the year of 2009- Several fine exhibits were on display
at the Carrboro Town Hall or Carrboro Century Center
About the artist...
Interested in drawing and painting since
early childhood, Ralph painted off and on throughout
his high school years in Upper Darby, PA. School summers
were spent on the Kuerner farm in Chadds Ford, PA, scene
of many paintings by Andrew Wyeth. He met Wyeth and
was introduced to his sister Carolyn who invited Ralph
to take lessons from her at the old N.C. Wyeth studio.
But art was not seen as a means of paying the bills
and took second place to college and a careeer.
It was not until retirement in 2000
that Ralph began painting agian. Largely self taught,
he worked in acrylic and watercolor. His first entry
to the Watercolor Society of North Carolina's 60th juried
exhibition in Winston Salem was accepted for display.
Last year, he was juried into their October show in
Hendersonville. He has displayed at the Carolina Club
at UNC, winning awards including the Ackland Museum
best of show award in 2004. His first solo show was
in the fall of 2006 at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro where
he set a record for sales in one show. His work has
also been displayed at the Mansfield Art Center in Ohio
and most recently at the Falconbridge Art Festival.
He was also one of four featured artist in the September/October
2006 edition of Chapel Hill Magazine.When not painting,
he plays golf and travels with wife Jan.
About the artist...
I have been engaged in some form of art
and creative process most of my life. As an undergraduate
I majored in Education and Fine Arts. For many years,
while raising my family, I taught preschool at the Family
Center of Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida. It was during that time I learned the joy of
teaching art and experimenting with the creative process.
I also learned to be fearless and embrace change. I
took that lesson to heart and made a career change earning
a masters degree in Family Therapy and a location
change, moving to Carrboro, NC. It
was the prospect of facing the empty nest that renewed
my creative energy. I started painting, sketching and
took a pottery class. A good friend suggested quilting
and I was hooked. After learning the basics I soon discovered
my own style of quilting. I continue to evolve and experiment
with various techniques and subjects.The inspiration
for my quilts usually comes from my surroundings as
well as the fabrics. I love to examine textures, color,
form and shape and those ideas are incorporated into
my quilts. My husband, who loves to garden, has filled
our house with beautiful potted plants providing more
inspiration for my still life quilts. Most often the
color and pattern of the fabric guide me through the
process. Recently, I have returned to my education roots
and take great pleasure in sharing my joy of quilting
through teaching classes.
"Memory Delusion ManiPulation"
My work is an abstract
representation of Industrial decay, the ever present
conflict between the industrial and the organic, and
the impact on society that this conflict creates. These
ideas are presented as a series of interconnecting paintings
and drawings layered one on top of the other. I feel
that these layers read as "Urban Fossils"
drawing forth images of the past. I use heavy repetition
in my work to further reference my industrial influence,
as well as the never ending cycle of life, death and
rebirth found both in organic and the industrial. My
work reflects Human negligence as well as man kinds
need for rapid progression, with no intentions of looking
About the artist...
I have always been drawn to industry.
I love the look of it, the smell of it and the feel
of it. In recent years after living in the small rural
area of Cedar Grove, I have developed a love for organic
material and the natural world. The influences and effects
that these two very different worlds play on each other
are fascinating. Recently memory and anatomy have come
in to play as layers in my work, seemingly channeling
all of the people I have lost over the years. My work
is about exploring how all of these very different elements
can fit into, and play on one another, and I am constantly
exploring the infinite possibilities.
For more information visit Ms. Keighton's
About the artist...
There is a photo of me as a toddler screaming
with delight at some tulips. The annual return of flowers
continues to thrill me every year. I feel like running
and skipping through spring and I remember the many
hours I spent as a child imagining what it would be
like to be small enough to live inside a flower.
Growing up I was encouraged to explore
my passion for art and spent long hours in the studio
in high school and college. I explored many mediums,
but focused mainly on batik and watercolor. As a teacher
of young children I enjoyed exploring art with children
and perhaps retain a young perspective on art.My art
is largely a kinetic and emotional response to the world.
Through painting I participate in the beauty I see and
bring it more deeply into my experience. I am inherently
process driven and I enjoy most the paintings that show
lines, brush strokes and tell the story of their own
creation. My artwork is representational, but my intent
is to convey the feeling, the expression and the vibrancy
I see in nature and people.
1307 Legacy Green
Wake Forest, NC 27587
A few words about my photography and
Many people comment that
Nature's Images in the business name has the apostrophe
in the wrong place since it indicates that nature owns
these images. I quickly point out that nature does indeed
own the images she creates for our enjoyment. All I
attempt to do is capture that image for myself and others
I, along with most other
professional nature photographers, have learned a lot
about nature and the flora and fauna that occupy it
with us. We have also gained an appreciation for the
awesome ever-changing beauty that has been created for
us. As our native American friends say take away the
sights and leave only footprints, also take away many
photographs for others to enjoy.
