Resurfacing In The Aftermath Of 2020

Three artists "Resurface" after a year of change, in a new show at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. Jeweler Nell Chandler, potter Evelyn Ward and painter Michele Yellin are exhibiting new work in a show titled Resurface, from May 28 to June 20.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - June 9, 2021 - PRLog -- Jeweler Nell Chandler was inspired by the title. "I thought of the different surfaces I have used in my work and the new techniques and surfaces I have been inspired to try with each annual show.  It also represents how we have spent more than a year in a weird and different universe and how we don't even know the way our lives will be "Resurfaced" once we truly head back in. I found myself revisiting previous surface techniques on my jewelry and for fun I created a couple of paintings on the subject of resurfacing our lives that I'm calling Going Back In."

For potter Evelyn Ward this past year has been full of changes. "Last fall I underwent brain surgery to deal with a painful facial nerve condition. I am happy to report that the surgery was successful." Working with clay kept her grounded. "My time in the studio, with its familiar daily rituals, was a refuge and helped to center and keep me focused on the work. Since returning to the studio in February, I feel like I'm resurfacing from those dark, murky waters. My head is clearing, the pain is gone, and I have renewed energy. I am still working with monoprinting but I have been experimenting with layering underglazes and find myself drawn to more subdued colors. I feel like the new work is quieter, using layers to build up a more complex surface."

For painter Michele Yellin "This past year, during the pandemic, time has stood still. And yet somehow moved on. I lost my mother this year for the third time. First, I lost her to her advancing dementia, then to the lockdown, and finally to her death from Covid-19. I mourn. I paint. I think. I paint. I remember. I paint. I dream. I mourn. I paint. I resurface, back to the light, and I paint."

Resurface will run both online and in the gallery from May 28 through June 20.

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned by 21 artists, exhibiting contemporary fine art & craft. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278. More information, including current hours, can be found on the gallery website:

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Orange County Arts Commission (funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.) We also thank Orange County Emergency Small Business Funding Program.

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