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Upcoming Show

Alan Calhoun
Beverly Noyes

May 3 -28, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 7-10 p.m.


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Nanu LaRosee and Cindy Taplin

March 29 - April 30, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 3, 2 - 4 pm

Artworks Gallery presents a two-person exhibit of oil paintings by Nanu LaRosee and acrylic paintings by Cindy Taplin from March 29 through April 30 with an opening reception Sunday, April 3, 2 - 4 pm.

"Caught" imageNanu Larosee explains her new work: "Nature is ingenious as it adapts its forms to accommodate the presence of other living things or geologic circumstances. People like to keep the natural world around us even as we make the environment that allows them to flourish inhospitable. We bulldoze off the topsoil. We pave over the ground. We protect our power lines from plant growth. But plants and animals grow where we want them to be, and sometimes even squeeze into spots that seem to present an opportunity. So then we clip them, prune them, impose geometry on them, and still they manage to bulge out, send up shoots, and wiggle free.

" While my paintings do not depict specific stories, I try to use some aspects of storytelling. I may have protagonists, conflict, or a location that hint at a story. For years I have painted on a very small scale, but with these oil paintings I have used a somewhat larger format. These paintings may be viewed as individual statements, or as being connected by the theme to draw the viewer into looking at things a little differently."

Ms. LaRosee received an Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emerging Artist Grant in 1991. She has a MLS from Appalachian State University and a BFA from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

"Crane" image by Cindy TaplinCindy Taplin is showing acrylic paintings inspired by her trip last year to the Dorset coast in southern England. Portland Bill is a peninsula known for the quarries that provided the stone for St. Paul’s Cathedral, and as the setting for Thomas Hardy’s novel, The Well Beloved. While walking the coastal path around the Bill, the artist was delighted by the colorful beach huts set in the rugged landscape, and by the beauty of the wooden cranes with the English Channel as a background.
Cindy is a native of Forsyth County. She earned a B.A. in Mathematics at Salem College, where she also studied studio art. She paints full time in her studio in the Arts District of Winston-Salem.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Click on image for a larger view.
Nanu LaRosee, "Caught", oil on canvas, 24"x36"
Cindy Taplin, "Crane at Portland Bill", oil on canvas, 16" x 20"

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