Chris Stephens uses vibrant colors to portray the sweeping landscapes of the Shenandoah Valley. Stephens holds an MFA from James Madison University. His work can be found in numerous collections including SAS Institute, American Express, Bell Atlantic, First Union National Bank, Wachovia Bank & Trust, Duke Energy, Lowe’s, and UNC Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Gayle Stott Lowry
The paintings of Gayle Stott Lowry are places that we see as if in a dream. Dichotomies abound as sensations of “Absence” vacillate with “Presence” in both her architectural and landscape works bathed in light. There is a disquieting sense of abandon and hope that challenges our desire for finality.
Exhibitions throughout the Southeast have activated strong interest in this body of work. The work of Gayle Stott Lowry can be viewed in selected institutional and corporate Collections which include the Rex Hospital in Raleigh, Renaissance Hotel, North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke Medical Center, IBM, Glaxo Smith Kline, Inc., and S.A.S. Institute.
Dana Johns graduated from University of Georgia in 1993 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her work is deeply rooted in childhood memories of time spent outdoors. Her recent oil paintings attempt to depict the underlying spiritual and surreal aspects of nature. Painter George Inness, one of her influences, once wrote:
“The highest art is where there has been most perfectly breathed the sentiment of humanity. Rivers, streams, the rippling brook, the hillside, the sky, the clouds – all things that we see – can convey that sentiment if we are in the love of God and the desire of truth.” Johns’ work can be found in collections such as the University of Georgia, St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, and the Hil at Serenbe.
Ruth Ava Lyons
The work of Ruth Ava Lyons communicates a sense of mystery and meaning as it explores ideas of beauty, decay, loss, and redemption, in our tenuous relationship with the natural world. Forms emerge and disappear into veils of paint to suggest seen and unseen forces that surround us.
A Fulbright Fellow and MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, she has received grants and awards from the Chautauqua Institution, the North Carolina Arts Council, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the North Carolina Print & Drawing Society and others. Lyons’ work has been included in over 100 exhibitions and numerous permanent collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hearst Corporation, SAS Institute, the Federal Reserve Bank, New Orleans Museum of Art, Philip Morris USA, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Tracy Silva Barbosa
Tracy Silva Barbosa is a multi-media artist specializing in the combination of printmaking, glass, and painting. She utilizes peripheral post-industrial landscapes along with an alphabet of personal archetypal imagery to create paintings on canvas and glass.Complex combinations of layers of paint and metal leaf are accented by photographic transfer processes to produce images of lyrical light filled transcendence.A delicate interplay between the man made and the natural world produce dreamlike atmospheres where the psyche can reside.
Barbosa received the 2007 Biore/Gen Art Prize, 2003 Urban Glass Emerging Artist Residency and the Donis A. Dondis Travel Fellowship to attend Pilchuck Glass School in 1999. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Her artwork has appeared in public and private collections worldwide.
Maxx’s use of his dark palette and cold color combinations is very much in line with his belief that in the midst of the darkness is always a small flame of hope. His work has been shown in New Haven and Wallingford, CT, Charlotte, NC and New York, NY. In 2000, he also participated in a fashion exhibit at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
The Night Series, he states, “began as a way to capture the quiet time that occurs when the roads become still, thoughts are heard and reflection occurs. Painting the black sky is thrilling; so much is left to your imagination. Light becomes surreal and random signs that are dull during the day spring to life at night, exploding with colors.”
The work of painter Scott Fraser is clearly linked to so-called “new realism” in his clean lines, precision technique, and strong compositions. But Fraser’s work is brimming with humor, mystery and layers of meaning, all exquisitely realized in oil paint. And Fraser’s universe, filled as it is with secret significance, is more open to interpretation.” __Marilynne S. Mason
Scott Fraser has studied at Kansas City Art Institute, University of Colorado at Denver and Arelierhaus, Worpswede, Germany. Selected Collections include The Philbrook Museum of Art – OK, U.S. West – CO, West Publishing Company -MN, Evansville Museum of Arts and Science – IN and the Flint Institute of Arts – MI. Fraser’s painting, Life Cycle II, was recently acquisitioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Katherine Grossfeld received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BFA from The University of Denver , with studies at Studio Art International, Florence Italy.
Katherine Grossfeld turns her attention to everyday objects that are often overlooked. Toys, toiletries, folded laundry, nail polish, and other domestic items are removed from their original mundane context and presented in a new way to allow the viewer to consider the subject matter with a heightened appreciation. Subsequently the narrative of each painting is personalized by each viewer as they view it through the lens of their own life experience and private association. Her work is contained in many private collections and she resides in North Carolina.
“I am drawn to their beauty and fascinated by what these objects tell me about the world. My work represents my ongoing examination of culturally accepted ideas and patterns of behavior, based on what I experience within my own family or observe around me. I particularly enjoy examining my own ambivalence, as I simultaneously feel resistance to the confines of the role definitions these objects elicit, and attraction to the beauty before me”
Kevin Hogan is known for his provocative prints, paintings and installations and has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe. Hogan was a McColl Center resident and continues to teach workshops with their Innovation Institute. His work can be found in many public and private collections including Kilpatrick Stockton, The Finley group, Carlisle and Gallagher, the Hearst Corporation and the Michener Collection. In 2000, the North Carolina Museum of Art commissioned Hogan to create an installation to be viewed during their Rodin exhibition.
Jane Allen Nodine is nationally known for her works in the encaustic medium. Subtle atmospheric and luscious surfaces suggest a spatial poetry of exploration that has a meditative quality and a sensuality all its own. The technical process of the encaustic medium involves heating,layering,and manipulating the earthy palette of the beeswax, pigments and resin. A rich ethereal depth is created that gives the medium a character that has attracted artists as far back as ancient Egypt and throughout the centuries.
Nodine states being “drawn to the cerebral and physiological breadth of beeswax that has a rich history of application, symbolism,mystique and direct ties to the natural world” Jane has worked in a variety of media and forms throughout her career and she exhibits widely in the US and Europe. Recognized with numerous grants and awards including a NEA/SECCA Southeastern Seven IV Fellowship, South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowships, and a Belle W. Baruch Visiting Scholar Fellowship. Jane’s work is included in numerous collections including the Medical University of S.Carolina, McKissick Museum, Equitable Life/NYC, Stadtsparkasse Bank/Germany, and the South Carolina State Art Collection. Jane’s career in art spans several decades and in 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission as one of the One Hundred Most Significant Artists in South Carolina During the 20th Century. Jane Allen Nodine is Professor of Art, Art Program Coordinator, and director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Yoko was born in Shizuoka, Japan and received her Masters from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work is in the collection of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Baylor Medical Center, Hotel Sheraton, and St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital. She has been featured on the cover of Gallery Guide (Southeast) and was chosen for the Savannah College of Art and Design advertisement in the New York Times Design and Living Winter 2008 Magazine issue.
Yoko is highly influenced by the Japanese belief in the will of nature. Her work combines childhood memories from the past with experiences from the present. Often, she expresses these instances using abstract form. She manipulates and blurs the images to allow some things to remain recognizable while others are unclear. In the busy society that exists today, Yoko is reflecting on childhood memories of nature such as the gaps of sunlight between leaves and the small plants on the roadside.