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April Issue 2000

Cheryl Bird to Exhibit at The Summer House Gallery in Highlands, NC

The first exhibition of the 2000 season at The Summer House Gallery in Highlands, NC, will feature photographer Cheryl Bird. The exhibit will be on view from Apr. 15 through May 7.

Bird moved to the north Georgia mountains from Atlanta,GA last year. Her subject matter focuses mainly on nature and Southern artifacts. Rural subjects, such as barns and details of structures, that hold generations of memories are her inspiration. Texture plays a great part in Bird's view of any subject; the afternoon sun across old wooden boards or peeling paint on an abandoned home place. She says, "I love the old and forgotten and I want to record it before it disappears with time". Bird's photography represents what has gone before and will never be again.

Bird works primarily in black and white photography, feeling that without color the senses can be awakened to texture, shape, light and dark. She creates black and white images because of their simplicity and elegance, wanting to reproduce the brightest whites, the deepest blacks and all tones in between. Her images appeal to the viewer's longing to be a part of nature and to experience a more tranquil environment, maybe even finding a place to rest.

As a painter at heart, Bird uses black and white photography to combine painting and photography to produce hand colored images. She uses fiber base paper and rubs the oil color into the surface, wanting the colors to be delicate, mystical, and draw the viewer's eye into the shadows and around the image. Bird says, "I reproduce what I see in my mind's eye and try to give strength to contour and shape. I want to give the viewer a feeling of harmony and order."

Upcoming exhibitions at the gallery include: Vicki Ferguson, etchings, botanical, watercolor and colored pencil, May 13 through May 31; One Eared Cow Glass, blown glass art objects, functional and non- functional pieces, June 2 through June 11; Rosemary Stiefel, watercolor, acrylic, June 16 through July 2.

For more info check our NC Commercial Gallery listings or call 828/526-0028.

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