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January Issue 2011

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Offers Works by Cassandra Gillens and Brian Hibbard

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, is presenting the exhibit, New Paintings by Cassandra Gillens and Brian Hibbard, featuring vibrant new works of art by Cassandra Gillens as well as striking new pieces from Brian Hibbard, on view through Jan. 31, 2011. A reception will be held on Jan. 14, from 6-9pm.

Cassandra M. Gillens is a self-taught artist, currently residing in Beaufort, SC. Born in Boston, MA, Gillens was always creative and artistic. Her earliest memories of drawing with colored chalks in Roxbury, MA, remained a part of her when she began to paint pictures depicting her early childhood years.

Gillens' fondest memories of her visits to South Carolina moved her to paint these visions of the Lowcountry's comforting southern culture. It was her dream to one day return to the place that won her heart and spirit. Upon her return she became closely connected with her people and the culture she so loved. Gillens' paintings show that love with vivid colors of the southern seasons and images of good old southern living.

Gillens is a member of the Beaufort Arts Association. Her art can be found in all parts of the Lowcountry, and various states throughout America. Her work has been featured in the past in the Rotunda Building in Washington, DC. Gillens work has also been featured in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as Southern Living Magazine. Gillens won the accolades of United Airlines, and was proudly featured in their magazine. Her participation in the Piccolo Spoleto Art Exhibit resulted in a sell out.

William Brian Hibbard is a professional painter and sculptor who is actively a part of the growing art scene in North Carolina and across the nation. Born and raised in South Carolina he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from Winthrop University. Hibbard's artwork can often be seen in the nations' most prestigious homes, galleries and public spaces.

In 2000, Hibbard moved to Greensboro, NC, from Santa Fe, NM, and began working as an apprentice to a nationally recognized sculptor. His first public art project was in 2001 when he designed 40 panels for Greensboro's Millennium Gate as well as working on the fabrication and installation. By 2003, Hibbard completed a public art mural in Black Mountain, NC, paving the way for his own business.

The year 2004 started with an article in Southern Living and the one-man show, How I See It, at the Greensboro Artist League featuring over fifty new paintings. He completed two murals for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Natty Greene's Restaurant by the end of that year. In 2005, he installed three gates and two bronze plaques for Greensboro's new baseball stadium.

In 2006 and 2007, Hibbard completed several public art projects for the city of Greensboro such as a mural that overlooks the new Center City Park, a mural project for the Greensboro Historical Museum and a sculpture sign for the Greensboro Natural Science Center. Other cities have come "knocking on his door" and in 2008 he completed a mural project for Panera Bread Company in Boston, MA. In 2009, He completed a mural for the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

Located in beautiful Myers Park, Shain Gallery has been on the forefront of the North Carolina art scene since 1998. The gallery represents many leading national and regional artists, and recently won the "Best of the Best Award" for best Charlotte gallery.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/334-7744 or visit (www.shaingallery.com).


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