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January Issue 2011

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Catherine Thornton, Garrett Scales, & Artspace Artists

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, will present two new exhibits including: What's What, featuring works by Catherine Thornton, on view in the Upfront Gallery from Jan. 15 through Feb. 26, 2011; Where The Wyld Things Are, featuring works by Garrett Scales, on view in the Lobby from Jan. 15 through Feb. 26, 2011; and New Works - A Juried Exhibition of Works by Members of the Artspace Artists Association, on view in Gallery 1, from Jan. 22 through Feb. 26, 2011. A reception for all exhibits will take place Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, from 6-10pm, during the First Friday Gallery Walk in Raleigh.

It's been said and rightly so, "a picture is worth a thousand words." For Catherine Thornton, the opposite is also true ­ a word or phrase conjures up multiple imageries. She quotes an astute language guru, "When I use a word, it means what I choose it to mean ­ neither more nor less. When I make a word do a lot of work (like that), I always pay it extra."

Conversationalists who have the ability to use word pictures invite a ready audience that is eager to listen and respond. Thornton's work is a springboard for point and counterpoint ­ a conversation with the viewer. It can be agreeable or not, serious or not. She is determined to make it do "a lot of work." Her multi-media approach asks, in her own words, "Can we talk? And keep it lively."

Thornton earned a BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Longwood College (currently Longwood University), Farmville, VA. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2010 Best in Show award for New Works - Artspace Artists Association Annual Juried Exhibition. Her work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions including at Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC; the Rocky Mount Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC; the Fine Arts Institute, Kalamazoo, MI; Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC; and the Morgan Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA. Thornton's work has also been published in Lark Publication's 500 Cups.

Since 2003, Garrett Scales has created his work from hand-cut stencils and spray paint. Drawing from nature and his love of anthropology, Scales has begun to shape his portrait work to follow the lines and flaws of the human body, providing his subjects and the surrounding environments with an imaginative presence. Where the Wyle Things Are presents a body of work Scales developed during six months spent at Artspace as the Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence.

Scales, a self-taught artist, has spent the past seven years dedicating himself to the art of stenciling. Additionally, he has been a teaching artist for the Artspace Summer Arts Program and the Artspace Outreach Program. His work has been exhibited locally in various galleries including Artspace and the Visual Art Exchange, and in Greensboro at the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art.

Join Scales for a special closing reception on Thursday, Feb, 24, 2011, from 6-8pm. Bring a dark-colored T-shirt, 50% polyester/50% cotton!

New Works is an annual juried exhibition for members of the Artspace Artists Association. The Artspace Artists Association is a professional artist membership organization. Artists are accepted into the membership through a jury process that occurs twice per year. The exhibit represents work created within the past twelve months. The exhibit is an opportunity for Artspace Artists to present their most current and innovative work.

Melissa Peden will be selecting work for exhibition as well as award recipients. The Award Presentation will begin at 7:30pm in Gallery 1 during the First Friday Gallery Walk reception, Feb. 4.

Peden is a Raleigh native with twelve years experience as a gallery owner, first of Gilliam & Peden, Inc., and later Peden Gallery II. In 1990, Peden was a founding member of Raleigh's First Friday events, which have been a city-wide success for the past twenty years. She served as the Past President of the North Carolina State Art Society, the founding organization of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), and from 2006-2010 was the Chair of the Works of Art Committee (Acquisitions). She is currently on the Board of Trustees for the NCMA, as well as the President of Raleigh Fine Arts Society. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Raleigh Medal of Arts.

Artspace, a thriving visual art center located in downtown Raleigh, brings the creative process to life through inspiring and engaging education and community outreach programming, a dynamic environment of over 30 professional artists studios, and nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Approximately 95 artists hold professional memberships in the Artspace Artists Association. Thirty-five of these artists have studios located at Artspace. Artspace is located in Historic City Market in Raleigh at the corner of Blount and Davie Streets.

Artspace is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the Raleigh Arts Commission, individuals, corporations, and private foundations.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the center at 919/821-2787 or visit (www.artspacenc.org).


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