INTANGIBLES Opens at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - June 19, 2021 - PRLog -- Garry Childs began making pots almost 50 years ago in a high school art class at the age of 16 and has been a studio potter producing functional Terra Cotta since 1982. While he has picked up tips and techniques from other potters over the years, he is primarily self-taught. "All of my pots are wheel thrown, some are "coil and throw," a technique where a coil of clay is joined to the lip of a thrown form and pulled up to an additional height. Very large pieces can be constructed by using several coils in this manner. The pots are glazed after drying to a leather hard condition. The patterns are achieved by carving through the unfired glazes into the still damp clay. Additional color is sometimes applied by brushing and spraying pigments over the glaze."

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 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:

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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