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SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Join us this Summer as we showcase six artists in an array of subjects and styles. Enjoy tasty treats and refreshments as we spotlight a different artist each month from June through September.

Thursday, June 6th 05:00 - 07:00 PM
Saturday, July 13th 11:00 - 04:00 PM
Saturday, August 17th 11:00 - 04:00 PM
Saturday, September 21st 11:00 - 04:00 PM

Exhibiting original artwork in an array of subjects and styles. Discover new artists and tour the gallery while enjoying refreshments tasty treats. A reception will be held for each artist, so please mark your calendars!

JUNE 6th - NICOLE KENNEDY

Nicole Kennedy was born in Connecticut and lived in New York City where she worked in advertising as an associate creative director/vice president for several large consumer advertising agencies. As an art director, she was responsible for creating print ads and TV commercials from storyboard to film. She has been painting professionally since moving to Raleigh in 1996 and also instructs art workshops. Nicole established Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery in 2000 - 2018, representing numerous artists and hosts national workshops. After 18 years of owning a gallery Nicole has retired to paint and teach classical art full time.

JUNE 6th - RICK MCCLURE

An award winning "Plein Air" painter and teacher, Rick McClure has been painting professionally for more than 25 years. Throughout his career he has enjoyed success with a variety of media including contemporary watercolor and large acrylic figurative works. However, his true passion is found in capturing both cityscape and landscape en plein aire. Many of his on location gems stand on their own while others form the basis for larger studio works, all of which sparkle with spontaneity. Mr. McClure currently divides his time between painting, travel, and teaching plein air workshops throughout the United States.

JULY 13th - DIANA COIDAN

Diana Coida has been an accomplished and experienced full-time professional artist for over twenty five years. Although she works in many mediums, working in soft pastels is her most expressive, offering her the rich color, variety, and immediacy to paint her award-winning pastels. A Business College graduate, Diana retired from an administrative position to pursue her love for art. Self-taught and after many painting/pastel workshops with well-known instructors, she discovered her own pathway to expression in pastels and developed her own signature style with strikingly realistic results. Diana's paintings focus on movement with various sky/cloud formations, rhythm of the sea in its many forms, and marine life, all evident of her unconscious attraction to blue.

AUGUST 17th - PATRICIA PITTMAN

Patricia Pittman is an award winning artist that has focused much of her artistic career on the classical approach to oils used by the masters, and continues to be fascinated by the human form, often reproducing Masters in the Italian Verdaccio method. She specializes in Portraits (Children, Pets and Animals), Figures, Landscapes, and Still Life in an Impressionistic Style and works in a variety of mediums (oil, acrylic, pastels, charcoal and pencil). She has been juried into and won awards in Local, National and International Shows.

SEPTEMBER 21st - LYNN ALKER

Always an art lover and collector, Lynn Alker began her own artistic journey two years ago, after attending local classes. She loves using oils, acrylic paints and heavy texture in her abstract and figurative pieces. She continues to explore and push her creativity by taking classes, workshops and entering juried exhibits. Her work is currently displayed in several local businesses and works out of her home studio in Raleigh.

SEPTEMBER 21st - ROSALINE MIDYETTE

Rosalie Midyette is a Raleigh native, working in her studio downtown. Inspired by the natural and infinite sculpting of the earth's landscape, Rosalie creates tactile sculptures called Terraforms. As eons of water gradually sculpt rocks, she creates smoothed recessions that nod to these geological processes and the passage of time. She received her B.F.A. from UNC-Asheville where she devised her micaceous surface treatment for her sculpture, which can be seen in clay, bronze or aluminum. She teaches private lessons as well as workshops in studios such as Claymakers in Durham and N.C. State Crafts Center.

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