Full Listing of Past Exhibitions

'Southern Summer Exhibition'

Exhibition dates: July 29 - August 21


Reception Friday July 29 from 6 to 9:00 pm

This exhibition celebrates summer with selected works from gallery artists.

Kristin Gibson painting

The summer sun shines upon us
with a bounty from the garden
and memories
of summers past
Summer
is the zen
master
The heat urges
us
to slow down,
to breath
deeply
slowly
To meditate
in the shade and quietly recall
memories of summers past

Michael Brown Painting


'A 46 Year Retrospective of Photo Essays'
Donn Young

Exhibition dates: June 24 - July 24


Reception Friday June 24 from 6 to 9:00 pm

This exhibition pays tribute to Donn Youngs upcoming permanent installation in The Power of Place Gallery at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

This exhibition pays tribute to Donn Youngs upcoming permanent installation in The Power of Place Gallery at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Donn Young has been a professional photographer for 46 years.

As an assignment photographer, his work has appeared in over 100 national publications including Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Paris Match, Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, Village Voice and The Washington Post.

His work has been exhibited in 59 museums and galleries.
We know Donn from our mutual New Orleans backgrounds. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged Donn's studio in New Orleans. For nearly four and half weeks the body of work Donn created over more than 35 years was submerged 10 feet below the muddy waters of the Mississippi river that inundated New Orleans.




Donn Young Ninth Ward Sunrise

1,350,000 of Young's images were lost to failed levees - a life's work. There are many tragic stories; most importantly the loss of homes and life. How could one complain of losing a life's work when others lost their lives and loved ones? However, the loss was significant and life changing.

Although he lost his home, his possesions and his life's work, Young pushed on. In July of 2008 with the endorsement of the Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, he completed a 3-year photo essay titled '40 Days and 40 Nights', an exhibition documenting the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

The exhibition grew to include over 100 Louisiana artisans of many disciplines, all telling the story of Hurricane Katrina through their art. The Louisiana State Archives produced and exhibited the 40 Days essay, with Donn as director. The exhibition was the largest and most well attended exhibition in the history of the Louisiana State Archives.


'Half a World Away'
Alicia Armstrong

Exhibition dates: April 29 - June 19,2016


Reception Friday April 29 from 6 to 9:00 pm

Alicia Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Fine arts degree with a concentration in oil painting from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and stood out as the winner of the Fine Art department's academic leadership award. After a decade working in traditional painting and photographic portraiture, she is now concentrating on producing more abstract works, pieces imbued with symbolic imagery...

Alicia Armstrong painting Alicia Armstrong painting Armstrong paints primarily on wood panels using graphite, oil, and charcoal; her process produces highly textural works, whose layers convey the beauty and struggle of movement and transition.
Alicia states "My process is about history. I seek to create a sense of age or time lapsed with mark making, sanding and layering. My paintings always start with large color fields. I apply several layers of paint, selectively sanding each layer to merge them like memories and time.The figures are the last to come in and are significant more in terms of composition than concept. They become a conduit for the many worlds of atmospheric layers of paint."

The narratives portrayed in Armstrong's work are quietly enigmatic. Many convey women pondering choices.There is a precarious balance of feminine vulnerability and strength in this current body of work.


'My Mother Took the Ming Rose Out of the Cradle'
Alice Ballard

Exhibition dates: March 25 - April 24, 2016


Reception Friday Feb 26 from 6 to 9:00 pm

Alice Ballard b. 1945
Alice Ballard is a nationally recognized ceramicist. Alice received her Bachelor of Science in Design in 1967 from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Arts in painting in 1968 at the University of Michigan.
Ballard's work is in numerous collections including The Renwick Collection at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, The South Carolina State Art Collection in Columbia, SC, The Tennessee State Art Collection in Nashville, TN, and The Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC. You may have seen Alice Ballard's installation locally at the Umstead Hotel in Cary.

Alice Ballard Pod Alice Ballard Totem Alice explains the mysterious title of this exhibition:
"My Mother Took the Ming Rose Out of the Cradle is a phrase that came to me in a dream I had over 30 years ago. It has been a guiding force in my life and in my work ever since. My love and close observation of Nature inspires the organic forms of my work but this dream has driven me to seek the innermost meaning of my work and my purpose."

"Although most of the work in this show is current, I have chosen a few works from my personal collection that were created earlier in my career so you might see how over time my work has evolved. I have also included some of my drawings and two dimensional works as they reveal my process of developing an idea."




'Wild Ponies'
Jennifer Miller

Exhibition dates: Feb. 26 to March 19, 2016


Reception Friday Feb 26 from 6 to 9:00 pm
Exhibition dates: Feb 26 to March 19

Jennifer Miller b. 1953 -
A North Carolina native and lifelong painter, Miller's work is in many prestigious collections and has garnered numerous awards throughout her career.
Jennifer grew up on the coast of North Carolina during a time when it was a wilder, more feral landscape. Her 'Wild Ponies' express her response to her lifelong love of nature. Jennifer has a passion for the outdoors that is clearly conveyed in her paintings.

Wild Ponies


The magic of coming upon feral ponies in the wild is a mystical experience that she seeks to share with the viewer.


Miller recalls: "I remember camping at Assateague Island where wild ponies ran free and swam in the surf."

"I was also inspired by visits to Shackleford Banks and Carrot Island,where some of the feral ponies have genes of Spanish mustangs from shipwrecks off the NC coast 400 years ago."

"Camping at Grayson Highlands State Park last year, I was thrilled to observe several herds of wild ponies.The sturdy, wild look of the animals sparked my imagination and thus I began this series of paintings."




Miller's paintings of wild ponies adroitly rendered in both oil and acrylic evoke primal feelings that stir the imagination.
Romanticism and sentiment are on display in these works, yet the directness of the work skillfully avoids cloying sentimentality.
There are no human references in the works in this exhibition; however they strongly represent an inherent individualism. These are indeed wild ponies that roam free and unhindered by the contrivances of bridle and saddle.


'Eno 2016'

Exhibition dates: January 15, 2015 to Feb 21, 2016


A group exhibition featuring all current Eno Gallery artists

Alicia Armstrong Untitled 44 x 44 oil on panel

Eno Gallery celebrates our 6th year with a group exhibition by Eno Gallery artists featuring a selection of some of their finest works.



Nancy Tuttle May 'Celebrating 40 Years'

Exhibition dates: November 27, 2015 to Jan. 15,2016


'Celebrating 40 years' is a marker of the number of years Nancy has made a living from her extraordinary art - and that is truly something to celebrate!
This will be our annual Holiday Celebration with all Eno artists work and featuring the work of Nancy Tuttle May



Michael Brown
MICHAEL BROWN 'CAROLINA IMPRESSIONS'

Exhibition dates: October 30 to Nov. 29, 2015


Michael Brown b.1955 - a Chapel Hill, NC native, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1977, while at the University, Brown was honored as a North Carolina Fellow. Brown worked at The Guggenheim Museum in New York from 1979 to 1981, designing and implementing art programs. Brown has been working as a professional artist for 38 years.



This Eno Gallery exhibition includes Brown's landscape paintings of North Carolina vistas during his travels throughout North Carolina in the past two years.
Michael Browns inspiration comes directly from nature... he deftly captures the essence of the North Carolina landscape with a sense of spontaneity. However, his seemingly loose brushwork reveals a carefully constructed composition that invites the viewer to share in the contemplative experience...
Browns new work successfully expresses his perceptions of nature, rather than creating exacting representations.

Brown states "It's no surprise that painters still turn to the natural world to explore their visual understanding and express their artistry.
There is no richer interplay of shape and color than that found in nature."

Unconcerned with the actual depiction of physical objects in front of them, the Impressionists learned how to transcribe directly their visual sensations of nature. Rather than delineating the details of the subject, they sought to depict the play of light and its changing qualities with bright and varied use of color.
Brown brings a fresh and original vision with his evanescent atmosphere of outdoor scenes. He is unhindered by traditional formulas or ideas of composition. His works challenge a wide range of artistic movements and styles.
Browns inspiration comes not only from nature, but also from his desire to express line and color in an abstract manner. Using consciously planned broken brush work, Michael Brown masterfully uses prismatic techniques to make his paintings pulsate with life.



