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April 2013

NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Anthony Ulinski

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, will present The Places in Between, featuring landscape paintings by Anthony Ulinski on display at the NCMNS Nature Art Gallery, from Apr. 5 – 28, 2013. A reception will be held on Apr. 5, from 6:30-9pm.

The title of the exhibition refers to the subjects of the paintings - towns, farms and lands of eastern North Carolina that Ulinski frequently traveled through going to and from his home in Raleigh and on the coast. The gallery will feature nine of the works from the series, several of which are showing here for the first time.

Ulinski spent several months driving around eastern North Carolina photographing the seemingly simple pastoral, urban and natural landscapes of the coastal plain region that often seem unremarkable and go unnoticed. From those photographs he ultimately created 20 compositions that he began exhibiting last fall in Rocky Mount, NC. From there, they moved to Washington, NC, and after exhibiting here in April, will head to Wilson, NC, in June and finally back to Raleigh, NC, in September.

A self-taught artist, Ulinski, begins each painting with a charcoal sketch, then layers paint combined with cold wax with a palette knife. Sometimes as many as a dozen layers create a surface of visual depth and texture. The end result is a work of art that can be contemplative in mood or filled with tension, compelling the viewer to appreciate the simple yet familiar scenes that characterize eastern North Carolina.

Ulinski has worked out of the same studio in Raleigh, Dovetail Woodworks, for more than 30 years - the first 15 as a woodworker and now as a painter. His woodwork has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Fair and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Fair. He began his second career in 2001 with a solo show of paintings. He has had at least one solo show each year since and has participated in numerous group shows - more than 60 in all. Ulinski has been awarded several grants and fellowships and teaches workshops and lectures in both painting and woodwork regularly at universities, craft schools and art centers.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and its new wing, the Nature Research Center in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John Skvarla., Secretary.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 919/707-9854 or visit (www.naturalsciences.org).

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