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Alamance Arts,

Sister Galleries

213 South Main Street, Graham, NC

the shape of color: sculpture + paintings by mary-ann prack

monday, may 13 - saturday, june 22, 2019

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  As a third-generation member of an architectural engineering family, art and architecture were a strong component of Prack’s early life experiences and surroundings - an appreciation of the arts was thoroughly instilled in her throughout her childhood.  This richly creative environment became the essential basis from which she developed an appreciation, respect and love of art and her favorite period of history – the Abstract Impressionist Movement.

Prack began her formal fine arts education at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, continued at the Arts institute of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Florida Atlantic University, where she studied both fine art and interior design.  Although Prack’s interest and passion was always with fine art, she chose to practice interior design in order to make a living.  By 1986, she was able to transition into creating art on a full-time basis.  She says, “it has been a challenge to balance the integrity of my artwork with the need to make a living.  I feel I have not allowed my artistic growth to be compromised no matter what the circumstances nor challenges.  I have been able to maintain my enthusiasm, commitment to high quality ad focused energy that has been evident in my sculpture form the beginning.”

Prack explains, “I was drawn to clay as a sculpture medium for many reason, from childhood remembrances of modeling for my mother as she sculpted me in clay, to the discovery of its unlimited potential for creative expression and to the fulfillment that comes with having complete control over every stage of the artistic process.”  For over 30 years, she has worked with clay as a pure sculpture medium.  There is nothing traditional about her approach to or use of clay in terms of subject, design, scale or glazing techniques.  Prack creates sculpture that is distinctive, precise, and with geometric purity of surface and form.  She hand-builds each piece using special formulated clay that has a stone-like hardness, strength and consistency suitable for her colors that are permanently sealed.  The sizes range from approximately two to nine feet in height.  Each of her sculptures are original, she takes great care with each as if it were the only one.

The interest in painting began as an alternate art form to her sculpture, when in 2004 an illness briefly left her unable to do the heavy work sculpture requires.  Since then her painting has become as important to her artistic expression as sculpture.  Though different in approach, the energy, spirit and artist presence is evident when her sculpture and paintings are experienced together.

The artist’s home, studio and sculpture garden are located in the idyllic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

With her artist statement, Prack says  “I am a painter and sculptor mostly known for my clay works inspired by the human figure.  My interpretation of the human experience on a physical, emotional and spiritual level is revealed in each of the sculptures I create.  Their shapes are elegant and organic, with geometric surfaces of primarily colorful glazes and incised lines.  When my sculptures are experienced in person, they reveal a distinctive presence, personality and energy, each conveying real human qualities and emotion.  It is my intuitive process of turning clay into something tangible and meaningful that has intrigued me over the past thirty years.”

“My colorful, mulit-layerd, abstract paintings are constructed with layer of color and amorphous shapes that move in a free form style.  As you look closely, images reminiscent of humans, animals, unusual life forms and habitats appear.  A wonderful of sorts with boundaries; in form of hard-edge line and bold geometric blocks of color, giving order and harmony to the experience.  My sculpture and paintings share common qualities; physically in the architectural influences of my past and emotionally in their shared strength, depth and energy, profoundly affecting most who experience them.” Visit the artist’s website.


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Alamance Arts,

SunTrust Gallery

213 South Main Street, Graham, NC

women’s work in art by elizabeth bauk

monday, may 13 - saturday, june 22, 2019

In the SunTrust Gallery, Alamance Arts will also present women’s work in art, a collection of textile collage quilts by Elizabeth Bauk, a sewist, designer and textile artist from Salisbury, NC.

“Needle pulling thread” has always been fascinating to me and has led me here.  Always a bit of a magpie, I have accumulated many hand-made vintage textiles. Many artists have had a hand in the art I create. I hope to honor them by using their beautiful artwork in my pieces. These women may have not considered themselves artists, but I do. It is my belief that there were many unknown women artists among the generations that preceded me. Perhaps these women were too humble to call themselves artists. Maybe they had too many other obligations to consider what they made as art.”, says Elizabeth Bauk.

Bauk loves to mix vintage textile art with her own designs. Some of the pieces she has collected along the way were unfinished.  She completed them and blended their stories with her own.

