Local Art

“Of the Earth” at the Campbell House Galleries in Southern Pines

The Arts Council of Moore County will be hosting a show of my ceramic work, accompanied by the paintings and prints of Miriam Sagasti and Delia Keefe. If you’ve never been to the Campbell House, you should take a little time and drive down. It’s a beautiful space, with two rooms for display, surrounded by lovely gardens. There will be an opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 4. The show will be up from January 4 to January 25. The Campbell House is located at: 482 East Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28388. I hope to see you there!



Two new pieces in “Give Me Wings” at FRANK

Moths and butterflies, hummingbirds, crows, blue jays, cicadas and katydids; ladybugs and June bugs, airplanes, helicopters, gliders, parachutes, rockets, bats and batman, owls, angels, bees, dragons and dragonflies, pegasus and icarus. These things have captured our minds and our hearts. Humans have always reached to the skies – we love the creatures that fly, and try our hardest to follow them.”

"He Becomes an Angel"

This is the gist of FRANK’S current show, “Give Me Wings”, that will be up through September 9. I have two new pieces in the show. “He Becomes an Angel” is a meditation on the fragile nature of the body and the transformation of the soul. With glaze on the inside of the vessel form, it is painted on the outside with wax encaustic and finished with 24 carat gold leaf.

Another new piece in FRANK’S show is the second in my “Flying to the Inside” series. This one features water at the bottom, with bird forms flying up, into the “inside”. You can read more about both of these pieces in the New Work section of my site.

Another wonderful exhibition by both FRANK artists and invitees, you can check out photos of the show at FRANK’S Facebook page. And don’t miss Mark Elliot’s Featured Artist section at the back of the gallery. Using different media, Mark just keeps surprising us with his varied and interesting takes on his signature style.

Mark Elliott's Show at FRANK (photo by B. Tyroler)

“Flying to the Inside” at FRANK

On Friday, May 11, FRANK Gallery’s show, A Sense of Place, opened. This is how the show is described:

“A place is not an idea, but it may contain one.  A place is real, not virtual.  It has seasons, elements, stone, breezes, water.   We come from a place or we leave one.  Memory calls to mind a place that is ours, a place we might have lost.  A place has form, material; it is not abstract; in fact, it defends us against abstraction.  A place is never generic.  A place has smells, edges, its own light, bitter or sweet.   A place is not memorized, it is remembered.  No one place is like another; it exists for itself, it its own meaning.   A place calls to us.  If we never have a place, we will invent one; we have to.  Without a place we may as well live in a laboratory under fluorescent lights.”

My new piece, “Flying to the Inside” (see left and also in New Work) is featured in the show. It’s a great exhibit, with work by a number of FRANK artists as well as some invited specifically for this show—William Moore (sculpture), Henry Link (painting), Brooks de Wetter Smith (videography), Frank Hunter (photography), Nick Read (painting), and Luke Buchanan (painting).

This month FRANK also features the wonderful work of Jean LeCluyse. Don’t miss it. She started her art career doing botanical illustration and now carries those amazing skills into more imaginative subject matter. Unbelievable work! Jean will be talking about her art at the gallery on Thursday, May 17, around 6:00 pm. You can catch Jean’s work for the rest of May, and the Sense of Place Show will be at FRANK, 109 East Franklin Street through July 8.

Jean LeCluyse, "Heirophany"