'Fine Southern Clay'™

Fine Southern Clay
September 25, 2015 to January 15, 2016
Read Review of Exhibition by Blue Greenberg, Art Critic, Durham Herald

The exhibition features 21 of some of the finest contemporary clay artists in the South. Artists from Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and beyond are represented. The work includes both Studio Ceramics and Sculptural Clay.
The work of many of these influential artists are in important public collections and Museums including The American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona CA - The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - The Asheville Art Museum, NC - The Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, SC - The St. Louis Museum of Art, MO and The Smithsonian in Washington DC.
We are honored to bring the work of these accomplished artists to the Triangle region.
Preview a selection of exhibiting artists.
View the Fine Southern Clay online catalog here. Print copies of the catalog will be available at the gallery


'TIME - OUT'

I Still Wonder Where You Are Tezh Modarressi
Exhibition dates: August 28 to October 25, 2015
Read Review of Exhibition by Blue Greenberg, Art Critic, Durham Herald

Tezh Modarressi b.1965 - a Baltimore native, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1988. She exhibits in Boston, Hillsborough, Providence, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York. She currently lives in Philadelphia.

"Tezh Modarressi's small-scale paintings... are psychologically charged ...showers of sunlight can't help but recall Vermeer, they're calming amid the shadows and emptiness of many of her rooms."
Cate McQuaid - The Boston Globe

Modarressi says "This exhibition titled 'Time out' took shape because I paint interiors, seeking to capture the nuances of light and shadow that enter our rooms. I have developed a technique using thin layers of oil with washes of glaze that help to bring out the light. Starting with a bright palette, I then paint 'backwards' to mute the colors. This creates the subtle tones in the bands of light I seek to portray.'
"For this exhibition, I added glimpses of the outside world in some of the pieces - literally, time out. In the paintings that I left without an outside source I retained a feeling of serenity - a quiet moment in time as in someone's personal Time Out".


Modarressi's "I Still Wonder Where You Are" is a remarkable poetic vision of light and shadow. The light warms the interior space from a window and an open door. The interior with its cool palette is illuminated from outside where we see only a glimpse of the warmth and green of the outdoors. Devoid of objects except a single chair and a table the room is left for us to inhabit ...or to simply walk thru the door; a metaphor of opportunity. Or perhaps as the title suggests, the chair awaits a visitor from outside seeking an awaited return.

There are numerous metaphors and opportunities for interpretation. However, Modarressi's work stands on its own with her accomplished use of oil and glazes bring a spiritual illumination to this hauntingly mysterious space.


'Birdland'

Tim Turner and Molly Cliff Hilts

Exhibition dates: June 26 to August 23, 2015

This exhibition brings together two artists that explore their vision of avian life through their paintings and drawings.





Birdland Tim Turner b. 1954, resides in Crossnore, NC.
His richly saturated acrylic paintings with repeated forms of small birds appear informed by tapestry design with cloth-like borders.
From a distance, Turners canvases appear abstract. There is a strong sense of design and texture in these paintings that draw the viewer in to see the details.

< b>Molly Cliff Hilts b. 1958, resides in Portland Oregon.
She is well known as an encaustic painter. However, for this exhibition, she returned to her drawing roots for a new series of bird drawings rendered with charcoal on BFK Rives paper.



Sinaloa Crow


Molly states: "As a lifelong painter, there's been a voice over the years, reminding me to draw. On a recent trip to the Baja, I brought along big sheets of sturdy cotton paper and charcoal.
In an old burned out bathhouse in an arroyo, I found more charcoal and began to sketch the birds. Drawn into their lives, crosscutting into mine, there is a lyrical humanity born of a bird's song. The birds became companions and upon returning home, my cherished flock has continued to evolve and grow."



We share a connection with birds every day through their song and our wonder at their ability to slip the bonds of earth and take flight... Their migrations mark the rhythm of the seasons. With associations of freedom on the wing, they have been an inspiration throughout history.


'Conjured Ghosts'

Julyan Davis

Exhibition dates: April 24, to June 21, 2015

Julyan Davis is a British-born artist who has painted the South for 26 years. This exhibition brings together new landscapes of North Carolina and figurative studies from his traveling museum exhibit of murder ballad paintings.
He received his art training at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London.
Exhibited internationally, Recent acquisitions include the Gibbes Museum, The Greenville Museum of Art, The Morris Museum and the NC Governor's Mansion.
Read more about Julyan Davis's Murder Ballad paintings
most recently at the Spartanburg Art Museuem.
'And The Stars Fell' is an interview with Julyan Davis by Deanna Elaine Piowaty Read more here.
Deborah Walden, wrote this profile published in the Nashville Arts Magazine

This new exhibition at Eno Gallery is titled 'Conjured Ghosts.' It's an extraordinary collection of new work that we are honored to bring to Eno Gallery.

Julyan Davis explains where the theme originated: "The phrase 'Conjured Ghosts' came to mind after I began the Murder Ballad series. My paintings before, of empty streets or abandoned buildings, often evoked for the viewer a human presence or narrative: someone has just left the scene, or some critical event is imminent. I explained in an interview that, in the ballad paintings, those figures had finally arrived."

Wildwood Flower The girl looks out of a broken window. ...what is she thinking?

"In Albion's Seed,'Four British folkways in America', David Hackett Fischer talks about 'nescient fatalism', a fatalism without foreknowledge, shared by backcountry people. He adds: 'One is occasionally tempted to abandon the role of historian and to frame what social scientists call a theory. Whenever a culture exists for many generations in chronic insecurity, it develops an ethic that exalts war above work, force above reason, and men above women."

"This pattern developed on the borders of North Britain, and was carried to the American backcountry, where it was reinforced by a hostile environment and tempered by evangelical Christianity. The result was a distinctive system of gender roles that continues to flourish even in our own times."
"This character accepts her lot. Beauty and melancholy exist together. These are qualities I seek in my views of the South, populated or empty."
"Twenty-five years ago, as a struggling young artist just arrived in America, I wrote a poem about Van Gogh. Looking back at this, I found the source of Conjured Ghosts. It's clear I was a fan of the doomed workaholic, and filled with that keen empathy which invariably springs from self-pity, but my subject was also about how the dead, even more than the living, remain the peers we artists call on, and the competition we strive against."

He cannot be reverent enough
Of his Dutch forbears, or all those adept
Dead men scattered so capriciously
Across the Old World and the years.
Canvas after canvas, he sets
His hopes against the burning landscape
He has found, applies his brush and offers
Up their names like prayers.
He believes
The race is not over yet, but all
His conjured ghosts are far behind
And weary with the pace.

- - Julyan Davis

Julyan Davis

This show also give a nod to those other ghosts
...the painters who have influenced Julyan Davis' work, the symbolists, Caspar David Friedrich, Edward Hopper and the Ashcan school.

In addition, one can see the influence of Giorgio de Chirico in Davis's urban landcsapes...

"To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits:
logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams".

-- Giorgio de Chirico


'An essay on the theme sent to invited artists'

The Windows View

A group invitational exhibition

Exhibition dates: August 29 to October 26

The notion of seeing is already implied in the term window itself , which derives from the Middle English 'vindauga, eye of the wind' In the Latin term fenestra (from which French, Italian, German and others derive their terms for window) notions of opening, showing, and light are implied. In its most general definition a window is an 'opening in a wall or a side of a building, ship or carriage, to admit light and air, or both, and to afford a view of what is outside or inside.' The window as an opening in a wall refers to an absence which can be filled - by a material (glass, wood, paper, stone), by that which is seen through it, or by something rather immaterial like light or air. If defined as an absence, the window becomes a frame for its variable content, a marker of difference between what is inside and outside.

The ordinary windows in our houses demarcate a boundary between inside and outside, between what's private and what's public. The window becomes a frame for its content, a marker of difference between what is inside and outside. Looking through the window from either side crosses a boundary. The transparent glass of the window is vulnerable to both forced entry and to the curious gaze of those who pass by. We create barriers to the windows view with curtains, blinds and locks. In inner cities windows are often protected by bars creating a physical barrier to the windows view.

The eye is the window of the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye, the emotions, sensibilities, and affections, in the mouth. Hiram Powers, American sculptor 1805 - 1873

At the same time, we appreciate the sunlight falling through the windows, and are willing to pay a higher price for a home with a nice view, and decorate our windows, to exemplify the window as a place of the visual. The window can also be seen as a metaphor. The intimate relation between the window, seeing, and perception has become part of everyday language. In a home or commercial building, windows can be visualized as the eyes of the structure and a reflection of the story within. They also function as the eyes looking out on the world.

In his treatise on painting, the 15th century architect, sculptor, painter, and theorist Leon Battista Alberti described painting as the construction of an image that resembles a window:
'First of all, on the surface on which I am going to paint, I draw a rectangle of whatever size I want, which I regard as an open window through which the subject to be painted is seen'

After Marc Chagall moved to Paris from Russia in 1910, his paintings quickly came to reflect the latest avant-garde styles... a windows view with semi-transparent overlapping planes of vivid color in the sky above the city.