Techniques used in her art (in no particular order) are: free-form crochet and knitting, hand and machine embroidery, over-embroidery, embellishing with broken jewelry and buttons, felting wool sweaters, using old curtains and pillows, and deconstructing (and often reconstructing) clothing and fashion accessories. In other words, Bauk will use ANYTHING that can be sewn down, especially objects in their second act.

These techniques allow her to tell stories with stitches. In addition to earlier individual quilts, Bauk has created two themed series: the sheep and the owl. The owl represents courageousness and the sheep comfort. Both were significant during difficult transitions in her life, however viewers tend to describe them as whimsical and friends comment that they make them smile. Bauk hopes “my work makes you smile as well.”

Raising their four children with her husband, in the same house in which she grew up, in a community she has always called home -  Bauk draws inspiration from her own experiences in life, her family and friends, and the artists and teachers she has been honored to work with along the way.  She taught herself to sew at the age of 10, after complaining to her mother that her closet was not full enough.  “Talk about adolescent empowerment” says Bauk.   From an early age, she could be found hanging out at fabric stores and charity shops for the clothing material and inspiration.   Her works combines woven and knit pieces with buttons, jewelry, and whatever objects serendipitously find her. 

As a young wife and mother, she loved to “feather her nest”. Having a home to decorate and raising children offered many opportunities for crafting, costume making, and turning nothing into something. She sewed in solitude (except for all the little kids running around her). In 2002, when the nest began to empty, she found a sewing community in Carrboro, North Carolina.  Bauk realized there were quite a few life stories she could tell with stitches and her collection of textiles.

Thus, creative re-use became her therapy and found its way into this body of work. She has an absolute passion for textiles and seeing beauty in them. For Bauk, it is a magical process and she loves to practice her craft often.


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Paramount Theater

128 East Front Street, Burlington, NC

life in color by brian collins

friday, may 31 - friday, july 28, 2019

A native of Alamance County, Burlington artist Brian Collins specializes in urban pop art and large art pieces.  He is a self-taught, mixed media artist who captures pop culture/icons in vivid colors and bold lines. 

Collins states “Art remains as a strong contender of how we share our thoughts and ideas.  I try to incorporate my personality and imagination onto the canvas with each piece of art I create.  While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project, my methodology is consistent.  I enjoy the freedom of art, I like that there are no rules or guidelines while creating.  I paint what I feel, what I see and what I think.  As Maya Angelou says “You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have “”

His works can be found in various galleries, collections and establishments throughout North Carolina. 

The Paramount Theater is open Monday - Saturday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm and one hour prior to all Paramount Theater events and productions.


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Mebane Arts and Community Center

633 Corregidor Street, Mebane, NC

judy madren

friday, may 31 - sunday, july 28, 2019

Art has always been an essential part of Judy Madren’s life since her childhood and paint-by-number kits. As a young adult, she studied under the instruction of Florence Riddle focusing on drawing and the use of oils and later under the instruction of Betty Tyler, who encouraged her to step out of the boundaries and explore the many facets of art and different types of media.  Being a versatile artist with experience in a variety of mediums - acrylics, oils, pastels, pen and ink, and watercolors, Madren’s artwork has recently taken on an explosion of color, unique subject matter and the introduction of using not only brushes, but the freedom of the palette knife.

She says “I am inspired by the gifts that God has given me to creatively convey my visions, thoughts and abilities to the inspiration of others.  Art is a tool allowing me to introduce to individuals many different perspectives that are not always easily expressed in words.  No matter what topic or subject I create, I cannot control the message that is taken away from one’s viewing of my work, whether positive or negative, however if it is provoking, then I am a success.”

Madren feels fortunate to continue to have the opportunity to re-enforce her passion with various instructors and artists in the area and beyond Alamance County; “ one can never learn too much, especially in the field of art”.  As a resident of Elon, she supports the local arts community and displays and sells her work in galleries and events and is a member of the Burlington Artists League and Alamance Artisans.

The Mebane Arts and Community Center is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm.


To purchase artwork from the Paramount Theater or the Mebane Arts and Community Center,
please call Alamance Arts at 336-226-4495 and we will gladly assist you.

 

For information on exhibiting in our galleries, please contact

Teresa Chandler, Visual Arts Director at tchandler@alamancearts.org.