OUR MONTHLY GUEST GALLERY
mary greene, paper creations
victoria powers, photography
RECEPTION AT ART AFTER HOURS
FRIDAY, june 12TH, 5-9 PM
SHOW RUNS june 12TH UNTIL jUly 4TH
Mag’s Creations are creative artwork, handcrafted and hand cut by Mary Greene. These one of a kind art pieces are primarily, but not exclusively in paper cutting and paper folding. Since 2003 Mag’s Creations has designed numerous floral arrangements, framed artwork, dolls, brooches, jewelry, gift boxes, decorative paper cutting and other delightful items made from paper.
In April of 2011, Mary Greene received a Certificate from The Paper Cultural Foundation, from Korea, in recognition for having pass examination in the field of paper folding making her passion of unique art work one that she is now qualified to teach others.
Mag’s Creation is an extension of the incredible talent of Mary Greene that once started in her living room with hopes of spreading it to each individual and their homes and special occasions, making every moment special and one to remember.
My artistic journey has led me down many paths and I have embraced each, with equal enthusiasm. Each media has been an adventure and an opportunity for growth and artistic expression. My varied concentrations have spanned several decades, and include works in abstract acrylics, realistic watercolor, impressionistic oils, black and white film photography, mixed-media, 3-D, and recycle arts, a wide spectrum of fiber arts, and most recently, foil relief etchings and abstract works in digital photography and oil on canvas. While moving on to the exploration of new media, I never fully abandon those of the past and often find ways to combine media to create new and exciting works.
Since 2006, I have used the medium of digital photography to help me identify images for original compositions in oil on canvas. However, I have recently found interest in using the camera to identify abstract images in everyday items. Sometimes this is achieved through taking a very close up photograph of the image. At other times, it is achieved by taking a photograph of the image from an unusual point or view or an unnatural perspective.
This current series of 12 photographs were taken of my down comforter. I awoke one snowy morning in February, 2015 to yet another feather in my hair. I wondered if my pillow had a leak, but then I noticed a tiny goose feather trying to escape from the corner of my down comforter. This image intrigued me and I began taking photographs of the amazing folds and creases, hills and valleys that I could see within this full, billowy and white bed cover. I remained in one spot while I shot. There was so much to see just from that perspective.
I loved the way the images reminded me of organic things in nature and how abstracted they were from what I was actually photographing. As a young artist, I started out by painting in large abstract acrylics. I did this because that is the way artists were painting at the time and I really did not make a deliberate effort to abstract the images. With this series, I have returned to abstraction, but this time in a much more deliberate and purposeful way.
As an artist, my goal is to never tire of moving forward with experimenting with the application of new and old techniques to both old and ever new media. Life evolves, new opportunities arise, and we grow. My work will continue to reflect these changes.
Victoria Powers grew up in the small college town of Newark, Delaware where her father was a college professor, and later moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she attended High School. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a fine arts/ art education major with a concentration in painting. Victoria has been a multimedia artist exhibiting professionally in the community and beyond, in juried and solo shows, since 1989. She has enjoyed exploring a wide range of media and working in depth in each. While exhibiting her own art professionally through the years, Victoria was also simultaneously teaching art with the Wake County public school systems in North Carolina.
As a recently retired and an award winning Professional Art Educator, with over twenty five years of teaching experience with the state, Victoria earned her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification (NBPTS) initially in 2002, and recently renewed the certification in 2012. In 2009, she was awarded the North Carolina Art Educator’s Association (NCAEA) Elementary Art Teacher of the Year Award for the top Elementary Art Educator for the state. Victoria’s experience as a professional art educator helped inspire her to want to learn new techniques and to explore new media. She knew that what she learned, she could also teach. This partially explains Victoria’s diversity as a professional artist.
In December of 2010, while still teaching full time, Victoria realized a lifetime dream, and opened up her own private art studio and retail gallery space at the Blake Street Studios in Downtown Raleigh City Market. For four years, she was fortunate enough to be able to share with others the diversity of the works that she had created in the past as well as those that she continued to create in the present. In January 2015, due to the mandate of the Landlord who had new plans for the property, Victoria had to close her studio doors at Blake Street. While searching for another comparable gallery space, she is concentrating on creating new works and getting them out into the community in various shows. In the meantime, she will continue to run her business, creating and selling her art, and teaching small private art camps for kids and private art lessons for all ages, from her home studio in Raleigh, North Carolina.
On a personal level, Victoria enjoys year-round lap swimming, dancing, spending time at the beach, watching classic movies, performing in a duet band with her partner Jonathan, and is the mother of two grown children, Beth and John, grandmother of three grandchildren, Cassidy, Autry, and Todd Michael, and grandmother to one” grand-dog”, Spice!