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INTANGIBLES Opens at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Painter Pat Merriman loves traveling, but that became an intangible dream during the pandemic. "Because of my age, I was restricted to home and isolated from people. I filled my time with creating art and decided to take an online painting class via zoom" says Merriman. "Virtually, I was again able to travel. My work reflects the journey I took with instructor James Keul as my tour guide. I created 10 small paintings of scenes including Norway, Brookline MA, Little Italy in NYC, the Brooklyn Bridge and some closer to home in Durham, NC. I hope you enjoy the tour."
For painter Nancy Smith the idea for this new series of paintings came out of nowhere. "I had been in a dry spell for months. I wasn't excited about painting anything, so instead, I straightened up my studio. I pulled out old paintings, some unfinished, that friends had passed along. As I picked up one my deceased friend had done, I was overcome by memories and feelings as intangible as a half-remembered dream."
"That unseen creative force, called the muse, joined in and gave me an idea about how to complete her painting. I was inspired and ecstatic. Finally, the thrill of painting had returned. And I was off to explore an entirely new territory for me: abstracted landscapes."
INTANGIBLES will be open both in the gallery and online at HillsboroughGallery.com from June 25 – July 25.
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 HGA website: http://www.HillsboroughGallery.com
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.