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June Issue 2009

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Gretchen Morrissey, Sharron Parker, and Summer Arts Program Instructors

Sharron Parker

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, is presenting several new exhibits including: Artspace Summer Arts Program Instructor Exhibition, on view in Gallery 2, through June 6, 2009 and Seed + Pollen + Nectar, featuring works by Gretchen Morrissey, on view in the Upfront Gallery from June 5 - 27, 2009.

Trying to decide on your Summer Arts Program classes, but not exactly sure what a cast sculpture or encaustic painting looks like? Come to the Artspace Summer Arts Program Instructor Exhibition and see works of art created by our professional instructors.
20% of the sale price of work purchased from this exhibition will support the Scholarship Fund, providing underserved youths with the opportunity to attend the Artspace Summer Arts Program.

Gretchen Morrissey

Gretchen Morrissey presents Seed + Pollen + Nectar, a collection of hand-rendered patterns and multi-plate prints exploring pollination mechanisms. Critically important to the welfare of the terrestrial ecosystems, many pollinators are endangered, especially due to habitat destruction and the use of chemical pesticides.
Morrissey is particularly interested in utilizing techniques and processes involving alternative printing technologies that are safe to the artist and the environment, using water-based inks and solar plate etching.  
Morrissey holds a Master of Science degree in Textile Design and Materials Technology from Philadelphia University. After graduating she served on the Textile Design Faculty at Philadelphia University and Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia where she coordinated studies for traditional hand-printed textile design and alternative techniques in digital textile design.

Currently, Morrissey is a full time studio artist/designer living in Durham, NC, with specific interests in cross-disciplinary collaboration with textile and printmaking techniques and application. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the US and is in numerous private collections internationally.

Artspace, a thriving visual art center located in downtown Raleigh, brings the creative process to life through inspiring and engaging education and community outreach programming, a dynamic environment of over 30 professional artists studios, and nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Approximately 95 artists hold professional memberships in the Artspace Artists Association. Thirty-five of these artists have studios located at Artspace. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Guided tours are available. Artspace is located in Historic City Market in Raleigh at the corner of Blount and Davie Streets.
Artspace is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the Raleigh Arts Commission, individuals, corporations, and private foundations.
For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the center at 919/821-2787 or visit (www.artspacenc.org).

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