Rear Window image


There are numerous ambiguities presented by the windows view, not the least of which is the viewer as voyeur. There is a long history of this in painting and since the 1890's in film. Alfred Hitchcock dealt with the subject famously in his 1954 classic "Rear Window" where James Stewart is drawn irresistibly into becoming a voyeur from inside his apartment through his window and into the private world behind another apartment's window. In viewing the film we join in the role of voyeur.


Fritz Lang directed a striking mise-en-scene in the 1944 film 'The Woman in the Window'. Psychology Professor Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson) stops at a storefront and views a painting through the shop window: a striking oil portrait of Alice Reed (Joan Bennet).

On a quiet and lonely night he returns to view the object of desire behind the shop window and encounters Ms. Reed who is standing near the painting viewing people who are viewing her portrait. Ambiguities abound ...The window shares it's view in both directions.

Edwin Hopper is an artist that is famous for his voyeuristic paintings. His iconic 'Nighthawks' portrays this starkly. The scene is the interior of a restaurant, but who is the person not in the painting? It is of course you - the viewer or the voyeur looking through the window. Hopper said 'Nighthawks has more to do with the possibility of predators in the night than with loneliness'


Reviewing Hoppers work, the New York Post wrote in 1932: 'He likes to look in windows and see people standing there in the light at night. He likes to ride the ells. He would like to get into the apartments but there's no excuse.'

Hopper Evening Wind image
Perhaps less well known is Hoppers sketch from 1921 titled 'Evening Wind' in which a naked woman on a bed turns away from the viewer to look out the window as the wind blows open the curtain exposing her to the windows view.

She has chosen and is self aware of being unclothed, and is clearly aware of her vulnerability to being watched. The artist we assume had permission to draw the woman but what of the other viewers? She gazes outside in full knowledge that she also can be viewed from outside... Is she secretly thrilled with the parted curtains exposure or suddenly modest?

In granting the artist permission to paint her she has given tacit permission to you to share in 'The Windows View'.



We look forward to your inerpertation of The Windows View.

Mark Donley 2014


'The Abstract Landscapes of Marvin Saltzman'

Marvin Saltzman

Exhibition dates: June 27 to August 24, 2014

Exhibition Reviews
The Durham Herald Sun 'Saltzman: I'm not an artist, I'm a painter' - by Blue Greenberg
Indy Week 'On the uncompromising artifice of influential local painter and professor Marvin Saltzman' - by Chris Vitiello


Marvin Saltzman's distinguished career spans more than 60 years. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1931, Saltzman studied at The University of Chicago and The Art Institute of Chicago from 1954 to 1956. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California in 1959.

Saltzman influenced numerous notable artists during his tenure at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 1967 to 1996. One of North Carolinas most influential art professors, as well as a profoundly gifted painter, Saltzman has inspired and influenced two generations of students at UNC.

Among his accolades is a North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts in 1998. As one of six recipients of the state's highest honor, the retired UNC art professor is one of three winners of the 1998 North Carolina Award with ties to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. The award is given by the state Department of Cultural Resources, which honored Saltzman for "his strong, passionate abstract paintings and his many years of work with UNC art students." Saltzman was on the UNC faculty for 30 years.

His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Selected exhibitions include The Asanagawa Gallery, Kanazawa, Japan, The National Arts Club, New York, The Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, The Chrysler Museum, VA, The Spokane Art Center, WA, The Seattle Art Museum, WA and The Los Angeles Museum of Art, CA

Valee De LaDordogne



"The paintings are exuberant and playful, luxuriant and rich in color. There is a letting go, a release, although Saltzman's process remains the same. Planes, directional forms, circles, and edges are almost obscured as before, but, with vivid color heightening their traces, the glyphs become voluble."
Patricia Mathews -- Department of Art History, Oberlin College


Saltzmans older sister, Florence, was a painter and print maker. In a letter written to her cousin in the 30's she wrote:
"We were talking about having to learn technique, but while learning it, one must not lose sight of the first desire, the motive behind it all, or we would lose the justification of spending a lifetime, such a precious thing, on an ordinary article like technique.
If in the process of learning we would keep this little phrase in view it would help to keep from losing the true desire: Art is the creation, not the imitation of life."


'The Figure - in Oil, Encaustic and Clay'

Alicia Armstrong - Molly Cliff Hilts - Tinka Jordy

Exhibition dates: April 25 to June 22,2014

Three contemporary artists interpret the figure in 3 different mediums


Three contemporary artists interpret the figure in 3 different mediums.
Each of these nationally recognized artists envision the figure with themes of voyage,
distance, passage and migration both in representational and metaphoric terms.

These artists have each found their unique way to use familiar forms. Often elements in these works have little to do with those specific figures and more to do with larger ideas.

It's a different figure we see in this exhibition. The works are partly figurative and partly abstract, but each of them speak with a contemporary voice. They are influenced by the representational, abstract and conceptual ideas that each artist brings with their unique perspective and personal vision.

From serene and sublime to quirky and surprising, each artist offers their own unique style for your discovery. Much of this layered and nuanced work is narrative, sometimes not immediately recognizable but somehow familiar and as such deeper and more rewarding.

Three artists in three mediums created a body of work around 'The Figure'. However, There are numerous overlapping themes found in this exhibition. One that I find interesting is that each artist in their own studio included a common theme which is birds with their figures.

Fleeting Moment - Tinka Jordy

Themes of letting go, possible capture and flight are all represented. This is the collective unconscious at work.

There is a long history of bird imagery in arts, letters and mythology. When Zeus first saw the beautiful goddess Hera, she had no interest in him. Zeus devised a plan to lure Hera into his grasp by transforming himself into a small helpless bird, and then approached Hera. Hera saw the bird and took pity on it and so she embraced the small bird and eventually, Zeus.

Armstrong image

Our most uplifting dreams are of flight. The search for the wings that will set us free is as old as humanity itself. Perhaps birds represent our wish to fly away from all that holds us back. All creatures that have wings can escape from snares set from them, if only they will fly high enough. The soul that uses its wings can always find a sure means of escape from all that can hurt or trouble us both physically and emotionally.


A sure path to our own cage is found in our fears and doubts. Our ability to be truly free and fly takes trust which is disabled by doubt and fear.

In viewing the work of these three artists one can take their own meaning from their use of all the imagery portrayed.


In this video, Alicia Armstrong explains her process, methodology and inspiration:

you can hover over the video and choose the winged icon to 'share' the video on facebook



The 20th Annual Art in the Garden Sculpture Invitational

Eleven accomplished sculptors will be exhibiting new work this year

Exhibition dates: Feb 28 to April 19,2014

Exhibition:
Saturday May 3, 2014
Sunday May 4, 2014
Sunday May 10, 2014

You are invited to join us in celebrating our 20th year at this exceptional sculpture show at our home gardens and grounds at 1902 Borland Road, Hillsborough, NC. This is an opportunity to visit with the artists and your friends... and to view outdoor sculpture in a beautiful setting.

The 20th Annual Art in the Garden Sculpture Invitational is a juried art exhibition created by Tinka Jordy and Mark Donley in 1994. At that time there were very limited opportunities for regional sculptors whose work needed an outdoor setting to be displayed. Even today there are very few fine art galleries that have outdoor areas where both large and small scale sculpture can be exhibited.


Art in the Garden Sculpture Invitational

As always, exhibiting artists share the costs of invitations and refreshments. Each artist receives 100% of their sales without commission to the Gallery. For 20 years we are both humbled and honored to have shared our gardens and grounds with some of the most exceptional contemporary sculptors we know.

Eleven accomplished sculptors will be exhibiting new work this year:

  • Steve Cote
  • Carmen Elliot
  • Jeff Hackney
  • Tinka Jordy
  • Susan Moffatt
  • William Moore
  • Robert Pulley
  • Mike Roig
  • Sam Spiczka
  • Wayne Vaughn
  • Edwin White
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Clay sculpture
  • Mixed media sculpture
  • Stoneware Sculpture
  • Marble Sculpture
  • Marble and Clay Sculpture
  • Stoneware Sculpture
  • Kinetic Metal Sculpture
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Metal Sculpture


  • more info is at the Garden Art Gallery website


'Real and Surreal'

Robert Johnson

Exhibition dates: Feb 28 to April 19,2014

Realistic Botanical sketches and Surreal Landscape Paintings


New River State Park - Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson began painting abstract works and studied with Mark Rothko in 1967. He then went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts at Mills College in California. While residing on the west coast, Johnson's inspiration turned more toward nature.

