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June 2011

New Bern ArtWorks & Company in New Bern, NC, Offers Works by Sharron Parker & Judith Cutler

New Bern ArtWorks & Company in New Bern, NC, is presenting new works by felt sculpture artist Sharron Parker and paintings by Judith Cutler, on view through July 30, 2011.

Parker uses the ancient technique of feltmaking not to capture what she has seen directly, but to create something new. The simplicity of the technique - combing, layering, and working dyed unspun wool in hot water until the fibers lock - allows her to work spontaneously, and often experimentally. The shape of a piece might come from a bird’s wing, the color from crystals under a microscope, a line from the sinuous edge of a pond meeting the shore, and the texture from the bark of a birch tree.

“I wish to celebrate nature, not to mirror it,” says Parker.

Parker received an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a masters degree from UNC-Greensboro, studying education, art, and interior design. She continued her study in textiles with classes at Penland School of Crafts, where she has returned to teach workshops in feltmaking.

Judith Cutler has been designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America in New York City, a Master Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, and a Member of Excellence by the Southeastern Pastel Society in Atlanta.

In recent years, Cutler has found new passion when using pastels as a drawing tool and painting medium. She also employs mixed media to create award-winning art using representational and nonobjective approaches. The intricate details of her realistic paintings contrast unexpectedly to the color, shape and texture of bold abstracts.

Cutler earned a Graphic Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University, and studied oil painting with Elaine de Kooning and Hobson Pittman.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 252/634-9002 or visit (

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