The Mims and North Civic Galleries at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts
The Four Sisters Gallery of Self-Taught Visionary Art at the Welcome Center
In support of the cultural mission and quality entertainment of the Dunn Center, the Mims Gallery annually produces a series of art exhibits by nationally recognized and local professionals from various and diverse populations. All Gallery events are free to the public and bring music and art together for reception parties where visitors and art collectors can talk with visiting artists one on one.
The North Civic Gallery in the Dunn Center is a community gallery that features works from area schools, children’s art and special projects. The internationally recognized Four Sisters Gallery of Self-Taught Visionary Art in the Welcome Center specializes in Coastal Plain Art.
Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 9 am - 5 pm and Saturdays 9 am - noon.
To contact Gallery Director Everett Adelman, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 252-985-5268.
2012 - 2013 Mims Gallery Schedule
August 17 - September 30, 2012
Stacey Patterson ~ Abstract Expressionist Paintings Inspired by the Ocean
September 14, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Patterson Reception and Party in the Mims Gallery
LIVE Bluegrass music with Linda Ripke
September 14, 7:30 pm
Dunn Center Performing Arts Series
Seldom Seen Bluegrass in Minges Auditorium
Paid seating - Contact the Belk Box Office
Stacey Patterson: Artist’s Statement
My work is about graphically depicting an isolated event, a thought, a moment in time, or a closer view of something than one would normally see, and using the process of painting as a means of communicating that.
Most of my pieces are accumulations of paint and/or media, regardless of subject matter.In regards to subject matter, I always have a subject, at least as a “stepping off point” whether the viewer recognizes it or imagines the work to be abstract, I tend to think of my paintings as being more expressionistic than abstract.
The interpretations people extract visually from a painting that is different from my own thoughts/intentions are rarely short of amazing. Freeform abstraction appeals to me visually, but in my own art there is almost always an object or group of objects that I am drawing from. The non-objective gesture of the piece is the main focus I have when I call a painting finished.
Flight and Fancy by Stacey Patterson
Sometimes I work rigidly naturalistic so that mostly I can draw and paint very imaginatively. It is for this reason that many of my works neither seem to be completely descriptive nor abstracted. I had once believed that I needed to choose one discipline or the other, but I believe I have dispelled this nonsense by allowing each painting to come to life in its own way.
Michelangelo once said that there was a “sculpture waiting inside each piece of marble,” it was up to him to bring it out. I believe similarly: There is a painting waiting inside each of the blank canvases I encounter, as an artist it is my job to reveal it.
Gotcha by Stacey Patterson
August 24 - October 28, 2012
Hubbard Elementary School ~ Starry Night
The North Civic Gallery display will feature student artwork from Melissa Atkin's classes at Hubbard Elementary School in Rocky Mount.
September 17 - December 17, 2012
Kenneth Rooks ~ Visionary Futuristic Folk Paintings and Carvings
The Four Sisters Gallery at the Welcome Center will feature an exhibition of visionary futuristic folk paintings and sheet-rock carvings by the late Kenneth Rooks (1949-2002).
Astronaut by Kenneth Rooks
October 5 - November 4, 2012
Stephen McCall ~ Original Historic America and Civil War Paintings and Prints
October 5, 2012 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Opening Reception and Party for this Nash County native's Homecoming Exhibition
LIVE music with Eric Ghiloni on guitar - FREE admission
Stephen McCall: Artist's Background
Stephen McCall was born and raised in Nash County, NC. An accomplished artist and teacher, McCall now resides near the mountains of Virginia, where he continues to produce artwork. He received his BFA from East Carolina University in 1985 and began working for the Dean of the Art Department the following year. In 1988, he graduated with a MFA from the University of Georgia, where he was awarded two consecutive graduate assistantships.
McCall developed an interest in the Civil War era during his studies at ECU. While teaching at Nash Community College and the Rocky Mount Arts Center, he attended several living history programs and realized he could combine his artistic talents with his passion for history.
Artillery by Stephen McCall
After 16 years, Stephen McCall has created hundreds of paintings and drawings covering a great many aspects of life, still life, portraits, book illustrations and events in history, including the most recent. His works are on exhibit in state historic sites, public institutions and private collections. His artwork may be seen across the US and internationally.
To see more of McCall’s artwork go to: www.historicalpreservationgroup.org/art_work.htm
Dismounted by Stephen McCall