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Upcoming Exhibits

“New Art by Brian Evans, Dianne Evans & Kirah Van Sickle with Photography by Susan Francy”
June 12 - July 19, 2020 (Tentative Dates)
Friday, June 12, 6-9pm - Opening Reception (Tentative)
Friday, June 26, 6-9pm - Fourth Friday Gallery Night Reception (Tentative)

Clockwise: Kirah Van Sickle, Brian Evans and Dianne Evans

“New Art by Brian Evans, Dianne Evans & Kirah Van Sickle with Photography by Susan Francy” features three artists working in a variety of media.  These three Wilmington based artists are collaborating  this new exhibition. Brian and Dianne are ceramic artists who play with light and shadow on three dimensional surfaces in their functional and decorative pottery.  Kirah’s acrylic and mixed media works explore incorporating found objects and papers with paint glazes. Our photography feature, Susan Francy is photojournalist, commercial photographer and art photographer for more than 35 years. The overall theme of her art images could be described as “ordinary beauty, closely observed.” These images are often from nature and although they are focused on still life subjects, there is a dynamic sense of movement and emotionalism in them. In recent years she been playing around with scanning objects, as opposed to photographing them, creating “scanographs”. Susan lives and works in Wilmington.

Join us for the opening reception, Friday, June 12, from 6-9pm.   Visit with our artists and enjoy refreshments with live music by Myron Harmon on piano keyboard. The exhibit continues through July 19, 2019.

About the Artists

Brian Evans‘ work conveys inspiration that he finds in his surroundings. Sometimes something as simple as the blade of a saw or a

bellows used to blow on a fire can inspire an entire series of work. This body of work conveys simple found objects that inspire minimal or complex linear forms. Brian Evans was born in Beaufort, SC, but was raised in Western Pennsylvania.  He graduated in 1993 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Studio Art.  He moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in 1995.  He studied 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,  Hiroshi Sueyoshi. Brian is currently serving as President of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild.

Susan Francy “Night House 1a” Limited Edition Photography

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.

Kirah Van Sickle is an adventurer at heart. Her early years set a foundation for travel, exploration and visual storytelling. Her acrylic and mixed media works explore incorporating found objects and papers with the paint glazes. These are deeply personal expressions of her memories and dreams. In addition to her studio practice, Kirah is a dynamic instructor and lecturer, leading custom studio courses through museum schools and local art associations, directed to both beginner and seasoned artists. She is an award-winning illustrator, graphic designer and studio artist, a certified Golden Artist-Educator, and active in community arts programming, preservation of cultural resources and enhancing arts education. Kirah lives on the Cape Fear Coast of North Carolina and is a staff instructor at the Cameron Art Museum, Johnston Community College, and Cape Fear Community College.

Join us for the Fourth Friday reception, held during the Arts Council of Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night on June 26th, from 6-9pm.  The exhibit continues through July 19, 2020.

 

“New Exhibit with Jeri Greenburg & David Norris with Photographer Curtis Krueger”
July 24 – September 6, 2020
Friday, July 24, 6-9pm - Opening Reception & Fourth Friday
Friday, August 28, 6-9pm - Fourth Friday Gallery Night

David Norris “Reflections and Brick Streets” Monoprint on paper

“New Exhibit with Jeri Greenburg & David Norris with Photographer Curtis Krueger” features three artists working with a wide range in media from pastel, monoprints and photography.  Join us for the opening reception, Friday, July 24, from 6-9pm.   Visit with our artists and enjoy refreshments.

After many years as a fashion illustrator and sportswear designer, Jeri Greenburg turned her love of graphic design towards advertising for a while. Having time to devote herself to painting again – and falling in love with the pastel medium – has led to a new and interesting “next act” as full time painter and teacher.     Recently relocated, Jeri teaches weekly classes at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington NC, and does demos and workshops around the country, as well as jurying pastel exhibits.

Wilmington artist, David A. Norris, has a BFA degree from the East Carolina University School of Art.  Long settled in the Port City, he finds the historic atmosphere of Wilmington and the natural beauty of the Cape Fear River and the coast provide limitless sources of artistic inspiration.  Most of David’s work reflects the landscapes of the places where he has lived or visited.  Through his interest in art history, his work has absorbed influences such as English watercolors, 19th century engravings, Japanese woodblock prints, Dutch Baroque landscapes, and Van Gogh’s reed pen drawings.  David recently has begun a series of monoprints that combine printing techniques with color pencils and lithograph crayons. They build on and compliment a long-standing series of regional cityscapes and landscapes done in watercolor and color pencil. He also works in other media ranging from black and white pen drawings to silverpoint, scrimshaw, linoleum block prints, and collage.

Some of the Curtis Krueger’s earliest memories are of his father and him drawing at the dining room table. He was told our television broke down when he was in kindergarten and his parents, although they could afford to repair it decided not to.  Curtis places much of his fascination with the art-world with their encouragement and direct participation. The lack of television as entertainment is another. Curtis studied art at Eastern Michigan University, earning a BFA, along with two teaching certificates. It was in school where he took a darkroom class and got the incurable photo bug.  For the last 25 years he has earned a living selling my photos at various art festivals and galleries across America. Traveling is a big part of his schedule. Half the year is taking up with either shows or photo gathering trips. On an average year Curtis travels 30,000 miles and shoots 50,000 images.

Join us for the Fourth Friday reception, held during the Arts Council of Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night on August 28th, from 6-9pm.  The exhibit continues through September 6, 2020.