2nd Floor

Essence of Change:  Juried Art Show

May 23 - August 29, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing off the theme for the show, "Essence of Change," artwork from local and regional artists will convey what this means to them.  Experience a wide variety of work in this unique exhibit. 

 

This exhibit has been generously sponsored by:

 

Knox & Beth Winget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting Earth & Sky:  Artwork by Billie Ruth & Doug Sudduth

May 23 - August 29, 2015

 

 

 

Billie Ruth Sudduth is a widely acclaimed basketmaker living in the North Carolina mountains. Her works are in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery. In 1997, she was named a North Carolina Living Treasure, the state's highest honor for creative excellence in the field of crafts.

Basketry is actually Billie Ruth's second career. She spent almost twenty years as a school psychologist. In 1983, after a particularly demanding year, her boss suggested she do something for "fun" over the summer. Knowing of Billie Ruth's love of baskets, it was suggested she take a basket making class at the local community college. The four Monday night sessions cost twenty dollars but totally changed her life. After fifteen minutes in that class, she knew she had found her life's work.

In 1989, Billie Ruth left her career to pursue basketry full time. Her baskets are unique in that they are based on math, incorporating Fibonacci numbers and the Nature Sequence in all her baskets to create a style that was immediately identifiable and captured the attention of museum curators and collectors alike.

Doug Sudduth first developed an interest in photography during his military service in South Korea in 1962-63.  He went on to study at the Penland School in 1993 under photographer Ralph Burns. “Photography is very much about light, not just good or bad lighting, but the infinite range of light and its impact on everything. Sunlight, as it touches, radiates the fronds of maiden grass is fascinating. I love reflected light on water surfaces, especially the dancing light on the nearby North Toe River or back-lighted maiden grass,” said Doug.

 




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