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Hillsborough Artists Display Little Treasures
For the last few years jeweler Nell Chandler has learned a new technique for each of her featured artist shows. "This year I've revisited techniques I used in previous shows and combined them in new ways." Recently, Chandler visited the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, a decommissioned bridge across the Broad River that the community has made into a series of flower gardens. She was so impressed that she's been sketching flowers that have become an accompanying theme in her work for this show.
Ellie Snow's acrylic and mixed media paintings explore emotional themes through abstracted plants and landscapes based on photographs taken around her woodland home. These images are collaged and edited to create a rough draft for the painting. "While painting for this show, however, I focused primarily on the objects I painted, as opposed to using them as a stand-in for an emotional landscape." This shift in perspective allowed Snow to play with abstraction and texture in a new way. "The paintings for Little Treasures are a bit brighter and simplified compared to my previous works. Most of them were created with acrylic paint only, instead of using several mediums. Additionally, Instead of using digital collage techniques as a starting place, I worked from just one photograph for most of the paintings in the show."
Last fall, potter Evelyn Ward started working exclusively with a rich chocolate brown stoneware. "I feel like it works really well with my technique of monoprinting on clay, which involves painting colored slips onto paper and then transferring that onto the piece" says Ward. "It's amazing how much the color of the clay affects the overall piece, leading me to experiment with a new palette of slip colors. I've also found myself leaving more and more of the clay body bare." Ward and her monoprinting technique was the subject of a recent article in Ceramics Monthly, a journal for professional potters and ceramicists.
About the Gallery:
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned and operated by 21 local artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and fine 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. The gallery's hours are 10am-6pm Monday–Saturday, 12-4pm Sunday. More information can be found at http://www.HillsboroughGallery.com