New, large, "1 of 1" photographic prints, framed with great care, and a little gimmicky. The majority of the pictures are spared digital effects, but are clearly more influenced by abstract expressionism than the canon of photography.
Reception during April's Art Walk April 13 5-7
“Homestead,” is a collection of works in acrylic, ink and watercolor by Lauren deSerres. The paintings are investigations and celebrations of the fauna and medicinal flora from The Proud Chicken Farm and Studio homestead in Pittsboro, NC.
The plants featured in the paintings feature medicinals from passion flowers to comfrey leaves. In addition to their healing properties for humans, these medicinal plants also attract a host of pollinators. Among them are the much loved honey bees that we are so often reminded of when we think of the global impact that humans have had on the environment. Also featured in the collection are chickens, the great comedians of the homestead. Laughter, too, is great medicine.
Eli has developed a unique technique of using eggshells as a primary factor in mixed media pieces. People appreciate the depth, texture and effects the eggs create in his acrylic eggshell paintings. Eli Melet’s artwork will be on display during December’s Artwalk at Open Eye Café and can be seen from January 8-31, 2018.
Eli's artwork can be viewed when Open Eye Cafe is open, which is as follows:
M-TH: 7am to 11pm
Fri & Sat: 7am to midnight
Sun: 8am to 11pm
Melanie R. Wall is a self-taught abstract painter, originally from Ft. Madison, Iowa. Her work explores the elements of nature. Her focus is creating serenity within an oil painting. She uses a linear oil painting technique to define an abstract portrayal of nature. She enjoys blending colors to attain a soft, subtle, and smooth appearance to each piece. A major influence of her style has been shaped by impressionism. https://openeyecafe.com/
Art by Sheila Ann Journey will be on display at the Open Eye Cafe throughout the month of September. Sheila's background in fashion during the Chicago punk era of the 80's has decidedly shaped her stylized acrylic paintings. Her work has been described as Nagel...esque.
Reception for artist Deborah Olive Russell from 6-9pm on Friday, April 14 at Open Eye Cafe. The show includes mythical and abstract paintings ,sketches, and soft sculptures . All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. http://openeyecafe.com/
Opening Reception for Sadie Nott at Open Eye Cafe
Sadie Nott is an artist who recently relocated to Carrboro from San Francisco, CA. This body of work includes 'One Peak Each Week', a self-designed project that required hiking up one of San Francisco's 49 named hills each week for one year, taking only one photo at the top.
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The Sea Series and other paintings by Renzo Ortega
Renzo Ortega, is a Peruvian-American artist. He began his artistic career in his native Lima-Perú. Later he Lived and worked in New York for sixteen years. He received a BFA in painting from La Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes del Perú (1999), studied at the Art Students League of New York (2000-04) and has his MFA in painting from Hunter College (2014). His artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in U.S.A., Perú, Austria and Chile. He participated at the S-Files Biennial (El Museo del Barrio, NY 2007) and Queens International Biennial (Queens Museum of Art 2006). In 2013, as a Kossak Travel Grant recipient, Ortega traveled to Berlin to study German Expressionism. His recent curatorial projects are “Stamp manifest” at Gowanus Print Lab, “Deep Breath” exhibition at Local Project, “InQbate” Sound Artist Residency at the Queens Museum of Art and the series of artist talks “The Impossible Project” at Reverse Art Space. In 2015, Ortega produced a body of screen-printing work at Gowanus Print lab in Brooklyn. This work was exhibited at his recent solo exhibition in Lima, Peru at Galería Fundación Euroidiomas. In 2016 Renzo Ortega received the Queens Council on the Arts New Work Award and also traveled to Honduras as a part of the U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Envoy Program. His upcoming exhibition will be in January 2017 in the The Flushing Town Hall Gallery in Queens, New York. In the fall of 2016 he relocated to Carrboro, North Carolina.
