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June 2011

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique in Charlotte, NC, Offers Group Exhibit

Lark & Key Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, Second Nature, on view from June 1 through July 30, 2011.

Second Nature features the work of Susan Hall, Duy Huynh, Angie Renfro and introduces Dawn Rentz into the gallery’s roster of artists. Working in different styles and mediums, each artist is inspired by the natural world, whether literally or in a more abstract manner. A bee is not just a bee and a flower is not just a flower; through the use of color, line, form and composition the artists have a visual vocabulary that speaks beyond the obvious.

Susan Hall, a Chicago based painter and printmaker, has a way with conveying the contemplative and quiet nature of her subjects. Realistic images of animals such as sheep, deer, rabbits and birds are softened by the use of lace or other textural qualities.

Charlotte, NC, based Duy Huynh is also co-owner of Lark & Key. Huynh is known for his figurative paintings that draw inspiration from storytelling in formats that range from music and movies to ancient folklore and comic book adventures. Huynh’s clever and oftentimes humorous use of symbolism and wordplay invites the viewer to create his or her own storyline.

Angie Renfro, another Chicago based artist, captures the simple in landscapes. Her oil paintings evoke a sense of nostalgia that is countered by her contemporary painting style. Her bold strokes and color palettes create tension with her calm and austere compositions. Subjects such as bees, weeds and nests are celebrated for their quiet, unassuming beauty.

Asheville, NC, based Dawn Rentz creates multi-layered landscapes that have been influenced by her background in textile design. Block printed backgrounds, which are subtle and atmospheric, are layered with clusters of flowers that have been stripped to their absolute simplest forms.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/334-4616 or visit (


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