Come see more of this lovely art in person at the opening – Friday September 5th from 6pm to 10pm
Inspired by the human experience, my work is a close encounter with one’s innermost voice: our deepest desire for connection, the reality of separation, and the undying hope of our spirit. I am driven by a need to make sense of this inner monologue. My pictorial stories become universal – transcending gender, age, and ethnicity – through abstraction and symbolism. I often incorporate silhouettes to focus on human similarities rather than individual differences.
Each piece begins with a strong personal connection to a short phrase, song lyric, or idea that matures into a deeper “story” in my imagination. Being connected to this story is essential for me breathing life into the work. Each of my pieces becomes richer, deeper, and more complex by layering brightly-colored water-based paints and inks; collaged images and papers; and the written word.Show opens Friday September 5th, 6pm - 10pm
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
We are so excited to welcome back StarkRayven Mad – one of our favorite bands! Come join us August 1st from 6pm to 10pm to hear them play.
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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.
Inspiration comes from anything from pop culture and music to H.P. Lovecraft and the bizarre. I have always had an inclination for the weird and as I get older I seem to become stranger. Eccentric is a word I hear a lot and it seems to fit me pretty well. I go through phases in art. I get obsessed with ranging subjects like traditional japanese tattoos, or redheads, or underwater scenes , or the majesty of nebula and galaxies.
I make art because since I was a kid it was my escape, if I felt awkward I drew. If I felt like I didn’t belong I drew. As I grew up it was less about daydreaming in a boring class or avoiding awkward situations and more about making things that speak to how I felt and generally making my personal demons pretty on a page. I try to express how I am feeling when I make the pieces the best I can. I express my worries and fears. It is my way to cope and deal with personal and general matters.
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.