Waterworks Opening

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tonight's opening reception at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center was an amazing experience. There was so much good energy and interest among the visitors. I gave a gallery talk and a brief demonstration.

Date Night

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Nature's Custodian : A Collection of Emotional and Physical Specimens

Nature's Custodian : A Collection of Emotional and Physical Specimens

Handmade paper, silk, found objects, collage, free motion stitching, leather cover.
Coptic binding (waxed linen thread). 8" x 23" x 10" (when open), 2014

Fine Lines

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I'm loving these new small mixed media encaustic paintings.  I've included two details of each piece in this series of four titled Fine Lines.  Each is composed of sewn, painted canvas using black thread and covered with natural wax and demar resin on panel.


Monday, May 26, 2014

A great day out with my two favorite kids.

Self Portraits in Ivanhoe

Sunday, May 25, 2014

What a great day for a party! There was a big turnout for the NC Artist Self Portrait Exhibition at 2TEN HAUSTUDIO in Ivanhoe, NC this afternoon. The work looks amazing in the space. I'm so honored to have been included. My piece is the large stitched fabric wall hanging.

Salisbury Post Exhibition Article

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Waterworks summer exhibit: 

T³: Textiles • Text • Texture

    The show will exhibit through Sept. 6.
The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 30 at 6 p.m., preceded by informal gallery talks with the artists, beginning at 5 p.m.
T³: Textile · Text · Texture investigates the value of communication, linking literacy with visual imagery. Through large-scale fiber and mixed media installations, two North Carolina artists present an array of artwork, unveiling personal stories through their work.
Each piece is a unique exploration of techniques — some are layered and stitched while others are sculpted and collaged to create multi-dimensional art forms. Each represents the diversity of fibers and repurposed materials, and imparts narrative messages.
Leslie Pearson of Leland is a multimedia artist who utilizes many fiber-based materials, processes and techniques to create sculptures, installations, encaustic paintings and handmade books, in which she explores themes of memory and identity.
“My work is an investigation into memory, identity and the transformative value of communication. I use narrative therapy approaches such as letter writing, journaling, and storytelling as a starting point to visually express both lived and imagined experiences. I create pieces in response to new challenges, environments and relationships. As a multimedia artist my material choices and processes vary with each new body of work.
“Visually I’m inspired by objects that have layers of history, be it handwritten letters, books, rusty hinges, old stamps, buttons, teeth, animal bones, or bits of fabric. My studio is filled with little things that I’ve collected or unearthed. Conceptually I’m inspired by relationships and in people’s stories and the stories behind the stories.”
Pearson loves to experiment in her work. She is constantly pushing to learn how to use new materials and create something thatw didn’t exist before. One material she utilizes is hog intestine. “It is a beautiful membrane that is translucent when stretched over wire. Many interesting things can be done with it – you can print on it, paint on it, and even stitch it. Over the years my style has evolved and will probably continue to evolve as I grow as a person and encounter new experiences in life.”
Pearson earned her BA in Fine Art from Southeast Missouri State University and her MFA in Textile Design at East Carolina University where she taught textile classes and worked as a studio assistant in the textile department. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies at Newcastle University in England. She has won numerous awards for her work and is widely exhibited. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Joyner Library, East Carolina University; Savannah College of Art and Design; Women’s Health Center, Brooklyn, New York; and Grace CafĂ©, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Leslie’s body of work, The Visible Word, is on view in the Osborne and Woodson galleries.

Peg Gignoux is a textile artist based in Carrboro. Gignoux creates vibrant mixed media works and hand made books. An active community-based artist and educator, Gignoux has facilitated projects with a variety of schools, museums, and health care centers throughout North Carolina. She enjoys teaching textile arts to all ages and has led dynamic collaborative projects with Elon University, NC Girl Scouts, Artspace, Meredith College, at-risk teens, hospitalized youth, cancer survivors, and Penland School of Crafts.
Gignoux has the remarkable ability to transform simple pieces of fabric into cohesive and meaningful works of art. Her compositions are layered, full of stories, complex textures and color. She builds narratives in cloth by listening to the memories held therein and celebrating them anew. Her expressive and colorful works often combine text with textile. Materials include hand-dyed silks, linen, vintage papers, textile inks and an endless stream of machine and hand stitches. She is often inspired by stories, poems, and memory that speak of personal loss, growth, and wonder.
She states, “Somebody asked me once to define art in ten words. I decided on this recipe: Art is color, light, story and passion urgently requesting exercise. I grew up decoding my world through cloth. Long ago, I learned to cut, attach, pierce, color, glue, and repeat. I love cloth because it consistently offers me a highly sensual and sensitive field on which to play. Fabric is strong. Strong enough to hold metal, quiet enough to remember a whisper, loud enough to carry a shout, and wise enough to answer in a metaphor. I make art because it is a way to locate episodes of deep enduring beauty. It is also a way to confront loss and disrepair. And it requires going inside out.”
Gignoux received her BA in English from Kenyon College and her Masters of Industrial Design in Fibers from North Carolina State University, College of Design. She leads a yearly summer art retreat at Chateau du Pin, Loire Valley, France, the birthplace of her father.
Her work has been nationally exhibited, winning numerous awards, and is held in private and public collections including Fidelity Investments, Research Triangle Park; SAS, Cary; Duke Medical Center, Durham; UNC Hospitals and Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill; Duke Children’s Hospital, Durham; and Levine Children’s Hospital, Charlotte.
Peg’s work will be exhibited in the Stanback Gallery Hall and the Norvell Gallery.

