Exhibitions promote local artists’ work

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Two art exhibitions are being held at the Kirby for the month of December.

In the Kirby Gallery is “Deck the Halls,” work from members of the Art Guild of Person County. The Art Guild has a silent auction as well to help raise funds for the Guild. In the Upper Gallery is a continuance of the show “Fresh” by Beth Bale. Both shows will run through the month of December, and can be viewed during Kirby Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The purpose of the Art Guild is to encourage, provide exhibition opportunities, give constructive criticism, and prompt discussion of the work of area artists and to promote the awareness and enjoyment of the visual arts in this community.

The Art Guild of Person County is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. There are monthly meetings and paid members participate in a variety of showings. You do not have to be a resident of Person County to join.

The Guild partners with Piedmont Community College, area schools, and others to present art demonstrations and workshops to educate interested people on a particular specialty, and to display their craft.

Bale works primarily with watercolors, and focuses her practice around her personal experiences with nature. Bale is a naturalist, who is passionate about nature and the environment, and seeks to convey the ephemeral qualities of nature through her work and process.

“I love the freedom I feel when painting with watercolor while watching the flow of colors onto white paper or clayboard. The way colors interact, merge and change into something new with watercolor fascinates me. The mental challenges of watercolor, and finding their solutions, keep me curious and searching. Some of these have almost spiritual qualities; teaching lessons of letting go, staying present, and working with life’s mistakes. I am forever grateful for eyes that get to see the glorious colors on my palette and for hands that can try to do them justice,” Bale said.

For more information, call 336-597-1709.

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