Slow Art: Leigh Ann Hallberg | Setsuya Kotani | Jeannine Marchand | Jan-Ru Wan

Exhibition Dates: February 2 - April 15, 2018

Exhibition Opening: February 2, 2018

In a world increasingly geared to immediacy and the necessity of compressing content and goods into efficiently deliverable units the artists in this exhibition ask the viewer to slow down.  Visitors are invited to enter a meditative mode and participate in the reflective processes involved in the artistic process. Leigh Ann Hallberg’s “portable meditation cube” a minimalist structure housing the artist’s drawings, literalizes this form of viewing in which a sustained visual focus allows the physical to invoke the immaterial. Intricate fiber and mixed media installations by Jan-Ru Wan reflect a blending of Eastern and Western cultural traditions. The honed surfaces of Setsuya Kotani’s color field paintings and Jeannine Marchand’s clay reliefs draw the viewer in yet allow for a certain form of detachment described by writer Porter Aichele as the ability to “depict nothing yet distill the essence of many things” comparable to Zen meditation practices.  “Slow art viewing days” at GreenHill will encourage the public to participate in sustained viewing.

Featured artwork (above): Leigh Ann Hallberg, Portable Contemplation Cube, 2016, mixed media installation, 8 x 8 x 8 feet

Tile artwork (previous page): Jan Ru-Wan, The Imperturbable Beauty, mixed media installation




Opening Reception + First Friday with Live Music by Julia Goodson

Friday, February 2, 2018 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM (Members’ Preview: 5:30 -6:00 PM)

Join us in the gallery for the Opening Reception of Slow Art with live music by Julia Goodson from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Members invited early at 5:30 PM, open to the public at 6:00 PM. Cash Bar. Free and open to the public.

Julia Goodson is an alternative singer-songwriter from Greensboro blending classical piano with soaring vocal melodies and haunting lyrics. Currently, she is working on her solo debut album, as well as collaborating with EDM producer and multi-instrumentalist DJ FM on a project called Modern Couple, blending modern rock and singer-songwriter sensibilities with electronic rhythms.


Arts & Wellness Class | Playful Paste Paper Creations

February 15, 2018 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Reduce the stress in your daily life with a little creative play! Making paste paper designs is an open-ended, abstract process that invites participants to swirl, stamp, swipe, and sponge through colorful layers of paint to create unique designs. Using different tools and techniques, participants will be guided through the process of creating a variety of papers that can be distinct works of art or used for collaging or journaling. $15/person.  Sign up online


First Friday at GreenHill | Garth Robertson

Friday, March 2, 2018 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Join us for First Friday with live music by Garth Robertson from 6:30-7:30 PM. Garth has been on the local music scene full time since 2010.  With 20 years of musical experience and a wide variety of material spanning six decades, he achieves his signature sound with a guitar, loop pedal, and foot percussion. Free and open to the public. Cash bar. Donations appreciated.


Artist Talk | Jeannine Marchand 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 PM

Join us in The Gallery for an artist talk by Slow Art artist Jeannine Marchand. Jeannine Marchand is a former Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts and will discuss her work and then engage in dialogue with the audience. Free and open to the public.


Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 3:30-4:30 PM

Join us in the gallery for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony with the Japanese Tea Practitioners of Durham. This immersive experience will offer insight into the culture and beauty of a traditional Japanese tea presentation that Chizuko Sueyoshi, one of the Japanese Tea Practitioners of Durham, describes as “the art of everyday life.” Cost is $27.50 per person, $25 for members. Space is limited. Sign up online


Arts & Wellness Class |  Drawing as Meditation + Mindfulness

March 15, 2018 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM

The process of drawing can lead us into a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us. Participants will be guided through simple meditation and drawing exercises to discover a path to creative mindfulness. Blind Contour drawing, Zentangle and sketching from still life scenes will be introduced for participants to experience. $15/person.  Sign up online


Artist Dialogue | Porter Aichele and Setsuya Kotani

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 PM

“Think of a Zen meditation garden in two dimensions” suggests art historian Porter Aichele to viewers of Setsuya Kotani’s paintings. Join Aichele and Kotani in an informal discussion that will touch on the artist’s remarkable ability “to depict nothing yet distill the essence of many things.”  K. Porter Aichele is a Professor Emerita at UNCG where she taught art history and museum studies. She is the author of several books on Paul Klee and her most recent book is Modern Art on Display-The Legacies of Six Collectors. Setsuya Kotani is an Associate Professor Emeritus at UNCG where he taught ceramics from 1974-1999. He has exhibited at venues such as the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Ginza Inoue Gallery and Sechrest Gallery. His works figure in private and public collections in Japan, Canada, Algeria, and the United States. Free and open to the public.


First Friday at GreenHill | Live Music by Quilla                                                   

Friday, April 6, 2018 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Join us for First Friday with live music by Quilla from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Equal parts songwriter, electronic producer, and performer, Quilla is known for her soothing vocals, skills on the vocal looper, and carefully woven live sets. Quilla’s shows are suffused with a raw energy that is both contemplative and uplifting. Her second album "You Got It" was released by Ritual Fire Records in April 2017 and met with critical acclaim in the electronic music world. Free and open to the public. Cash bar. Donations appreciated.



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