Hillsborough Gallery of Arts: Earthworks

Earthworks presents by Hillsborough Gallery of Arts

North Carolina gallery, Hillsborough Gallery of Arts presents exhibit Earthworks. artGuide arts news blog presents more information on this Hillsborough exhibit running until June 25th! 

Fri­day, May 26th, 2017 from 6 — 9 pm

Painters Chris Graeb­ner and Jude Lobe along with pot­ter Garry Childs take their inspi­ra­tion for their new work from the earth this month at the Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Arts.

Garry Childs describes his tech­nique, “All of my work is formed on the potter’s wheel from terra-cotta clay. I apply glazes and pig­ments to my pots when they have reached a state pot­ters call “leather-hard” which is when the clay has stiff­ened up enough to han­dle, but is not com­pletely dry. I usu­ally do this by spray­ing, but some­times also with a brush. I then carve through the glaze into the still damp clay to achieve the var­i­ous pat­terns seen on my work.”

Chris Graeb­ner describes her inspi­ra­tion for the show, “I love to drive, espe­cially on long trips. Every sum­mer we go to North­ern Michi­gan – to Lake Huron. It’s a trip I love, two days up and two days back, dri­ving through gor­geous scenery, forests and farms. (It’s amaz­ing how many dif­fer­ent types of barns there are!) Last sum­mer, in addi­tion to the trip to Michi­gan, we made a 3700 mile trip to South Dakota, return­ing home by way of Texas and Louisiana. As usual, I did most of the dri­ving. Dri­ving forces me to pay atten­tion to every­thing around me and I’m always amazed by the beauty. Paint­ing is my way of own­ing that beauty, so I greed­ily want to paint it all!  My hus­band, Brooks, is patient about tak­ing pho­tos with the cell phone as we sail past inter­est­ing things on the high­way. Most of the paint­ings in this show are of places observed from the car, in our trav­els over the last year.”

The work Jude Lobe presents in Earth­works reflects her love and respect of nature and car­ries the theme that we are con­nected with all liv­ing things. Lobe writes, “Hik­ing, work­ing in the gar­den, day­dream­ing on moun­tains, or lis­ten­ing to the river gur­gle over rocks assures me that even when things are bad, the good will rise again. Nature over­comes adver­sity. Whether it suf­fers from strip-mining, pol­lu­tion, defor­esta­tion, or acid rain; the earth will rebound. New plants will seed a bar­ren land allow­ing new plants to purify the air. But still man is the one that has the largest impact on every­thing in nature; plants, fauna, clean water, arc­tic ice, and so on. It is our respon­si­bil­ity to rec­og­nize that for our sur­vival, we need to pro­tect every­thing in nature.”

Lobe’s medium of choice, cold wax and oil, lends itself per­fectly to express the idea of evo­lu­tion and renewal. It affords the oppor­tu­nity to show a his­tory of the paint­ing by build­ing up lay­ers, obscur­ing what’s beneath, and remov­ing lay­ers to reveal bits of past lay­ers. It becomes a metaphor for a life that is a com­pi­la­tion of bits of past expe­ri­ences. Her works in this show include cold wax & oil paint­ings, encaus­tics, and 3-D works.