About the artist...
Sol's award winning
photography emphasizes flora, fauna and landscapes capturing
the beauty and grace of the outdoors. He participates
in wildlife and fine art shows in various locales on
the East coast. Sol's most recent award was in a Canon
World-wide Photo Contest. He is a member of, among others,
the Carolina Nature Photographer's Association, NC Museum
of Natural Science, Kerr Lake Arts Society, NC Zoological
Society and the North Carolina Master Photographers
Society®pending. He is self-taught with some training
through the NY Institute of Photography and some workshops/seminars.
Sol's work has been published in books,
magazines and calendars. He has presented several solo
and has participated in multi-artist exhibitions in
a various venues. Included among these: the US Department
of Interior Museum, the National Wildlife Visitor's
Center, Sertoma Arts Center, Page-Walker Arts Center
and the Sunflower Studio and Gallery. Fujifilm has used
Sol's photographs in show booths and two were chosen
for an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary
of the National Wildlife Refuge System. His work includes
the covers of the TriCounty (NC)Telephone Directory,
two Hyde County (NC) Tourism Guides, the Hyde County
website, and the cover of an internationally distributed
calendar and, recently, the book celebrating the 100th
birthday of the Town of Wake Forest along with photograph
in a NC Wildlife Commission Education brochure
Sol presents outdoor photography workshops
in various locales. Sponsors have included the NC Estuarium,
Raleigh Parks and Recreation, Cary Parks and Recreation,
Wake Forest Parks, Durham Arts Council, the Town of
Holly Springs and the National Wildlife Visitor's Center
His note cards and photographs are sold
in diverse places as bookstores, gift shops, floral
centers of food markets, galleries and the National
(Department of Interior) Wildlife Visitor's Center.
He has provided office décor for businesses and
medical facilities; Sol's photographs are in collections
in the US, Korea, Japan, Canada and England.
Sol has a PhD in chemistry and in prior
lives, was a chemist at IBM for over 29 yrs., helped
teach a course at Cornell University and the University
of Sherebrook (Quebec). Since leaving IBM, taught chemistry
at Durham Community College, NCCU and has been at NC
State for the last several years. He has authored dozens
of papers, book chapters and a laboratory manual and
holds several patents. He presents chemistry outreach
programs sponsored by NCSU to various schools and for
the American Chemical Society at the State Fair and
NC Museum of Natural Science.
Rachel Elliott, Seth-Tice
Lewis, and Hunter Levinsohn
"We Invite You
to Use Plastic"
A photography exhibit
Title: Ava and Seth PickingStrawberries
Photo By: Rachel Elliott
About the artist...
In 1982 the plastic, low-tech camera,,Holga,
started being produced in Hong Kong. Photographers all
over the world have come to love this camera. Because
of its somewhat flimsy construction, it lets in light
leaks. Because of its manual film forward, it is possible
to do double, and triple exposures. Because of its imprecise
focusing, one is never sure what the results will be.
Fun, fun, fun. The resulting photos can be quite extraordinary.
Seth Tice-Lewis, Rachel Elliott, and
Hunter Levinsohn love the Holga. Debbie Meyer does too
and wanted more people to see what a fun tool it is
but is shy about showing her work so she invited the
three to exhibit their work in a show she would curate.
The result is quite extraordinary. Elliott's color and
black and white photographs explore our local food industry.
Tice-Lewis' ten black and white photographs are of the
2009 State Fair's carnival. Levinsohn takes her camera
on tour and her color and black and white photographs
include scenes from Poland, Las Vegas, and Chapel Hill.
Each artist can be contacted through
their website or by contacting Meyer at 942-3252. Receptions
for the show are scheduled for May 8 and June 12, 6-9
p.m. during the 2ndFriday Artwalk. Come fall in love
with Holga. One will be on-site during the receptions.
Elliott's website is: www.easysite.com/rachelelliottphotography
Levinsohn's is: www.hunterlevinsohn.comeasysite.com
Tice-Lewis' is: www.sethticelewisphotography.com.
Other websites that provide great information
about using plastic cameras (yes, there are others beside
the Holga) are www.lomography.com, and www.toycamera.com.
Southeastern Camera in Carrboro sells Holgas.
Thanks to the Carrboro Arts Committee
who sponsored this show and continuously does an incredible
shop supporting the arts.
