NC Artists Exhibition To Include Oil Painting by Kimberly Alvis

"boys Snorkeling" by Kimberly Alvis
"boys Snorkeling" by Kimberly Alvis

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

Kimberly Alvis is represented by Somerhill Gallery in Durham and The Little Art Gallery in Raleigh. For more information on the artist and to see more of her work, go to


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Chapel Hill Artist Turns Travel Into Art

Fajardo, Puerto Rico
February 22, 2009 (CHAPEL HILL, NC) – Artist Kimberly Alvis recently completed “Fajardo, Puerto Rico,” a 20hx24w oil on canvas painting inspired by a moment on a recent journey she made to Puerto Rico.

“I was eating dinner at a little restaurant on the water and I was staring at this scene the whole time,” Alvis said of the painting that captures two small sailboats, mainsails down, bobbing near the shore on an azure sea as masses of white clouds drift overhead.

Alvis, a representational artist, looks for subject matter whenever she travels. A trip to Sedona, Arizona, last year resulted in a series of paintings depicting the red sandstone formations that glow orange or rusty red depending on the time of day. A visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, resulted in paintings that captured human moments on the shore.

A collection of Alvis’ oil paintings and charcoal sketches were displayed in the Carrboro Town Hall last October. Four of her oil on canvas and panel still-lifes were included in Somerhill Gallery’s Holiday Exhibition in Durham in December.

According to Somerhill director Joseph Rowand, Alvis’ work offers “a style reminiscent of the 17th century Dutch and Spanish masters. We encounter with Kim’s work an artist who celebrates the past, deploying paint and light to exquisitely delineate her own compositions.”

Kimberly Alvis is represented by Somerhill Gallery and The Little Art Gallery and Craft Collection in Raleigh. For more information and to see more of the artist’s work, visit

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Kimberly Alvis Donates Painting To School Fundraiser

"The Pumpkin Patch," oil-on-linen-38x49b

January 18, 2009 (CHAPEL HILL, NC) – For the second consecutive year, Chapel Hill-based artist Kimberly Alvis has donated her original art to a fundraising auction for the Triangle Day School in Durham.

Entitled “The Pumpkin Patch,” the framed painting is a 38-inch by 49-ich oil on linen work. It captures a bright autumn day in a field riddled with ripe pumpkins. Paths through the field lead to a whitewashed barn at the edge of a grove of trees.

Alvis’ painting “Horses in a Pasture” (35-inch by 40-inch oil on linen) sold at auction during the school’s 2008 fundraiser.

“My kids are so happy at Triangle Day School,” Alvis said. “It’s a pleasure to help support any school that provides such a terrific learning environment.”

Alvis also donated an oil painting to the Carolina AIDS Alliance’s Works of Heart Auction held in Raleigh in October.

Triangle Day School is an independent K-8 school founded in 1991. Currently 200 students are enrolled including the artist’s own children.

Originally from Staten Island, New York, Kimberly Alvis graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1987 with a B. A. in Art. Since then she has studied at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, the Fechin Institute in New Mexico, The Ecole Albert Defois School in France, and The Art Students League and Parson’s School of Design in New York City.

Her work has been exhibited internationally at such venues as at The Art Students League, The Salmagundi Club and the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in New York City, and the Huntsman Fine Arts Gallery in Aspen, Colorado.

Alvis is represented locally by Somerhill Gallery in Durham and The Little Art Gallery and Craft Collection in Raleigh. For more information and to see more of the artist’s work, visit