Trudy Thomson and Barbi Dalton Present Water Marvels
The verb marvels is defined this way in the dictionary: To marvel is
Water Marvels is the theme of an upcoming show at Reflections Gallery in Durham this September. There will be many pieces on exhibit by Trudy Thomson and Barbi Dalton that reflect this concept.
Trudy describes how the process she uses for her marbled pieces relates to this theme…
“My marbled silk work is created by using a process that enables acrylic paint to float lightly on a viscous surface above water. The organic patterns one sees on my marbled silk work are produced by manipulating drops of paint. The resistance of water allows figures to emerge. Repeatedly dying one silk panel results in cross currents of color and form. This process is referred to as hydro printing. The various images that emerge remind one of the rhythms and patterns found in the natural environment.”
See Trudy’s website for more views of her work!
This is how Barbi expresses her experiences that relate to this theme…
“Painting and drawing for me is a spiritual experience. It is a time to take in the essence of life in creation surrounding us each day. Painting is always an enjoyable time to comtemplate on my own life and those around me. I’m drawn to all images of water, some reflective, some evoking a commanding force. I love to paint scenes of leisure, favorite vacation spots or memories we can recall at a given moment. I work in oil, watercolor and acrylic. My paintings are always representational with an impressionist approach, often incorporating the palette knife.”
See Barbi’s website for more views of her work!
This exhibit will be on display during the months of September and October. There are two openings planned. The first is on September 13th at 12:30 to 2:30. The second is planned for October 16 from 6-9 so those out for the Third Friday Art activities in Durham might want to swing by the Reflection Gallery on Garett Road to view this work. And if you are an artist, you might want to apply to be shown at this fine space to display work!
Cuba: 50 Years Under the Revolution ~ Through This Lens Gallery
Insights are gained as one views the Cuba Under the Revolution show at Through This Lens Gallery in Durham. In this exhibition photos taken by Tito Alvarez made in the early 60s are compared with those made by Pac McLaurin approximately 50 years later.
Pac McLaurin has spent almost a cumulative year in Cuba over the past 12 years. Avoiding hotels and staying in Casas Particulars (local homes approved to take boarders) has provided a very clear view of Cuban life. On his last student workshop, eight students from Appalachian State University accompanied him. In the first 24 hours these guys made 10,700 exposures and walked an average of just over 6 miles per person! This image of a lady with her basket selling peanuts is as typical street scene in this populous less affluent part of town.
Tito Alvarez, an award winning photographer who worked in the early 1960s until the mid 80s, took pictures of the people in his neighborhood—Gente de mi Barrio- basically people in their environment. This is a photo from that series:
There’s not a great deal of difference, both display what is going on economically for the people of their time.
Other times the photos are of broken buildings, poor people, and a sense of hopelessness, but they became a thing of photographic beauty when the light is right and the scene has composed itself and all you have to do is see! That was the case in this photograph made by McLaurin in Baracoa a small fishing village on the edge of Havana.
Pac McLaurin comments: “Cuba has a long way to go to become a tourist haven, those who think otherwise might carry some extra soap and toilet tissue!”
The opening reception for this show is held Friday, August 21, 2015 from 6-9 PM and will be on display through September 13, 2015. The gallery is located at 303 E. Chapel Hill Street in Durham, NC.
See the gallery’s website for more information.
Sculptures as Journal Entries by Renee Leverty
Sculptures for me are like journal entries, I take a concept from my own life, or from the world around me and try to embody in 3 dimensional form. Currently I have a show at Pleiades Gallery in Durham called Meta-Crylic Vibration. In this show I have created eight new sculptures around the idea of transformation. Here is background about two of the pieces in the show.
Mariposa is a sculpture that is made of steel, brass and cast aluminum. Mariposa is Spanish for butterfly. Years ago I volunteered at a hospice in the mountains of NC called Mariposa. At that time I was a pediatric intensive care nurse, and I saw a lot of tragedy. I also experienced parents and health care providers who understandably used a lot of aggressive care in order to keep the child alive. Mariposa was a hospice offering comfort care given by all volunteers. I met the loveliest people there. People who were dying, and people who were their caretakers. My sculpture “Mariposa” the butterfly is about transformation, and my belief that every time we shed an old skin, branch out, and “fly” we have the potential to come out more beautiful on the other side.
Girl Rising is a figurative piece in which I take steel and weld a stick figure and then weld layers and layers of steel on top to create the human form. I try to create leg muscles, feet, hair, and it is fun to sculpt in this way. Girl rising has her arms up in the air, joyfully, and her arms create a helix that connects at the top. The sub-title of this sculpture is called Be Your Truth. In this sculpture I am trying to embody the importance of the feminine, and its connection to the divine.
I invite you to the show at Pleiades which is up through the 27th of October. You can see artwork by me as well as that by Darius Quarles, and the other eight artists in the collective. And keep you eye on future events at our gallery in Durham!
Lynn Wartski Writes about How the Literary and Visual Arts Entwine
Finding inspiration in one’s own back yard is quite often employed in the art world. In the current show “It’s All About The Story” the artists of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts are taking that both literally and literarily.
Michael Malone is among a number of well known authors who call the historic town of Hillsborough their home. The Hillsborough Gallery’s artists have used the southern women in his short story collection “Red Clay, Blue Cadillac” to provide color for their own palates – as inspiration for the work in the show.
“At first glance, ‘Femme’ is a painting of a silhouette of a woman standing before a window,” says painter Michelle Yellin. “Upon closer inspection, one sees that the figure, as well as the background, are made up of layers of texture and color. Like each of the 12 women for whom one of the stories in Red Clay, Blue Cadillac, is named, ‘Femme’ is much more than she appears to be.
Pam Isner’s “Freedom of the Road” is taken from Michael Malone’s short story entitled “Marie: Blue Cadillac.” The sculptural piece has five layers of glass with images laminated between them. A blue Cadillac, purported to be a gift from Elvis, is the central image.
Potter Garry Childs applied local red clay to surface of his terra cotta vessels. The impurities in the local clay became elements of texture, and bits of blue (violet) glaze recall Stella’s eyes from the story “Stella: Red Clay.”
Eric Saunders looked at Malone’s stories in a more general way, ” I think my image speaks of empowerment of women, or women looking for identity in their social context.” His piece, titled “Three Women,” shows them before a booth at the state fair.
“It’s All About The Story” runs through Sunday, March 24th at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. The show will close with a reading with Michael Malone on the 24th from 2 – 4pm. Come see these, and many more intriguing pieces, and hear the some of words that inspired the art.