Victoria graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a degree in Art Education, and a Painting Major. For 25 years, she taught art full time with the Wake County Public Schools while exhibiting her own art professionally.
As a professional artist, Victoria’s talents span a large range of media. She has worked in abstract acrylics, realistic watercolor, a multitude of fiber arts, black and white film photography, mixed media, clay, and recycle arts. She has been engaged in oil painting since 2007 and enjoys doing work for her clients by commission.
Victoria earned her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification (NBPTS) initially in 2002, and recently renewed her certification in 2012. In 2009, Victoria was awarded the North Carolina Art Educator’s Association (NCAEA) Elementary Teacher of the Year Award for the state.
In December of 2010, Victoria opened up her own private art studio at Blake Street and began teaching her first private art camps the summer of 2011. On January 1, 2014, Victoria retired from the WCPSS and “transitioned” to working full time at her Blake Street Studio. In addition to offering children’s art camps during the months of June and July, Victoria also offers private art lessons to all ages, and adult Sunday afternoon “make and take” art workshops, call “Sumptuous Sundays”.
Victoria is celebrating her 4th camp from 6-14 years old and representing 8 different schools. The half day, morning camps focus on drawing, painting and mixed media and each camp completes at least one project in each of the subject areas of portraiture, still-life and landscape. Campers are offered a daily snack and treated to an art reception in their honor the first Friday in August each summer. Each August, Victoria is excited to invite the public to join her in celebrating our “Young at Art Month” here at the Blake Street Shops and Studios! http://www.victoriapowersstudioten.weebly.com summer of teaching summer art camps to children ranging in age
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“Art is about expressing a thought or a feeling through spontaneity. I conform the expression using design elements as a meditation. Through the formation, art is created reminiscent of natural processes.”
“Recompose,” is a study of sculpture using a collection of experiences within nature and rural surroundings. I find a feeling of aliveness when in nature as when making art. There is a connection there that is spontaneous, dynamic, and free. I wanted to take ideas, objects, colors, and shapes from my surroundings and give them new composition, or new life, as art.
Originating from Olean, New York, Gilroy has always had a creative instinct. He attended the State University of New York at Geneseo and graduated with a BA in Art Studio, focusing on drawing and sculpture. Gilroy continues to live a creative lifestyle. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC as a studio and graphic artist.
Debbie Crawford is a self-taught artist who discovered her love to
make things at a very young age. Her appreciation of the arts began with admiring the richness of red clay dirt in North Carolina to discovering an array of cultures in Washington, DC.
Debbie’s style of creating mixed media collages rest heavily on her Southern roots; by employing nature as her color palette and assigning found objects, recycled papers and fabrics to complement her artwork.
Her current series entitled
Comin’ & Goin focuses not only on the The Great Migration, but also on communal life of African Americans during the 1940 – 60’s (the first phase of the series).
I hope each piece offers a story one can connect with. I enjoy listening and seeing the view from another’s eyes. When we share our insight, we share a part of ourselves. And to me, that’s what art is about. Connection. –Debbie C.
Armed with the theory that all are creative, Debbie also host a variety of
Creative Workshops. She is also re-launching her line of everyday notecards (Art & Soul) featuring original illustrations and photography.
As a painter, my greatest influence comes from the abstract expressionists. My work is psychologically inspired, combining both the premeditative and the spontaneous. Abstract art is largely intuitive, and this is the process that guides me.
Color composition plays a vital role in my paintings. Palette choices are made instinctually and reflect my emotional state at the time. Whether complex or simple, I am naturally drawn towards structural equilibrium. Replicated forms, both organic and geometric, are symbolic in my work but remain mysterious, their full meaning unknown.
My abstract paintings are expressions of freedom and movement, representing my life experiences. With acrylic paint and oil on masonite, an industrial material, I create compositions of vivid journeys to other dimensions. My collages and paintings afford the audience the experience of considering self and spirit and to question the influences of powers greater than our own. Using techniques that include pouring, dripping, pushing and pulling, stopping and starting, to create the effects of blending and separation, masterfully bringing ethereal expressions and thoughts to life.
“My artwork is both a physical process of movement and stillness. My hands work freely, naturally, while my mind focuses on the design, the colors and the textures. In this manner my mind, spirit, and soul are communicating as one entity. As I create, the abstract is limitless and creativity seems endless.”
I still remember the way it felt to run my fingers over the raised threads of the embroidery on the pillows of my childhood bed. The bright orange and yellow flowers had been sewn by hand by my mother who would later teach me how to embroider and sew in the first grade. I loved those pillows.
The embroidery used in this series pays homage to my Mom and her passing down this craft to me. The content of the work is based on my continued fascination with, what I refer to as, “wedding culture.” Illustrations are created based on wedding iconography such as engagement rings, cake toppers, and flowers and transferred and embroidered onto vintage pillowcases. I chose vintage pillowcases as my canvas because of their intimate relationships to strangers. Portions of the patterns on the pillowcases are also embroidered and incorporated into the composition.
Amy attended Kent State University where she earned her BA in Art Education in 2004. She has shown in various venues throughout the triangle over the past eight years. She has illustrated many coloring books including The ABCs of NC. She is currently working on her first children’s book about a Boston Terrier with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Orchids: Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 30″x30″
Kerri Eckes grew up in Abilene, Texas, but moved to Goldsboro, North Carolina, when she was 16. She now calls Raleigh her home, having lived here for the last nine years. Ms. Eckes received her BA in Fine Arts from Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, North Carolina, in 1999. She completed her MFA in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting, at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, in 2005. She is currently a Full-time faculty member at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, where she teaches Foundations classes in Drawing, Color Theory, and 2d Design, in addition to Illustration. Ms. Eckes has also exhibited in solo and juried shows throughout Raleigh and Eastern North Carolina, and teaches workshops in Charcoal Portraiture and Pastels. She has been a studio artist at Litmus Gallery & Studios since 2005, where she has open studio on First Fridays.
The artist has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. As an adult, she found a box of homework and tests dating back to first grade, where she had drawn in every available empty space on the page. She took her first art class in high school, but had already begun to draw with realism. After initially declaring a Business Major as an undergraduate, Ms. Eckes quickly changed her major to the more “impractical” Fine Arts major. Even though she excelled in other disciplines, art and music were the only subjects that held her interest. She took her first painting course as a college freshman,and was immediately hooked.
Calla Lilly: Charcoal on Watercolor Paper, 49″x34″
Kerri Eckes’ subject matter was portraiture until 2011, when she desired a new challenge. Teaching Color Theory inspired a passion for color, so the most obvious subject matter was florals. Her photo-realistic paintings are characterized by bright, saturated colors, and strong color contrasts. She prefers working on a medium to large scale, which helps create stronger visual impact. Her charcoal drawings are also realistic, and characterized by value – dark and light – contrast. The interest in realism is rooted in her passion for Renaissance art, while the emphasis on contrast is inspired by the dramatic light and dark paintings of Baroque art.