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November 2013

Carolina Gallery in SpartanburgOffers Work by Linda Hyatt Cancel

Carolina Gallery in Spartanburg, SC, will present Collateral Twilight, an exhibition of recent work by Linda Hyatt Cancel, on view from Nov. 21 through Dec. 17, 2013. A reception will be held on Nov. 21, from 6-9pm.

Over the years, many of Cancel’s interactions with others as mother, wife, friend, and artist, have found their way into her paintings as either symbol or metaphor. She explains, “Most of the works…are a diary and not as literal as they appear.”

One of Cancel’s signature themes, the nest, has evolved with her role as mother. As her children began spreading their wings, hatched eggs and empty nests began appearing in her paintings with greater frequency. The increasing complexity and abstract qualities of this theme have evolved with her understanding of motherhood. They are acknowledgements of her growth as well as that of her children.

Cancel’s latest exhibition explores twilight as a concept…what it is and the way that it touches others. Although many people associate the time of day with the evening, she points out that it occurs at both dusk and dawn when the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon. Known as “Sweet Light” to photographers, some in the francophonic world refer to it as “the blue hour”. What is clear in daylight, it shrouds in mystery. What is hidden by darkness, it partially reveals. The ambiguity of its nature intrigues Cancel…and it suits her work well.

Raised in Eastern Washington State, Cancel came to South Carolina by way of New Jersey. After living in the Upstate for over a decade, she discovered that her Hyatt line had provided a number of the area’s early settlers. This revelation has added an additional level to the contemplations of her place in the world and the way she chooses to explore it.

At age twelve Cancel began studying oil painting under William F. Pogue in Washington. Later, at Spokane Falls Community College, she majored in Visual Merchandising and Display Design. This training instilled in her an understanding of how the impact of color, design, contrast, and repetition should attract the attention of a viewer within a matter of a few seconds.

Cancel’s relationship with the Christmas Spirit has also developed as an ongoing theme.

This year is special. Not only is she introducing “The Spirit,” the seventh signed and numbered limited edition print in her Christmas print series, Cancel is excited to introduce her first ornament. “Light at the End of the Tunnel,” a keepsake quality memento created to inspire its owner during troubled times, is produced by the Charleston Mint and is based on her painting of the same name. Both ornament and print are available for purchase at Carolina Gallery.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 864/585-3335 or visit (www.carolinagalleryart.com).

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