Jeehyun Hoke – Baa Baa Blue Sheep 2015 Calendar series

We are so excited to display the subtle and whimsical watercolors of Jeehyun Hoke. Her show opens December 5th and will be up until December 27th.

finals01 My name is Jeehyun Hoke, an author and illustrator for Children’s Books. With my whimsical and playful art, I have been working with self-published authors, publishers, and companies. I illustrated My Lemonade Stand Can’t Stand Me, published by Peak City Publishing, LLC., and self-published Boy & Little Violet Flower. My most recent project was concept and character design for an electronic game company, Want. I am also often involved with local art scenes, like Sparkcon, Woman Craft Gallery, and Cafe Driade.

I am originally from Korea and came to America in 2006 to achieve both love and dream. I studied Visual Communication with a focus on Illustration at the University of Kansas. After moving to North Carolina in 2010, I have owned many titles: a member of illustrator groups like SCBWI and Sangrim, a freelance illustrator who is seeking commissioned project, an author creating stories, and most importantly a mom of two kids and a wife.
Artist Statement

2015 is coming, and the Chinese Zodiac for 2015 is sheep, specifically blue sheep. Inspired by Chinese Zodiac and the nursery rhyme Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, I created a Baa, Baa, Blue Sheep calendar series. With a hope of a little fun and happiness for people around me, I painted blue sheep who find fun and peace from each month’s events and seasons.

Cute, comfortable, whimsical, fun are usual adjectives that go through my works. I believe these words for feelings are part of happiness. Working on images and stories that are kids-friendly, it becomes important to bring the content feeling of happiness not only to kids but also to adults. finals12(1)

Isolated Observer – Marty Matthews

3-haloEvocative, intelligent and introspective, the mixed media assemblages of Marty Matthews invites interpretation. Where one might see a deconstructionist commentary on common philosophical themes, another will inevitably see on iconographically charged yet open-ended works of art. Marty asks the viewer to examine their own ascribed interpretation of each piece and hopefully discover a small truth about them selves.

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Neon GreenI enjoy creating abstract art because it allows me to outwardly express and share my inner visions of abstract designs. The fusion of Colors and the crafty use of a wide range of materials have always intrigued me. I enjoy the process of creating abstract art and the lesson of Patience that it is teaching me.
lake and ocean treasureI’m inspired by modern architectural designs, stones, metals, woods, earth colors, bright colors, and one of a kind oddities. I use squares in my work very often, inspired by the description of the kingdom of heaven. Residential and corporate environments dressed with tasteful art by other successful artist also fuel my inspiration.

I Create art to enhance home and office environments. As an Art Experimentalist my vision of art covers a wide range of styles and techniques. It is my desire to satisfy more than one type of art collector. It is extremely rewarding when someone discovers a relationship between themselves and a particular piece of my art work.Neon BlueMy Goal as an Abstract Artist is simply to create art that art lovers worldwide could find a connection with. That something from my artistic vision could add to or enhance a place in the life of that person. Ultimately it is my desire to make others happy with what they find in    the imagination of MC3Art.

Nathan Evans; Perpetual Beauty (November guest artist)

WP_20141027_20_45_22_ProskullsI was born and raised in Houston, Tx.   I moved to North Carolina at the age of 10 where I was raised thereafter.  I began painting in the middle of October, 2013 at the age of twenty seven.  The mediums I most familiarized myself with were instantly acrylics and oil pastels.  After a few months, I realized this was what I wanted to try and do with my life.  The flow from brush to canvas comes naturally with much enthusiasm and a great part of my life.

    The style of my art is somewhere in between abstract, expressionism, and realism; as some call, painterly.

“Revolver Dolls: Can anyone show me the way to free?” by Juliana Rodriguez

Rev_dolls_01 Rev_dolls_02 JulianaRodriguez_BlakeStreetShops_ PartyDoll  Revolver Dolls is a mixed visual project with final photographic format where Iapproach systematically various topics using dolls (mostly Barbies) as protagonists. I choose a compositional method as a film set, where locations are scenographically made, cameras prepared, lights, space available as a stage and the correlation of the sequences is projected in shots. This method is familiar for me as I was trained as a filmmaker and this allows me to explore the use of Barbies instead of actors or models.  Working with dolls in condition of characters which assume several roles, ended up having its own entity and visual language. Rev_dolls_01b

As a working method, in the first instance I prepare a story board and then a camera set for putting the dolls in space and any element that accompanies the scene. Sometimes I photograph some dolls alone on a green background (Chroma key), and finally on scene but set as simple as possible to allow me to work those photos later, isolated on depth post production. This way I can edit an aesthetic close to dream, the unreal and the many possibilities arising from a free basis set with multiple creative changes. I used real scenes rarely seeking greater naturalism but rather an artificial stage set that allows a surreal air can cause feeling of dislocation , confusion or alienation to achieve a more visually powerful and extreme aesthetics.Rev_dolls_03b

One of my main goals is to provide life to dolls, closer to the human from poses and behaviors portrayed, lead identification by the viewer without unintentionally deface the entire boundary between the plastic and reality.
As a child it was a sort of collector and had begun to design dressed to my dolls, write them scripts to represent. I saw them as endless universe for creation. But even then something disturbed me: the more real they look, never really going to have life. Hence arises a kind of goal, “to give them a soul” through art. Here is the paradox of immortality, one of the mains thematic axis of this project, beyond their particular changing stories in each series. Each session shares with some other key issues such as social hypocrisy, depersonalization, rootlessness and identity. But the theme that articulates and moves Revolver Dolls is the thin line between the dead and the living, the finiteness of the actual human figure facing the immortality of a doll. Hence the choice of the noun “revolver” (roll, round, life-death- life-death, ” Do again (RE) turn = volver in Spanish “). That doll that imitates an everyday-life character, is a fragment of one’s existence as a parody, it is not really alive but transcend any of us after death. I often like to take this statement as a kind of joke although there is no joke in the dispute of the finitude of human existence and the meaning of things.


