RECIPROCUS, Opens at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts

Beginning September 26th, Ellie Reinhold, Pat Merriman and Lynn Wartski display new work in a show they've titled "Reciprocus."
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - Sept. 18, 2023 - PRLog -- Says painter Ellie Reinhold, "Our exhibit title takes a step back, etymologically speaking, from the idea of give and take, of reciprocity. Reciprocus is Latin for reciprocal. My title piece takes a slight twist on our theme, edging give and take towards having and losing.  The little structure in the woods that has been skulking around in my paintings for the past few years is still present, here deployed to explore loss and the ways of memory... how memory comes to us in bits and pieces, in glimmers, at unexpected times. How it tinges our moods like dreams, leaving warm or blue notes upon us. How it can overwhelm and sometimes feel surreal, like a waking dream or a fairy tale. How we sometimes wish memory would simply free us, and at other times want it to literally take hold, and never let us go.

Painter Pat Merriman returns to the subject matter she loves most - the landscape of North Carolina and the poetry of Mary Oliver. In addition, Pat has begun experimenting with new techniques using acrylic mediums to produce feminist collages and painting with environmental themes.

Sculptor Lynn Wartski's year began with a piece that featured a young emperor penguin asking his father "So Many Questions." A pair of dancing rabbits titled, "Rabbit Games and Midnight Rainbows", emerged next for a show based on poetry. "These two sculptures started to inform the new designs I found myself sketching" says Wartski, "and included either multiple animals, or solitary figures that engage in a more direct back-and-forth with the viewer."  Wartski's sculptures are more than interesting characters, they each tell a story. "I want to have their personality or humor emerge through expression and gesture, in addition to their costumes."  The sculptures are needle felted wool over an armature form of wire, and batting. Some include stuffing pellets to provide volume or ballast.  A few of the pieces include hand embroidery or hand-applied elements like beading, sequins, or fabrics as embellishments.

RECIPROCUS will be at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts from September 26 – October 22. With an opening reception in the gallery on September 29th from 6-9pm.

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 St., 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
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