Please join us Saturday, October 4th, from 5 to 7 pm at the Valleytown Cultural Arts and Historical Society building.
I am who I am most completely through my art. My life experiences and pleasures are translated through my work as an artist. While I work, I immerse myself in realms where I find balance and satisfaction. Most of my subject matter comes from the day to day experiences of life; a walk with a friend, tending a garden, the raising of my children, the love of my family, the realm of my dreams.
I like to work in different mediums to achieve varied expressions and results. The translucent layers of dyed silk tapestries put me in a space where I can focus on the beauty of a single flower or bird, and enables me to play with the delicate interaction of colors to create a peaceful space. Dyes on paper provide a format for more vigorous and spontaneous expression, and the egg tempera painting is a format for my "other realms." All of which satisfy my endless delight in handling color. Carved clay temples and assembled boxes are great psychic balancers I use to help me come to terms with the bumps of life.
Admittedly, my work is a selfish endeavor that I must continue or wither in spirit. However, I do hope that as others come in contact with my work, it can bring a smile, call up a personal memory, or create a moment of peace that once shared creates a wider realm of peace and beauty in our environment.
Having lived abroad much of my childhood, I gathered an appreciation for multi-cultural images, colors, and designs. Combining an old love of weaving and a new love of handmade paper, my work takes on a very ethnic presence.
I believe that every plant and animal possesses a unique essence, which is interrelated with the lives and spirits of all others. All of my one-of-a-kind pieces embody fragments of the spirit of the clan of mankind. By holding these pieces you are connected to all cultures back to the beginning of time.
Two words: color and texture. These are what drive me to create. The vast variety of palettes available, the soothing feel of fiber in my hands, and the calm meditative motion of an age old art form lead me on a journey of creation.
Observing land from an aerial perspective has led to a series of striped works. This, in turn, has led to exploring the use of stripes in other works. One thing always leads to another, allowing for constant experimentation.
Mountain themes came about as my husband and I built a new home along the Blue Ridge Parkway. These pieces are vivid and alive, exaggerating the natural color and beauty of nature.
I can hardly wait to see what comes next and where the love of creating will lead me on its never-ending journey.
Lori was born and raised in the state of Vermont. She graduated from Trinity College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Art History. She was a participant in an Art Therapy program and a Small Business Certificate recipient. She currently resides in Cary, NC and enjoys time spent in a second home in Spruce Pine, NC.
Lori's artwork has received multiple Best of Show, First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention awards. She has shown her work in juried shows on the national level and in both juried and non-juried shows on the local level. Lori has exhibited work in juried shows at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery (a premier exhibit site in Detroit, MI), the American Craft Council's 2006 Spotlight show at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC, the Lee Hansley Gallery's "The Triangle's Best Art" show in Raleigh, NC, as well as other venues. Her work has been photographed for "Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot" magazine, been mentioned in "Our State" magazine and been featured in "The Chatham News".
Working out of two studios, one at home (finalist in Fiber Arts Magazine's studio contest) and one at the N.C. Arts Incubator in Siler City, NC, Lori creates contemporary pieces of fiber art employing the techniques of traditional rug hooking. All pieces created are hand-dyed, hand-hooked, and either have a hand-whipped finish or are placed in a gallery type frame.
A second home in the mountains of North Carolina has led to a series of mountain pieces exaggerating the beautiful colors nature has to offer. Texture and a love of color lead her to continue her fiber creations.
Lori's contemporary fiber art can be found at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC, Chatham Arts Gallery in Pittsboro, NC and at the gallery of the N.C. Arts Incubator. She will show her work at the 2008 Carolina Designer Craftsmen show. Lori works for galleries and on commission creating both decorative and art pieces.
Suzanne S. Hall
I began my artistic explorations at the age of four when presented with an extraordinary gift of paints and brushes. As an adult, I became a painter and printmaker in NYC, showing my work in the U.S. and abroad. Now happily relocated to the Brasstown community, I am a full-time painter, paper and book artist, enjoying the playful, layered and mysterious approach to expression.
My current work is about the subtle threads that connect us with nature. It is wonderfully human to use natural surroundings quietly for creative purposes, seeing shapes in clouds or animals in rocks, or to engage in a treasure hunt, collecting rocks, shells, and sensate memories. On the other hand, Nature sometimes reclaims man's imprint, growing jungle vines over temples from ancient civilizations, washing ocean and sand over footprints and castles. In either case, I see these relationships as symbiotic, not destructive.
My work uses handmade paper as the base - for me it symbolizes the elements of nature: plant material, sun, rain and earth. The layers of collage and color that I build up are there for you to dream into, like clouds and rocks, to locate the wisps of rememberings that make up your experiences.
My hope is that I will communicate to you through my work in a way that will help you catch hold of a snippet of your own story, or just a color or texture that takes you to a remembered part of your life.
Jacqueline Wheelaghan Mehring
I am a native of Scotland and work as a textile designer and fiber artist, here in North Carolina. Most of my work is about loss, the passage of time, turmoil and change. I find my silk fabric at thrift shops-old blouses, silk scarves, silk hankies and I collect beautiful hand dyed and hand painted silk scraps from other artists. I search for bags of old, leftover silk and cotton threads from flea markets because the colors work perfectly with the silks from the thrift shops. I juxtapose fabrics from the past with today's art fabrics as a way to remember and inform the present.
How to Exhibit
Seeking artists in all media, including artists for our gift shop. Please send four slides or photos, a one page bio, and a SASE to:
Andrews Art Museum
P.O. Box 868
Andrews, NC 28901
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