Jason Craighead Featured in “Retrospective 25”

Jason Craighead. (photo by f8 Photo Studios)
Jason Craighead. (photo by f8 Photo Studios)

October 18, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Raleigh, NC-based artist Jason Craighead is among only 25 artists selected for the City of Raleigh’s “Retrospective 25,” a special art exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Municipal Building’s art exhibition program.

Sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, the retrospective showcases work from artists who have exhibited in the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery in the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, or Municipal Building, in downtown Raleigh.

In October 2006 through March 2007, nine of Jason Craighead’s large works were included in a two-artist exhibit there entitled “Microcosm/Macrocosm.” The City of Raleigh subsequently purchased his largest piece in the show, “Travel Park 2,” an 80-inch wide by 80-inch tall mixed media on panel painting. It is currently on display in the Exchange Plaza building on Wilmington Street.

For “Retrospective 25,” Craighead is showing “Losing Man’s Geometry,” a 64w by 76h mixed media on canvas painting.

‘I’m honored to be included in a show that covers such a span of North Carolina’s art history,” he said.

According to the City, an exhibit spanning the past 25 years provides “a snapshot into the history of the Block Art Gallery and overall development of the visual arts scene in Raleigh.”

“Retrospective 25” spotlights the work of deceased artists, such as Claude Howell, George Birelines and Joe Cox, as well as recent work by living artists, including: Marty Baird, Tina Bromberg, Luke Miller Buchanan, Richard Garrison, Ann Harwell, Herb Jackson, Mary Shannon Johnstone, Joyce Watkins King, Philip Lopez, Gayle Stott Lowry, Kathleen Rieder, Thomas Sayre, Brian Shawcroft, Nona Short, David Simonton, Tom Spleth, Georgia Springer, Wayne Taylor, Anthony Ulinski, Doug Van de Zande, and Sally Van Gorder. Media featured includes painting, fibers, ceramics, photography and mixed-media.

“Retrospective 25” will be on display through November 16. The Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery is located 222 W. Hargett Street.

For more information on Jason Craighead, visit www.jasoncraighead.com.

About Jason Craighead:

Jason Craighead lives and works in downtown Raleigh. He has been an active participant in the Triangle arts community for many years and has donated numerous paintings to charitable art auctions, including the Works of Heart auction for the Carolina AIDS Alliance and the Visual Art Exchange’s annual fundraiser. He has also served as a juror and signature artist for Works of Heart, the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, the Greensboro Center for Visual Arts Members’ Show and Raleigh’s annual Artsplosure festival. He is currently represented by Somerhill Gallery in Durham, Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, GA,, and Bucks Gallery of Fine Art in Newtown, PA. For more information and to view the artist’s work, visit www.jasoncraighead.com.

Kimberly Alvis Opens Still-Life Exhibit in Cameron Village

Still life by Kimberly Alvis
Still life by Kimberly Alvis

September 1, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Chapel Hill artist Kimberly Alvis will contrast her classical approach to still-life painting with Raleigh artist Eric McRay’s more contemporary interpretation when the Little Art Gallery & Craft Collection in Cameron Village in Raleigh opens an exhibit of new works by both artists on Saturday, September 12. The artists’ reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. and the show will run through October 10.

“What makes the show so interesting is seeing how two artists interpret the same subject matter — still-lifes — so differently,” said Little Art Gallery owner Rosanne Green Minick.

Minick noted that Alvis’ work embraces the more traditional, painterly approach to still-life painting while McRay’s is more illustrative and whimsical.

Still life by Kimberly Alvis
Still life by Kimberly Alvis

Alvis, an award-winning artist who is best known for her still lifes and landscapes, commented on her thought process when she begins a painting: “When I put together a still life, or even when I am picking a landscape to paint, I try to think abstractly. I try to break everything down to the most simple elements, like beautiful colors, interesting shapes, and a flow of light that will take the viewer’s eye through the painting.”

Alvis’ still life paintings often feature elements from her extensive gardens in Chapel Hill, along with fresh fruits and interesting pottery or porcelain. When asked about her compositional choices, she said, “When I choose an item, I am never really thinking in terms of what the object actually is. I might be thinking a round object with a warm color would work well in this composition. Let me try a peach!”

Alvis’ still lifes and other works have been exhibited nationally at such venues as The Art Students League, The Salmagundi Club, and the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, all in New York City; and the Huntsman Fine Arts Gallery in Aspen, Colorado. Her work has received numerous awards including Best In Show two years in a row from The Arts Students League Annual Student Exhibition in New York City.

Kimberly Alvis is represented in the Triangle region by Little Art Gallery & Craft Collection in Raleigh and by Somerhill Gallery in Durham.

The Little Art Gallery is located at 432 Daniels Street. For more information and directions, go to www.littleartgalleryandcraft.com.

For more information on Kimberly Alvis and to see more of her work, visit www.alvisart.com.

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