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 email@example.com or (919) 839-1498, ext. 205.
New exhibits open:
WakeMed Raleigh, New Bern Campus
Oil Paintings by V.L. Rees
through May 10, 2018
About the Artist:
V. L. Rees is a Raleigh artist who specializes in contemporary realism executed in colorful oils. Unusual angles, dramatic lighting, and nature’s intricacies all capture her attention. Vicki's work has been exhibited throughout the state and is in collections in the South and Midwest. She is a member of VAE, Artspace, Durham Art Guild, Fine Arts League of Cary, and Oil Painters of America. Originally from Indianapolis, Vicki moved to North Carolina after a 20+ year stop in Kentucky. She and her husband live downtown in Historic Oakwood.
She works from her home studio, which is open by appointment.
Since moving to North Carolina in 1998, I’ve walked countless miles around Raleigh’s parks. I’ve found the best places to wait for herons hunting breakfast, when the ferns will emerge, and that wild turtles can learn to “come when called” for feeding.
So many park visitors are intent on their exercise, multi-tasking on their phones, or whizzing by on bicycles, that they miss seeing their surroundings. I hope that this series of paintings will show people what they have been missing.
Take out the earbuds. Put away the phone. Slow down for a just a little while and enjoy the world around you.
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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