January 7 – March 9, 2014
Opening Reception, Friday, January 10, 2014 from 6-9PM(With music by Billy Stewart)
FRANK Gallery has been a presence on Franklin Street since 2010 and continues to bring the best of the visual arts to downtown Chapel Hill. We open 2014 with ‘A New Season’, featuring a select group of professional artists from different disciplines. This will be the first time these locally based artists will have their work shown together in this way. It will be a stunning visual celebration to ring in the New Year and ‘A New Season’ at FRANK.
The show includes painters, mixed media artists, textile artists and clay artists.
Abstract painter Katherine Armacost’s ethereal application of layers of paint suggests a world beyond her canvases.
Harriet Bellows paintings present a fresh interplay of volume and line. A single figure often appears to define and animate the minimal spaces created in her paintings.
Carolyn Rugen’s delicate still life and landscape paintings reflect a sunny and bright world of contented domestic life.
Mixed media artist Shelly Hehenberger’s highly textured and meditative works seem to be a reflection of a world in constant change.
Anita Wolfenden loves paper. She cuts it, creases it, folds it, tears it, irons it, sews and ultimately forms it into intriguing sculptures and collages.
Michele Maynard’s textiles and paintings reveal her delight in bright color and a vibrantly active natural world.
Collage and encaustic artist Carol Retsch-Bogart works in layers in both an additive and subtractive way. What she ends up with are compositions that are both whimsical and revealing of the layers of our complex lives.
Textile artist Elaine O’Neil focuses on “a sense of place”. She often depicts local and regional scenes with a special charm and skill that have made her work a Chapel Hill favorite.
Peg Gignoux’s work provides a wonderful contrast to Elaine’s. Peg’s work is more abstract and less narrative. Stitched lines over abstract patch works of colorful fabric result in rich fabric “paintings”.
Potters Noah Riedel and Ronan Peterson are very different in style. Noah’s functional forms are spare and made elegant by their architectural design. On the other had Ronan’s clay vessels have been described as a ceramic comic book interpretation of the natural world.