Winter Show Curator Pick #5
Winter Show Curator Pick #5

Before Hurricane Florence inundated her hometown of New Bern, Donna Nyzio traveled to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania to paint at the Kuerner Farm a national historic landmark deeply connected to the life and works of Andrew Wyeth. The four oil on panel paintings by Nyzio in Winter Show inspired by the place where Wyeth produced over one-third of his works is an homage and a meditation on the American Master.  In this view of the farm owned by Wyeth’s German neighbors' elements of the sparse landscape and farmhouse all are invested with significance – from the windows which appear inhabited to the front porch with its iconic flower pot which awaits the arrival of the artist at ...

Winter Show Curator Pick #4
Winter Show Curator Pick #5

“John Geci prefers to think of glass as static motion. His simple yet distinctive vases illuminate the tension between dynamic and static, even bridging the gap between the two. Through “using primarily transparent colors and a few well-placed stripes,” Geci writes that his “pieces highlight the material’s transparency, fluidity, and potential for brilliant coloration.” Geci is a returning Winter Show artist and his works are available regularly in the shop.  Examples of his new Merleto vessels will be showcased in Winter Show. John Geci lives in Western North Carolina with his wife potter Courtney Martin near The Penland School of Crafts. He ...

Winter Show Curator Pick #3
Winter Show Curator Pick #5

Before attending UNCG where he received his MFA, Juie Rattley III grew up in Columbus County watching his father restore classic cars. The long hours his dad spent working on his prized 1962 Chevy Impala are images Ratley has channeled into his latest series of paintings:  “Some of my fondest memories of the 1962 Chevy Impala was of my father working on it day and night, the completion of the project, and the weekend cruising.”  Rattley’s vivid palette and method of applying pure pigments directly to the ground celebrates the parallels between his painting process and his father’s passion for cars.  “My love for these classic vehicles continued ...

Curator's Pick - Courtney Johnson
Winter Show Curator Pick #5

Courtney Johnson's dreamy, pink and brown-hued images of the Carolina coast seem to glow with humidity. On view in Analog, selections from Johnson's series Salt depict familiar scenes: the sun rising over the Atlantic,  small waves crashing on the Wrightsville Beach shore, and a calm sea at Bald Head. Courtney explains her process: "Salt is series of salted paper prints using salt water with varying salinity from natural sources. Varying the salinity of the water used in the gelatin salt solution results in a tonal variation of the prints from pinkish gray to sepia shades. The natural salt water is mixed directly with gelatin, rather than diluted to a consistent salinity ...

Beyond Ornament Curator Picks #3
Winter Show Curator Pick #5

ELIANA ARENASEliana Arenas’ eloquently designed earrings, entitled “En Mesa,” embody her exploration of “how we are able to adjust to different circumstances to create home and to live in family.” Black and white letters on paper are applied to metal and the artist notes “each material is strong and fragile at the same time.” Arenas hopes this piece, and others on view from this body of work become a protective “shield” that will help the wearer feel at home.Eliana Arenas, En Mesa, 2018, brass, sterling silver, powder coating and newspaper, 4 x ½ x ½ inches KAT COLEKat Cole’s sculptural wall relief entitled Red ...