Resolutions 2017

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Mem­bers of the Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Arts are cel­e­brat­ing the annual Juried Art Com­pe­ti­tion, RESOLUTIONS 2017.  The Gallery received 152 entries from artists resid­ing all over North Car­olina, from Asheville to Wrightsville Beach. Gallery mem­bers were thrilled to receive so many out­stand­ing entries once again in this third annual event.

This year 29 pieces of art, both 2D and 3D includ­ing paint­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy, tex­tiles, ceram­ics,  sculp­ture and mixed media have been selected for the show which will open on Jan­u­ary 4th 2017, and will be up through Jan­u­ary 22nd.

Here is our list of accepted artists:

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Awards juror, Dr. Larwrence Wheeler, Direc­tor of the North Car­olina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Car­olina will be in atten­dance and present awards at the opening.

OPENING RECEPTION 
Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 13th,  6 to 9pm. 


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The Art of Giving

holiday-rgbEach holiday season the members of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts transform the gallery to showcase original ornaments and hand-made gifts. The gallery’s 21 members work in a variety of media, providing a wide array of art and fine craft for holiday shoppers.

The glass art includes hand-blown vessels, ornaments, solar lights, paperweights, and jewelry. Fiber art on display includes framed collage quilts and hand dyed stitched cloth, knitted scarves; and fabric handbags. The jewelry in the show covers a variety of styles and techniques, from copper and bronze to sterling and fine silver necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings, some with gold accents and stones.  Visitors will also find metal sculpture, pottery, turned wood, enamels, and carved ironwood with turquoise and silver inlay. Fine art photography, oil and acrylic painting, encaustics, scratchboard, and mixed media work festively surround the three dimensional pieces on pedestals.

Explore the wonderful art exhibited at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts to find a special gift for that special person.

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Go Figure

Lynn Wartski
A big part of the joy of creating art can come in experiencing the reactions of others.  I enjoy watching people in the gallery approach my figure sculptures for a closer look.  They have the exact opposite effect of an expansive painting where a step back will get the best view. Their scale as art dolls requires the viewer to approach, crouch down, and perhaps walk around. It is in this intimate proximity that each piece can reveal all the little surprises and details I have worked in to the final design. It is rewarding to have those who appreciate my work take note and tell me and others what they see there.
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I experienced several of these moments at the opening reception of Go Figure!  One woman viewing my piece “Cello”, asked if I had myself played the instrument.  I replied that I had not, and asked what had made her ask.  She said that she had played the cello, and that I nailed not just the posture of the figure, but that her hand, wrist, and finger positions were spot on.  I told her that I had in fact spent time pouring over images of cellists for that exact reason.
A couple was looking quite carefully at “Getting Lift”.  The husband asked his wife to walk this way to see the stitching on her helmet, just as the wife told him to come to the back so that he could see how I had laced the wings on to her back.  They both told me that it truly appeared that she was just about to take off from her base, and inquired what the key chained to her belt unlocked.
Others remarked that they didn’t truly appreciate “Secrets” until they were able to get up real close and see the expression on her face, or the fact that her boots just happened to match the fabric of her dress bodice. Of “Lacing III”, one viewer told me that she could really see the dancer’s concentration to her task.
A number of people told me that they could place themselves right in the moment I tried to capture with “Sunshine on a Cloudy Day”.  They all noted the joy and freedom of the figure despite the weather she was probably experiencing.
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Perhaps most rewarding, were the comments that surrounded the show Go Figure! itself. Most saying that beyond the obvious connection of human figures, that there was a brightness and strength of spirit that tied all of the artists work together.
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ART from shows

Go Figure

linda and Marcy and Lynn

Linda Carmel is a painter who creates richly textured canvases that focus on the experience of women today. She writes, “The paintings in Go Figure! explore the transition from girlhood to womanhood where outer appearance becomes circumscribed and the carefree girl is hidden.”

In this series she has used the hooped skirt as a metaphor for how women worked within these confines to find autonomy.  She explains, “When girls enter womanhood, both historically and culturally, there are often confining restrictions of dress and behavior that apply.  In times and places where women were unable to voice their opinions, they embroidered their thoughts onto household fabrics and clothing. I have incorporated these unspoken words into many of my new paintings.”

Carmel adds, “Women’s fashion has come a long way from the era of the hoop skirt, but women are still forced to dress the part and hide elements of themselves in order to shatter the remains of the glass ceiling.”

 

Lynn Wartski’s imaginative sculptures portray the human body as art dolls.  Wartski states, “This medium allows me to explore and play with a wide variety of materials and techniques yet still maintain visual cohesion. Inspiration for these small scale figures comes from places both common and unexpected. I delve into the worlds of art, literature, mythology, legend, everyday life.” Lynn uses a variety of materials in her mixed media dolls, but it is her use of metal that links these dolls to her earlier work.

Wartski adds, “For Go Figure!, I have continued to concentrate on gesture and expression.  Though there is no one theme that unifies all my sculptures, there is the intent for each to represent a moment within some narrative. My hope is that the viewer will be drawn into the small details of each doll and hopefully enter into the story she may have to tell.”

