Moving On To Watercolor Heaven - Group Exhibition at 311 Gallery in Raleigh

Five artists exhibit their work in April's Exhibition presented by 311 Gallery

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311 is excited to showcase the kinetic sculpture of Kevin Duval again. Joining him this year are four of our favorite watercolorists: Amy Beshgetoorian, Rick Bennett, Patricia Williams, and Janie Johnson.

Kevin’s inspiration for his kinetic sculptures comes from the old metalworking machines he grew up around in New England. The numerous dials and knobs, promising motion, fascinated him, especially the metal lathe. Kevin has combined his fascination with a wide variety of materials to create these interactive masterpieces that rotate around the foundation of the metal lathe.

Patricia took her love of science and engineering in a unique direction, using the interplay of color and form to create whimsical paintings that translate mathematical and scientific principles into a more approachable format. Her desire is that scientists will gain an appreciation for art as a tool to interpret the world while people that are uncomfortable with science and math will be drawn to learn more about one of the concepts.

Rick draws much of his inspiration from his childhood. He grew up in rural eastern NC. Family outings were often adventures through the woods or along the Neuse River, exploring abandoned houses or hunting for fossils. His work uses shapes, light, and places to express his emotional attachment to his roots in the coastal southeast.

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Irreverent and playful, Amy’s watercolors suggest familiar scenes and subjects. Her aim is to say as much as possible with a minimum of bold strokes, reflecting the symphonic dance between brush, pigment, water, and paper. Her paintings are executed quickly with a looseness that captures her energy.

Janie loves the happy accidents that are part of working with watercolor. She uses the luminosity achieved with transparent watercolor to her advantage. Janie loves finding positive and negative images in her painting and then uses her imagination to expand on the subject matter, creating abstract and abstract realism paintings