Make Room For Joy In Hillsborough

 
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - April 12, 2022 - PRLog -- "Is it an odd technique that makes and breaks and mends to create objects?" asks glass artist Susan Hope. That is how her artwork is created. Broken pieces of colored glass are fired together to become sheets that are then broken, sorted and fired again to become images with depth and beauty that a single layer cannot achieve. In the heat of the kiln, under the pressure of gravity the broken glass becomes again a beautiful structure.
"In making these pieces" says Hope, "I was reminded that brokenness is not an ending if there is a willingness to learn, and change.  Applied to our lives or to our world, the brokenness, pressure, and sifting we encounter will produce a glorious transformation if we trust in the process with an open heart and make room for Joy."

According to artist Jude Lobe the show's title, "Make Room for Joy" was conceived by Alice Levinson who felt that rather than dwelling on the negatives of the last two years, they should concentrate on the joy. "Surround yourself with people, events and things that make you happy and, most importantly, live in the present moment. Rather than dwelling on what we are missing, enjoy what we have at hand: a cup of coffee in the morning, sitting on the porch listening to the birds sing, the smell of freshly mowed grass, or the air after a rain. It's always time to make room for joy in our lives."

Textile artist Alice Levinson says this about the work she's presenting in the current show: "In 2010 I returned to art-making after a house fire which destroyed my home and studio. With that work I reclaimed the joy I experience when curiosity marries with the work of my hands, when my inner world is freed to 'speak' through my art-making. I think of my work as 'sewn poems', as narrative and feeling find a voice in cloth. The work presented here is based on that earlier work. The juxtaposition of positive and negative spaces, shadow and form, signify the experience of loss and re-equilibration, transition and change, which are constants in our human experience.

Make Room for Joy will be in the gallery from April 26th through May 22nd with an opening reception in the gallery on April 29th from 6-9pm.

About the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts:
Owned and operated by 21 local artists, HGA represents these established artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and fine craft. The Gallery's offerings include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles, jewelry, glass, metals, encaustic, enamel, and wood. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Phone: (919) 732-5001. The gallery is open 10am-6pm Tuesday - Saturday, 12-4 on Sunday. More information can be found on the HGA website: http://www.HillsboroughGallery.com
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