FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill presents Color and Light, Women Speak, and the annual Gala - Off The Walls

Nancy Smith,  From the Depths of Earth

Nancy Smith, From the Depths of Earth

Color and Light




Beginning on February 5th we will be showcasing the work of four FRANK artists in a new exhibit entitled, “Color and Light.” Ceramicists Sasha Bakaric and Susan Filley join painter Peg Bachenheimer and mixed media artist Sudie Rakusin for an inspiring show. Each of the artists approach their medium in a creative and expertly executed way, however, they all exemplify the theme of the exhibit seamlessly.

Working in porcelain, Susan Filley creates exquisite functional and sculptural pieces that give the viewer insight to the delicate and complex nature of glazes and porcelain work. Inspired by cells and microbiology, Sasha Bakaric typically works with white stoneware coated with terra sigillata to create interesting surfaces, always challenging her technique and creative sensibilities her new work is guaranteed to be distinctively unique. Sudie Rakusin is a visual artist, sculptor, illustrator, and children's book author, and though excelling in so many different disciplines, it is Sudie’s harmonious and emotive approach to her figurative and abstract paintings, sculptures, and interactive altar-like pieces that will be highlighted in the show. The use of color and texture in Peg Bachenheimer’s graceful and beautiful paintings is ever evolving, however, the constant in her abstract and landscape pieces is the ease in which she delivers a gloriously light filled finished piece.

Please join us on Friday, March 8th from 6-8pm to listen to these four talented artists discuss the inspiration and techniques behind their work and hear about their current collection from the artists themselves. Light refreshments will be provided.

Women Speak




“Silent No More, Women Speak”

Three-Day Event in Chapel Hill will Celebrate Women’s Art and Voices

In honor of International Women’s Day, Frank Community Gallery of Chapel Hill is hosting Women Speak, a celebration of women giving voice to the feminine experience through portraits, poetry, and prose. The three-day event will include a display of works by local artist Nancy L. Smith and written works from women beginning Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10. The event will include an artist reception on Friday night and a poetry reading on Sunday. More than 15 special guests will read their responses to Smith’s work.

During the past year, Smith has invited women from all over the world to respond to the art works that will be on display. Once a month for six months, Smith released four or five images of her work and invited written responses of 300 words or less. During this period, Smith received over 300 submissions from 100 women living in nine different countries. From these, Smith and a panel of judges selected 30 winners. Many of the authors will read their works at the March 10 event.

Inspiration for this event came from Smith’s body of work based on exploration of the female form. “During my creative process I discovered my paintings were giving voice to my unconscious inner landscape. They spoke of a wide range of my experiences including peace, loss, angst about prescribed roles and determination to be myself. I invited women writers to join me in the complex exploration of what it means to be a woman today. Women had a lot to say and said it beautifully.”

One of Smith’s favorite entries is by NC writer Aleta Payne inspired by Silent Reflection.

(Excerpt from “You are Mistaken”)

You mistake my rage for quiet contemplation.

As with so many of my sisters, my pain is an emotional chameleon, camouflaged for my own well-being lest I be labeled undisciplined, difficult, unprofessional, or hostile.

God forbid my honesty makes you at all uncomfortable. The politics of respectability leave no room for such things.

Smith is an award winning water-media and collage artist who has displayed her works frequently in the southeast. Images of her artworks have appeared in numerous books and journals including River; When Women Waken-Being; When Women Waken-War; Genetics in Medicine; and NC Literary Review.

Frank Community Gallery, University Place, 201 Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

Gallery Hours: Fri-Sat 11-7pm / Sun 1-6pm

PNC Presents the FRANK 9th Annual Off the Wall Gala

APRIL 6TH 6-8:30



What is the Gala?  The Off the Wall Gala is the gallery’s most important fundraising event of the year and 2019 will be no exception. The Off the Wall Gala is a chance for you to help us continue to serve the community by providing art education to all ages, be a resource for local artists, and promote community unity year after year while also getting to leave with a piece of art valued from at least $500 to $3,500 and more! FRANK and local area artists donate 65 pieces of art to the event and each Art Ticket holder gets the opportunity to pick their favorite piece to take home in an exciting drawing filled with fun, food, and drinks!

Exciting new changes will make for a new FRANK Gala experience this upcoming year! The 2019 Off the Wall Gala will be presented this year by PNC Bank through their sponsorship gift. For the first time in our 9 years of having the event, we are going offsite to the elegant and excellent Siena Hotel of Chapel Hill.  We are also thrilled to have Daniel Wallace, celebrated author of Big Fish, who will be reprising his role as our emcee, so the evening is not to be missed.

When is the Gala? April 6, 2019 from 6-8:30pm

Where is the Gala? The Siena Hotel; 1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

How does it work? With the purchase of an Art Ticket, the buyer’s name is entered into a random draw upon registration.  Guests are encouraged to join us for a cocktail hour prior to the event in order to scope out favorite pieces and make a list in order of preference.  When the drawing starts, names of Art Ticket holders will be pulled at random and read out loud by our emcee. Once the Art Ticket holder’s name is called, they have one minute to choose from “off the wall”, his or her favorite work from a selection of the available pieces. Donated art will be posted on our website prior to the event, so stay tuned.

How much are tickets?·        

  • Art Tickets can be purchased for $450, an Art Ticket holder can bring a guest for a $50 Companion Ticket.

  • Patron Tickets, which admits 2, can be purchased for $195, there is no Art Drawing in this ticket. All guests get to partake in delicious food and drinks. Only Art Ticket holders are eligible for a piece of art, Patron Ticket and Companion Tickets will not be eligible to select an art piece Off the Wall but can enter in the raffle at the end of the evening for exciting prizes.  

How can I purchase tickets?: Tickets can be purchased directly at the Gallery or on the link below.  

Over the last 8 (coming up on 9!) years, the annual FRANK Off the Wall Gala has become one of the best evenings of the year, and is one of the most important arts and culture events in the Triangle.  We couldn’t do it without the help of our board, members, donating artists, volunteers and most importantly YOU!

Sudie Rakusin, Vicissitudes No 38

Sudie Rakusin, Vicissitudes No 38



Peg Bachenheimer,  Blue Light of Evening , acrylic on panel, 30” x 30”

Peg Bachenheimer, Blue Light of Evening, acrylic on panel, 30” x 30”

S. Filey

S. Filey

Women Speak Image

Women Speak Image

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