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Alyssa Doran's Paintings Displayed in Open Eye Cafe
Alyssa began painting, like most children, at a very young age. Over the years, she began to love the freedom of expression she found while painting. She took several "traditional" art classes throughout school; however, she felt that art was less about technique and more about the release of creativity. She found that focusing on accuracy while painting restricted her openness to imagination and freedom. Vulnerability, in her eyes, is the key to creating art that is passionate and authentic to the artist’s soul. With her quick paint strokes, she creates paintings that are unique and completely open to interpretation. To find out more about her artwork, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her website is http://vulnerableexpression.weebly.com
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Patrick Dyess: Mostly Rainy
Patrick Dyess is an emerging outsider artist from Houston, breaking into the North Carolina Art scene with his evocative unique portrait rainscapes. When the weather is pleasant, Patrick can often be found on the lawn at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro creating enchanting copper wire sculptures and answering the questions of the curious. His work has been exhibited in solo shows in Houston and various locations here in the Triangle, as well as in several private collections.
Cat Moleski Art
For Cat Moleski art is an adventure; a playful struggle between paint, canvas, and imagination. She begins with images from nature or simply an idea she wants to express and layers the canvas with color and hope, until it reaches that magical tipping point where ghost images, under-paint, and top marks reveal a cohesive image. She scrapes, pushes, blends, and sometimes uses her fingers to propel the paint across the canvas.
Moleski studied studio Fine Art at Alfred University. Her recent shows include venues in and around Chapel Hill as well as Open Studios at her home. She has attended two residencies at the Vermont Studio Center where the freedom from everyday responsibilities let her expand her painting repertoire.
Music and coffee are the inspirations behind the six large acrylics she created specifically for the space at the Open Eye Café. A few of her other abstract acrylics will hang in the small study room off the main hall.
For more of Cat Moleski’s work visit her website at: http://www.catmoleskiart.com/
Opening Reception for Jason and Shireen Green
Carrboro husband and wife duo, Jason and Shireen Green will be presenting their unique portfolio of acrylic on canvas for January 2016. Jason arrived in North Carolina in 2005 after graduating from the University of Kansas and a stint in Chicago. His emerging styles include symbolism, surrealism, caricatures, and figurative art. In contrast, Shireen is a Chapel Hill local who graduated from UNC in 2004. Her emotional style lends itself to abstract images with thick contour lines. Together, they share their creative journeys and embrace their passion for artistic expression.
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Daniel Hudspeth is a singer-songwriter from Durham. He just released his first EP, available for download at www.danielhudspeth.bandcamp.com. A full-time UNC student and husband and father, songwriting has been a way to chronicle the events of life in a truthful and beautiful way.
George Hayes Open Eye Cafe Supports the Paperhand Puppet groups’ Kickstarter campaign for the 2013 Production!!
For twelve years Paperhand Puppet Intervention has been creating original large-scale puppet pageant extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stilt dancing, painted flats, live music and so much more. These shows have told stories of the human heart, illuminated myths from around the world, and inspired young and old alike through their unique brand of creative expression. Each summer Paperhand helps create a community that shares not only their picnic blankets, but also their ideas and experiences. In past summers nearly 14,000 people attended Paperhand’s production, making the show one of the best attended productions in the triangle.
Open Eye Café will present a whimsical November exhibit featuring works by Cinc Hayes on view Nov 2nd –Nov 30th 2013. Hayes has created most of his art in a small haunted carriage house located in the heart of downtown Charleston, SC as well as in his studio in Chapel Hill. Emphasizing his focus on images he comes across in his daily life, his acrylic, oil, and mixed media paintings accentuate the beauty of everything around; things that can often become lost in our fast paced world.
When asked about what he wants people to take away from his art Hayes says, “ I want people to get lost for a few seconds in the piece and unleash their creativity as if they were looking into a riddle. I want them to stop for a moment and focus in on the piece, seeing colors and images that weren’t noticed at the first glance.”
Originally from Chapel Hill NC, after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he spent seven years traveling the world working, painting, drawing, and a year traveling for Crayola Crayons where he traveled to underprivileged inner city areas, teaching art in different schools and children’s hospitals across the nation. When he settled in San Francisco for a few years he took many art classes to broaden his understanding and technique as an artist.
Hayes uses his experiences from different times in his life and the different places he has lived and traveled to create stories on Canvas in front of him. He states “Charleston and Chapel Hill have been the most inspiring places I have lived. Both areas are full of wonderful colors and fascinating subjects and characters.”
Hayes has exhibited his work all over Northern California and the Southeast. His exhibit will feature his work that was created since living in Charleston, SC and Chapel Hill, NC.