See a "Winter" wonderland at the Arts Council
As chilly air settles in, coats and gloves are emerging from their summer slumbers. But what about our cameras? For photographers, winter offers a wonderland of opportunities. Snowy mountainsides, frost-coated tree limbs ... and, yes, even the beach.
Peek through the lenses of professional photographers from our community during Winter, an invitational exhibition at the Arts Council. The show opens on Nov. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. and can be seen for free six days a week through Dec. 14 (see gallery hours below).
At 4:30 a.m. on the day after Christmas in 2010, Johnny Horne captured a stunning scene as snow flew over the "Iron Mike" statue outside the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville. See that photograph in the gallery, as well as one of his astronomical images. The famous horsehead nebula, a dark cloud of dust seen in silhouette against a glowing cloud of gas, is located in the winter sky constellation of Orion. Horne, a photographer at The Fayetteville Observer, made a one-hour time exposure of the nebula on the night of Jan. 3, 2011, from his backyard in Stedman using a 12-inch telescope and a digital camera.
Cindy Burnham, another Observer photographer featured in the exhibition, showcases snow-covered landscapes in her works "Family Cabin" and "Red Barn." Burnham invites gallery visitors to "take time to stare" at "Winter is Coming," a digitally manipulated image of driftwood on the beach. "It changes," she says. "Youíll see different things all of the time."
Work by Alphonso Peppers also requires a closer look. The answer to "Can you see the band?" is revealed in the form of a reflection.
Artist Wick Smithís photographs encourage a pause to reflect on magnificent scenes, including frost on Grandfather Mountain.
Want to meet the artists? Members of the Arts Council are getting an early gift this year with a special preview reception for the "Winter" exhibition, including a meet-and-greet with the photographers. Call (910) 323-1776 today to ask about joining the Arts Council and attending the event or click here to join securely through PayPal online.
Arts Council galleries are located at 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC. Admission is free.
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday: noon to 4 p.m.
Jan. 24-Mar. 1
A Celebration of African-American Art, presented by the Friends of African and African-American Art.
Celebrate the heritage and vibrancy of African-American art and culture.
Mar. 11-Mar. 22
Cumberland County High School Juried Art Exhibition
This annual exhibit features the young talents of local high school students.
Mar. 28-Apr. 19
Urban Art: Expressions of an Environment (invitational)
Edgy, heated and, yes, even raw. Experience the intensity of the urban environment.
Apr. 25-May 17
Public Works 2014, sponsored by Fayetteville PWC
Trees, triangle and trains. Eagles and eyeballs. More than 100 pieces of work represent a cross section of subjects, styles and skill levels of our community. This show is open to all ages, all artists, all types of artwork. Watch for Call for Art to be posted on the Artist Opportunities page.
May 23-July 19
One of 3: A Juried Competition
One of 3, a multimedia competition, reflecting the best of works created by artists across the region. Watch for Call for Art to be posted on the Artist Opportunities page.
The Arts Councilís galleries at 301 Hay Street are free and open to the public six days a week.
The Arts Council's 2013-14 exhibitions are curated by The Ellington-White Community Development Corporation.