digital Media Collections. Latimore holds a B.A. in English Literature from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. and an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. His creative writing and essays on artists have appeared in various publications. Additionally, Latimore maintains his own art practice out of his studio in Hillsborough, N.C.


May - June 2017
April - May 2017

"The Darkroom" An exhibition of photographs by Kristin Prelipp.

The goal of this photo exhibit is to raise money to create a darkroom. A darkroom enables one to develop their own film and enlarge images to print. There is a meditative, scientific pace in a darkroom that I know has benefitted me greatly and would be ideal for students. Part of the proceeds from print sales will go to the Cedar Ridge High School darkroom, housed in the videography department run by teacher Andrea DeGette. 


I began photographing in high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. My photography teacher, Byron Baldwin, had a love of photography, music and movies that was infectious. We had a large darkroom at our school and I learned to take photos, develop my own film and make silver gelatin prints. From that point onward my camera became an extension of me and I worked in the darkroom often until 2003, when I sold all my film equipment and switched to digital photography. 


Until age 30, I either had access to a darkroom or I created one where I lived—in a laundry room, a bathroom, a closet and a shed to name a few. While in Spain for one year in 1993 I developed my film in a dank 200-year-old storage room. I could hear rats moving around as I rolled my film in the complete darkness.  


This exhibit shows medium format film images taken on black and white film. Many images are from the period when I was in the darkroom. Following a 12-year hiatus I began shooting film again in 2016. The other portion of the exhibit images are from this past year. I hope to begin developing my own film and making prints in the darkroom in the next year. Your enjoyment of this exhibit will help make this possible. 


March - April 2017

"East Meets West" An exhibition of paintings by Jackie Tiryakian.


I spent many enriching years in Asia. Visiting numerous temples and museums with Buddhist artifacts and being exposed to contemporary Asian culture influenced my sensitivity and creativity. Painting Buddha and Buddhist Monks became a natural and instinctive development. For me, Buddha is an expression of a religious and philosophical ideal. Reproducing Buddha is the height of aestheticicsm.  I work with acrylic paint for its versatility and "playfulness." I tend to work spontaneously, an "alla Prima"syle uing my fingers, brushes or diverse objects. 

February-March 2017

"Reflections" An exhibition of glass and metal sculpture by Wendy Gellert.


Creating art has always been thrilling for me! Even as a youngster, I loved the excitement of looking at a finished art project and thinking, “Wow – that came out of my head!”   After finishing my degree in Studio Art, I began my art career sculpting wood and working in metal. In more recent years I added glass to the mix fusing together the disparate qualities of steel and glass. Steel often appears rugged, defiant, even indestructible, yet it can bend and flow like molasses.  Glass appears fragile, yet it hides an unexpected inner strength and can likewise flow like molasses. The two mediums appear always in motion, with light beams reflecting through the glass and spectrums of color reflecting in the steel.  

January-February 2017

Contemporary Quilts by Gail Greene and Nancy Kramer.