New exhibits reintroduce Theatre Art Galleries
Four new exhibits at Theatre Art Galleries are designed to display art that stimulates the senses and to reintroduce the galleries following a period of low activity and personnel changes. Exhibits include portraits by two artists, one a High Pointer who lives in New York; outdoor scenes by a physician; architectural images of what High Point might become; and works by local high school students. They continue through Jan. 3.
“We’re relaunching ourselves. It really is a new day at TAG. We have new leadership, a new vision for the organization, and we want to broaden our reach into the community and build on our great tradition and history of bringing interesting and unusual art to our galleries,” said Jeff Horney, who became executive director on Aug. 1, following a career as a businessman who long has been a community volunteer, fundraiser and art lover.
Horney selected the 40-work exhibit “No Boundaries: Two Generations Face to Face” for the Main Gallery because he was fascinated by two women’s perspectives and approach to painting portraits.
Lucy Davis Phillips, a High Pointer who lives and studies in New York, is a young woman who creates portraits and studies that demonstrate community.
“She’ll have 12 to 16 portraits that are all different, but she’s done something to make them all the same: the same shirt or the same hat,” Horney said. “She’s looking for community within the individuals.”
Harriet Marshall Goode of Rock Hill, S.C., who only paints women, writes in her artist’s statement that her recent works come from her sense of her own age and strength: “As my work began to change, the women became more powerful, but more subtle at the same time, sometimes vulnerable, but more often with the strength to transport them to other worlds.”
“It’s just lovely work anybody can look at and appreciate,” Horney said. “She uses wonderful color, and I think she has interesting titles.”
“Color Creates Light: Paintings by Stephen Moore,” in Gallery B, shows landscapes and beach scenes by a physician who has been painting for more than 30 years.
“He’s a family doctor in Raleigh, so it’s a hobby for him, but it’s more than that,” Horney said. “He has shown and sold extensively, and he’s associated with several galleries in North Carolina and has had two shows in New York.”
“Hometown Revival: An Exhibit of Architectural Concepts Along High Point’s Main Street Corridor,” in the Hallway Gallery, is a display of architects’ renderings of how High Point could look if renewal takes place. Architects Peter Freeman and John P. Kennett of the High Point firm Freeman Kennett Architecture imagined the look along N. Main Street in the Uptowne area. The exhibit briefly was shown at The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library.
“A lot of people didn’t get to see it, and we thought it was worthy of an exhibit here because architecture is art, and there’s a lot of hometown interest in that,” Horney said.
Students in seven local high schools created art that is on display in Kaleidoscope Youth Gallery. “Upper School Art Exhibit” is the first of three student shows at the galleries. Middle school students will be featured next, followed by elementary schoolers’ art. Photos of student works in the current exhibit will be in Kazoo on Thanksgiving Day.
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What: Portraits, beach scenes, architectural drawings, student art
When: Through Jan. 3
Where: Theatre Art Galleries, 220 E. Commerce Ave.
Information: 887-2137, www.tagart.org