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May 2011

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC, Offers Works by Jude Lobe

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC, will present the exhibit, Provence Revisited, featuring works by Mebane, NC, artist Jude Lobe, on view from May 13 through June 27, 2011. A reception will be held on May 13, from 5-8pm during the New Bern Artwalk.

Lobe says, “Art is functional. Every time you glance at it, it lifts your spirits.”

The natural environment has been a continuous thread throughout Lobe’s life and is the main inspiration of her work. It has the unrelenting qualities of rejuvenation and renewal necessary for survival. In her works, Lobe evokes the emotion of a scene or idea through the colors, brush strokes, lines and infinitely broad palette suggested by the environment.

When Lobe is asked, “Why choose Provence Revisited for an exhibit?” she replies excitedly. “The light, that amazing light that enhances the staggering scenery and the rural beauty of Provence, charms everyone. Provence has been associated with the arts because of it. Painters such as Cezanne, Vuillard, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso and Bonnard all developed some of their most spectacular masterpieces in Provence. In any season there is a fascinating array of Provencial colors. How could I not choose Provence to paint?”

Lobe began as a visual artist in her youth concentrating on painting. After a hiatus staying home raising her children, she returned to art working as a graphic designer. During that time Lobe began taking enameling classes studying with Averill Shepps, Don Viehman, Steve Artz and Jackie Spencer as she was fascinated with the color and luminosity of enamels. She dove back into painting studying with Lois Griffel and Susan Sarsback to learn to capture that radiant color and light in nature about which Monet and the impressionists were so passionate.

At the opening on Friday, May 13 from 5-8 pm there will be live music by the Mebane, NC, based group Mebanesville, “the best in roots, rhythm and world music from the roads we travel.”

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 252/633-4369 or visit (

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