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“Metamorphosis: Mud to Modern” New Work by Brian Evans & Dianne Evans Exhibit

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Date(s) - 08/02/2024 - 09/08/2024
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This new exhibit “Metamorphosis: Mud to Modern” celebrates the newest creations of the 3-dimensional, ceramic work of Brian Evans and Dianne Evans. Inspired by patterns and textures, these artists marry form and design as they shape exquisite forms from mounds of clay.

Brian’s current body of work consists of altered wheel-thrown forms that are inspired by curves, lines, and cavities found in nature. The finished pieces exude a quiet sensuality that invites the viewer to touch the subtle curves and flowy lines that draw one’s eyes around the form. These new vessels reflect the curvy lines found in some of my sculptural works. Brian’s sculptural work reflects modern abstract designs. These structures consist of curvilinear and geometric lines and shapes that move the viewer’s eyes around the piece. Brian is intrigued by how the light and shadow interplay while painting an interesting shadow on the pedestal or wall. The shadow is different depending on the angle at which the light approaches the piece.  The patinated surfaces on his work reveal an aged or weathered look on a modern design. He finds the juxtaposition of present and past intriguing.

Dianne’s current work consists of minimalistic forms that make a statement on their own and act as a canvas for designs and patterns. The form dictates the design. Her surface decorations are inspired by textile patterns, shapes, repetition, layering of color and pattern, and the relationship between form and design.  The shapes and patterns interact with each other, creating movement across the surface and drawing your eye around the piece. Dianne’s work is meant to bring people joy, peace and serenity through form, color, and design.

Join us in the gallery on Sunday, August 4th, from 2-5pm. Enjoy special refreshments, meet our artists, and enjoy live music by Miles Moore!  On view along with this exhibit will be a new exhibit of the plein-air and studio paintings of Joanne Geisel.  In addition, we feature continuously rotating art featuring 30+ of Art in Bloom Gallery’s Artists!

Click here to preview the work in the show!

About the Artists

Brian Evans was raised in Western Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1993 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Studio Art. His primary focus was in sculpture and painting.  He moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in 1995.  He began in ceramics through the Continuing Education program at Cape Fear Community College while searching for an outlet for artistic expression. Brian studied under a Japanese-American Potter named Hiroshi Sueyoshi. He immediately recognized the caliber of Hiroshi’s skills as an artist and took full advantage of his instruction.

From 2002 through 2008, Brian taught Pottery Classes through the Cape Fear Community College Continuing Education Program. He also became a full-time ceramic artist. Since 2002, He has received various awards at Fine Art Shows and Art Festivals. In 2003 and in 2005, Brian was awarded The Regional Artist Grant for New Hanover County, North Carolina. His work can be found in public and private collections across the nation and abroad. Brian is a founding member of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild in Wilmington, NC which began in 2007. He is currently the Executive President of Orange Street Pottery Incorporated which is a 501c3 organization that includes Coastal Carolina Clay Guild. Brian began teaching at Orange Street Pottery again in 2017 and is still teaching currently.

Local artist and potter, Dianne Evans, has had a passion for art since childhood. She was born and raised in scenic Indiana, Pennsylvania. Dianne developed an interest in art while studying under an inspirational high school art teacher. This experience also inspired her to want to become a teacher. Dianne earned a BS in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1994. In 1995 she moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where she began teaching in several private schools. Although she is no longer teaching, she works at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Continuing her love of art, she took art classes at UNC Wilmington in 2009-2010 where she focused on sculpture and ceramics. A field trip to Penland School of Crafts sparked an interest in pursuing ceramics as an art form.  Dianne is an active member of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild and participates in local art shows. She predominately works in the medium of clay focusing on hand-built pottery.