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May 2011

Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Sheryl Stalnaker and Fred Sprock

Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will be exhibiting new landscape and seascape paintings in oil by regional artist, Sheryl Stalnaker. New works by fellow gallery artist Fred Sprock will also be on display May 3 - 31, 2011.

An avid plein air painter, Stalnaker enjoys painting from life, an avenue she says that allows her to “see with fresh eyes” while experiencing her chosen subject with all of her senses. She focuses on capturing the atmosphere of a location rather than an absolute realistic portrayal of the scene. To achieve this, she uses a vibrant color palette with rich neutrals. Stalnaker also frequently paints with a palette knife to incorporate texture into her paintings and give her additional control over the paint application to her canvases.

This exhibition will feature landscapes and seascapes from North Carolina and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Stalnaker’s oil paintings have won awards from the prestigious Telfair Museum of Art Fair in Savannah, GA, and the Piccolo Spoleto Exhibitions in Charleston, SC.

New works on display by Charlotte native, Fred Sprock, include seascapes and marsh scenes. He emphasizes the goal of his artwork is to “convey a sense of tranquility” to a “world that is going by too fast.”

Sprock has studied with several well-known plein air painters in the southeastern United States including Roger Dale Brown and Dee Beard Dean. Most recently, he has worked with Wilmington, NC, artist, Wayne McDowell.

Sprock’s newest paintings reflect the artist’s current exploration of new paint application and blending techniques. Alternating between palette knife and brush, he is able to create fluid, layered compositions. Careful blending of these layers allows Sprock to achieve high-contrast compositions that draw the observer’s eye across the entire canvas, in search of every nuance of color and shade.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/333-4535 or visit (

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