Sunday, August 31, 2014

Food Farm and Community

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery at 317 Pollock St, in Downtown New Bern announces their new show Food, Farm and Community. This show celebrates the work of the farmer and the artists love of the land and their community. The show features work by four North Carolina Artists, Sally Sutton, Janet Dixon, Brenda Behr, and Janet Francoeur. The show opens during ArtWalk, September 12, 2014 5-8 pm. 

Sally earned her master's degree in drawing and painting from ECU in 2013 and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State, Long Beach. Her works in this show were inspired by her visits to Raleigh Farmer’s Market. She also has many new works that involve the sunflower. The sunflower has a connection to spirituality and symbolizes many things. The way the flower turns to the light symbolizes a search for spirituality for her. The Chinese see sunflowers as symbolizing long life.

Janet Dixon has studied at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA, as well as with several nationally known artists. Like the other three artists in this show she works both in watercolors and oils. She concentrates on color relationships, patterns and light and shadow. Janet loves the rural nature of Eastern North Carolina and finds inspiration for her work from her surroundings.

Edge of Night Cotton Field     Brenda Behr
For Brenda Behr, painting is her second career. Brenda earned her BFA in Communication Arts and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, for 33 years she worked in advertising. She studied both oil and watercolor painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and has studied with many nationally known painters since. She paints every day, switching back and forth between oils and watercolors. She speaks for all of the artists the show when she says that she is more likely to paint in watercolors when her painting is about the subject matter, and more likely to paint in oils when light is the subject of the painting. Cotton fields are one of her favorite things to paint in oils and each year looks forward to fall for that reason.

Janet Francoeur has a BA in drawing and printmaking from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. She too worked in commercial art for many years while showing her fine art through shows throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado. Prior to moving to New Bern in 1989 she worked in pen and ink. Being inspired by the beauty of Eastern North Carolina in the spring she has since added watercolor, oil, and ceramics to the mediums she uses.
Ready Set Go     Janet Dixon

Full of color, this show epitomizes the beauty of our state.

The show runs though October 31, 2014. For more information contact the gallery at 252-633-4369 or email

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