Current Exhibitions


The Orient Express

March 31 - May 22, 2014

Works depicting figures and landscapes in a variety of media.

Margaret Agner, Bogart, GA, paints intricate scenes with dyes on natural silk. Wall hangings, scarves and other wearables are her specialty.

Jim Connell, Rock Hill, SC, makes teapots and other ceramics inspired by nature and guided by historical precedent, especially the teapots made in Yixing, China.

Kim Dills, Asheville, uses oil, fiber and wood to create mixed media paintings influenced by Asian art and culture and characterized by multiple layers and depth within one common frame.  

Ingrid Erickson, Salisbury, fell in love with the art of cut paper while living in China and Thailand. Nature is the chief inspiration for her unique hand-cut pieces.

C. Shana Greger, Brevard, is known for her stylized waterfall paintings of western North Carolina, children’s books, illustrations and public art commissions.  


Michael Hamlin-Smith, Charlotte, makes primarily wheel-thrown pottery influenced by 12th-15th century Persian ceramics, Sung Dynasty vessels and Japanese Ikebana arrangements.

  • Marcia Jestaedt, Alexandria, VA, is a clay artist who makes Raku fired kimonos and fans with imagery derived from her interests in Oriental art, ethnic clothing, ceremonial robes and ecclesiastical garments.

Matt Kelleher, Marshall, is a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts known for soda-fired tableware, sculptural vessels and bird-inspired forms.

Po-Wen Liu, Jamestown, who creates ceramic pottery with Buddhist design elements, was a ceramic engineer in his native Taiwan before coming to the United States to study.  

Betty Helen Longhi, Lexington, is a nationally recognized metal smith who creates finely crafted jewelry and sculpture in gold, silver, and niobium and pewter. 

Kathleen Master, Holly Springs, creates mixed media sculptural pieces using paper, metal, paint, flowers and found objects. 

Gillian Parke, Durham, combines elements of contemporary porcelain and Japanese pottery, especially Shigaraki stoneware, to create unconventional works of art. 

Lee Sipe, Columbia, SC, weaves contemporary baskets from pine needles, fiber and copper and silver-plated wire, always including an element from her Korean heritage. 

Timothy Sullivan, Marrietta, GA, produces distinctive wheel-thrown and altered porcelain with layered glazes the mimic glass or ice sculptures.  

Karen James Swing, Tallahassee, FL, makes garments that push the unique sculptural aspects of fibers to also take on the painterly qualities of watercolors and pastels.  

Yuko Nogami Taylor, Raleigh, creates oil paintings inspired by modern Western art and historical art images from her native Japan.  


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Upcoming Events


The arts council offices and The Galleries will be closed April 18-27. They will reopen Monday, April 28.


Festival: Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival

Saturday, April 26

noon- 4 pm

Downtown Kannapolis

Free event featuring visual and performance art.


Performance: John McCutcheon

Friday, May 2

8 pm

Davis Theatre

Show by Grammy-nominated folk musician.


Film Screening: McClintock

Thursday, May 22

7 pm

Davis Theatre

Free screening of a John Wayne movie.








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