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October Issue 2007
Gallery C in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Robin Hanes
Gallery C in Raleigh, NC, is presenting the exhibit, Road Life - Wildlife Portraits in Gouache, featuring works by Robin Hanes, on view through Oct. 30, 2007.
Hanes is an artist and naturalist with a cause; the roadside wildlife you have seen so many times while driving the highways and back roads throughout North Carolina or any other state in the nation. Like the artist, you have no doubt noticed many a deer or skunk or raccoon peering out of the brush or crossing the road or worse yet, having been hit by a car. Hanes's paintings, albeit in brilliant gouache colors and with highly decorative internal frames, remind us of the dangers that these creatures face and how they depend on us for their protection.
The goal of these paintings is to make us all keenly aware of our environment and the animals that share it. As a result, Hanes' exhibit contains many references to the plight of wild animals in today's spiraling urbanization. A percentage of the sales during the exhibit will be donated to the North Carolina Zoo where many injured and orphaned animals from around the state are cared for.
Among the menagerie in the collection are small paintings of a deer, a frog, a squirrel and a rabbit whose demise is colorfully comforted by rims of flowers and fruit. Hanes' larger paintings tell whole stories through handsome modernistic cars, fall landscapes or a moonlit country scene. She disguises the underlying message of many of these works with playful borders full of stop signs, headlights, tires, birds and bugs.
Hanes' enthusiasm for the North Carolina Zoo was nourished when her son interned in the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Zoo. She learned that caring individuals like herself began bringing the Zoo animals that had been hurt or orphaned and needed treatment in order to release them back into the wild. The resulting Rehab Center, which is privately funded, was founded in 2001 and cares for these animals with a largely volunteer staff.
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