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United Arts Council

Visual Art Exhibitions

Each year, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County curates and sponsors 23 art exhibits in two locations: the Wake County Justice Center in downtown Raleigh and WakeMed Raleigh on New Bern Avenue. If you are interested in exhibiting your two-dimensional work in either location, contact Brandi Neuwirth at bneuwirth@unitedarts.org or (919) 839-1498, ext. 205.

New exhibits open:

WakeMed Raleigh, New Bern Campus
Drawings by Saundra Smith Rubiera
through March 5, 2018




About the Artist:   Saundra Smith Rubiera is a North Carolina artist who works in colored pencils, markers, acrylic paints, and linocuts. She has an MFA degree from East Carolina University with a major in painting and a minor in printmaking. She is a retired art teacher and has illustrated three published books. Saundra’s work has been exhibited in national, regional, and local shows. Her business, Dancing Lady Designs, creates custom art and furniture for children’s rooms. Saundra was a 2017 recipient of an Individual Artist Grant funded by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.

Artist Statement: I have spent my life studying, teaching, and making art. What inspires me to pick up a pencil, brush, or pen, and make marks on paper or canvas is the same now as it was when I first started out as an artist: color, pattern, and flattened space.

For me, color needs to be as intense and bright as I can make it. I want my colors to be exciting, like opening a new box of crayons on the first day of school.

My work is flat and decorative.  I am mad for pattern, texture, and interesting marks. I like the movement they create in a drawing or painting and the way they activate the surface by breaking large shapes into smaller colored spots.

Although I draw from life, I make a conscious effort to flatten the space in the picture plane by tilting it toward the viewer and altering the perspective. The objects looked stacked, one on top of the other, vertically, rather than one behind the other, horizontally.

There is also an element of "storytelling" in my work.  The objects I draw and paint are objects I touch or use everyday--objects perhaps unimportant to others, but which have meaning for me beyond my finding them interesting or beautiful. These objects evoke stories from my own memories or sometimes stories I make up about them.

I find these stories funny or whimsical, sometimes sad, sometimes silly. We all struggle, I think, daily, with horrors in the news and difficulties in our own lives.  In my drawings, there is no cruelty or violence, no war or hunger or pain. I am aware that this is not the real world, but I want the viewer to forget all that if only for a moment.


Wake County Justice Center (2nd, 3rd and 4th floors)
Paintings by Tammy Kaufman
Through May 8, 2018

"Paix Dans la Sauvage"

About the Artist:   Born in southern Texas, Tammy Kaufman grew up in the Piedmont of North Carolina after traveling the United States and Europe with her family as a youngster. A former 24-hour endurance mountain bike racer, she currently resides in central North Carolina with her husband, Steve, and their adopted pets. Now retired from competitive cycling, she continues to cherish the wonders of nature through her artwork, and donates the profits from all painting sales to animal and environmental charities. Kaufman is a member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina, Southeastern Pastel Society, Oil Pastel Society and North Carolina Plein Air Painters, and is a juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her paintings have been juried into multiple shows across North Carolina and hang in private collections throughout the United States, and she is currently exhibiting her works in Studio B at Ollie's Cafe & Gifts of Wake Forest.


Artist Statement:  Every picture tells a story. The vibrant hues of sunlight kissing flower-covered fields, soft light filtering through lacy-leafed trees and glistening across reflective waters, the stunning kaleidoscope of colors peeking through clouds and woven into snow, and the deep intensity of the night all share their stories with the listening heart. 

Infinitely drawn to nature, I found a kinship with the landscape as a 24-hour endurance mountain bike racer for many years when it was my great fortune to experience the beauty of the natural world so often overlooked during our busy lives. My landscapes invite you to observe more closely the tiniest details found in the most ordinary things - a tangle of weeds, the shadows cast by an ancient tree, subtle ripples in an otherwise quiet pond - which are, to me, the most extraordinary things in the world and have the most beautiful stories to tell. 

Pastels are my instinctive medium of choice due to the intimate connection of the artist’s hand directly to the painting surface, using luminous pigments created from the earth itself. It is my privilege to share my love and respect for Mother Nature with you, and I donate all profits from the sales of all my works to non-profit environmental and animal charities.



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Raleigh NC 27603

Phone: (919) 839-1498
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