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April 2014

NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh Offers Work by Dale McEntire

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, will present Seeking the Crescent, featuring works by Dale McEntire, on view in the Nature Art Gallery, from Apr. 4 - 27, 2014. A reception will be held on Apr. 4, from 6-8pm.

Western North Carolina artist Dale McEntire says his new exhibition, Seeking the Crescent, is pure and beautiful and believes that there is an essential quality in nature that has a spiritual essence.

A movement of painters and sculptors identified as “Nature Symbolists” have inspired McEntire’s work beyond the obvious form sensed with time and awareness. “My goal is to refine my own personal language of this inner form and create an object of beauty and skill,” he says. “Surface line and color are important elements I am engaged with. Working in pastel, conte and pencil on location provide me with the subject matter for my paintings. The forms and color then evolve in the studio. The paintings become more abstract as I interpret the subject and its energy to express the idea of place and experience.” The collection of paintings are all oil on canvas and symbolic with three of the paintings being a little more abstract in style than the others.

McEntire has been involved in the visual arts since his training at Mercer University, and has continued to evolve as an artist through private studies in the US and Europe, and training at Penland School of Craft. He produces both oil and pastel paintings and sculpture (stone, steel, glass, bronze) out of his studio in Saluda, NC. He is represented by galleries in Western North Carolina and the Southeast, and for the past several years has been selected to participate in public art events and outdoor sculpture shows. McEntire is a member of Mountain Sculptors in Asheville, NC. He teaches painting at Isothermal Community College.

The Nature Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Museum Store, main building.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings or call the gallery at 919/707-9854.

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