Over 40 years ago he moved to the mountains of North Carolina, where the beauty of the natural environment surrounding him strongly influenced his work. His current body of work begins in the fields mountains and valleys, sketching landscapes and the flora and fauna on the forest floor. These studies and sketches can be described as the 'real' in this exhibition

Johnson is a visual storyteller whose interest in sacred places and man's connection to the natural world are reflected in his evocative work. The landscapes envisioned in Johnson's fertile imagination play with perspective and composition to take a surreal turn into the natural world.


Robert Johnson is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Southern Arts Federation. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Morris Museum of Art in Georgia, The Chrysler Art Museum in Virginia, and the Asheville Art Museum.


Botanical's in Nature Workshop at Historic Moorefields

artist Robert Johnson and botanist Ken Moore:
Workshop: April 17 through April 19,2014

Eno Gallery hosts a hands on three day workshop:

Robert Johnson study 

Join renowned botanical artist Robert Johnson and botanist Ken Moore for this limited registration hands on three day Workshop:

You will learn to identify plants and use pencil and watercolors to take visual notes while exploring the outdoors with Robert and Ken. This workshop is appropriate for both beginners and accomplished artists.

You will learn to identify plants and use pencil and watercolors to take visual notes while exploring the outdoors with Robert and Ken. This workshop is appropriate for both beginners and accomplished artists.


MA 'the space between'

Akira Satake and Barbara Zaretsky:
Exhibition: January 31 to February 23, 2014

A two person exhibition featuring ceramist, Akira Satake,and textile artist Barbara Zaretsky exploring the japanese concept of MA - "What is not there becomes, in its absence - as important to the meaning of the piece as what remains."

Ceramist Akira Satake and textile artist Barbara Zaretsky have created a harmonious body of work that exemplifies the visual expression of the concept in a two person exhibition at Eno Gallery.

 

In Japanese, the word ma (pronounced 'maah') expresses a principal that's rarely articulated in Western art: an awareness of form and non-form as equally significant. In music, it may be the space between notes, in drama, a pause between lines. Inherent to the expression of ma, says Zaretsky, is "the appearance of effortlessness" That elusive quality can be read as simplicity, but differs from minimalism... Rather than achieving a stark, static affect, Satake says "using ma as a guiding principal reveals the inner life or energy, of the piece."
Think of a Ma as the space between... Pots are formed from clay, though the space inside them is the essence of the pot. Walls with windows and doors form the house, but it is the space within them that is the essence of the house. Where there is clutter, even valuable things lose their value. Where there is too much, nothing stands out.
Each of these accomplished artists understand the importance of negative space which surrounds an object. Its use has a dramatic impact on the mood and tone of their finished work.

"Work that comes out of a wood-firing kiln is incredibly beautiful. You can't compare it with anything"
Everything from the weather outside to the quality of wood to the placement and positioning of pieces within the belly of the apparatus affects how the works turn out. "This is our collaboration with fire, smoke, ash, clay and heat" Mr. Satake said. The objects make clear that the artists accept the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi or the notion that beauty can be imperfect."

Tammu La Gorce - The New York Times, August 23, 2013

'ENO 2013'

Eno Gallery Group Exhibition

Exhibition dates: November 29, 2013 to January 26, 2014

New work by Eno Gallery artists

Invitation


'On and Off the Wall'

Alice Ballard and Roger Dalrymple
On and Off the Wall

Exhibition dates: September 27 to November 17, 2013

New ceramic sculptures and vessels.

Invitation

 

Alice Ballard - Sculptor - Ceramist
born: June 24, 1945 - Alice Ballard received her Bachelor of Science in Design in 1967 from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Arts in painting in 1968 at the University of Michigan. Ballard's work is in numerous collections including The Renwick Collection at The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, The South Carolina State Art Collection in Columbia, SC, The Tennessee State Art Collection in Nashville, TN; The Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC and The American Embassy in Portugal.

Roger Dalrymple - Ceramist - Architect
born: February 8, 1942 - Roger Dalrymple earned degrees in Architecture and Art from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University
Roger states My forms are an expression of my life long exposure to the American Indian Tribes of the Plains and Southwest United States, the Haida and Aleut Tribes of the Pacific Northwest, the Inupiat, Eskimo and Athabascan Tribes of Alaska and the Maori, Aboriginal People of New Zealand and Australia.


'Symphonic Dreamscapes'

Vicki Grant: 'Symphonic Dreamscapes'
Exhibition: August 30 to September 22, 2013

Vicki Grants Dreamscapes incorporate low voltage and fiber optic lighting within her intriguing wall sculptures. One is drawn in to explore the visual opportunities that a natural agate slice or a nautilus shell has as light travels thru its core. The exhibition will include pieces from Grants 'Symphonic' series. The exhibition will include pieces from Grants 'Symphonic' series. Working collaboratively with sound designer, composer and audio engineer Jason Wagonner and light engineer Art Robinson, Grant has created wall sculptures that incorporate fiber optic lighting with an aural component. The viewer is able to trigger through sensors within the piece, sounds and optics that have been designed to integrate the visual and textural experience. These works encourage the viewer see, touch and hear the sculpture.

Vicki Grant image

Grant's pieces begin with a clay sculpture. After the firing process, numerous layers of oil pigments are applied until the final patina of rich hues is achieved. Porcupine quills, fossils, stones, feathers, wood, shells and other evocative objects are incorporated into the piece enriching the visual and intellectual experience. Each wall sculpture, while beautiful in its own right, comes alive as the fiber optics and aural components interact with each element. There is an instant appeal to these works of sculpture and luminosity.

Grant's Dreamscapes' twinkle, glitter, radiate and glow ethereally. Grant explores the spectrum of optics as an integral part of her wall sculptures - but this is not just about light and sound. Those familiar with Grants 'Windows to the Earth' series know that her wall sculptures stand on their own.

Vicki Grant says: "Viewers are curious to see what the surfaces and textures feel like, getting so close their noses were almost touching the sculptures in an effort to see all the intriguing objects incorporated into each piece. They are even more curious to know the story behind the piece. What was the inspiration? Why is this peculiar pod in the center? Are these fish bones or tusk shells? What were you thinking when you conceived this piece? There was a need for many viewers to have an intellectual understanding as well as an emotional experience with the work."


'Forward Genesis'

Alicia Armstrong: 'Forward Genisis'
Exhibition: July 26 through August 25, 2013

Alicia Armstrong is the featured artist in the lower gallery. The images on her canvases are contemplative and narrative... Armstrong takes on the often bewildering constructs and confines of post-modern life. Often figurative and segmented, influenced by the compartmentalization and over stimulation we experience daily. The vicissitudes and joys she observes appear often as well, from the complexity of familial bonds, like motherhood, to the beginnings and endings of relationships.

Alicia Armstrong image


'in dreams'

Jennifer E. Miller: 'in dreams'
Exhibition: July 26 through August 25, 2013

Parker

Miller has turned inward for this new work, reaching for special moments and revisiting her favorite landscape themes.

 Many of the paintings are amalgams of memories from years spent painting outdoors along the Eno River, Duke Forest, Jordan Lake and Bogue Sound. Sparkling water, shimmering light, and vibrant color are the result.


'Broad Strokes'

Mike Hoyt and Kristin Gibson: 'Broad Strokes'
Exhibition: May 31 through June 26, 2013

'Broad Strokes' is an exhibition by two artists that share a style of painting that embrace bold vibrant strokes and generous color.

Mike Hoyt Kristen Gibson


Mike Hoyt 'Holier Than Thou'

Kristin Gibson 'Purple Beets'



'Vision and Voice'

'The Marriage of Pen and Palette'
Reception: Thursday evening June 20,2013 at 6:45 pm

A very special evening reception with an artists talk and poetry readings Sheridan Bushnell

Poetry readings by Sheridan Bushnell inspired by the paintings of Mike Hoyt and Kristin Gibson's exhibition 'Broad Strokes'. The artists will share their thoughts about selected paintings and their inspiration. Sheridan Bushnell has spoken to a wide range of audiences including Shakespeare and Company in Paris France. Ms Bushnell has authored five books and was a featured poet at the Canadian National Arts Centre International Literary Festival.


