February 25, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – When the 31st annual North Carolina Artists Exhibition opens March 1st in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, an oil painting by Chapel Hill artist Kimberly Alvis will be among the works carefully selected for the show by Nasher Museum of Art director Kimberly Rorschach, Ph.D., who served as juror.
Alvis’ accepted work, entitled “Boys Snorkeling,” is 38hx41w oil on linen painting that the artist created in St. Thomas. The two children in the painting are her sons.
“I frequently use my kids as objects for paintings, but I always try to catch them unawares,” she noted.
Kimberly Alvis works primarily in oil on linen or panel, creating portraits, landscapes, figures in landscapes, still-lifes and nudes that Somerhill Gallery director Joseph Rowand refers to as “her own fresh masterpieces.’
Sponsored by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society since 1978, the 2009 NC Artists Exhibition drew over 500 submissions from artists across the state. Only 59 were chosen for final consideration.
According to the RFAS, the quality of this year’s submissions “was exceptional and it was difficult to narrow them down to fit the available space.”
“I am so honored and excited to be participating in this exhibition,” Alvis said. “And the opening reception promises to be a great evening as well.”
On opening night, Dr. Rorschach will announce the First Prize winners in the show’s five categories: painting; sculpture; ceramics and three-dimensional work; photography; and graphic arts and mixed media. She will also award one Grand Prize winner. First Prize fetches $1000. The Grand Prize winner receives $2000.
The NC Artists Exhibition will remain in the Betty Ray McCain Gallery of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts (2 East South Street, Raleigh) from March 1 through May 3. For more information, go to www.raleighfinearts.org.
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