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this month’s Featured Art Exhibit:
Read what the artists have to say about the upcoming exhibit the VARIATIONS show.
GARRY CHILDS: I form all of my work on the potter’s wheel from terra-cotta clay. I apply glazes to the pots when they have reached a state potters call “leather-hard,” when the Clay has stiffened up enough to handle but is not completely dry. Then I carve through the glaze into the still damp clay to achieve the various patterns seen on the work.
Recently I’ve begun mixing and processing clay in small batches. This allows me to be able to tweak the mix to achieve the ideal consistency for the particular pieces I am making at the time. The shape and form of my pots is always my primary interest. Color, pattern and texture are used to enhance and emphasize.
I have always tried to use the Featured Artist shows at HGA as a means of introducing some new work and there will be some of that. There will be some “Fat Pots” with smooth, soft surfaces. There will be more of my bells available and I will also be taking the opportunity to bring in more of my larger pieces than I usually have on display at the gallery.
PAT MERRIMAN: For this Featured Show, I chose to honor my native state by featuring four North Carolina landscapes. The one of Yates Mill, outside Raleigh, is the third iteration of the mill I have done over the years. Also included are Looking Glass Falls in Brevard, NC, an acrylic on panel; Mingo Falls, aka Big Bear Falls in Cherokee located on the Qualla Boundry, which is a land trust of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and Pisgah Falls Park, Blue Ridge Parkway as seen from Craggy Dome Overlook, a favorite place to hike for visitors.
There are also six paintings depicting images evoked by Mary Oliver’s poetry in which I’ve used numerous acrylic mediums, collage images and layering techniques. Finally, honoring the theme of Variations, I have fun paintings of Antarctic Penguins, an acrylic on panel and floating Jelly Fish, an acrylic and gold leaf on panel.
NANCY SMITH: One of my favorite places inspiring my artworks for this show is Shackleford Bank, North Carolina, part of Cape Lookout National Seashore. The Banks,’ as it’s called by the locals, is home to 121 horses that roam wild among the dunes and along the shore. Though I have painted these horses many times in the past, I challenged myself anew to explore variations of this area by combining squares, rectangles, and/or circles in each work. The results took me in delightful new directions in each piece.