'Vision and Voice'

'The Marriage of Pen and Palette'
Reception: Thursday evening May 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

A very special evening reception with an artists talk and poetry readings

Poetry readings by Sheridan Bushnell inspired by Michael Browns paintings. Michael Brown Michael will share his thoughts about selected paintings... the state of the arts and perhaps some thoughts about his mural paintings as well as his fine art paintings and process in this exhibition.

Poet Sheridan Bushnell will share her poems about Michaels work. These are Sheridan's artistic literary impressions of Michaels Work inspired visually and independent of input from Michael... Two artists - Two viewpoints - You will share the perspectives of these artists and are welcome to share in the conversation.


'Up Close and Far Away'

Michael Brown: 'Up Close and Far Away'
Exhibition: March 29 through May 26, 2013

Michael Brown

'Up close and far away' are two, or perhaps more accurately, a spectrum of modes in which we can look at things. We choose which mode to look at something based on its distance from us, on the level of detail we need...

Working directly from nature, Brown captures both the up close abstractions of a landscape and the far away vistas of a distant view. Michaels 'broken color' brush technique lends his paintings a sense of spontaneity. Yet, this seemingly loose brushwork reveals a carefully constructed composition that invites the viewer to share the artists' experience...

Brown states, "It's no surprise that painters still turn to the natural world to explore their visual understanding and express their artistry. There is no richer interplay of shape and color than that found in nature."

From the viewers perspective there is another meaning behind the title 'Up close and far away'. Helen Stancey, a psychologist from West London College states "Evidence exists that separate pathways in the brain process visual information from near and far space,"
< p>Viewing one of Browns paintings 'up close' they appear somewhat abstract but as the viewer gains some distance the landscape image is revealed.


Jamie Kirkpatrick

featured ceramic artist in the lower gallery

Opening Reception:

Friday April 26, 2013 from 6 to 9pm

exhibition runs through Sunday May 26th

Jamie Kirkpatrick

An exhibition of new soda and wood-fired vessels and sculptural ceramics.

A native of Raleigh and currently residing and working in Golden Colorado, Jamie Kirkpatrick received his MFA in ceramics from East Carolina University in 2000. Kirkpatrick's new work blurs the boundaries between function and sculpture. His forms and mastery of wood and soda firing bring an evocative sensuality to his vessels.

Kirkpatrick states: "Historical references establish the foundation of my work. It is this rich inspirational history and investigation that allows me to continue to enjoy the creative process. I am inspired by both traditional and contemporary trends in ceramics.

"My former educational interest and research in geology often combines with these influential trends to achieve a finished product. As an instructor, the lessons learned from former professors as well as personal developments in teaching have become the foundation for my instruction to others. It is my belief that this knowledge needs to be passed on to maintain the strength and recognition of the ceramic arts."


The 19th Annual Art in the Garden Sculpture Invitational


Exhibition Dates: Saturday, May 4,from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday, May 5, from 12:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The 19th Annual Art in the Garden Sculpture Invitational "For 19 years we are both humbled and honored to have shared our gardens with some of the most exceptional contemporary sculptors we know." We would like to extend an invitation to all of our Eno Gallery patrons and friends to join us for this exceptional sculpture show at our home gardens and grounds. As always in this special exhibition at our home and gardens, each artist receives 100% of their sales without commission to the gallery


New Horizons

Nancy Tuttle May: New work - combined media on canvas
Opening Reception: Opening Reception: Friday February 22, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition Dates: February 22,2013 March 24, 2013

Nancy Tuttle May

This very special reception for Ms. May will include special guests Brad Newell on guitar, and Ken Vint on bass, - having shared the stage with notable musicians such as Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Suzanne Vega and Mellisa Ethridge, they will bring their warm jazz as accompaniment to Nancy Tuttle May's bold new work

A solo exhibition of new paintings utilizing combined media.

Nancy Tuttle May has been working as a professional artist for over 37 years and her work is exhibited and collected internationally. Her work is in numerous private and public collections.

Although Nancy Tuttle May is a well established collectible artist, she doesn't rest on her laurels,she continues to push her practice forward. Her new work in combined media successfully pushes her signature abstract paintings in a dynamic new direction.,

Nancy says: "My current work involves a process that I began in the 80's using copper and putting it in a bath of salt and vinegar. I stopped the process when the copper reached the desired colors with varnish. I then collaged them into my works on paper.

"With this new body of work, I'm using copper granules; which began a new series on canvas. While the paint is still wet and using methyl cellulose for adhering, I incorporate the crystals into the paint"

While Ms May continues to convey spontaneity in her abstract expressionist works, in fact her canvases involve careful planning. There is a palpable physicality to this new work... the reactive process between the elements that Ms May is currently using imbue her canvases with an exciting new dimension of texture and depth.


Art of the Contemporary Still Life

7 Southern Artists interpret the Contemporary Still Life
Opening Reception: Friday January 25, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: January 25 - February 17, 2013

Yarn Woodcut

Inspired by the Still-Life exhibition that the North Carolina Museum of Art brought this winter from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston we asked 7 Southern Artists for their interpretations of the contemporary still life.

The still life is a structure of art that has existed through millennia, from ancient times through today. A still life can immortalize humble but beautiful subjects for their own sake. The still life to a greater degree than the landscape or historical painting, owes its composition to the painter as the painter has the opportunity to 'arrange' the composition

Some of the works in this exhibition are exuberant while others invite quiet contemplation. These paintings will invite you to enter the dimensions of the space, both visually and emotionally. The artists in this exhibition have addressed the way inanimate objects speak to how we live in the here and now... to permanence and transition, abundance and scarcity.



Exhibiting Artists

  • Morag Charlton
  • Lisa Creed
  • Mike Hoyt
  • Kristin Gibson
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Karen Shelton
  • Anthony Ulinski

Transcendent Journeys

Tinka Jordy: featured ceramic artist in the lower gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, October 26 from 6:00 to 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: October 26 - December 30, 2012

Tinka Jordy

'Transcendent Journeys' is an exhibition of new life size and smaller figurative sculptures in high fired stoneware.

A native of New Orleans, Tinka Jordy has been working as a professional artist for 35 years and her work is exhibited and collected internationally. Her work is in numerous private and public collections. Ms. Jordy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 after attending The Cleveland Institute of Art and The Kansas City Art Institute.

Jordy has received the 'Best in Show' award at the 21st Annual Sculpture exhibition at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Another of Jordy's installations is a public commission of a life size figurative bronze sculpture for the City of Oxford Mississippi. However, Jordy's primary medium and the medium on display in this exhibition is high fired stoneware clay that is suitable for outdoor installation.


When asked about what compels her to create, she speaks of deeply felt emotions and her compelling desire to express those emotions through her work... "The surfaces of my sculptures are full of surface cracks, fissures and imperfections that express the earth, the passing of time, our mortality, the stresses of life, and endurance both physical and emotional. For over 35 years I have worked in clay as it the one material that, if I listen closely, communicates these sentiments so beautifully."


Artist Favorites

Artists Favorites: a group exhibition in the upper gallery of new paintings that gallery artists have chosen as one of their current favorite works
Opening Reception: Friday, October 26 from 6:00 to 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: October 26 - December 30, 2012

Jeff Dodge

Artist Favorites is an exciting exhibition of work that has been selected by each exhibiting artist as one of their current favorite works of art. Each exhibiting artist will be including one to two works in this group exhibition. This will be a unique opportunity to learn why each artist feels that a particular work that they have selected for the exhibition is a strong work of art.

Exhibiting Artists

  • Michael Brown
  • Morag Charlton
  • Jacob Cooley
  • Lisa Creed
  • Salinda Dahl
  • Jeff Dodge
  • Robert Gardner
  • John Geldersma
  • Virginia Gibbons
  • Kelly Guidry
  • Chrystal Hardt
  • Molly Cliff Hilts
  • Mike Hoyt
  • Nick Joerling
  • Donna Polseno
  • Claudia Schmitz-Esser
  • Nancy Tuttle May
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Melissa Miller
  • Jay Pfeil
  • Jolene Powell
  • Alberto Ortega Rodas
  • Kathy Triplett
  • Anthony Ulinski

Inked Yarn

Claudia Schmitz-Esser: New woodcut prints
Opening Reception: Friday, September 28, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: September 28 - October 21, 2012

Yarn Woodcut

Inked Yarn' is an exhibition of original new woodcut prints hand printed and signed by the artist and representing the very first print of a limited edition of only 9 prints, 22" x 30". There will be one of each woodcut available at this exhibition In the 'Inked Yarn' woodcut series, Claudia Schmitz-Esser manipulates and dips yarn shapes into ink and applies the inked yarn to large woodblocks to create abstract shapes textures and patterns. She then carves out the patterns that remain on the woodblock to make her beguiling prints.

