OUR MONTHLY GUEST GALLERY
MARTI KING, billy farmer & diana cook
RECEPTION AT ART AFTER HOURS
FRIDAY, september 11th , 5-9 PM
SHOW RUNS september 11TH UNTIL october 3rd
Martha King, “Marti” as she likes to be called by her friends, was born in Heidelberg, Germany; surrounded by castles, mountains, old villages and nature. Marti moved to North Carolina in 1990 and works out of her studio, called “Kings Palette”. She specializes in watercolor, also works in oil and acrylic. In addition to her original artwork, she also carries prints in various sizes and note-cards. Her latest passion includes bejeweled creations, such as scarves, bracelets and hair adornments.
Billy Farmer retired as a band director / music teacher from Wake County Schools in 1996.
His interest in drawing began at a very early age. He was mostly self-taught until the 1980's when he began taking art courses at Barton College.
He continued these studies with private classes and in workshops with Charlie Reid, Tony van Hasselt, Arne Westerman, LouAnna Winner and Pat Bowers. He also received instruction in critique sessions with Joe Cox, former head of the School of Design at N. C. State University and with Ben Williams former curator of the N. C. State Museum of Art.
His shows and exhibitions in North Carolina have been at Art Centers in Wilson, Goldsboro, Nash County, Nashville, The Woman’s Club of Raleigh, The Sunflower Studio and Gallery in Wake Forest, Forest Hill Club in Wilson, Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock, and The Little Art Gallery in Raleigh.
Billy Farmer's works are represented by The Little Art Gallery in Raleigh, The Sunflower Studio and Gallery in Wake Forest, Leslie Martin Pottery Studio in Franklinton, The Frame Shoppe in Louisburg, and the Framer's Alley in Elm City,
Portsmouth, Virginia is my birthplace. Being a “Navy Brat” and “Army Wife” caused many moves during my life.
In grade school I loved to draw but was extremely shy and would hide my artwork. In 1956 we moved to the Detroit, Michigan area where I became an LPN and worked at Sinai Hospital. There I was asked to draw an escape plan for the entire hospital. I was also asked to do illustrations for their newsletter… TERROR!
In about 1970 I took a watercolor class in Huntsville, Alabama. I loved it; yet that feeling of being “less than” prevailed so my paintings were timid and pale. That continued many years. In Warrenton, Virginia, being “Mom,” farm manager, and working in a family business left little time for painting.
In 2007, my son, Jeff, and I moved to Franklinton, North Carolina. Seeing people at the Senior Center painting got my attention and in 2010 I joined classes there. As I grew bolder in my spiritual life, my painting got bolder.
The friends I’ve met in the art world here are truly a blessing.