The formal beauty and intriguing diversity of beasts large and small have captured the imagination of artists throughout the ages. The artists in GreenHill’s spring through summer group exhibition utilize representations of Animalia to transform The Gallery into a wild space. Three and two-dimensional works explore themes such as the duality of wild and tame, human and animal highlighting man’s identification with animals. Beauty of the Beast will also address ever-growing societal concerns regarding loss of habitats and efforts to document and preserve species. Free and open to the public.
Curated by Edie Carpenter
Ingrid A Erickson
Heather D. Freeman
A. Dumay Gorham, III
Amanda Nicholas West
Michael Van Hout
Tile artwork (previous page): Carol Gentithes, Zoboo played by Jovian, 2016, porcelain mix, 19 x 14 x 14 inches
Opening Reception + First Friday with Live Music by Blake Walters
Join us for the opening reception of Beauty of the Beast with live music by Blake Walters from 7:00-8:00 PM. Painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture inspired by animals from aardvarks to zebras will transform the gallery into a wild space. This thematic group exhibition explores dualities of wild and tame, human and animal as well as addressing the loss of animal habitats and efforts to document and preserve species. Armed with nothing but his acoustic guitar, Blake unspools folk pop tunes with inventive melodies and unexpected chord changes that tend to worm their way into your consciousness. Free and open to the public. Cash bar. Donations appreciated.
Animals in Clay Workshop with Charlie Tefft
Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018 | 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Join artist Charlie Tefft and Art Alliance to learn how to transform thrown pots into animal shapes, as well as how to sculpt small clay figures. Tefft will cover surface techniques, the ceramic painting process, and various clay strategies. $145/person. $130/Art Alliance Students/GreenHill Members. Click Here to Register.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | 5:30 PM
GreenHill will host its Annual Meeting on May 30, 2018 starting at 5:30 PM in the gallery during GreenHill’s Beauty of the Beast exhibition with invited guest speaker Dr. Lucy Spelman of Rhode Island School of Design to discuss messages contained within the artwork and dig a little deeper into how we are impacting our ecology and environment. Lucy will make the case for bringing artists and scientists together to foster sustained and informed public support for animal conservation. Free and open to the public. Cash bar.
Free Family Day – Animals Around the World
Friday June 1, 2018 | 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Join us for a multi-cultural celebration of GreenHill’s Beauty of the Beast exhibition. The entire family will have a fun day of animal themed art-making and story-telling. Visitors will enjoy Animals Around the World story time in the gallery, making animal masks, sampling tasty treats and playing games from around the world, and an artist demonstration by Cara Bevan. The event will culminate with a performance by StoryHound Theater. Admission is free.
First Friday with Live Music by I, Anomaly
Friday, June 1, 2018 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Join us for Live Music by I, Anomaly from 6:30-7:30 PM. The Winston-Salem-based band I, Anomaly delivers an emotional high energy performance to every show. Free and open to the public. Cash Bar. Donations appreciated.
Pop-Up Poetry Reading by Jeffery Beam
Friday, July 6, 2018 | 5:30–6:15 PM
Join poet Jeffery Beam and artist Ippy Patterson for a theatrical reading of Beam’s poems from An Elizabethan Bestiary: Retold, a book of poems inspired by animals both real and imaginary. One of North Carolina’s most original poetic voices, Beam will often howl and growl during his reading of the Bestiary and his poetry will engage audiences both young and old. Published by North Carolina’s Horse & Buggy Press, An Elizabethan Bestiary: Retold has won numerous awards and projections of Patterson’s drawings for the book will be on view during the reading. Free and open to the public.
First Friday with Live Music by Abigail Dowd and Printmaking Demonstration
Friday, July 6, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 PM
Join us for live music by Abigail Dowd from 6:30-7:30 PM. Abigail Dowd is a singer/songwriter with a bluesy voice that has been described as “a rare thing that is at once strong and generous in its vulnerability." She blends her classical guitar style with the edgy bass and percussion of Jason Duff. From 7:30-8:30 PM, you can see Greensboro-based artist Mary Beth Boone in action as she demonstrates various printmaking processes. Examples of Mary Beth’s work are available for purchase in the GreenHill shop. Free and open to the public. Cash bar. Donations appreciated.