Hillsborough Artists Display Construction
Chris Graebner's paintings are of buildings she has seen in her travels. "I most enjoy travelling in retrospect - painting is a big part of the reason for that. Going through photos and choosing ones that evoke a particular experience helps me to recall that place more deeply. The paintings in this show are of places, foreign and domestic, that my husband and I visited in the last few years. He keeps a daily travel journal, but I'm not that organized. I rely on the date and place stamps on my photos, knowing that as with most technology, they are rather ephemeral. My paintings are my memoirs.
Michael Salemi considers it a challenge for a woodturner to make pieces for a show entitled Construction. Usually, woodturners behave like sculptors. They remove the wood that "doesn't belong" in order to reveal a pleasing shape, whether the piece in question is utilitarian or meant only to please the eye. "However," says Salemi "I have a new turning program that is constructive. I am constructing turning blanks by combining interesting blocks of wood with epoxy resin. I then turn those blanks with an eye toward creating not only pleasing shapes but also beautiful margins between the epoxy and the wood. The resulting pieces can be bowls, vases, ikebana or whimsical wall hangings. I typically tint the epoxy before pouring it into the mold allowing me to also create interesting contrasts between the colors of the wood and epoxy..
Sculptor Jason Smith's medium has always been metal, first as a jeweler and now creating large outdoor pieces. Says Smith "In my pursuit of artistic expression, sculpture has always been my primary concern. I have worked with metals my whole career and it is best suited for my work because of its strength, malleability and inherent beauty. My sculpture is abstract. The abstract manipulation of form in space to create visual balance, using rhythm, action and movement, combine to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in my work."
Although the gallery is temporarily closed due to the COVID pandemic, "Construction"
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Founded in 2006, the gallery is owned by 21 artists and represents these established artists exhibiting contemporary fine art & craft. The Gallery's offerings include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles, jewelry, glass, metals, and wood. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Phone: (919) 732-5001. More information can be found on the HGA website: http://www.HillsboroughGallery.com
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