Two new art exhibitions are up for viewing at the Kirby, and have opening receptions from 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, Mar. 6. In the Kirby Gallery, local artist Jane Phillips will show her paintings in an exhibition entitled “What You See is What You Get.” In the Upper Gallery, mixed-media artist Mark Cool will exhibit a collection of his found-object, creative assemblages.
Phillips is a local artist, originally from Gaffney, S.C., who has lived in Roxboro since 1985. In her personal statement, Jane writes, “As a visual artist, my body of work is ever-changing. I am constantly looking for inspiration for my next work; light, texture, and colors in our world give me material for new creations. The wonderful thing about being an artist is you can make your painting be whatever you want it to be. It is your own interpretation.”
In her March exhibition at the Kirby, Phillips will show large and small watercolor and acrylic paintings; some include more traditional subjects, like landscapes and still lifes, but others are more expressive and abstract.
Cool is a mixed-media artist, who creates sculptural assemblages using vintage wood, reclaimed materials and found objects. He creates his work on his land in Efland. Of his own work, Cool writes, “I make art and furnishings from vintage reclaimed wood and found objects. Every piece is one of a kind. The style is primitive, rustic, folk; I see what I do as ‘quilting’, using found materials. I get my materials from curb picking, flea markets, scrap yards, and old barns and houses. Finding the materials is part of the fun of my work; it’s a treasure hunt.”
Both exhibitions run through the month of March, and can be viewed by visiting the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex, at 213 N. Main St., Roxboro. Gallery hours are 1 - 5 p.m., Tuesday - Friday, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. All works on exhibit are for sale. For more information, call the gallery at 336-597-1709 or visit our website at www.kirbytheater.com.