Join our December and January featured artists for an evening of art and music. We welcome Nerys Levy, Carolyn Rugen, Mary Lamb, Ronan Peterson, and Emma Skurnick for a discussion of their work and Q&A. Also featuring music from Johnathan Bagg, viola player with the Ciompi Quartet.
“All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.” - Marc Chagall
Color. There is no one way to use it. Simply through color, an artist can evoke strong emotions and create deep meaning in their work. On a color wheel, opposing colors are considered complementary. In a painting, neighboring colors often energize one another. In a work of art, a single color can tell a profound story, many colors together can make a powerful statement. In a sense it is a community of individuals working in harmony, not unlike our own.
FRANK gallery is pleased to present Local Color, an exhibition showcasing our diverse range of work by our talented community of artists. Each piece has been chosen based on one of the most basic concepts of artmaking – color. This group show features painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, woodwork, and more, by our renowned collective of local and regional artists. Based on the theme of color, we will not only be presenting a range of works, styles, and prices, but will be creating a visual masterpiece curated by our outstanding FRANK Curatorial Committee.
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Join local artist, author, environmental educator, naturalist, and children’s illustrator Bob Palmatier in this unique Nature Illustration Lesson. Bob will bring live native frogs and salamanders for the artists to observe and recreate on paper or canvas.
Two 60 minute classes will be offered, 11:00AM and 1:00PM for ages 8-12 years old. Registration is required, click below to register your child. A $10.00 fee per person/per class includes supplies and instruction, payable via cash or check at the start of your session.
Join us for a special evening where art meets science! Meet Dustin Smith, Curator - Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, & Invertebrates from the North Carolina Zoo. The NC Zoo is increasing its conservation efforts in support of critically endangered species. Dustin will discuss the NC Zoo’s amphibian conservation projects in North Carolina and Puerto Rico.
Presented by the Disappearing Frogs Project.
Light refreshments will be served.
FRANK Gallery is ringing in the New Year with an exhibition of featured artists who unite to create a show that deeply explores both the natural and the mystical world. Mary Lamb, Ronan Peterson and Emma Skurnick show off their unique perspectives of the reality around them. Peterson’s ceramics, Lamb’s encaustics, and Skurnick’s paintings play off each other to create an engaging show for those with an interest in a variety of artistic mediums.
Have a wonderful holiday season and very happy New Year! We will reopen for regular hours on Wednesday January 4, 2017!
Join us for an evening to celebrate the accomplishments of Orange Literacy, and organization whose mission is to help adults reach their education, employment and life goals. We do this by providing free, flexible instruction in reading, writing and basic math, English and computer skills and GED preparation.
Special presenter, and student, Fidel Campos-Sorto will do the reading at this very special reception. He started with Orange Literacy as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) student and has since tested out of that program. He is now in the Adult Basic Ed program and is also studying for citizenship. He is excited to share ideas and offer a voice for himself and his classmates during this event.
We are also very pleased to announce special guest musicians Miles Andrews and Big Fat Gap, a Chapel Hill based Bluegrass Band (visit their site to learn more).
Our Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Gallery features original illustrations created for Planting Hope, a picture book project written and illustrated by kids for kids. The story tells the tale of a hard-working girl discovering a golden seed and together bringing unity and prosperity to a neglected garden. The project was developed through two consecutive teaching artist residencies and exemplifies working together. Thirty children, ages 5-12, wrote and illustrated this allegorical story to celebrate the way PORCH has united the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community in its fight against local hunger.
Art is medicine for the soul.
Paint, brushes, crayons, paper can’t cure cancer, but they do help people transcend suffering and worry. That’s why the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and FRANK Gallery collaborate to provide art supplies to patients and their caregivers in the N.C. Cancer Hospital. The program is called the Oncology Expressive Arts Program and they need your help!
The Oncology Expressive Arts Program at the N.C. Cancer Hospital is one of FRANK Gallery’s many community-outreach programs. Every holiday season, the FRANK artists and our caring community members gather a small mountain of art supplies at the gallery to help spread cheer through the arts, and allow this incredible program to begin their year off with a freshly stocked supply of materials.
