Two Painters and a Jeweler Interpret Ties That Bind in Hillsborough Gallery of Arts’ Mystic Chords

Chris Graebner, Jude Lobe, and Mirinda Kossoff offer images and sculptural pieces that reflect their ties to nature and to each other in a show opening May 21st at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.
Seeking Atlantis by Jude Lobe
Seeking Atlantis by Jude Lobe
April 20, 2012 - PRLog -- Hillsborough, NC – Painters Chris Graebner and Jude Lobe and jeweler Mirinda Kossoff present two- and three-dimensional works inspired by a quote from Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, in which he referred to the “mystic chords of memory,” which he hoped would bind a fractured nation together.  The new show, titled Mystic Chords, opens May 21st at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, with an opening reception, fittingly, on the Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend.

“For me, the beauty and the landscapes I find in my travels are some of those mystic chords which bind us together,” says Chris Graebner, who paints representational works.  “I love to travel by car, because there is so much to see, and I’m always thinking about how I would paint what I see,” she says, adding, “thinking that way helps me to see things more clearly and to enjoy them more.  Open space is a recurring theme in my paintings.  I often paint farms, barns, and fields or open countryside. When I paint plants I’m looking closely, taking small things and enlarging them – making them spacious, and I enjoy finding unusual vantage points or perspectives from which to paint.”  

Jude Lobe has been practicing meditation as a way to connect to a deeper part of herself and reflect that connection in her work. “Nature has run like a thread through my life and art and shows up in mostly representative painting,” Lobe explains. “But now I feel a pull to reach deeper inside, to translate the vibrations I feel about nature into my art. These vibrations, or ‘mystic chords,’ I see as the bonds that unite the universe, humanity, and the divine world.”  Lobe says that having a theme and thinking about it has challenged her to dig deeper, a process she relishes.  “One of the things I appreciate about being in this group of artists is being challenged to think in a new way that takes me to an awakening.”

Mirinda Kossoff, who will have both jewelry and mixed media work in the show, says she has always viewed nature as the ultimate artist. “Every time I walk out the door, there is something new to see, something I might not have paid attention to before but that grabs me,” Kossoff says. “For me, the theme ‘mystic chords’ represents our connection to the earth, its inhabitants, and our creative impulses within.  Like my two-dimensional mixed media work, my jewelry is often layered.  I recently finished a fine silver pendant that represents my awe at the precise arrangement of layered petals at the center of a sunflower.  Of course, I can’t approach nature’s perfection, but I can put my own spin on it,” she says.  “Out of respect and care for the earth, I use a high percentage of recycled fine silver, and I frequently upcycle pieces of vintage jewelry into a new design, adding my original metal work to the final product.  Giving new life and purpose to an old, sometimes battered, piece of silver is quite satisfying.”
An opening reception for Mystic Chords will be held at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts on Friday, May 25th, 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  

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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, watercolor, turned wood and handcrafted furniture.

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