ENJOYING BEING IN THE MOMENT">ENJOYING BEING IN THE MOMENT

BE IN TOUCH

by Jude Lobe

This last Fri­day in May, 2019, I will be fea­tured in the show, BE IN TOUCH, with Gar­ry Childs and Pat Mer­ri­man. For this show, I was inspired by the role of Shamans who, for as long as time remem­bers, have worked to nego­ti­ate life-giv­ing har­mo­ny to all things in the envi­ron­ment. Their belief is expressed in the Native Amer­i­can quote, ” We do not inher­it the earth from our ances­tors, we bor­row it from our chil­dren.” As care­tak­ers of this plan­et, it seems to me we have much to learn from nature if we just be qui­et, observe and lis­ten.

When I am hik­ing along a trail, seat­ed on a deck look­ing out over waves of blue and pur­ple moun­tains, sit­ting with my dog, kayak­ing through marsh­es or just walk­ing in my yard being aston­ished at the array of shades of yel­low daf­fodils bloom­ing in places I didn’t even plant them, I become present in nature. It’s a calm­ing and stress-reliev­ing feel­ing to be in touch with nature.

In my art­work, I cre­ate my impres­sions and remem­brances of the feel­ings I had when alone with nature. My land­scape paint­ings, aren’t recre­ations of the scenes, but rather an expres­sion of the emo­tions I had while com­muning with nature. My cop­per sculp­tur­al works are sym­bol­ic rep­re­sen­ta­tions of Native Amer­i­can spir­it guides, par­tic­u­lar­ly heal­ing guides that help with bal­anc­ing our spir­i­tu­al, emo­tion­al and phys­i­cal health. The encaus­tics, nature in theme, play on the theme ‘Be in Touch’, being very tex­tur­al.

Look deep into nature and then you will under­stand every­thing bet­ter. – Albert Ein­stein

 

< Left: Top — Sun­scape, cen­ter — the Crow Saith, Bot­tom — Bod­hi Beleaf

WHISPERS & ECHOES">WHISPERS & ECHOES

Michael Sale­mi: Man­zani­ta Crevasse

Wood­turn­er, Michael Sale­mi, writes of his new work: “Whis­pers and echoes—small sounds with rever­ber­a­tions that are heard again and again. This is an apt metaphor for my recent work.  Of late, I am focus­ing on mak­ing sub­tle changes in form, col­or and mate­r­i­al that I hope res­onate through­out my work. In some work my echoes are literal—repeating pat­terns with­in a piece or through­out a group of pieces. In oth­er pieces, the echoes are fig­u­ra­tive as I attempt to incor­po­rate design fea­tures that I have learned from oth­ers. Whis­pers are, of their nature, qui­et. I like to think that my work qui­et­ly con­veys a sense of bal­ance and peace. I pre­fer under­stat­ed dec­o­ra­tion that whis­pers rather than shouts.”

Vis­it Michael Salemi’s Artist Page

 

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STORY">IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STORY

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STORY: Behind the Scenes, by Elizabeth Keckley

The Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Arts, an artist-owned and oper­at­ed gallery in down­town Hills­bor­ough, NC, presents the sev­enth annu­al fea­tured show, It’s All About the Sto­ry. Each year gallery mem­bers choose a local author and book or sto­ry col­lec­tion to respond to in their own medi­um. Pre­vi­ous authors include Michael Mal­one, Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, Allan Gur­ganus, John Bemis, and Nan­cy Pea­cock. This year the artists have select­ed a work by a per­son who plays a very sig­nif­i­cant role in the his­to­ry of Hills­bor­ough, Eliz­a­beth Keck­ley. Her mem­oir, Behind the Scenes, or Thir­ty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House, describes her remark­able jour­ney from slav­ery in Hills­bor­ough to free­dom as an accom­plished dress­mak­er and con­fi­dante of Mary Todd Lin­coln. Each piece in the group show, It’s All About the Sto­ry, is inspired by Keckley’s inspir­ing book. The show runs from Feb­ru­ary 1stFeb­ru­ary 20th.

Recep­tion
Feb­ru­ary 10
3–4:30

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