TODAY AND TOMORROW
all pictures in this exhibit were new. The purpose of
the exhibit was to acquaint you with new greenways being
planned along the two major creeks in Carrboro. The exhibit
is designed to provide the viewer with a sequence of images
that you would encounter walking from Estes Drive to Lake
Hogan Farms along Bolin Creek (west hall) and walking
from Frank Porter Graham School to University Lake along
Morgan Creek. Moreover, The exhibit includes a variety
of maps to help you identify where the pictures were taken,
the alternative routings being considered, and connections
with greenways and trails in Chapel Hill and Orange County.
Emily Weinstein, the talented artist who recently completed
the beautiful mural on the wall of Jade Palace, will also
be at the reception. Her next mural, to be painted as
a community project at the next Bolin Creek Festival on
October 24, will be on Bolin Creek. We will be kicking
off a campaign at the reception to raise funds for the
purchase of land or conservation easements along Bolin
Creek. Anyone donating $100 to the Friends of Bolin Creek
will recieve a copy of Emily's new book "Saving Magic
Places" which tells the story of how land on New
Hope Creek was saved from development by the efforts of
citizens--a model of how we can save the few remaining
properties on Bolin Creek.
Multitude of Mediums
- October 2009
By Amy Stern
A Fine Art photography collection created
by Carrboro NC photographer. The architecture and history
of Charleston, South Carolina is beautiful in itself,
but when tweaked and edited, the effect is to create
a more vivid and dramatic look.
For more information visit: Amy
Stern's web page.
Contact Amy Stern at 919-951-8604 or email@example.com
About the artist...
Born and raised in the south, Amy Stern has lived in
Atlanta, Tampa, Chicago, New York and in 2006, happily
settled in North Carolina. She lives in Carrboro with
her family.Amy Stern trained as a professional photographer
in New York. Although she was a diehard film fan, Amy
eventually discovered the beauty and ease of the digital
world. Amy owns her own portrait photography business
in Carrboro, North Carolina. Besides her passion for
photographing children and families she enjoys creating
fine works of photographic art while traveling. Her
latest effort is a digital creation altering photos
taken on a trip to Charleston, South Carolina.
have been creating art for as long as I can remember.
In childhood this included activities like drawing on
lined notebook paper with a No. 2 pencil, constructing
a model of my dream home in a shoebox, and designing
fashions for my Barbie dolls. Until well into my adulthood
I put this creative urge on the back burner, occasionally
taking an art class here and there while tending to
the important details in life, like earning
a living, since I wasn't quite able to make the mental
leap into a land where art might actually provide me
with an income. I worked in a wide variety of fields,
from corporate sales and marketing to pipeline construction,
on a continual quest to find the job that would bring
me personal fulfillment. All of these positions had
their merits, but all failed to hold my interest for
more than a few years.
Finally, after many years of asking,
What's next? I decided to take the plunge
and return to school to study the only thing that had
been a constant love in my lifeArt. I earned my
BFA degree from Memphis College of Art in 2007 and moved
to North Carolina in early 2008. Almost immediately,
I began indulging a new obsession for collage, which
has become my Portals series. In addition to this art
form, I am a painter who also loves photography and
dabbles occasionally in printmaking. I'm being rewarded
for honoring my true calling by being invited to show
and sell my work in various venues as well as create
specially commissioned pieces. I have never been happier.
(Statement from Ms. Roetzel's
web site )
- December 2009
Move your art from your home studio to a gallery space!
All artists, local or not, are encouraged to apply.
Town of Carrboro invites artists to submit original
artwork for exhibitions at Carrboro Town Hall and
the Century Center.
Exhibit space is open to artists with original works
in all fine arts categories, including painting, pastel,
collage, mixed media, drawing and photography. Other
mediums will be considered on a case by case basis.
Exhibiting artists will have the opportunity to participate
in the Second Friday ArtWalk.
in submitting their artwork for review may present
ten to fifteen images of their work in one of the
1. E-MAIL: e-mail
digital images of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spam filters being what they are, we recommend sending
a second email with no attachment to let us know to
expect your images. Put the words "Carrboro Arts
Committee" in the subject line. Include a résumé,
a brief cover letter, and an artist statement.
2. WEBSITE: if you have a site where your art
is posted, e-mail the link to the Carrboro Arts Committee
at email@example.com. Include a résumé,
a brief cover letter, and an artist statement.
if you don't have digital images or a website, you
may submit hard-copy photographs of your art. Or,
if you'd prefer, submit a CD ROM of your art along
with a document listing the size and medium of each
piece. Include a résumé, a brief cover
letter, and an artist statement. You may drop them
off at Carrboro Town Hall or the Century Center or
mail them to:
Town of Carrboro
Attention: Kim Andrews
301 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
For more information, please visit:
If your work is selected, one of the Carrboro Arts
Committee members will be in contact with you.