- July 17, 2021
-- Stained glass artist Susan Hope believes that, just as beautiful music is produced by notes (sound vibrations) as they harmonize together, so too is a beautiful song created when colors (light vibrations) harmonize. Says Hope "While I cleaned a box of glass rescued from a soon-to-be barn repair, I discovered songs just waiting to be written in light. The pattern isn't as important as the color, so my vision was one of simplicity. Adding the magic of the sun, the secret relationship between glass and light is revealed." Each piece in her series has a different 'feel'...a different 'vibe'. "They were a joy to create and I hope they bring the same joy to the viewer. I hope you hear the songs."
Textile artist Alice Levinson's process in art-making for VISIONS, paralleled living through the stages of the pandemic. "For many months my energies were focused on the basics of health and well-being. Art-making was displaced and the studio sat empty and still. I returned to working with small stutter-steps, slowly re-entering the experience of creative work. I gradually, stitch by stitch, regained the rhythm of work and as I did it became more complex and adventurous. As always, I am inspired and guided by the cloth. The works vary in theme, technique, and palette. Each marks a step in my journey back into art-making. In the studio, as in life, I am curious and now eager for what comes next."
According to artist Jude Lobe, periods of questioning in your life are usually provoked by changes that happen around you. Maybe children moving out on their own, being laid off from a job, someone dying. "I didn't have any major changes in my life. It was the routine-ness that provoked me to pause, reflect and question what life is about and how I fit in. So I decided to stop and to look inward. For fourteen days I took 30 minutes to sit and try to think of nothing. It turns out that is a hard thing to do. I let images come and go. After each session I sketched the images that appeared and flew away. The artworks in this exhibit, VISIONS, are of those images."
VISIONS will be open both in the gallery and online at HillsboroughGallery.com from July 30 – August 22.
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