The Arts Council of Moore County and sponsors John Shannon and Paula Weiss present “Stories from Nature on Canvas & Clay.” The exhibit features ceramics by Doreen Jakob and textural acrylic paintings by Karin Neuvirth. A reception to meet the artists is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Doora ceramics, Doreen Jakob’s downtown Durham studio, is all about bringing stories to clay and opening doors and opportunities to seeing common objects in a different way. Her work is strongly inspired by textiles. Growing up in a family where every woman knitted, stitched and sewed, she had learned it all by kindergarten. She feels that vintage textiles tell stories, connecting us to our past and grounding us and that’s what she wants her ceramics to do.
Fascinated by her hometown’s urban environment she often draws from the city’s urban scenes for her illustrations in clay. For example, the Durham skyline that she paints on some of her work, is a depiction of the landscape unfolding during her early morning ride to her downtown studio. She most enjoys working directly with her clients, using their materials and making bespoke work for them that connects them to their own history and brings meaningful, lasting objects into their lives. Her ceramics are handmade with N.C. clay. Each piece is a unique work of art that is food safe (you can drink out of a vase, if you wish), as well as dishwasher and microwave safe.
Visual artist Karin Neuvirth is best known for her textural acrylic paintings of wooded landscapes which she refers to as treescapes. Her current style of painting involves many layers of paint which she applies with a palette knife utilizing the technique of using broken color to create a sense of movement within her work. Color is the most prominent element in her work. In order to form a more thorough understanding of color, she mixes her colors from only primary colors and white.
Neuvirth grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota where the winters were always difficult for her. One winter when she did not see the sun for more than 40 days, she began to use her art to compensate for the lack of natural light and color out her window, finding that vibrant color combinations could evoke emotions similar to those that she felt on summer walks through the woods. Color has always been the focus of her work. After moving to Durham in 2011 she began working with a palette knife and developed her current style of textural acrylic paintings.
The Campbell House Galleries are located at 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. The regular weekday gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend hours are Saturday, Feb. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.
For more information, call (910) 692-2787 or visit www.mooreart.org.