Four galleries in two different venues offer a variety of work from local and regionally known artists. The main exhibition galleries rotate work every few months with opening receptions held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Visiting artist lectures take place at 5 p.m., just prior to the opening reception.

Vollis Visionaries: Art in Motion

Paintings by Marion Clark Weathers, Photography by Ron Sowers
March 9 - April 22
Opening Reception March 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: 5 p.m.
Boykin Gallery

Particularly relevant as our local Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is being completed, the Arts Council of Wilson is delighted to present paintings by Marion Clark Weathers and photography by Ron Sowers in an exhibit entitled “Vollis Visionaries: Art in Motion”. Both of these artists represent the mastermind of Vollis through their own interpretations using paint and photography. They are fascinated not only with the color and movement of his pieces, but also with the man himself.

Marion Clark Weathers has been painting realistic watercolors and oils most of her life, but abstracts have opened new worlds of creative possibility to her. Her abstract series, “Vollis”, was born the day that she walked into the Whirligig Restoration Warehouse. There she was able to see close-up pieces in various stages of restoration. Her paintings connect realism with abstraction, and her training at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and recent study in abstraction with John Salminen laid the groundwork for her to develop her own style. Marion says, “I am somewhere between subjective and abstract design – every day is a voyage of discovery”. Through her paintings, she is able capture the kinetic energy of the whirligigs and transform that energy onto canvas.

Ron Sowers has been the owner or Ronald L. Sowers Photography in Rocky Mount, NC for over 25 years. He was originally from Shippensburg, PA, and attended the Arts Institute of Pittsburg. There he earned an Associate Degree in Specialized Technology, majoring in Photography/Multimedia. His career in fine art, commercial art, architectural photography and photojournalism has spanned over 35 years. Ron is fascinated not only with the the whirligigs, but with Vollis himself. Throughout their friendship, he was able to capture many wonderful images of the whirligigs as well as images Vollis in his workshop.
“Art in Motion” will bring beautiful colors and exciting compositions to the Boykin Gallery at the Arts Council of Wilson. The opening reception is March 9th from 5:30-7:30 pm, preceded by an artist talk at 5:00 pm, and the show will run until April 22nd.

Wilson Active Artists Featured Artists
“All in the Family,” Betsy Kelly Russell and Ginny Kelly Lassiter

March 9 – April 22, 2017

After years of residing in Ocean Isle Beach, the “Kelly sisters” have come home to Wilson! The Arts Council is thrilled to have Betsy Kelly Russell and her sister, Ginny Kelly Lassiter, back in Wilson part time, where they and their husbands have become active members and supporters of ACW. They still keep their ties at Ocean Isle Beach, where Ginny has been owner and manager of Sunset River Marketplace Gallery for 15 years. But to the delight of their father, H.F. Kelly, they both have homes here in Wilson as well. Betsy is an accomplished clay artist who creates small, functional pieces as well as beautiful mixed media jewelry. Ginny is an avid abstract painter who works in acrylics. She loves teaching and enjoys her art students at Wilson Community College. They will combine their talents as the Wilson Active Artist’s featured artists during the March 9 - April 22 show. Not only do we admire their work, but we love their enthusiasm for and dedication to the arts in our community.

Wilson County Elementary School Art Exhibition

March 9 through April 22
Reception - Saturday, March 11, 12-2 p.m.

We again welcome the Wilson County School’s Elementary Student Art Exhibit. The innovative and talented teachers from our area schools will display a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensions work done by their students. Schools that will be represented and their art teachers are as follows: Barnes, Ben Gufford; Elm City, Elizabeth Neal; Gardners, Demetrius Smith; Hearn, Beth Senger-Knotts; Jones, Emily Yelton; Lee Woodard, Elizabeth Neal; Lucama, Andrea Bogess; New Hope, Jeanine Kittenger; Rock Ridge, Elizabeth Driver; Stantonsburg, Renata Brewington and Melissa Capel; Vick, Renata Brewington and Ben Gufford; Vinson-Bynum, Demetrius Smith; Wells, Allison Bell; Wilson Preparatory Academy, Louisa Farrow; Winstead, Renata Brewington and Andrea Bogess.

Visual Arts Calendar

March 9 – April 22
Boykin Gallery - In Motion: Paintings by Marion Weathers, Photography by Ron Sowers
Cooke Gallery - Wilson County Elementary School Art Exhibition
Lowe Gallery - Wilson Active Artists, featured artists Ginny Lassiter and Betsy Russell
Opening Reception March 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

May 11 – June 24
Boykin Gallery - Down East: Paintings by Brenda Behr
Cooke Gallery - Greenfield School Annual Juried High School Art Exhibition
Lowe Gallery - Wilson Active Artist Association, featured artist Pegi Barnes-Sharp
Opening Reception May 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
May 20
Painting workshop – Plein Air Painting in the Garden with Brenda Behr
9:30 am to 4:30 pm, in the garden of Margaret McRae, 211 Raleigh Road Pkwy W, Wilson, NC
July 20 – August 26
Boykin Gallery – In the Garden: Paintings by Pegi Barnes-Sharp, Photography by Robert Cassanova
Cooke Gallery – Arts Council Summer Camp Art
Lowe Gallery – Wilson Active Artist Association, Featured artist Andrea Horton-Morton
Opening Reception – July 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Artist talk 5 p.m.

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