Schmitz-Esser says:"These very hard black and white ink prints originated in the soft trace of a tiny rolling ball of yarn, went through a process of working solid wood with metal tools, and finally, by forceful hand-printing, are carried by a soft and flexible sheet of beautiful paper." For Esser, these works portray the balance between weak and strong, between the unyielding and the adaptable.

She goes on to say: "Combining hard and soft materials has always held a strong fascination for me - to see how one depends on the other and how something weak can create something strong and something hard can become flexible."


Near and Far

Mike Hoyt: New oil paintings
Exhibition Dates: August 31 - October 21, 2012

Mike Hoyt

Mike Hoyt studied design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has studied with several notable impressionists including Lois Griffel of the Cape Cod School of Art and at the Scottsdale Artists School under award-winning plein-air figurative artists, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Kevin MacPherson and Kenn Backhaus.

Hoyt refers to himself as a southern impressionist. Like the French Impressionists, Hoyt prefers to paint everyday subjects and capture their luminosity. Simple objects, warmth and color are the essence of Hoyt's work. He says: Since almost all of my work is done in plein-air, light, shadow and mood are essential subjects in my paintings.

Mike Hoyt's works range from still life and figurative paintings to luminous landscapes that as Hoyt explains, 'portray the temporal effects of light and color, applied in an impressionistic style... in the end, though, I end up in an almost-constant chase for the bold, bright and exciting color. I strive for a certain luminosity in my paintings and so I like to work in the early morning and late in the day when the warmest and most vibrant colors dance through a scene.'

Hoyt finds beauty in the most mundane of subjects... a few pans on the stove or an old truck in an abandoned barn. Where conventional eyes see the ordinary, Hoyt's ability to portray what can only be described as joyous color shows us the beauty in the ordinary that we might otherwise take for granted.

'There's something magic about an old barn or or a broken-down tractor. Not only do they have interesting forms, these subjects capture our warm, southern sunshine in interesting ways. A collector once told me she liked my work because it "makes me happy". I also had a French nun in Aix approach my easel and comment, "you paint from your heart, don't you". I have thrived on these two simple remarks. They are why I paint."


Cooley & Polseno

Opening reception: Friday June 29 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Exhibition dates: June 29 to August 25, 2012
Read the review of this exhibition published in the Chapel Hill News
Read the review of this exhibition by Blue Greenberg published in the Durham Herald Sun

Jacob Cooley's Yellow Rise

This exhibition presents the figurative ceramic sculpture of Donna Polseno and the landscape oil paintings of Jacob Cooley. Each of these artists presents a coherent vision free of unnecessary decoration by their ability to subtract the non essential.

Pascal once apologized to a correspondent saying: "The present letter is long, as I had no time to make it shorter." Likewise, in painting and sculpture one can distill a work to it's essential elements. Both Cooley and Polseno have an aesthetic that eschews superfluous embellishment to elegantly reveal the absolute and necessary.

Jacob Cooley received his BFA from the University of Georgia in 1990 an his Masters degree at the University of North Carolina in 1993. His work is in numerous national and international collections including The Kenan Institute for the Arts, the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro, and the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, NC. See more of Cooley's work.

Donna Polseno

"The glowingly soft treatment of the surface and the lyrical compositions make Cooley's transcendental landscapes speak softly, but powerfully"
Kate Dobbs Ariail

Donna Polseno received her BFA at Kansas City Art Institute and her Masters degree at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1974. Her work is in numerous important collections including The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona CA, the Kansas City Art Institute, the Mint Museum in Charlotte NC and the St. Louis Museum of Art.

"Donna Polseno is a ceramic artist of consequence - an artist of distinction..."
Wayne Higby - Chair of Ceramic Art, Alfred University.


Nick Joerling

Opening Reception: Friday, June 29, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Exhibition dates: June 29 - August 26, 2012

Nick JoerlingNick Joerling received his MFA in ceramics from Louisiana State University in 1986 and is a full time studio potter and educator. His work is in numerous important public and private collections.

Joerling's pottery has always had a sculptors sensibility. More than simply creating a functional vessel, Joerling's pottery captures and portrays a lyrical sense of movement. Joerling says: "Profile is ... a strong attraction, a strong dictate, as are the smaller spaces within spaces. And of course that sense of animation. My pot reference is most often you and I, our bodies. It's where my cues come from: dance, people seated on a park bench, the cleavage that forms on the inside of a bent elbow." With a saucy gestural motion Nick Joerling's pots embrace a sense of dance and rhythm.

Joerling's earlier work gained this sense of movement from his sculptural references to figures in motion. His newer work portrays that sense of movement not only through form but with the use of his surface treatment utilizing drawn glaze patterns.

In a 2011 interview in Ceramics Monthly Joerling explains: "...with the recent work, the surfaces have gotten more active. That has to do with my attempt to draw on the pots, and those shadow figures break up the surface in a much different way than a brush stroke does. I'm finding out that running multiple figures across a pot sets up a rhythm."


Right & Left

Opening reception: Friday May 25, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 9:00pm
Exhibition dates: May 25 to June 24, 2012

In the lower gallery, we're excited to present an exhibition of Jennifer Miller's new paintings including watercolors from recent months of healing and change.

Jennifer Miller

In the late 1960's the American psycho-biologist Roger Sperry famously theorized that the human brain has two very different ways of thinking.

One (the right brain) is visual and processes information in an intuitive way. The other (the left brain) is verbal and processes information in an analytical way. This theory has since been found to be more complex than this but is still a part of our collective vocabulary.

Jennifer Miller had an injury this past winter and severely broke her upper right arm at the shoulder... her painting arm.

However, Jennifer continued to paint. ..with her left hand and with surprising results.

Jennifer Miller

Speaking about the differences of right brain vs. left Jennifer says:

"I believe that the sides of my brain are connected. …when I am working, I feel the connection -- the intellect guides the brush through analysis, planning and various techniques, while unconscious creativity flows in and out."

Miller took up her brush in her left hand. Initially she felt that the results were out of control. She then came to a realization...

"I fell in love with the accidentally running colors. As I experimented, my colors became brighter. My right arm slowly healed, such that I painted in a sort of continuum between my sides: the brush would start in my left hand and end up in my right. Some of the paintings thus are a combination of that looseness and brilliant color and that insistence on some control of details."

We often speak of different techniques and styles in various terms. One of the terms I often use to compare styles is 'tight' vs. 'loose'. Of course, neither style is necessarily better - they are simply two different ways of working. One is more controlled or 'tight' and one is more impressionistic or 'loose'.

We will include some older paintings of Jennifer's for comparison of styles - we hope you'll come to the opening - and join the dialogue...


Surface Tension

Opening reception: Friday May 25 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Exhibition dates: May 25 to June 24, 2012

The upper gallery will feature a compelling two person exhibition with the book based sculptures of Daniel Essig and the
fine hand woven fiber installations of Vicki Essig.

Daniel Essig

'Surface Tension' is a two person exhibition of new work by Vicki and Daniel Essig.
The waters edge is source of inspiration for Daniel's book based sculptures, barely above or below the skin of the waterline.

"Like artifacts from antiquity, Essig's works feel monumental in their complexity." Matt Zigler

Vicki Essig

"Nuanced with shallow textures, carved, painted, and layered, Essig's sublime surfaces appear softened by time. His unforgettable pieces challenge traditional ideas abut the medium as they straddle the line between book and sculpture."
Masters: Book Arts:
Major Works by Leading Artists
by Eileen Wallace, University of Georgia

Vicki Essigs use of silk and other ultra fine threads and materials, results in a translucent fabric that reflects and distorts light.

"Vicki Essig ...cuts out small lines of text and blends them with natural and artistic elements to create delicate and ephemeral constructions. Her pieces are like messages in a bottle, or tiny time capsules unearthed in a future time..."
Matt Zigler

Daniel and Vicki Essig are an enigmatic and extraordinarily talented couple that each bring their own unique vision to this exhibition. Their common use of the written word, and natural materials references and emphasizes the theme 'Surface Tension'.

Vicki and Daniel invite you to "explore and discover a world lying just beyond the surface."


Lines of Communication


Opening reception: Friday April 27,2012 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Exhibition dates: April 27, 2012 to May 22, 2012

George Marks About this exhibition

Having just finished our "Totems and Talismans" exhibition we mount an exhibition around the theme "Lines of Communication". It's not hard to see the ubiquitous telephone pole as a totem a spirit guide of communication. Sentinels of communication bearing the weight of the lines that connect us.

