Featured Exhibitions

September 8 – October 4, 2015

Water & Earth

Water & Earth is a rich combination of four artists, who are all inspired by the world around them. Their work reflects this theme through both their chosen subjects and their processes. Peg Bachenheimer, Gordon Jameson, Eric Knoche, and Noah Riedel all create from their surroundings - the spaces, feelings, and sounds. This celebrated group of artists has been part of the heart of FRANK for many years, and we are very excited to present them all together in this special exhibition.

Peg Bachenheimer

My paintings for Water and Earth represent a new direction for me. The work is more abstract and my intention is to express my inner response to experiences, places and time with layers of color and texture. Music is an inspiration and companion to my painting process and I have used words from songs as titles for some of the paintings. These paintings are created by adding and subtracting many layers of color and texture with oil paint, cold wax medium, dried pigments, sand and other organic material on wood panel.

Gordon Jameson

Gordon Jameson’s new work at FRANK Gallery represents a romantic departure for him while retaining his mastery with color.  He has returned to the landscape but with a more atmospheric structure than in previous work.  Inspired by musings into a pool at Chateau du Pin in Loire, France, these works try to reconcile the world below the surface, what is reflected and what is floating on the surface.  They take the viewer to the worlds of microcosm and cosmic at once. 

Eric Knoche

These are some things that influence my work:  male and female figures, bones, machine parts, houses, archetypes, clouds, landscapes, math equations, micro-facial movements, fact and truth, the argentine tango, alphabets and foreign languages, the spine and its seasons, spacial relationships, tools I don't know how to use, the distortional nature of memory, the limits of ocular perception, plants, neutron stars, the subconscious, running water, and songbirds.  

Most of my work is constructed from various blends of stoneware clays with a percentage of unprocessed native clay.  I use a wide variety of building and forming techniques.  Most of my work is wood fired and the surfaces are the result of the dynamic interaction of the materials, forms, placement in the kiln, and firing methods.

Noah Riedel

The focus of my work in Water & Earth is the relationship between design and execution. I start with a simple geometric relationship, expand it into a concept for a form - such as a cup or a platter - and plan an approach for making it. The limitations of my materials and processes are always more complicated than I can foresee, and dozens of trade-offs, risks, and opportunities emerge.  The decisions I make along the way are what ultimately reveal the nature of the pot I am making.  It is discovery in the end, rather than completion.

September 8 – October 4, 2015

Elaine O'Neil


“Chapel Hill - a place I love - is the focus of this work. I have tried to portray the heart and soul of Chapel Hill, the things we love about this great town, the feelings and memories of good times experienced, and the vibe of learning, teaching, healing, and coming of age here.” These are the words of Elaine O’Neil, famed Chapel Hill artist, and featured artist this month at FRANK Gallery. O’Neil’s solo exhibition, CH, NC 27514, is inspired by memories of special places and the good things that happen here. For O’Neil, depicting a place is more about embodying the essence and the emotionally salient aspects of a location rather than ensuring physical accuracy.  She strives to make her pieces LOOK the way you FEEL when you’re there.

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Community Outreach Gallery

Gordon Visits the Makery at Kidzu

Since their opening in 2010, Kidzu has enjoyed a rich collaborative relationship with our former neighbor, The Franklin Street Arts Collective (FRANK gallery), an institution that shares our deep commitment to celebrating the arts and creativity of our community.  While Kidzu was located on Franklin Street, the two organizations partnered for nearly all of the gallery’s rotating exhibits to develop complimentary educational programs that introduced children and families to an outstanding roster of practicing local artist.  These workshops explored color mixing, pottery techniques, processes of painting, printmaking, storytelling through art, multimedia art and much more.  In each workshop, children had the opportunity to view the works of art on display at FRANK, hear from contributing artists to learn about their techniques, and work with those artists to make creations of their own.  In some instances, the new works of art were later installed and displayed as part of the original FRANK exhibition.  Such activities brought the cycle of art making full circle, with adult artists inspiring children creativity and children inspiring the artists to think differently about their creative process.