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Mixed Media

Pam Toll – Painter and Mixed Media

Pam Toll, an Associate Professor at UNC Wilmington, received a BA in Art and English Literature from UNC Chapel Hill and has been painting since childhood. Her studio is located at Acme Art Studios (Wilmington) which she co-founded in 1991, as a work and exhibition space for artists. She also co-founded No Boundaries International Art Colony (Bald Head Island, NC) in 1998, a residency program that in the last twenty years brought over 200 artists from around the world with the goal of creating a cross-exchange of cultures and artistic practices to share with our local community.

Monday, June 8th, 2020
Artist, Mixed Media, Online Artist, Painting
Gale Smith – Painter & Metal Artist

Having studied at UNC Chapel Hill, Gale considers painting as an ongoing study. Recently, she studied with Robert Longley at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, MA and also with Lois Griffel, the former director of the Cape Cod School of Art. The school is based upon the impressionistic teachings of Charles Hawthorne and Henry Hensche who were influenced by Monet and his observation of the ever changing effects of light on nature. She has also attended workshops with nationally acclaimed artists such as John Poon, Charles Reid, Morgan Samuel Price, Rick McClure and other fine instructors.

Gale has found a new interest in working with copper.  As a plein air painter, she began using copper panels as her canvas and loved how the copper made her colors warm and vibrant.

She experimented with different gauges of copper and mediums and discovered that inks and oils on copper made colors radiate vibrantly. Never quite sure where the colors and copper will take her, Gale paints, cuts and weaves two abstract paintings together to create a dimensional piece of art.  The soft gentle curves that she cuts into the copper, allows her to form the piece into soothing and thought provoking structural designs.  It is her desire that the viewer will experience a personal interaction with her art. Often, she writes small quotes, prayers or poems that relate to the piece of work on the back of the copper strips and weaves them into the design.  Gale donates a portion of the proceeds from her sales to various organizations and charities.

Gale is an award winning artist with her works exhibited in galleries, private collections and corporate installations.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Featured Artist, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture
Nancy Noel May – Guest Fiber Artist

2015 was a year of changes for Nancy.  After managing art galleries for over 20 years, she decided to retire to explore new opportunities. Nancy has expanded from painting exclusively in acrylics to experimenting with gouache, encaustic and oil with cold wax. She is now working in fiber art with corded stitch vessels. New chapter, new beginnings, always seeking…”live the life you dream”.

Award winning artist, Nancy Noel May has always loved to paint, starting with formal lessons as a young child in Hampton, VA.  The coastal influences of color and scenery have been with her from the start, having grown up in a small community on the Chesapeake Bay.

Nancy continued her studies with a degree in Art Education from Towson University in 1975. Her college education, along with numerous other courses and workshops, have given Nancy a varied and exciting background in different techniques and styles of expression.

Clear, vibrant colors and a strong source of light are the prime elements of her paintings.  In 2004 Nancy returned to acrylics after a long stint with oils, finding the quicker drying time forces her to be more spontaneous in her work.

A love of travel has lead Nancy to explore ways of packing her equipment to create plein air paintings, and she never travels without a camera and sketchbook to record her experiences.  Bringing back images to her studio helps to relive her travels through paintings. Moving to Wilmington, NC in 1984 brought Nancy back to the coastal influences with which she started. The easy going style, clarity of light and color continues to be a significant reminder that she is essentially a sea-level woman.

Bob Bryden – Mixed Media

Bob Bryden’s work exists comfortably within the traditions of minimalism and optical art. Utilizing the simple elements of point, line and plane he creates abstract images which are highly structured and concise while at the same time are optically active and visually illusive. The perceptual experience of his work involves the interaction of seeing and understanding and is directly related to how vision functions.

Bob Bryden grew up in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. He is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. He went on to do graduate work in South Asian art history at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His desire for a greater involvement with creative arts lead to Kentucky and graduate work at the University of Louisville where he received a Masters Degree in Art with a concentration in printmaking. In addition to art he has worked primarily in graphic design and commercial printing. Today he pursues his creative endeavors in his swamp side home/studio in Wilmington, NC.

View more of Bob’s work at: www.bobbrydenart.com

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Featured Artist, Mixed Media