Green Hill Winter Show highlights local talent and craft

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Nikki Yopp
  Staff Writer

The Greensboro community is one that encourages and fosters a love for art in all forms. From dance to crafts, there are classes and shows meant to pique any and everyone’s fancy. One of our most popular art shows in Greensboro is the Winter Show at the Green Hill Center for NC Art, in Downtown GSO.

This year, the show lasted from Dec. 4, 2016 to Jan. 13, 2017 and boasted the pricey artwork of over 120 artists from across the great state of North Carolina. The true beauty of the show was the number of artistic mediums present. There were works of art in the installation ranging from traditional oil on canvas to white earthenware and then to jewelry.

There were over 500 pieces of art available for sale at the Winter Show this year at The Gallery at Green Hill. While some pieces sold, many have been left sitting in the gallery for the public to view.

Two events held for the Winter Show are truly ones for the books if given the opportunity to attend. On Dec. 3, 2016, a Collector’s Choice event was held from 7-11 p.m., and allowed interested patrons to meet with exhibiting artists to talk about the installation over food and wine. Tickets for this event went for around $90 a person.

The second event worth attending was the Collectors Cocktails: A Facilitated Art Experience held on Dec. 7, 2016 from 5:30-7 p.m. This is low stress event where visitors attended the gallery with a guide, but didn’t have to feel like they have to interact with the artists.

If interacting with others all together sounds terrible, then the gallery does allow visitors free admission and they are welcome to meander around the installation at their own pace. This also takes off the added pressure to buy any artwork if uninterested. However, the artwork that was present at this year’s Winter Show was truly remarkable.

A few works in the installation commanded the attention of onlookers. Robert Postma’s three canvas pieces drew me in and would not let me move on. The titles of the works areScore,” “Sport” and “Runner,” and are featured in the photo. While Postma’s artwork is exceptional, it isn’t the only amazing thing that he has done.

In 1998, Postma travelled to Israel to study art with the Autism Society of North Carolina. Additionally, he taught locally in Greensboro at Grimsley High School and retired in order to found the Exceptional Friends Art Studio for adults with disabilities. By supporting Postma’s artwork in the Winter gallery, not only is a buyer supporting great art, they are also helping to better serve those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Another standout artist from the Winter Show was Quinn Hunter, a former layout Editor for The Carolinian, who created three white earthenware dishes titled “Clean Skin,” 2015. This work of art stood out in particular because it made a commentary on race.

According to Quinn Hunter her, “Primary concern in art is the place and continued status of African Americans in society,” and “to convey the monochromatic and dimensional human experiences of the 21st century African American, through the use of beautiful brown objects.”

Hunter is also a recent graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and primarily works with ceramics. When asked what her favorite or most inspirational place in Greensboro is she responded, “Easy Peasy. It is a cupcake place that holds my heart and tummy.”

While many works of art in the Winter Show were traditional or met typical artistic expectations there were definitely a few pieces of art that challenged the status quo and what could be considered artistic. In particular, Annie Evelyn’s 2016 “Scale Lounge,” 2016 and 2016 “Nest, made it impossible to not do a double-take. These two works are pretty well represented by their titles; they’re chairs!

Evelyn is an alternative furniture maker who recreates upholstered chairs using metal, wood and cement. She is an artist in residence at the Penland School of Crafts located in Bakersville, North Carolina. Evelyn was also recently awarded The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, which she will be able to use to fund her own studio after her residency is complete at the Penland School.

“Scale Lounge” and “Nest” were available at the Winter Show for a cool $8,500 a piece, but with the level of expertise and care taken in designing the furniture, the lucky owners would have a truly unique addition to their home.

There were so many artists who had works available in the Winter Show, that it is nearly impossible to feature them all, but Shannon Dowell is one that must be featured with her work in “Transitions.” Dowell focuses on capturing the energy of a place through acrylic on canvas, and this work of art certainly showcased that. She also notes that she is interested in the exploration of “man vs. nature.”

A trip to the Green Hill Center for NC Art’s Winter Show was an experience that can really bring a person closer to art, because everything was created locally. While the Winter Show has concluded, and the artists have moved their works to other places, there are always more shows and exhibits available. Starting Feb. 3, 2017 there will be another exhibit moving into the Winter Show gallery space called “Motorcycle. Art. Design.”

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