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October 2011

The Durham Arts Council Features Works by Matt Micca, Laura Azar, Shelly Hehenberger, and Artie Dixon

The Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, is presenting several new exhibits including: Ballpoint Abstractions, featuring works by Matt Micca in the Allenton Gallery; New Paintings by Laura Azar, on view in the Semans Gallery; and Chaos & Cosmos, featuring work by Shelly Hehenberger, also on view in the Semans Gallery. All three exhibit will be on view through Nov. 30, 2011 and a reception for all three will be held on Oct. 21, from 5-7pm.

The series Ballpoint Abstractions melds minimalist aesthetic with primal mark-making. Matt Micca describes his delicate textural drawings as visual reflections on natural processes. Micca received his BFA from William Patterson University of New Jersey and currently lives in Greensboro, NC.

Laura Azar’s New Paintings blend figurative and abstract elements with a lyrical focus on line quality. Beginning as visceral personal stories, she constructs, destroys and reconstructs her paintings into expressions of universal themes. Azar studied painting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has continued to paint in Chapel Hill for over 20 years.

Chaos & Cosmos, a collection of tactile mixed media paintings, frames the process of art making as a paradigm for the living world. Shelly Hehenberger meditates on the continuous cycling of energy - how destructive chaos gives way to creative life. She conveys these contemplations by taking surfaces apart and reassembling them in other forms. Hehenberger, based in Carrboro, NC, teaches and exhibits throughout North Carolina.

The exhibit, A Cultural Landscape - NC Mountain Counties, featuring works by Artie Dixon also is on view in the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery through Oct. 27, 2011.

The Durham Arts Council is a private nonprofit dedicated to supporting the arts in Durham and the entire Triangle Region in North Carolina and has served the community since 1954. Each year DAC serves over 300,000 visitors and program participants, over 600 artists, and more than 60 arts organizations through classes, artist residencies, exhibits, festivals, grants programs, technical support, arts advocacy and information services. By supporting the Durham Arts Council, you help DAC fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Council at 919/560-2719 or visit (


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