May 9 – June 3, 2017

Opening Reception, May 12, 6-9PM (all shows)

Featured Artists
Keith Allen & Alan Dehmer

May brings to the spotlight furniture maker Keith Allen, and alternative process photographer Alan Dehmer. These two artists highlight the excellence of the FRANK members and bring together two artists whose work is visually complementary, and highlight the use of materials and process to bring their work to life.

Keith Allen seldom relies on drawings, other than a quick, rough sketch.  He relies on the materials to evoke an idea or inspire a design. Geometry plays a strong role in his designs, hearkening back to his earlier careers in math and computer science. Similarly, Alan Dehmer sees his work as “creating something from something else.” His work is the result of engaging two related art forms: photography and printmaking. Both are about image making and both involve time. A photograph represents a moment in time; whereas, a finished gum print happens slowly, one layer at a time, often taking weeks to create

Special Guests
Kenia Brea, Bryant Holsenbeck, Chieko Murasugi & Jason Smith

FRANK Gallery is excited to bring a brand new group of artists to the gallery this May as part of the annual guest invitational exhibition. Each summer the gallery chooses a small group of artists who have stood out to the Curatorial Committee. The 2017 Guest Invitational includes painters Kenia Brea, Chieko Murasugi, mixed media installation artist Bryant Holsenbeck, and sculptor Jason Smith, each chosen based on the quality of their work, while also considering at how they align with FRANK Gallery’s values and community initiatives. Each brings a very unique, contemporary voice to their work and to FRANK.

Kenia Brea is a Dominican multidisciplinary artist living in Cary, with a studio in Raleigh. She derives her work from her memories, observations of human behavior, and feelings caused by the everydayness of life, where human figure, fauna and flora are present. She seeks to engage with the language of diversity of materials to explore new possibilities of expression.

Bryant Holsenbeck is inspired by the efforts to live in harmony with nature, not in competition with it. The intrusion of wilderness on our modern lives motivates her to capture the personalities and realities of the animals he observes. Her work is made of discarded items such as outdated upholstery fabric, plastic bags, rosemary branches and anything else that catches his eye.

Chieko Murasugi was born in Tokyo, educated in Canada in both visual science and art (BA, BFA, PhD), and lived in San Francisco until moving to Chapel Hill. Her recent paintings are responses to the contentious political climate, and especially to the actions of racially divisive hate groups. She incorporates hiragana, a Japanese phonetic alphabet, into her abstract compositions.

Jason Smith began his journey as a goldsmith and jewelry designer, but other artistic mediums always intrigued him. After experimenting with metal sculpture, it became Smith’s primary concern due to its strength, malleability, and inherent beauty. His work is primarily abstract and he uses rhythm, action and movement to create a visual balance that conveys the implied energy in his work.

Cultural Fabric

Presented in the Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Gallery, Cultural Fabric explores youth identity through quilts and portraiture. Local artists, led by Project Director Hollie Taylor, alongside Ida Lavern-Couch and Barbara Tyroler, have paired up with local students to explore issues of identity, culture, and community through a series of art experiences, ranging from mentoring opportunities to workshops and field trips. The multifaceted project culminates in a final public exhibition, Cultural Fabric, at FRANK Gallery. The exhibition will feature quilt portraits the student participants captured by Tyroler, as well as personal portraits created by participants, accompanied by words describing the teens’ lives and identities. With special thanks to the Town of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreations Cultural Arts Division, Volunteers for Youth, and The Corner Teen Center.