Pennybyrn to unveil new art gallery for residents

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 03:41 PM

As resident services leader at the Pennybyrn at Maryfield retirement community, Lynn Johnson has often visited her residents and noticed their wonderful artwork displayed on their walls.
“Some of our residents are just amazing artists — they’re very talented,” she said.
So talented, in fact, that Johnson often thought the residents’ paintings were deserving of a much wider audience than the limited number of people who would pass through their living quarters.
Now, they’ll have it.
Next week, Pennybyrn will host a fine arts gala to celebrate the opening of the Roy B. and Dot Culler Art Gallery, a permanent space designated for showcasing original pieces of art created by Pennybyrn residents.
Located in the facility’s Community and Wellness Center, the gallery is named in honor of Roy and Dot Culler — longtime residents of Pennybyrn — in recognition of their generous contributions to support the purchase of visual arts for the independent living community.
“This is going to be a permanent gallery, but the art will constantly change as we feature new works by our residents,” Johnson said. “Right now it’s going to be paintings and photography. We eventually hope to add sculpture, but we’re not quite ready for that at this time.”
The initial exhibition in the gallery will feature about two dozen pieces, according to Johnson.
The gala, which will be held Wednesday afternoon, will also include the unveiling of a new original piece of art by Greensboro visual artist Hollis Gabriel, which was commissioned by Pennybyrn. Gabriel, who calls her art business Perpetual E. Motion, specializes in creating unique, custom-designed mobiles.
“Painting sparkling mylar in vivid, vibrant colors, I then cut out butterflies, dragonflies, birds, fish, leaves and other silhouettes from nature,” Gabriel says of her work.
“They dance and float, mesmerizing and relaxing the observer. Even when the viewer doesn’t give it full attention, the mobile brings elements of life, light and the natural world into the room with its smooth constant motion.”
The mobile commissioned by Pennybyrn will be installed in the Skylight section of the Community and Wellness Center.
“I’ve seen it, and it’s just a very striking piece,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be very pretty there.” | 888-3579


Pennybyrn at Maryfield will host a fine arts gala to celebrate the opening of the Roy B. and Dot Culler Art Gallery, which will feature art by residents of the Pennybyrn community.
The gala will be held Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., in the Pennybyrn at Maryfield Community and Wellness Center, 109 Penny Road.
To attend, you must RSVP by calling Lynn Johnson at 821-4043.