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October Issue 2003

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Sharron Parker

Looking Closely, an exhibition of handmade felt works by Sharron Parker will be on view at Artspace's Upfront Gallery in Raleigh, NC, from Oct. 3 - 25, 2003.

Over the past year, Parker has created several handmade felt works inspired by embedded fossils, ancient rocks, and other natural forms. Building upon this, she has created new works, looking more intently at her sources of inspiration. Literally zooming in, magnifying and examining natural objects, such as butterfly wings or striated rocks, Parker created the exquisitely crafted handmade felt works in Looking Closely.

Parker received an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a masters degree from University of North Carolina-Greensboro, studying education, art, and interior design. She continued her studies in textiles with classes at Penland School of Crafts, where she has returned to teach workshops in feltmaking. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, as well as overseas, through the Art in Embassies program, with work currently at the US Embassy in Armenia.

Artspace is a non-profit visual art center dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions and education programs in an open-studio environment. Artspace is open to the public Tues.-Sat., from 10am-6pm and on the first Friday of each month until 10pm. Admission during business hours and during opening receptions is free. Guided tours of exhibitions and artist studios are available for groups of 10 or more. Artspace is located in Historic City Market in Raleigh, NC, at the corner of Blount St. at Davie St. Artspace is fully handicap accessible to persons with disabilities. Needs will be accommodated upon request. Artspace is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts; by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, with funds from the United Arts campaign and the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council; by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission; and by individuals; businesses; corporations; and private foundations.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the center at 919/821-2787, or on the web at (www.artspacenc.org).

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