ROCK HILL — Of the Earth, works by Ben Grant, Janis Hughes, and Richard Siegel is on exhibit in the Dalton Gallery at the Center of the Arts from January 8 through February 14, 2016. There will be a free, public reception on Thursday, January 28, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC.
Ben Grant is no stranger at the Arts Council. His work has been accepted to three annual Juried Competitions. Grant describes his art as an exploration of form, composed of gentle curves, textures, and flowing lines. Patterns seen in the world are translated into carved details in his wood-turned vessels, bowls, organic sculptures, and functional furniture. With each piece, Grant explores form, balance, and texture. Grant has attended the Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts and Haywood Community College, studying professional crafts and woodworking. | http://www.bengrantwoodwork.com/
Janis Wilson Hughes is a potter from Johnson City, Tennessee, now living in Alpharetta, Georgia who is inspired by the woods and meadows that surrounded her home in the Smokey Mountains. Her favorite subject is seedpods, an interest that grew out of a powerful childhood memory of stumbling through an overgrown meadow to discover a stand of milkweed bushes laden with crude, rough pods that were bursting with feathery seeds. The Appalachian woods were her childhood playground where she observed the forces of nature both build up and tear down life in an endless cycle. Today, the themes of her work encompass both celebrating the protective shells of latent, dormant life personified in her seed pod sculptures, exploring the open spaces created through the weathering of time as embodied in her Traverse pots, and a tribute to our own inseparability from nature’s cycles. Hughes studied art under potter Rick McKinney while working as a research scientist and engineer. | http://www.evolutionstoneware.com/index.html
Charlotte native, Richard Siegel, works with several different mediums, including watercolor. His work is a collaborative effort with nature where technique, control, and self-expression are realized. Siegel’s vibrant watercolor paintings portray the unique challenge of painting in the “great outdoors.” Experiencing the effects of sunlight and shadows, realistic mountain landscapes, seascapes and still-life settings are created using the one stroke and wet on wet blending technique. His artwork has been inspired by the places he has traveled and lived, from the rocky coasts of Maine and Ireland to the canyons of the west and the forests and streams of the south. Currently, he teaches at Queens University and Central Piedmont Community College. | http://www.richardsiegelstudio.com/index.html
Exhibits at the Center for the Arts are sponsored by O’Darby’s — a Retailer of Fine Wines, Craft Beers, and Spirits, voted best spirits store by The Herald in 2014.
Works by Sydney Sogol, a fiber artist based in Charlotte, NC, will also be on exhibit during this time. Her work focuses on the relationship between color and pattern through weaving, dyeing, and manipulation of fabrics. Sogol’s work is inspired by her fascination with nature and biology, specifically animals. Each piece she makes is inspired by a specific animal or plant to pay homage and bring attention to that organism’s natural beauty and unique story. The majority of species that she draws inspiration from are endangered. Sogol’s aim is to bring attention to the issues these species face, specifically the ways in which their lives and habitat are adversely affected by human development, in the hope that her work can provide an avenue for a discussion on how humans and endangered species interact with and affect one another. Sogol has shown locally and nationally in juried and invitational shows.
The Center for the Arts is located at 121 East Main Street, in the heart of Old Town Rock Hill. All three galleries at the Center for the Arts are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., every second and fourth Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and every second and fourth Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.
“End Table, Sapele, Ash, Milk Paint 17 x 17 x 31” by Ben Grant
“Fortified Potential Totem” by Janis Hughes
“Blue Ridge Upper Falls” by Richard Siegel