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November 2013

Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, Offers Four New Exhibitions

Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, will present four new exhibitions on view from Nov. 22 through Jan. 3, 2014. A reception for the exhibits will be held on Nov. 22, from 5:30-7:30pm.

FACESCAPES: Paintings by Dan Smith will be featured in the Main Gallery. More than 2 dozen of Smith’s captivating face portraits will be on view.

Smith is an artist with a national exhibition record whose goal is to make visual statements that grab the viewer. In his artist statement he says, “My ideas about making art are complicated. I tend to work in as many arenas as possible, in hopes that the process of making art continues to maintain breadth, rather than becoming specialized. The human face has been a favorite subject throughout my artistic career. It is an on-going source of inspiration that offers me a multitude of expressive, stylistic and technical possibilities. During the past twenty or more years, I have enjoyed the academic exercises of making portraits – especially through painting, drawing and photography.”

Smith earned BFA and MFA degrees in Painting from East Carolina University and the University of South Carolina. His work has been showcased in more than 100 exhibitions, including group and one-person invitational and juried exhibitions throughout the United States. During the past twenty years, Smith has taught college level painting, drawing, design and photography studio courses, as well as courses in humanities including art appreciation, American civilization and culture, and western civilization and culture. Before moving to Hickory, NC, he teaches at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Smith taught at Virginia colleges, most recently Virginia Commonwealth University and Hampton University.

Gallery B will feature ADELE WAYMAN: PAINTINGS AND ALTARS:A Painter’s Journey – Conversations with Nature. Wayman’s art has been widely exhibited in North Carolina in invitational and juried exhibitions. She’s exhibited in NYC and Boca Raton with Bernice Steinbaum’s gallery; in Washington, DC, at Gallery K and Gallery 10 and also in 2002 in a solo exhibit at Sidwell Friends School. She’s received artist in residency grants to Yaddo and Millay Colony for the Arts and was invited to show her work in Beijing, China.

Wayman states that, “Patterns of nature, her seasons and cycles and our place in them are the primary themes of my work, whatever my format or approach. Some paintings are skies, mountains, trees and water or flowers, grasses and leaves in light painted as metaphors for ourselves. Others are more symbolic, goddess figures, lace, bones, clocks and small altarpieces. All represent the natural world or symbols in up close detail, as broad patterns of light or as pattern. Materials are oil sticks and oil paint on cotton or linen canvas and wood. The process and the images themselves evolve as I make them. Some works are more sculptural and varied in their use of materials, and may include small paintings. Some of these works are altars and may be used for personal or group rituals. In the new images I choose to make explicit that which was implicit in my earlier work - that creating art is a spiritual practice.”

Wayman grew up in Greensboro, NC, and attended Vassar College where she earned her BA, cum laude, in European History. Her art studies continued at the Art Students League in New York, the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington, DC, and the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Wayman lives in the country outside Greensboro, NC, where she and her furniture-making husband work in their studio, Forest Light, and take frequent fly fishing trips together. She grows the flowers she paints, has a daily Zen meditation practice and is continually expanding her vision and approach to art-making. Wayman is also an enthusiastic and committed teacher. She has been Hege Professor of Art at Guilford College since 1973.

The Hallway Gallery will feature IGNITE HIGH POINT: Vision in Action. This exhibit will serve as a six month progress report on new projects that are creating a vibrant center city here in High Point.

The Kaleidoscope Gallery will host the Annual Elementary School Exhibition featuring works of art by Guilford County’s youngest artists. Participating schools are Montlieu Elementary, Parkview Village Elementary, Shadybrook Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Union Hill Elementary, Wesleyan Christian Academy, and Westchester Country Day School.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, contact the TAG office at 336/887-2137 or visit (www.tagart.org).

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