We will be collecting items beginning December 1, with our annual celebration of this wonderful program and it's staff taking place as part of our 2nd Friday Artwalk on Friday, December 9th. All "Artwalkers" are encouraged, but not required, to bring an item to donate to the bin.
FRANK’s current featured exhibition looks at the grandness of nature, both in the immense landscapes that surround us, and the microscopic elements that are the building blocks of all things living. Painters Nerys Levy and Carolyn Rugen look to the beauty in their surroundings for inspiration. Levy working on site during her travels, capturing the greenery and enormity of the British countryside. Rugen working locally, painting the serene views from the windows of her home in the heart of Chapel Hill. In addition, jeweler Julie Brooks creates simple graphite drawings on her “sugar coated” enamel surfaces. These drawings highlight DNA structures, viruses, and cells, and the addition of hints of gold and stones highlights these components as precious jewels.
Reception for friends and families of the student artists, A.L. Stanback School Staff, volunteers, participants, and community members.
Middle school is a crucial time for youth to have support and affirmation in developing their academic and social identities. Students’ likelihood of developing healthy relationships with peers and teachers and thriving in school is largely determined by their middle school experience and influences their pathways to success in their postsecondary (adult) education, health, and careers. Parents, teachers, school support staff, school boards, community-based organizational leaders, and community elected officials are key players in cultivating an environment where every middle school student can thrive regardless of their socioeconomic background, race/ethnicity, or ability status. “Navigating Middle School”, a public education forum, will be a space where stakeholders in the education of students in Orange County schools can combine experience and perspectives to strategize ways to maximize their support of middle school students in their distinct roles. Panelists will include A.L. Stanback Middle School Social Worker, Aviva Scully; Boomerange Executive Director, Tami Pfeifer; Orange County Schools School Community Relations Coordinator, Amy Franks; A.L. Stanback Middle School ESL Teacher, Esmeralda Rodriguez.
I Dream of Me was a pilot project conducted at AL Stanback Middle School in collaboration with FRANK Gallery Community Outreach Programs, Chapel Hill’s Volunteers for Youth, and the Family Success Alliance. It was designed to work with middle school children, addressing the issues of identity, self-expression, and culture. Emphasis for the young teens was placed on sharing their stories and using photography as an impetus to create art collages to express their strengths and dreams for the future.
The extended curriculum is designed by Barbara Tyroler and adapted from the book, A Creative Guide to Exploring Your Life, Self-Reflection Using Photography, Art, and Writing, by Ramsay and Sweet. A team of social workers, community educators, and artists work with young teens to create art incorporating photographic self-portraits. As the students work on the project, they are asked to consider family, roots, culture, who they are, how they present themselves to each other for affirmation and validation, and ultimately how they find meaning and contribution. The project culminates in a final public exhibition and reception for their peers, family members, and local schools. An education forum for community workers is created to discuss issues considered relevant.
A Creative Partnership with
The Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Program of the FRANK Gallery
AL Stanback Quicksilver Middle School Afterschool Program with Stanback Social Worker Aviva Scully and art teacher Wesley Barnhouse
Volunteers for Youth, Director Susan Worley
Family Success Alliance, Amber Majors, Master’s candidate UNC School of Social Work
Artists Educators Hollie Taylor Novak and Barbara Tyroler
FRANK is more than just a gallery. We represent over 75 local and regional artists, giving us a huge selection of fun, fresh, beautiful and carefully crafted gifts that are perfect for your loved ones. This November, we showcase potter Erik Haagensen’s whimsical, goofy, and hilarious pieces. Each piece is brightly colored with decals featuring original illustrations that give these functional pieces the perfect touch for anyone on your list. In addition to Haagensen’s array of cups, bowls, vases, and small containers, we will have a great selection of “giftables” for any budget including artwork, jewelry, cards, prints, and other items from our diverse group of artists. And don’t forget to grab a few FRANK gift certificates for those “hard to buy for” art lovers on your list!
Carroll Lassiter’s landscapes explore the open spaces and rural scenery of Central and Eastern North Carolina, capturing the charm that can be found on back highways and farmland belonging to past generations. With so much scrutiny and tension mounting around our state as politics and strong partisan views hold strong to our attention this season, it is easy to forget the incredible beauty, rich agricultural history, and cultural significance that North Carolina possesses.
