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Fourth Friday Gallery Night & Opening Reception for “Detailed Complexity”

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Date(s) - 07/26/2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Art in Bloom Gallery


“Detailed Complexity: Bob Bryden, Heather Divoky & H.M. Saffer, II” is a new exhibit where each artist focuses on finite details that make their works of art.  At first glance the works in this show seem straightforward, but, once viewed closely, the viewers are drawn into a new realm where they discover the intricate processes of the artists.  This exhibit features artist and printmaker, Bob Bryden; artist and illustrator, Heather Divoky; and painter, H.M. Saffer, II.

Join us for the opening on Friday, July 26, 6-9pm to meet the artists, hear about their processes, and enjoy refreshments and live music by pianist, Myron Harmon.  The exhibit will be on view from July 26 – September 1, 2019 with a Fourth Friday Gallery Night Reception on August 23 from 6-9pm.

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 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.

Heather Divoky is an artist and poet living and working in Wilmington. She obtained her BA in Art History at Appalachian State University and her Masters in Arts and Culture at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her primary concern is story-telling through great detail and color. Divoky works with marker, ink, wire, and stained glass, although she is always trying new media and techniques. She has worked in the arts as a creator, curator, historian, designer, and administrator, and her work has been shown nationally and internationally.

H.M. Saffer, II was born in Philadelphia, PA, where he launched his career by exhibiting his art at a public art show at the age of six. He has been a painter throughout his varied careers in Paris and Spain.  H.M. returned to the US in 1994. His style of painting shifted from exclusively works on paper to include oils. He began melding his Oriental influences with his Western styles in order to create new and different path towards interpersonal visual expression, and his current works are a reflection of this mélange. Currently, H.M. lives in upstate New York and his work is represented nationally and internationally.