Variations Are Highlighted In A New Show At The Hillsborough Gallery Of Arts

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - June 15, 2022 - PRLog -- Potter Garry Childs forms all of his work on the potter's wheel from terra-cotta clay. He applies glazes to his pots when they have reached a state potters call "leather-hard," when the Clay has stiffened up enough to handle but is not completely dry. He then carves through the glaze into the still damp clay to achieve the various patterns seen on his work.

Says Childs, "The shape and form of my pots is always my primary interest. Color, pattern and texture are used to enhance and emphasize. I have always tried to use the Featured Artist shows at HGA as a means of introducing some new work and there will be some of that. There will be some "Fat Pots" with smooth, soft surfaces. There will be more of my bells available and I will also be taking the opportunity to bring in more of my larger pieces than I usually have on display at the gallery."

Painter Pat Merriman, is honoring her native state in this show by featuring four North Carolina landscapes. Says Merriman "The one of Yates Mill, outside Raleigh, is the third iteration of the mill I have done over the years." There are also six paintings depicting images evoked by Mary Oliver's poetry in which Merriman uses numerous acrylic mediums, collage images and layering techniques. "Finally," says Merriman, "honoring the theme of Variations, I have fun paintings of Antarctic Penguins and floating Jelly Fish."

Shackleford Banks, North Carolina, part of Cape Lookout National Seashore, inspired Nancy Smith's paintings for this show. "'The Banks,' as it's called by the locals, is home to 121 horses that roam wild among the dunes and along the shore. Though I have painted these horses many times in the past, I challenged myself anew to explore variations of this area by combining squares, rectangles, and/or circles in each work. The results took me in delightful new directions in each piece."

Variations will be in the gallery from June 21st through July 24th with an opening reception in the gallery on June 24th 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,
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