“A Walk in the Woods” Guides You Through the Carolina Woodlands
Five guest artists approach the glory of the Carolina woodlands with fresh takes on nature through their personal perspectives in a group exhibition at Artsville Collective. Not at all what you would expect, their viewpoints reveal Appalachia through a fresh lens, inspired by fall and full of surprises for all leaf-peepers. The showing guest artists include Jim McDowell, Bronwen McCormick, Jo Miller, Mary Farmer, and Ellen Golden. Their work is showing alongside Artsville founding artists Daryl Slaton; pop animation, and Louise Glickman; mixed media.
About the Guest Artists
Jim McDowell, a skilled ceramicist, creates under the name “The Black Potter.” He has been making face jugs for over 35 years in the tradition of his African and Caribbean ancestors. Each face jug tells a moving story dating from slavery to current times, and empowered by inspiring inscriptions on the back.
Bronwen McCormick’s soothing watercolor paintings bring a breath of fresh air to traditional landscapes. She mimics nature using fluid brushstrokes, capturing the inspired colors of mountains and woods, offering new appreciation for familiar scenes, made fresh through prowess and proficiency.
Jo Miller, a talented woodturner, uses a basket illusion technique that transforms turned wood into a semblance of woven basketry. These unusual plates speak to new techniques within the framework of inspired hand craft, enhancing natural wood with a uniquely textural quality.
Ellen Golden begins her artistry with landscape photography, and modifies it skillfully into something rather different and more contemporary. These works are thoughtfully manipulated showing a mastery that amplifies the colors and textures of autumn, by day and by night. This is her first public show so she embodies Artsville goal to support emerging artists.
Mary Farmer is a skilled artist whose encaustic paintings provide respite from the stress and turmoil of daily life. Her large panels are designed to bring the woods indoors, enlivening and refreshing vast walls with reflective light and colors mimicking spring and fall.