For her contributions to the show, Michelle Yellin painted a series of small watercolors based on time spent on Tybee Island, Georgia, last fall. “I took a series of photographs as the tide was going out,” Yellin explains. “Each painting is based on a singular moment as the light faded from the sky, and the water ebbed away from the shore. The water, ebbing and flowing, felt like a breath moving in and out, both unique and infinite.”
Glass artist Susan Hope has been experimenting with multiple layers of glass, building an image one layer at a time. Her piece for Ebb & Flow, she says, “is a multi-layered piece of glass with the simple image of a little sailboat on a rolling sea.” But the image is not as simple as it might appear. For Hope, it represents both creative inspiration and experimentation. “Inspiration is elusive,” she says. “The ebb and flow of ideas is much like the movement of the sea. It is both here and there - a delicate balance,” she explains, adding “experimentation is the practical application of inspiration, and it too seems to ebb and flow with the success or failure of the process. Sometimes the ideas are too big for the current moment and are just below the surface, as are the fish swimming below the tiny boat, symbols of ideas eager to be born.”
Lynn Wartski, who works with copper and found objects, has stretched her imagination and use of materials with a mobile that represents a school of jellyfish made of recycled soft drink bottles. Says Wartski, “finding inspiration for Ebb & Flow came easily, as I often turn to nature for inspiration, and sea life has figured into that inspiration from time to time.”
For Kim Wheaton, the theme of the group show inspired her to work on an abstract piece, something new for her. “My piece for this show is a triptych of creams, aquas, and blues that evoke a shoreline or waves,” she says. “Rather than thinking literally about waves, I concentrated on the process and the idea of movement. I used fluid acrylics on top of textured paper and let the paints actually ebb, flow, drip and merge across the canvas. So the “ebb and flow” is the natural process of the paints, rather than trying to make a preconceived image,” she explains, adding, “I like this process so much that I am going to continue experimenting with fluid acrylics.”
The opening of Ebb & Flow will be held on Friday, February 24th from 6-9 p.m. The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is located in the Mercantile Building at 121 North Churton Street, in Hillsborough, NC. For more information, visit the gallery Website at http://www.hillsboroughgallery.com.
About The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
An art gallery owned and operated by 22 local artists, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts represents established artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and fine craft. The gallery's offerings include painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber, jewelry, glass, metal, mosaics, encaustic, enamel, turned wood and handcrafted furniture.
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Artist owned. Featuring fine arts and crafts, including paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery, turned wood, handcrafted furniture, glass art, fiber arts and jewelry. The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is located at 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough. Open 11-6 M-S, 1-4 Sun