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From Earth To Sky in Hillsborough
Garry Childs' artwork is formed on a potter's wheel from terra-cotta clay. After the clay has stiffened enough to handle, he applies glazes and carves patterns through the glaze into the damp clay. When completely dry, the pots are fired to 2,100 degrees. "In the past few years I have been applying local clays directly to the pots in a liquid form. These clays are used straight from the ground with all the naturally occurring impurities and organic material, to provide interesting surface textures." Says Childs, "We often refer to parts of pots like parts of the human body. Neck, shoulder, belly, foot and lip are used for both. I see people in the curves of the shapes. Many have what I think of as a feminine form with slow soft curves. Put your arms around one, you'll see what I mean."
"I still feel new to the gallery and to the art world as a whole," says furniture maker Pete Rodrigues. "For the last 25 years, I have created pieces out of wood. Becoming a resident artist in the gallery has allowed me to be more creative, using my imagination and discovering new possibilities."
For painter Nancy Smith inspiration for this show did not come easy. "I was going through a major life transition and my creative spirit was on hiatus. The deadline for paintings was looming large and I had started none." To soothe herself, Smith spent time in nature taking walks in the woods. "Surrounded by trees, I listened to the music of a flowing stream and bird song. I felt peaceful, sustained, and nurtured. Ideas began to take root and grow. The paintings in this show are an expression of my emotional experience while communing with earth and sky."
About the Gallery
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned and operated by 21 local artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and craft. The Gallery's offerings include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, metal sculpture, figurative sculpture, ceramics, photography, montage, digital art, mixed media, jewelry, glass, and handcrafted furniture. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Phone: (919) 732-5001. Hours: 10am-6pm Monday–Saturday, 12-4pm Sunday. More information can be found at http://www.HillsboroughGallery.com