Borderline - Mary Storms


Mary Storms expresses her artistic vision through abstract mixed-media landscapes. As a self-taught artist, with a degree in biology, Mary is intrigued and inspired by the natural environment. Her intent is to provide the viewer with a sense of the symbiotic relationship between primeval elements - stone, soil, water and sky - and the life these elements nurture.

Mary’s canvases are noted for their rich textures and intense color, from bold and vibrant to quiet and subdued. In addition to acrylic paint, she uses sculpting paste, along with layers of torn or cut handmade paper and recycled magazine paper. To add additional depth, portions of some layers are scrubbed or scraped off. Paint is applied with brushes, palette knives and her hands.

Mary’s award-winning work has been exhibited in multiple venues throughout North Carolina and is included in many local, national, and international private collections. She is currently represented by Gallery444 in San Francisco, CA and the Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC. In addition to these two galleries, select pieces can also be viewed by appointment at her home studio in downtown Raleigh. All of her work can be viewed on her website.

This exhibit will be in the Jane Sandelin Gallery.


Silverpoint - Almost a Lost Art by Theresa Armstrong

Silverpoint was almost lost as an art form with the invention of graphite or the pencil. Fortunately, a few artists have carried on the traditions throughout the centuries since the 1500’s and commercial grounds are now produced to make the process easier and more rewarding.

This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, East.

"I was introduced to Silverpoint drawings in an exhibition 'Leonardo to Jasper Johns' at the National Museum of Art in Washington. I was absolutely taken back by the understated beauty of the masters drawing during the Renaissance period. Not only were there silverpoint works by Da Vinci, Raphael, Durer, and contemporary artist Carol Prusa but an exhibit on the silverpoint process from the ground preparation to varying metal stylus and results. Silverpoint marks or lines (microscopic particles scraped from a metal stylus by an abrasive ground) cannot be erased and tonal variations are limited to lighter shades of gray. Innovative techniques can be employed (repetition, cross hatching, stumping, oxidation or tarnishing) to darken the metallic deposits to each metal’s properties limits. The difficulty of the medium presented an irresistible challenge to my drawing skills to achieve the image as I see it in my mind. The technique also lends itself to experimentation with combining color in the grounds, carbon and white charcoal to highlight the surfaces, or water color to accent areas. " - Armstrong

Under Construction - Anne B. Burnley

This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, West.

Marks All at Once - by Tom Hohing

This exhibit will be in the Corner Gallery.

Garden Party by Susan Cary

This exhibit will be in the Skylight Gallery.



Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show. There is no theme. CHRIS SEMTNER juried this month's show. Submissions were accepted from any artist and any medium.

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1st Place All Media Show: "Rooted" by Colleen Conner, 24" x 24" Acrylic, $800




2nd Place All-Media Show: "Toronto" by Lew Lott, 33" x 23" Layered Photography on Board, $400




3rd Place All Media Show: "St. Bride of the Isles" by Robert Wynne, 16" x 20" Oil, $600




Honorable Mention: "The Captive" by Matt Anderson, 20" x 16", Epoxy, Clay, Resin, Steel, Fiber Optic, $3,500






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