Feature Articles

January Issue 2002

Here's a Carolina Arts Update! 7/22/05

erl originals gallery in Winston-Salem, NC, is now closed. The following is no reflection on the artist(s) mentioned in this article. They still deserve the historical fact that this exhibition happened.

Here is an excerpt from an article in the Winston-Salem Journal's Dec. 10, 2004, edition: "In late September, (2004) erl's owners, Peter and Lee Swenson, and the company they operate, Bogart Management Group, were foreclosed on by their bank. They were barred from their gallery at 480 West End Blvd. for being months in arrears on rent and utilities. Peter Swenson is facing numerous tax-fraud charges, as well as a growing number of civil lawsuits filed by creditors seeking to collect payments they say are long overdue".


e.r.l originals in Winston-Salem, NC, Features Works by Philip Koch, Elaine Reed, and Freeman Beard

Vividly-colored contemporary landscape paintings by nationally-recognized artist Philip Koch and oil painting on porcelain objects by North Carolina artist Elaine Reed will be featured in the main gallery of e.r.l. originals in Winston-Salem,NC, Jan. 11 through Feb. 6, 2002. Watercolors by Freeman Beard will be featured in the studio's Gallery G during the same time frame.

Koch describes his vivid paintings as "expressions of life for which I haven't yet found words. One of the hardest things to find are the right words. That's why there's art. Like a willing vessel, a beautiful painting holds our deepest emotions, it brings fullness into our lives".

Koch, the great-grandson of John Wallace, a Scottish landscape painter, and the grandson of John Capstaff, the inventor of the original Kodachrome color film process, is a native of Rochester, NY, and spent several important formative years in the Midwest where he began painting. Originally an abstract painter, he became inspired by such artists as Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, and Charles Burchfield and began to paint in a more realistic manner. While a graduate student at Indiana University where he received his MFA in painting, he also discovered the 19th century painters of the Hudson River School and found more new possibilities in their vast panoramas and their willingness "to get lost in the forest."

Koch's work has been exhibited in leading art galleries throughout the US for more than two decades. Most recently, he has had solo exhibitions at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, the University of Maryland in College Park, and the Lyons-Wier Gallery in Chicago, and his works are currently on display as part of the Art in Embassies Program in Bemako, Mali. Major corporations such as Johnson and Johnson, Midlantic Bank, Pepsico, and the Washington Post have collected his work.

Since 1973, Koch has been at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore, where he is a Professor of Fine Art.

Elaine Reed's art features oil painting on porcelain objects. "My search for forms began by perfecting pottery skills which remain essential to my sculpture today," says the artist. "With pottery, I realized I wanted more than a beautiful form, but a way of integrating design with the form. I intuitively attempt the integration of design and form toward an idea, using stoneware clay, glaze, and reduction firing to achieve my intentions."

Educated at the University of Miami, Art Institute of Chicago, and Penland School of Crafts, Reed has taught art in public schools as well as on the college level. Her works can be found in numerous collections, among them the NC Museum of Art, R.J. Reynolds Corporation, Bank of America, Wachovia Bank, Glaxo Corporation, and the N.C. State University Art Museum College. A resident of Raleigh, she also has received numerous awards and honors during her more than 30 years as an artist.

Freeman Beard grew up on a farm in Maiden, NC, where he developed an awareness of nature and time past. He graduated with a BFA degree from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL, where he schooled his talents in watercolor, oils, graphics and design. His works range from the detailed realism of a dilapidated farmhouse with tobacco barns and out buildings to the impressionism of mist floating through a lush forest or across the sea. His images show a duty to memory of times past, to feelings, good and positive, and to feelings of belonging.

Freeman is a member of the NC Watercolor Association, Blue Ridge Crafts Association. Durham Art Guild, Ringling Alumni Association, and Broadcast Designers Association of America.

For more information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings or call the gallery at 336/760-4373.

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