Lassiter has created a series that include both small studies and large scale paintings. Within these, she beautifully captures the awe inspiring views of our landscape. Those perfect moments when the sun catches the mist in the early morning, the grey clouds that delicately expose the cold bareness of the winter landscape, and the lush greens that envelope the earth throughout the warmer months. In her larger pieces, she creates towering clouds against Carolina blue skies that define the vastness of the spaces; the smaller works are carefully scaled to create the illusion of expanse.
Traveling frequently to the coast from her home near Carrboro, North Carolina, Lassiter is always equipped with a camera and sketchbook so she can pause to document the scenery on a moment’s notice. Frequenting the same routes, she finds transformations continuously occur as the result of weather, seasons, and even the time of day, allowing her to capture a variety of moods within her paintings.
Join us for the kick-off celebration of the Orange County Artist Guild's 22nd Annual Open Studio Tour, November 5-6 & 12-13, 2016. FRANK will once again be hosting a preview show during the weeks of the tour, highlighting one work by each participating OCAG artist. We are a great starting point to grab your brochure, plan your route, and head out on the self guided studio tour of the Orange County Artist Guild.
This year they will have 83 artists at 66 studio locations all over Orange County.
Join FRANK artists for an afternoon of shopping! We will have some of your favorite FRANK potters and ceramicists on site with a selection of work for this one-day-only sale. They will be available to answer questions, discuss their work, and hopefully send you home with a new favorite piece of artwork!
Trunk show participants include:
- Sasha Bakaric
- Susan Filley
- Cathy Kiffney
- Emily Lees
- Linda Prager
- Pat Saling
- Betsy Vaden
FRANK:inFocus will partner with the Ackland Art Museum to host a talk about the history of photography and to tour the Ackland's photographic collection.
One of FRANK Gallery's founding members, Alan Dehmer, will be giving a talk "From Representation Analogy: An Early History of Photography." Following the talk, Lauren Turner, the Assistant Curator for the Collection at the Ackland, will guide a tour through the museum's photography collection.
Contact Barbara Tyroler for more information.
George Entenman, Durward Rogers, and FRANK Gallery's Member Artist Barbara Tyroler are working with Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies to host a workshop that teaches students the ins-and-outs of the photographic process. The workshop takes students through the design, creation, editing, and printing processes of taking a photo from the initial conceptual stage, to the hanging on a gallery wall.
Join us at FRANK Gallery as we celebrate the hard work of these students! Their work will be featured in the Community Outreach Gallery alongside work by The Durham VOICE, Jock Lauterer, UNC School of Media and Journalism, and Triangle Visual Artists.
At FRANK, October means photography, and to kick of this special season the FRANK Gallery is hosting the opening reception to our FRANK:inFocus Photography Festival! On October 14th, come out to the gallery, where you can meet the artists, see their work, and engage with other members of the community.
The FRANK:inFocus photography exhibition will be running from Oct. 11th - Nov. 8th. FRANK is excited to display the work of our Member Artists Alan Dehmer, Peter Filene, Bill McAllister, John Rosenthal, and Barbara Tyroler alongside the work of special guest artists Diana H. Bloomfield, Carolyn Demeritt, and Aspen Hochhalter.
The piedmont region of North Carolina has become a destination for pottery lovers and collectors. The area is rich with a vast and diverse population of potters who embrace and expand upon the history and tradition of ceramics in the south. Our featured exhibition in October, Pots in the Piedmont, showcases a group of more than a dozen ceramicists and potters, from Raleigh to Seagrove, who share an emphasis on functional form in both sculptural and practical pieces. Among the artists presented at FRANK this fall, some continue to create using traditional forms that are strongly rooted in the undeniable style of NC pottery, and others find inspiration towards a more contemporary aesthetic.
IMG_ is a photographic collaboration project between UNC Students Luke Gaines, Annie Konzelman and Taylor Mabrey. The project focuses on the way images both distort and reveal aspects about the human experience and our identities. The artists have partnered with FRANK:inFocus and will display an extension of the project in the Community Gallery.
The pop-up exhibition will be displayed at the North Carolina Study Center, so come join the artists for light refreshments and a chance to discuss the use of photographer in our community.
