The Visitors Center will take part in 2nd Friday Artwalk and feature artist LaTasha “Sunny” Gravely who is known for her use of vibrant colors and powerful imagery. With her use of textured paper, colored tissue, paints and oil pastels, Sunny has found an elegant way to combine all of these mediums to create a vivacious expression of her art. Her talents have greatly evolved from her “Southern Living” view ports using watercolor, ink and pencil. Her art has been showcased in galleries from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Gravely’s latest work has been exploring the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the current racial climate of our country. She believes these intense times cause a huge rift in the fabric of our integrated society, exposing the hate of the “old world” and humanity of the “new world.” She has created these vignettes to represent a visual impact of these experiences through her own lens and point of view. Each of her paintings diving deeper into the mind of a southern African American woman struggling to find sympathy and understanding in a nation of “have” and “have nots”.
Join the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center, Friday, April 14, 2017 for refreshments and a reception showcasing Artist Kendal Brown. Brown's watercolor paintings will remain on display in the Visitors Center through May 2017. Kendal Brown grew-up on an island on the Gulf Coast and loved being in and around water, observing migrating birds, and watching the ever-changing weather in the big sky.
“Drawing was a spontaneous pleasure from an early age,” says Brown. “I was lucky to receive painting lessons as a teen. Being able to return to painting now is an unexpected and profoundly satisfying joy. I paint primarily in watercolor, though some pieces are mixed media.” Brown’s continued interest in the natural world is reflected in most of her paintings.
In addition, steel drummer, Wilton Dubois, will perform at the Visitors Center from 6:00pm-8:00pm. From Trinidad, a country smaller than Delaware, Wilton came here looking for a better life. Dubois later played steel drums with Trinidad Tripoli, a band brought to the states by Liberace. The band opened for Liberace, played on their own under contract with Warner Brothers, and once played on The Ed Sullivan Show. Dubois is now passionate about teaching children to make and play steel drums.
Artist David Stickel at The Visitors Center
The Visitors Center @501 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, will be open from 6pm to 9pm during the 2nd Friday Artwalk, December 9.
David Stickel is featured artist. Stickel’s water colors draw inspiration from North Carolina as well as years in Africa, trips to China, Europe. A signature of Stickel’s art includes paintings of reflections--especially of windows. "I love how each tells its own story, inside, as well as outside the window. My goal and passion is to paint an image on a 2-dimensional surface making it look as 3-dimensional as possible.” http://davidstickel.com/
Artist Bronwyn Merritt returns to the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center at 501 West Franklin Street, 6 pm – 9 pm, Friday October 14.
See her display of acrylic paintings painted in August 2016. Still Summer was painted to feature the hot light of late summer, using the flowers from overgrown gardens and sun-drenched color. At some point, cats wandered in, and become part of the theme, only to wander out before the work is complete. https://www.visitchapelhill.org/
Art of Bronwyn Merritt
The Orange County’s Visitors Center (501 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill), will participate in 2nd Friday ArtWalk, the Carrboro/Chapel Hill event that turns the spotlight on venues that celebrate the arts. Parking is available behind the Visitors Center and there will be wine, refreshments, music and a colorful focus on Orange County.
For the last year, the Orange County Visitors Bureau and photographer/writer Alicia Stemper have been dispensing doses of Vitamin O, a photo/essay project that highlights Orange County’s most amazing resource – its people.
After seeing the success of the project, the Visitors Bureau decided to create a print exhibit.
Stop by and learn more about some of the wonderful people who call Orange County home.
… From the food truck manager who compares his vehicle to a yacht; farmers growing art; a small woman managing large oxen; a 17- year old business owner; and a woman with a recycled tombstone in her yard….