Show runs from November 7th – 28th

Time is a Piece of Wax – Mixed Media Work by Shelley DeBlase and Ken Allen

Shelley and Ken are a spouses that share the love of creating art. Both have a fascination for experimentation and finding what truly inspires the in the creative process. Using a variety of materials, from paint to metals, their body of work is both eclectic and diverse.

Shelley DeBlase

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I am primarily a self taught artist who is inspired by my love of travel. My work consists of abstract and surreal representations of sights and vistas that I have both captured in my mind and by camera. I love new experiences and challenging myself, both mentally and physically. I have the same mindset when it comes to my art. Using a variety of materials and techniques keeps my excitement fresh and allows me to go beyond my comfort zone.

My mixed media work consists oil paint, copper enamel, encaustic, metal and found objects. Inspiration for my recent body of work came from travels to locations such as Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Norway, Iceland and Japan. My trips to the remote, surreal, “other worldly” parts of Arctic Norway and Iceland helped me see the beauty of starkness and desolation. I recently returned from a trip to Japan, where a successful summit of Mt. Fuji, gave me insight on how important goals are and the determination to achieve them. This experience gave me the inspiration to transfer that same mindset to my artwork and push myself beyond my limits.

This planet has so much diversity and beauty. I believe it’s our job to capture and share it with others.

Ken Allen


Glass and metal surround us, they are both hard and inflexible, but with the application of heat, flame or force can yield to the hand that guides tools. I enjoy the challenge and serendipitous results that arise as I make use of the resulting chaos and structure to create these works.
Most of my pieces begin with no specific plan in mind, but come from the visual queues I get as I survey the materials I’ve chosen to work with. Working with a given material lends direction as I consider what may happen to it with heat, raw flame, or application of glass and combining other materials and objects to add color and texture.

All things in life are measured, none more than time. Analog clocks represents stationary and movement standpoints in our lives. A Minute hands seem to stand frozen if glanced at, but do ever so perceptively moves forward if watched closely. By representing the clock-as-art, I present these works to capture the eye and encourage one to examine the moments by which we live.

Jermaine “JP” Powell – October guest artist

IMG_20140731_103809Jermaine “JP” Powell is “Art History In The Making” as the creator of the first “Handmade App Painting,” #iosluxury (2013).  

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, JP creates large, hand painted versions of App icon designs found on smartphones and tablets. 


“My paintings bring peace and beauty into busy people’s lives. Everyone needs an App for that!”, JP says.

JP’s professional art career began in Cleveland, Ohio at 15.  He graduated from Pratt Institute (2000).

On he shares inspirational stories and marketing tips.

JP has collectors throughout the United States and Japan.  JP is married and has three children. 

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Marwen El Hicheri – guest artist October

DSC_0181 DSC_01811Born in Tunisia (North Africa) in February 1967, Marwen’s earliest memories of the creative process are of himself sitting at a school desk at the age of six or seven, drawing on pieces of paper. Other members of his family are also artistically inclined.

He lived in Tunisia until the age of sixteen, then moved to Paris, France to finish high school and to attend the renown architecture school Beaux Arts.

Even though he has been influenced by many artists from several different movements, he feels that his cultural background has given him the greatest inspiration, being born and raised in Tunisia. This North African country is boarded by the Meditterranean sea, right in the middle of a melting pot of civilizations: Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, African, Arab, Muslim, Andalousian, and European, especially French.
Marwen taught himself painting in the same way someone teaches himself or herself a musical instrument. A mixture of influences taken from all his favorite artists and working from his own individual observations. By observing he has developed his own style, which progresses as logic dictates, fostering harmony between what’s been done and what’s to come.

When Marwen paints, his primary concern is color and content. He loves the conflict between rushes of vibrant color and bold, stark lines. Color gives roundness to a surface, depth in the feeling of a surface, color is the rhythm, from a mood of a picture.

When he paints he try to make the ordinary more extraordinary, each work being a feeling of his personal state of mind at that time. He has always been fascinated by humanity, the erotic and sensual nature of life, the religious and spiritual side of human beings, the tragedies of people, and the urge to carry on regardless. Spending so much time intellectualizing or planning a painting is his last concern. His work is spontaneous and symbolic, it gives the viewers a freedom of imagination and an open interpretation.

Marwen is very open to new techniques and new media. Lately, he has been experiencing with photography and digital art and will continue to do so.

Tony Waldron – guest artist October 3rd

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Artist Statement
Roots in West Virginia, educated in North Carolina, Tony Waldron has developed his style in Durham, NC. His work is instantly recognizable due to the use of spray paint and paint markers using bright vivid colors interlaced with black outlines that highlight imperfections and color transitions. Recently Tony has started to us photography as an additional tool for making his art focusing on making large format wheat paste ups that have bursts of added color in his signature style. To see more visit

Series Statement
This series began with an idea I had for a few pictures I wanted to take around Durham, and grew from there. Each piece is inspired by the things that we consume and the things that consume us. Curtains for the photography pieces were designed to both obfuscate and draw the viewer in. As you look around, please be sure to pull back or step through the curtains so you can experience the entire piece. Interacting with the art, taking pictures, and posting on social media are all encouraged.