T3 - Textile, Texture, and Text, Opening Reception

Waterworks Visual Arts Center Presents

T3:  Textile, Text, Texture
Summer Exhibition
May 24  -  September 6, 2014

Featuring NC artists Peg Gignoux and Leslie Pearson, this exhibition integrates art with prose and poetry.  Gignoux's textile collage constructions link literacy with visual imagery.  Her collage work allows her the freedom to work loosely with a variety of materials, including hand-dyed silks, linen, and vintage papers.  Her expressive compositions are layered and full of stories with complex textures and colors.  Pearson's large-scale fiber installations investigate memory, identity, and the transformative value of communication.  She is drawn to things that have layers of history - handwritten letters, journals, old books, stamps, or bits of fabric.  She uses narrative therapy approaches such as letter writing and journaling as a starting point to visually express both lived and imagined experiences.

Opening Reception:  Friday, May 30, 6-8pm
Come early to enjoy informal gallery talks beginning at 5pm
Free and open to the public.

Waterworks Visual Arts Center
123 East Liberty Street
Salisbury NC  28144
p. 704.636.1882   f. 704.636.1895

Gallery Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10-5
Tuesday and Thursday 10-7
Saturday 11-3

There is no charge to tour the galleries

A Stucker Wedding in Missouri

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

This week my baby brother got married to a wonderful gal - Heather Hiles.  
Now I have a new sister-in-law and I'm so happy for them both.

While I was in Missouri on my whirl wind trip, I got to meet up with my long time friend Crystal. What a treat it was to catch up in person. It had been 15 years since we'd seen each other.  Thank heaven for FaceBook or I would have lost contact with so many people.

Putting a 'Face' on Artistic Creation

Encore Magazine, Wilmington, NC

May 21, 2014

Putting a 'face' on artistic creation

Wilmington artist Gayle Tustin (far right) gets help affixing a self-portrait of herself to a pine tree on the grounds of the 2TenHauStudio art gallery in Ivanhoe. She’s one of several area artists with work in ‘The Self-Portrait Show.’ Photo by Saben Kane, courtesy of Diane Hause
Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.
Thirty North Carolina artists, including a number from the Wilmington area, will be participating in “The Self-Portrait Show,” opening Sunday at 2TenHaustudio, 15930 N.C. 210 in Ivanhoe, just across the Pender County line.



What: “The Self-Portrait Show”
When: Opening reception is 1-4 Sunday, May 25. Exhibit remains on display by appointment through May 31.
Where: 2TenHaustudio, 15930 N.C. 210, Ivanhoe
Details: 910-874-3535 or www.HauStudio.com
According to organizer and gallery owner Diane Hause, the exhibit comes to two parts. First, participating artists have wheat-pasted enlarged black-and-white photographs of themselves onto trees in the Bladen County woods surrounding the gallery. Inside the gallery, self-portraits by the artists in various media will be displayed.
The show will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, with a catered lunch and music by singer-songwriter Michelle Malone, beginning at 3 p.m.
Afterward, the exhibit will be open by appointment through May 31.
Hause said “The Self-Portrait Show” was inspired by the Inside Out Project, an international participatory art project launched in 2011 by the TED-prize-winning artist JR that intends to put a “face” on artistic creation.
According the website www.InsideOutProject.net, the project was “inspired by JR’s large-format street ‘pastings.’ … Each Inside Out group action around the world is documented, archived and exhibited online, and nearly 200,000 people from more than 112 countries and territories have participated.”
The project has generated work in Palestine and in such countries as Ecuador, Nepal and Mexico, with themes including hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change and more.
Area artists participating include Kinga Baransky, Benjamin Billingsley, Michelle Connolly, MJ Cunningham, Elizabeth Darrow, Robert and Sharon Ely, Bonnie England, Virginia Wright-Frierson, Virginia Gibbons, Kristin Gibson, Mia Hankins, Hause, Janette Hopper, Fritzi Huber, Saben Kane, Anne and Bob Kurowski, Marsha McKee, Leslie Pearson, Abby Spangel Perry, Elaine Reed, Colleen Ringrose, Dick Roberts, Vicky Smith, Barbara Squires, Pam Toll, Gayle Tustin and Richard and Ruth Whitaker. For details, email haustudio@earthlink.net.
Ben Steelman: 910-343-2208

Inside/Out Project

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Inside/Out Project
30 NC Artists: Self-Portrait Show

The Opening Reception for 30 NC Artists: The Self-Portrait Show at 2Ten Haustudio in Ivanhoe, NC, introduces an exhibit with two components: One features a 36" x 53" panel of black and white photographs of the participating artists being wheat pasted to trees surrounding the gallery. These enlarged photos are part of the global "Inside Out Project" and is a group participatory action sponsored by Diane Hause and 2Ten Haustudio. The second part consists of the 30 artists exhibiting self-portraits inside the gallery that they have created in various media. 

The Opening is Sunday, May 25th 2014 from 1-4 pm at2TEN Haustudio. Special guest musician Michelle Malone, currently on tour, will be performing.

About Hause Studio: www.haustudio.com/index.html
A private studio and exhibition space owned by Diane Hause.


Monday, May 5, 2014

I just finished painting this card catalog from the 70's. I use it to store small tools such as scissors, plyers, and rotary cutters. This project was no small task! It took a few days and I'm exhausted. I won't go into all of the steps it took, but long story short - I used Annie Sloan's Paris Gray and clear wax but instead of using her brown wax, I used gray oil paint. I love the result. Next I'll put some labels on and I'll be done.