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November Issue 2010

Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Group Exhibition

Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, The Best of the Best, featuring works by gallery artists, Nov. 5 - 30, 2010.

This group show displays the best selections by our stable of over 25 gallery artists working in every genre from traditional landscape, seascape, cityscape, and still life works to contemporary abstracts, and mixed media collage. Paintings on exhibit will include oils, acrylics, encaustics, pastels, watercolors, and mixed media. With such a wide array of styles to choose from, this show offers something for every art enthusiast.

This will be the debut exhibit for the gallery's two newest artists: Travis Black Brown and Isabel Forbes.

Travis Bruce Black's first formal art instruction took place at a community college in Lansing, MI, where his first watercolor class was taught by the man who would become his mentor, Jim Ferguson. Under Ferguson's tutelage, along with learning and applying the fundamental concepts of watercolor painting, Black was encouraged to push himself and learn to express himself in ways that took him out of his comfort zone.

Eventually, Black moved to New Mexico to attend the University of New Mexico; there he continued his studies with the influential Martin Facey, head of UNM's Art Department and a former apprentice to Richard Diebenkorn.

In describing his work, Black points to an overarching theme found throughout his paintings: "how complex creatures are and how every living thing is a little package of total mystery." His artworks are colorful explosions, and he finds inspiration from a vast array of things about him, from stained glass windows and quilts, to camouflage, and even corporate logos. The ultimate goal of Black's work is to try to show the spectrum of difference between abstraction and naturalistic form and to illustrate how layered reality is.

Isabel Forbes is a graduate of Ringling School of Arts in Sarasota, FL, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Art degree. She credits her early background in photography with as a major influence on her approach to her subject matter. Her focus on light and dark, complimentary colors, and negative space are a result of her viewing life through the camera lens. Her compositions vary from urban landscapes and coastal seascapes to interiors and figurative paintings.

For further info check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/333-4535 or visit (www.providencegallery.net).


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