 

Marcy Lansman writes of her new work for Go Figure!: “Many of these paintings express my nostalgia for a kind of childhood play that seems rare today, nostalgia for a time when children ran around outdoors uncoached and unscheduled.  I’m intrigued by the excitement and collaboration that emerges from that kind of spontaneity. Several paintings are based on fifty-year old photos of my sons.  I’ve solicited candid photos from friends and family, but often what I get back are smiling faces looking straight into the camera.  So for new subject matter, I’ve taken to photographing children in local public playgrounds.”

Opening Reception

Friday, September 30

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Colorful Language

Michele Yellin
Several of the paintings that I created for this year’s featured artist exhibit carry a secret inside of them.They are filled with colorful language. By that I don’t mean that I have painted curse words all over them, although at times I am tempted, but rather, I have first written a phrase in paint on the surface of the canvas.This is a good way for me to get a painting going. It provides a  structure for the painting, and an interesting or profound thought to keep in mind throughout the arduous process of creating.
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In the painting Giving Up On Being Perfect, this is what is written in the underpainting:
“The thing that is really hard and really amazing is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” by Anna Quindlen.
After I paint the phrase, I fill in the rest of the surface with lots of color creating an abstract
painting that eventually obliterates the words. Hopefully I have taken the time to write the phrase on the stretcher boards on the back of the painting, because if I am lucky, the title of the painting will come from that phrase and be perfectly appropriate.
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The next step for me is to look at the abstracted painting, and discover what images are hidden in the paint and texture.Using line and color, I will start to define what I see in the paint. Bit by bit, I will add to the painting until the composition is complete.
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While I don’t create every piece this way, I use many of the same practices when I am creating art. Color says the things that I can not find the words to say. It is its own language.
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In the Mind’s Eye

Jude Lobe

 

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In explaining the inspiration behind her work for “In The Mind’s Eye”, painter, Jude Lobe says, ” Recently I had an explosion of new sun-drenched images imprinted in my mind on a trip to the big sky country in and near Santa Fe, NM. In this show, a majority of the artworks represent a visual adventure in expressing the glory and exuberance of these images I now find in my mind’s eye.  Some are representational of the natural environment and some are more abstract, but both exude the emotion of the moment and reference our strong connections to the earth. ”

 

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In the Mind’s Eye

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ANCESTRAL GROUNDS, HOMEPLACE, REUNION

Susan Hope

Summer of 2014…I really, really needed a break…some call it a vacation but, just a break from the normal routine seemed it might be the respite needed. I decided to gift myself with time to just ‘play’ in the studio… no pressure, deadlines or expectations… just whatever happened would be ok.

There were piles of dusty old window sashes saved just because they were interesting and I knew I would do ‘something’ with them in that elusive ‘someday’. Bins of ‘scrap glass’ were stacked everywhere…the collection of all the chips of the rainbow kept for that same ‘someday’.

I began to ‘play’… Glass on glass mosaic is a technique that allows not just the surface beauty of the glass to be shown as in traditional mosaic work, but since the glass is glued to transparent glass and then grouted, each tiny piece of transparent color becomes a window allowing light to shine through. After cleaning away years of dust and refinishing the sashes, clear glass was cut and placed into each window pane, glued securely to the wood sash. Therapeutically, I began washing, cutting and snipping and chipping tiny pieces of glass and gradually, as if creating a puzzle, a design began to form. No expectations meant not having a preplanned design or drawing. A hoarded piece of antique glass was the perfect sun. ..a bright beginning. Once glued in place I had officially begun. As the days flowed into weeks and months the window sashes filled with tiny chips. Such a multitude of colors and types of glass were in these bins of treasure. Often a scrap would cause my mind to replay memories of past projects, people, places.

The center two sashes were finished first. They had become the rolling wild flower covered hills of Orange County, the Piedmont where we had lived for so long and had raised our family. The sun, the life giving force that still guides our rural farm lifestyle, burst with color and shone on the flowers swaying in the breeze under a swirling Carolina blue sky.

This was really fun…I wanted to do mountains next. We love the mountains of North Carolina and they have special meaning to our family. My mother’s grandmother and grandfather were Cherokee and walked these same places that we now enjoyed. On it went… chip, snip, glue, chip, snip, glue. Surprise jars of tiny fused glass pieces and became centers of flowers and stars. The moon slivered and hung in the sky over the Great Smoky Mountains…such peace.

The third set of windows began as the Piedmont slid down toward the Sandhills and the rivers flowed to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Living near the Haw, Eno and Cape Fear river basins makes us so aware of the bond to our surroundings and how all things depend on one another for life. And so the chips of glass became rocks and grass and sand and sea. Annual reunions with family on the beaches off Emerald Ilse had provided a multitude of treasured shells and small rocks that made their way into the design until one day the last piece was glued… Not done yet. Each panel had to be grouted, cleaned, cleaned, cleaned… well you get the idea, but it really took weeks to finish this part of the process. One year later and they are here to visit

.Enjoy the journey, I surely did! Susan Jo Milne Hope- 2015

 

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