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Alamance Arts

213 S. Main St, Graham, NC
Sister Galleries                                       

reflections of elegance: KENNeth paul block        & the masters of fashion illustration

thursday, august 16 - saturday, october 20, 2018

Curated by the Kenneth Paul Block Foundation which holds the most extensive archive of Block’s artwork, this exhibition is free to the public August 16 - October 20, 2018.

“More than any single designer, Kenneth Block gave New York fashion its sophistication,” according to designer Isaac Mizrahi. In a time when photography captured the art of fashion, Kenneth Paul Block opted instead to use pencils and paint to interpret its soul. The exhibit presents Block as a renowned creator and influencer to fashion illustrators, both old and new. Borrowing from Block’s extensive personal collection of drawings by other important fashion illustrators, the viewer will see Block’s illustrations mirrored in works by historic masters and reflected in the new generation.

Kenneth Paul Block (1924 -2009) was born in Larchmont, New York. He graduated from Parson’s School of Design, and, he became chief features artist for Women’s Wear Daily in the mid-1950s. He would remain there for more than 40 years. In addition to that position, he held long-term commissions as an illustrator for Bonwit Teller, Bergdorf Goodman and Lord and Taylor. Each drawing he produced was incisive and daring. Gesture, posture and elegance were his hallmark. At fashion shows, collection previews and Paris couture, Block sketched the works of designers like Norman Norell, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Perry Ellis, Andre Courreges, Pierre Cardin, Hubert de Givenchy, Alix Gres and Coco Chanel. As fashion changed direction, Block kept abreast and to a large degree began to influence the very designers’ work that he sketched.

Hours for the exhibit are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 336-226-4495.


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SunTrust Gallery

213 S. Main St, Graham, NC

reflections of elegance: KENNeth paul block        & the masters of fashion illustration

thursday, august 16 - saturday, october 20, 2018


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Paramount Theater

 

128 East Front Street, Burlington, NC

jerry lawrence

friday, august 17 - monday, October 15, 2018

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Jerry Lawrence from his earliest years has always had the ability to draw what he sees.  He started out drawing cartoon, comic book figures and then started developing the ability to do realistic images or portraits from live subject matters. With an interest in fine arts, an eye for detail and a love of the arts, he completed a degree in Fine Art and Photography from the University of Virginia Commonwealth and exhibited his works in several of the local galleries and participated in the art shows in the Richmond area.

Moving to Colorado after school and searching for an identity, the artist met his wife and worked many odd jobs to make ends meet. Finally, he realized that he could not support his family the way he wanted to, so he went back to school to get a degree in Information Technology and worked in that field for twenty years while still creating his art in spare time.

In living in Colorado, he realized how much he loved nature and was inspired by just being in the beautiful elements of Colorado.  The artist would take off on the weekends driving for hours at a time exploring all the different scenic wonders that the state has to offer.  Yet after so many years of painting and selling his work in Colorado, the Lawrences decided it was time to move back home near family.        

“After so many years of just being able to portray the subject matter in a realistic way, today, my work has evolved, it has become more expressive, boldly showing the brush stroke and the different colors and values that makes up a painting, for me, that is more powerful than just blending color together.” 

Lawrence considers himself an expressive oil painter because of how he lets the loose paint show all the individual painted strokes in his paintings. He loves painting from the human figure and nature.  His inspiration is from great impressionists like Monet, Renoir and Degas, who was more obsessed with how the natural light affects the colors and shape of a subject. “I feel more freedom painting this way and for me, I think the paintings are more impactful.”

Primarily working in oil and acrylic colors, the artist prefers to work with larger size canvas but has recently worked smaller so as to more easily transport them.

Currently Lawrence is working on creating a series of portraits with only color, value and light, letting the shape define itself. He says “I once thought to be a successful painter, I needed to be as realistic as possible, now I feel, I can get more, with less, when painting and also with feeling, rather than just technique.”

 


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Mebane Arts and Community Center

633 Corregidor Street, Mebane, NC

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friday, august 10 - monday, october 8, 2018

Pat Scheible is an artist living and working in Mebane, North Carolina since 1976.  She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University and was a research scientist in biology for many years before she realized that her true calling was art.  A graduate of the Institut Guegan in France, Scheible holds a Certificat in Trompe L’oeil Painting, and has studied with a number of nationally-known artists.  

Her current exhibit at the Mebane Arts & Community Center features Shadowboxes.  Scheible says “I have always had an attraction to the patinated and tattered.  Several years ago, I had to clean out two relatives’ houses in a single summer, and encountered an abundance of “stuff”, worthless unless one happened to be an artist, but what to do with it?  I had known these folks, known something of their lives and stories, and also knew that there was no one else left to give a damn.  I needed to make something enduring out of these things that had meant something to them, but something that would have universal, not just personal, value. 

Thus began my love affair with shadowboxes.  I had not encountered the scrapbooking craze, nor had I seen anything like what I was beginning to produce, but I just couldn’t stop.  I finally put several in an exhibit, where someone introduced me to the work of Joseph Cornell.   No one would mistake my work for his, certainly, but there is a kinship there.  We seem to share a love of implied stories, with a bit of darkness about them. 

The objects I collect call to one another and arrange themselves in surprising ways.  It is often weeks after I make a box that I notice themes and details that seem to have come together on their own.  That element of mystery keeps me fascinated.  Although I seldom have a story in mind, people seem to find their own stories in these boxes, and for that I am humbly grateful.

Shadowboxes don’t keep tons of waste out of the landfill, but they do take discards and juxtapose them in (sometimes) meaningful arrangements.  Others are just jokes.  I have a hard time telling the difference.”

Click HERE to visit the artist's website.
 

The Mebane Arts and Community Center is open Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 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.