Artists Hearken to Elemental & Timeless at Hillsborough Gallery’s Primaeval Show Opening March 26

A painter, a photographer, and a metal sculptor offer their visions of the primaeval in a show opening March 26th at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.
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March 12, 2012 - PRLog -- Hillsborough, NC – Painter Ellie Reinhold, photographer Eric Saunders, and metal sculptor Lynn Wartski each interpret their relationship to the timeless and elemental at a new show titled Primaeval, which opens March 26th at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.

Reinhold says the show’s theme clicked with her immediately, because her images are metaphors for what is primaeval in the psyche. “Each piece in this show is a visual riff on a number of concerns,” Reinhold explains, “including the brevity of our lives, our lives in the context of our human ancestry, how we deal with the losses we all face in life, the burden that our emotions can be - especially when they are new to us - and many other things that I can't put into words.”  Reinhold works both figuratively and with landscape.  Those who admire her work often refer to it as “soul work,” “art you can feel in your gut,” and “dreamscapes.”  Reinhold says she takes her inspiration from her own emotions and paraphrases a quote from writer Alice Walker:  If you delve deeply enough into yourself, you are bound to rise up in other people.  “The creative process is like meditation for me,” Reinhold says.  “If I stay away from it too long, I lose my center. Painting gives me a place to work through the emotional experiences in my life.”

“When I’m photographing the landscape, I look for scenes that are primaeval and spiritual,” says Saunders.  “Abstract nature scenes or scenes combining human artifact and nature always interest me.”  A pianist, Saunders says he’s inspired by classical music and the visual arts. A recurring theme in his photography is light being reflected on water, the source of life.  “Taking pride in what I do and the desire to create something unique continually motivates me,” Saunders adds.

In thinking about the primaeval theme, Wartski reflected on the origins of her own art.  “I have always been intrigued by human faces and forms,” she says. “Two- and three-dimensional representations were among my earliest artistic expressions and are something I return to, and challenge myself with, time and again.”  Wartski says she loves to experiment with different media.  “Copper has been my primary medium, but I have incorporated glass, other metals, concrete, and found objects into my work,” she explains.  “Stylistically my work has become more Steampunk in flavor.”  Wartski says she may follow a theme or idea for a period of time and let it run its course.  “This may yield one piece, a series, or an entire year's worth of exploration,” she adds.

An opening reception for Primaeval will be held at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts on Friday, March 30th from 6-9 p.m. The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is located in the Mercantile Building at 121 North Churton Street, in Hillsborough, NC. The show will run through April 22nd.For more information, visit the gallery Website at  

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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, mosaics, photography, fiber, jewelry, glass, metal, encaustic, enamel, handcrafted furniture and turned wood.

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