The iconic telephone lines that link us together seemed like such a marvel of technology just a short time ago, but now appear quaint as we look at the future of the information highway. Signals transmitted from cellphone to microwave tower to satellite and back point to the redundancy of our telephone lines that we now refer to as land lines the horse and buggy of the communication infrastructure.

Telephone poles with lines strung from pole to pole, from house to house, from city to city.
Connecting us, the lines hum and vibrate in the night.
Imagine the conversations - dozens, hundreds, thousands of voices.
A cacophony of communication seen but unseen as one gazes from below the lines.
Michael Brown Lines of laughter, lines of tears. Connections made and lost.
A call unanswered waiting for connection.
All transmitted from pole to pole, from house to house, from city to city.

Paintings are one of our most ancient and enduring forms of communication and of course preceded the early telephone networks. Paintings still remain a tangible and effective mode of communication. In this exhibition eight artists share their interpretations of "Lines of Communication". We hope you'll join the dialogue. Mark Donley, April 2012

Molly Cliff Hilts Exhibiting Artists
  • Michael Brown - Chapel Hill, NC
  • Molly Cliff Hilts - Portland, OR
  • Mike Hoyt - Raleigh, NC
  • George Marks - Arnaudville, LA
  • Melissa Miller - Gaithersburg, MD
  • Alberto Ortega - Raleigh, NC
  • Jenifer Padilla - Carrboro, NC
  • Anthony Ulinski - Raleigh, NC

Totems and Talismans


Eleven artists exhibit their contemporary interpretations of 'Totems and Talismans'
Exhibition Dates: February 24, 2012 to April 22, 2012
Read a review of the exhibition published in The Durham Herald here

Daniel Essig

Notable regional and nationally recognized artists include John Geldersma from Santa Fe, NM and Alice Ballard from Greenville, SC whose work is included in the Renwick collection at the Smithsonian Museum.

Totems and talismans is an exhibition of sculptures that are created with clay, wood, metal, and symbols that in their relationship to each other evoke a spiritual meaning.

The making of objects that evoke or contain special power, either in the spiritual or physical world is an ancient ritual of humankind. In Native American culture a totem is a spirit guide. Artifacts which were buried deep in the earth and recovered, reveal that making totems and talismans is an ancient human tradition going back thousands of years.

Pre-industrial societies harnessed their collective energy through their art and rituals. Some of the exhibited works in this exhibition invite meditation and solitary contemplation. Others appear filled with the primitive energy of the unconscious that flows through us all. What all the works in this exhibition share is that they are alive with a tribal, elemental feeling that is strong and direct. One feels a connection with the primitive energy of the collective unconscious that exhibiting artist John Geldersma calls "contemporary tribalism". Geldersma states that totemic works are created "through the unconscious attempting to transcend into a place of understanding."

This exhibition doesn't attempt to replicate the ancient Totems. Rather it is a contemporary interpretation that gives voice to the inner creativity of each individual artist.


Exhibiting Artists
  • Alice Ballard — Greenville, South Carolina
  • Lisa Creed — Durham, North Carolina
  • Daniel Essig — Asheville, North Carolina
  • John Geldersma — Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Virginia Gibbons — Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Kelly Guidry — Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • Tinka Jordy — Hillsborough, North Carolina
  • William Moore — Pittsboro, North Carolina
  • Hope Swann — Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Kathy Triplett — Weaverville, NC
  • Susan Wells — Hillsborough, North Carolina

Metaphors of Containment


Donna Polseno

Donna Polseno: Featured ceramic artist in the lower gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Exhibition dates: February 24 - April 22, 2012

"Artists contextualize and create a point of view that informs the viewer. They tell us what to think, to feel, to understand. They reveal. We know about the sunset because artists have revealed it to us. Likewise, we know about utility in this case because Donna Polseno reveals it so poetically."
Wayne Higby - Chair of Ceramic Art, Alfred University


Spring Forth


Shannon Bueker

Shannon Bueker: Featured visual artist in the lower gallery
Exhibition Dates: March 30 - April 24, 2012

New work portraying the grasses, woodlands and flowers of Spring in North Carolina. Shannon Bueker's loose impressionistic style brings the intimate landscapes in this exhibition alive with atmosphere and movement.

Shannon shares her thoughts on her work and process as follows..."This life we have is a gift. It is a wonder to me that it comes in so many shapes, sizes and forms. My drawing and painting have long been motivated by the need to respond to the beauty I see around me. The amazing grace of trees and plants, the fluidity of animals, the outrageous colors of the earth all provoke me to paint and draw."

"For me, the most compelling puzzle artistically has been and continues to be orchestrating line and color. The process of my painting is layering color and line, keeping wispy lines of charcoal, describing movement and strengths, and developing a rich, varied surface. I see my work as trying to reveal nature¿s grace and unfold the layers of interactions, interconnections and its surprising overlaps."

Shannon Bueker


Robert Gardner

Steel Canvas


A solo exhibition by Robert Gardner.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 27, 2012 to February 21, 2012
See more work here.

Robert Gardner's sculptural paintings blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. He creates wall mounted sculptures of welded and fabricated steel. Gardner's geometric forms and sculptural surfaces are used as a canvas for his layers of paint, breaking with the historical art tradition of illusionistic space in two dimensions. Gardner says "I apply my paint as an overlay... to portray the process of time, erosion and aging."

Gardner's works create a spatial narrative with architectural references. In fact Gardner's work appears inspired by minimalist architecture as he utilizes basic geometric shapes as outlines, using only a single shape or a small number of like shapes as components for design unity. Architectural geometric outlines are the canvas that Gardner works with.

When I asked Robert if he was inspired by architecture he replied that one of his many influences is the work of the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The architect's buildings are often characterized by three-dimensional circulation paths. These paths interweave between spaces formed both inside geometric shapes and in the spaces between them. Likewise, the three dimensional constructions of architecturally inspired outlines are the canvas that Gardner works with.


2011 Holiday Celebration

2011 Holiday Celebration


A group exhibit of stunning work by 30 of our finest artists.
Opening reception: Friday November 25, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm

Featuring paintings, handblown glass, fine woodwork, and contemporary ceramics.


Vicki Essig

Fragile and Strong


A solo exhibition of new hand-woven framed fiber art by Vicki Essig.
Opening reception: Friday October 28, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition dates: October 28, 2011 to November 22, 2011
See more work here.

Vicki Essig's new work is comprised of fine hand-woven fiber, silk, horsehair, and other natural materials. Small, found objects find a home in her subtle pieces. With an exquisite use of natural materials, her work shows the small and delicate as the powerful and significant.

Essig says: "I am fascinated with light and translucency, the contrast between the fragile, and the strong. My work is comprised of fine handwoven fiber. I incorporate into these weavings, small found objects that find a home in the subtle pieces." The work is then framed with double glass, allowing for the intricate piece to remain transparent. Shadows originating from the composition give it an extra dimension.


Autumn Sycamores by Michael Brown

Carolina Landscapes


Michael Brown Solo exhibition
Opening Reception Friday October 28, 2011 6pm to 9pm
Exhibition dates: October 28, 2011 thru November 22, 2011
See more work here.

Michael Brown's inspiration comes directly from nature...he deftly captures the essence of the North Carolina landscape with his signature 'broken color' brush technique that lends his paintings a sense of spontaneity. However, this seemingly loose brushwork reveals a carefully constructed composition that invites the viewer to share the contemplative experience...

Brown's new work successfully expresses his perceptions of nature, rather than creating exacting representations.  Brown states, "It's no surprise that painters still turn to the natural world to explore their visual understanding and express their artistry. There is no richer interplay of shape and color than that found in nature."


Building Blues by Lisa Creed

Crossing Paths


Lisa Creed Solo exhibition
Opening Reception Friday September 30, 2011 6pm to 9pm
Exhibition dates: September 30, 2011 thru October 25, 2011

A solo exhibition of Lisa Creeds new abstract paintings. There will be a reception with the artist Friday, September 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. See more work here.

The solo exhibition will feature new work created in the past two years. Creed states: "In these paintings I am returning to my roots... abstraction. I work in layers of paint and etch back and forth through previous layers to expose earlier marks and colors. Graphite allows me to draw and make notes about what is going on around me."

Creed's most recent work displays an originality and depth that reveal an artist that continues to explore but has found a maturity in her lyrical abstract paintings. Like a solid jazz riff, Creed's canvases swing with shape, color and texture. As Creed puts it "Jazz, in particular 1950's and 1960's jazz, deeply influences my work."

