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.

Salon Moxie Presents New Works by New York Artist Nichole Ohrablo

September 10, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Nichole Ohrablo, an artist based in New York City with Raleigh connections, will be the featured artist at Salon Moxie in North Raleigh from September 26 through November 13. The artist’s reception will be held Friday, September 26, from 6-9 p.m. in the salon.

Ohrablo work is bright, vibrant and evocative of New York graffiti. But she began her career under the tutelage of well-known Raleigh artist and art teacher Bob Rankin. Her family had moved to Raleigh from Long Island when Ohrablo was 10.

“I really learned a lot from [Rankin],” she said. “His work was always full of color and expression, which was very inspiring.”

At 19, Ohrablo moved back to New York to study art at The Fashion Institute of Technology, where she began what would be an ongoing fascination with everything about the gritty side of the city, especially the graffiti.

“It’s so incredibly detailed and colorful with real visual depth,” she said. “Good graffiti pieces also have this raw emotion and urban attitude. It’s 100 percent NYC, which is why I love it.”

Music, pop culture, and “my old clubbing days in the city” also inspire the work of the artist who considered herself “very much a misfit [in Raleigh]. I loved heavy metal bands, wore ripped jeans with big, Long Island hair, and I had a thick New York accent.”

Today Ohrablo lives on Long Island again with her husband Joe and their cat Vic. But they visit Raleigh frequently because her parents and her sister – Michelle Scaraglino, a stylist at Salon Moxie – are here.

Salon Moxie is owned and operated by Jack and Joelle Ray who also own the award-winning Samuel Cole Salon in North Raleigh. Salon Moxie has been hosting revolving art exhibits since it opened last summer.

“We wanted to find a way to connect our emerging artists at Moxie with other emerging artists in the area,” Joelle said. “We are excited to offer our support to the arts community.”

Salon Moxie is located at 6191-122 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit http://www.salon-moxie.com or call 919-850-0721.