Her work is included in numerous personal and prestigious corporate collections. In 2009, the directors of both The North Carolina Museum of Art and Duke University's Nasher Museum selected Creed's work for juried shows.

"there is a whimsical quality, and a tactile sensibility that links Creed with Klee, Cy Twombly, Antonio Tapies, and even Miro".
"...lively and inspired."

Carol Heft, Adjunct Professor of Art, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Regardless of what you think...


I Absolutely Love Myself by Morag Charlton Morag Charlton Solo exhibition
Opening Reception Friday August 26, 6pm to 9 pm
Exhibition dates: August 26 thru September 25

A solo exhibition of Morag Charlton's new paintings. There will be a reception with the artist Friday, August 26 from 6pm to 9:00 pm.

Morag's paintings are in collections worldwide, and this exhibition will feature her newest oil on linen paintings produced at her studio Atelier du Monestier in France, and her studio in Raleigh, NC. Charlton was born in South Africa and has been working as a professional artist in the United States for more than 25 years.

This is a very bold body of work using what Charlton describes as 'transient imagery' as inspiration. The exhibition will feature Charlton's large scale oil on linen portraits that are 5 or 6 times life size. The viewer will find that they are compelled into a close up and uncompromising interaction with the subject.

In a review of this work, Peter Wheeler, Professor of Fine Art at Loughborough University wrote: "...whatever the social, historical and conceptual issues that this exhibition raises, the paintings are superb."

VISION & VOICE - The marriage of pen and palette.


Eno Gallery Reception and Poetry Reading
Friday, July 29 at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm

"If they could only speak and they do"

A poetic journey through Nancy Tuttle May's vibrant solo exhibition at Eno Gallery with Author/Poet Sheridan Bushnell and artist Nancy Tuttle May.

This very special evening will feature Nancy Tuttle May speaking about selected paintings and poet Sheridan Bushnell will read her poems inspired by the paintings. Join us for this unique look into the inspiration of both the writer and the artist. There will be two readings, one at 7:00 pm and one at 8:00 pm. Each reading will be approximately 15 minutes.


35 Years of Inspiration


Nancy May Tuttle

A solo exhibition of mixed media paintings on canvas by Nancy Tuttle May.
June 24, 2011 - August 20, 2011
Artist's Reception, Friday July 29 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with special poetry readings by Sheridan Bushnell at 7:00 and 8:00 pm.

A very special exhibition celebrating 35 years of inspiration. Nancy Tuttle May's paintings are in collections worldwide and this exhibition will feature her newest mixed media work on canvas. In a review of May's work, Louis St Louis called her paintings "Ethereal and Haunting". Her most recent work has layers of depth created by her signature collage technique utilizing acrylic, gold leaf powders, oil sticks marble dust and more. May's paintings deftly use color and form to create abstract works of such soul and substance as to win over the most die hard representational art lover.


Best in the West Clay Invitational


An exhibition of ceramic work by Akira Satake
June 24, 2011 - August 20, 2011
Opening: Friday June 24 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Akira Satake is the featured artist for Eno Gallery's Best in the West Contemporary Clay Invitational Series. The clay invitational series will feature one of the finest clay artists from Western North Carolina at each of these bi-monthly exhibitions.

Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan and fires his distinctive Kohiki, Yakishime, Yuuyaku-style pottery in a Japanese Kyushu-style oil kiln and a wood-fired kiln. Recently honored with a National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay, Akira's work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show and is in the permanent collection of the Mint Museum.

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Dreamscapes


A solo exhibition of sculptural wall pieces and vessels by Vicki Grant.
May 27, 2011 - June 21, 2011
Artist's Reception, Friday May 27 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Vicki Grant will be exhibiting her evocative new sculptural wall pieces and vessels. In addition, we will be unveiling two intriguing new installation pieces. Grant's forms begin with high fired porcelain and utilize hardwoods, glass, metal, fossils, and a variety of natural found objects. Grant manipulates form, texture, and color to create her intricate sculptures.

About the artist and the exhibition...

Grant is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, and practiced for over 25 years before devoting her creative energy full time to her sculpture. The architectural references in her work are clearly evident and imbue her organic sculptural work with intricate details that draw the viewer closer. Indeed, her 'Windows to the Earth' and 'Galapagos Dreams' are at once both spiritual and totemic... they appear to radiate an almost magical essence.

Grant says "In practicing architecture I explored the complex process of manipulating form, texture, materials, and color to create an emotional response from those interacting with the space. My artwork is a continuation of that process... connecting to the viewer remains the ultimate goal."


Places We Come From


A solo exhibition of paintings by Melissa Miller.
April 29, 2011 - May 24, 2011
Artist's Reception, Friday April 29 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Melissa Miller depicts the un-peopled Southern landscape, often with architecture in various stages of abandonment. Miller finds beauty in the old, the decayed and the disused.

About the artist

For over 15 years Miller has been painting the North Carolina landscape. In love with abandoned farmsteads in rural Orange County, she traverses the county to capture relics of our past lives before they become completely reclaimed by the land.

Miller says "Nothing compares to the incredible beauty and light of the state of the long-leaf pine, ...the evergreens and hardwoods of North Carolina appear to glow from within." Although recently relocated to Maryland, Miller considers herself a North Carolina painter and continues to return to capture the forgotten sentinels of lives lived long ago.

I met Melissa in Hillsborough to take delivery of this exciting new body of work and as she looked wistfully at historic Hillsborough's buildings and trees she murmured "I so miss this light..."


Shared Spaces


A solo exhibition of paintings by Shannon Bueker.
March 25, 2011 - April 26, 2011
Artist's Reception, Friday March 25 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Characterized by bold gestural strokes with a rhythm of layered color free of constraint, Bueker portrays humankind's interconnectedness with the world of plants and animals.

Artist Statement

For me, the most compelling puzzle artistically has been and continues to be orchestrating line and color. The process of my painting is layering color and line, keeping wispy lines of charcoal, describing movement and strengths, and developing a rich, varied surface. I see my work as trying to reveal nature's grace and unfold the layers of interactions, interconnections and its surprising overlaps.


Animals We Keep


February 25, 2011 - March 29, 2011

A group exhibition of painting and sculpture depicting 'Animals We Keep'.
As a society, we cage and consume some animals, but treat others like valued members of our families.

Some view domestic farm animals as utilitarian, simply as a food source or as labor for humans. Some are nurtured and well cared for, others are not. Domestic animals can be loving companions but also provide food, clothing, and are used for research or entertainment. As a society, we cage and consume some animals? but treat others like valued members of our families.

The late Harvard biologist Stephen Gould thought Walt Disney drew Mickey Mouse with big eyes to make him resemble a human child. "We are, in short, fooled by an evolved response to our own babies and we transfer our reaction to the same set of features in other animals," he said. "We are subconsciously imposing a set of rules of behavior on our pets, because of their resemblance to our human family."

The arguments over many judgments made in subconscious, are much like whether or not we like a work of art : You instinctively decide whether you like it.

10 artists exhibit their interpretations.

  • Michael Brown - painting
  • Shannon Bueker - painting
  • Morag Charlton - painting
  • Lisa Creed - painting
  • Paul Hill - sculpture
  • Mike Hoyt - painting
  • Tinka Jordy - sculpture
  • Jennifer Miller - painting
  • Sally Sutton - painting
  • Anthony Ulinski - painting

Outside In


  • Intriguing moss creations by David Spain in pottery by Marsha Owen.
  • Bonsai creations in pottery by Mark Gordon.
  • Carved Gourds, grown, carved and painted by Carol Kroll.
  • Clay Installation by Heather Delisle.
  • Vases by Anita Mills, Noah Reidel and Jeff Brown.
  • Botanical Engravings by Jay Pfeil
  • Paintings inspired by nature that willl warm your soul by Michael Brown, Morag Charlton, Lisa Creed, Barbi Dalton, Nancy Tuttle May, Jennifer Miller, Melissa Miller, Steve Morrison, Sally Sutton, and Anthony Ulinski.

Eno Gallery


Contemporary Fine Art in the Triangle

Eno Gallery serves the Triangle region of North Carolina and is located in the heart of historic downtown Hillsborough on the corner of Churton and West King Streets.

Featuring nationally recognized artists from throughout the country and the triangle region. Work on display includes paintings, sculpture and contemporary ceramics. Eno Gallery serves Hillsborough, Durham, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Raleigh, NC.

"one of the finest contemporary art galleries in the triangle"