Information about the event can also be found on the Facebook event page.
As part of FRANK:inFocus come join us at the gallery for an interactive workshop using your iPhone! Dennis Szerszen, a member of FRANK Gallery's Board of Directors and avid photographer, will teach students how to use their phone's camera to visually capture everyday experience.
Come out to the FRANK Gallery and explore all the capabilities of your phone's camera, and learn how you can easily capture and express visual facets of your community!
As part of October's photography festival FRANK:inFocus is partnering with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Ackland Art Museum to display the work of FRANK's Member Artists in a slide show. There will also be an opportunity to meet with the artists following the slide show. In addition to the slide show and meeting, FRANK Gallery's Member Artist Barbara Tyroler will be giving a photography workshop: "Ambient Light Photography in the Museum," where she will take participants through the Ackland's collection to master photographing in museum lighting.
Musical Meditations with Red Nucleus is also a special part of this big night, so come join FRANK as we spend time at the Ackland Art Museum. RSVP is required for the workshop, so make sure to reserve your spot!
RSVP: Allison Portnow Lathrop - firstname.lastname@example.org
5-6pm FRANK Gallery Members and Guests Slide Show
6-7pm Meet the FRANK Artists
7-8:30pm Ambient Light Photography in the Museum Workshop with Barbara Tyroler
A photographer and a novelist walk into an art gallery and . . . you’ll never guess what happens. They cross genre lines to collaborate on an exhibit.
John Rosenthal has been a friend of Clyde Edgerton’s for 30 years, ever since he enjoyed Edgerton’s debut novel, Raney. Now he is showing at FRANK Gallery his series of images of people in museums.
On the same walls, Edgerton displays his paintings of Rosenthal’s photographs. “Many of John’s photos have special meaning to me,” Edgerton says, “especially the ones that hint at stories just beyond the frame.” This pair of versatile artists have blended photographs, paintings, and stories into an eye-catching, mind-stimulating event.
Rosenthal has been a renowned North Carolina photographer for forty years and a former NPR commentator. He has published two books, one about Manhattan and the other about post-Katrina New Orleans. Edgerton, one of North Carolina’s most acclaimed writers, has published ten novels and two books of non-fiction, and in 2015, was the recipient of the prestigious Thomas Wolfe Prize.
At a special event on Thursday, October 6, at 6 p.m. at Frank Gallery they will collaborate with former Red Clay Rambler, Mike Craver, presenting stories, artwork, and music.
Reception and Salon at FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill
Funded in part by Kidzu’s Susan Ross Education Fund
What is the role of play in learning? How do we provide young children with the environments necessary to build curiosity, confidence and collaborative skills? Where do children’s museums fit within the continuum of the healthy development of the whole child?
Kidzu will present an expert forum to discuss these questions as part of the new Turning the Lens on Learning exhibit. Turning the Lens on Learning visually captures the direct connections between play, creativity and learning. Featuring photographs by local artist Barbara Tyroler, the exhibit showcases Kidzu’s role in early learning and encourages contemplation of the environments necessary to nurture creativity and innovative thinking for success in the 21st century.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Rae Pica, noted education consultant and author of 19 books on early learning and play research. Dr. Pica’s most recent book, published in 2015 is What if Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Improving Education and Children’s Lives. Dr. Pica will be the keynote speaker at this year’s NCAEYC conference.
The uncertain boundary that separates writers and artists gains a special emphasis in Paintings, Photographs, Friendship - an exciting new show coming to FRANK Gallery this September. This very special, month long exhibition features the painting and photography of two good friends who are each in their own way, blurring the boundary of writer and artist - Clyde Edgerton and John Rosenthal.
FRANK will be presenting John Rosenthal’s “Museum Studies” series and Clyde Edgerton’s paintings—including renderings of his favorite Rosenthal photographs. Paintings, Photographs, Friendship will be on display from September 6 – October 9, 2016. The month long run will include a 2nd Friday Artwalk reception on Friday, September 9th from 6-9PM
We are very pleased to present two local favorites this September at FRANK. Abstract painter Katherine Armacost, and modern furniture maker Jim Oleson will present their latest bodies of work in overlapping exhibitions.
Armacost’s Against the Wall will feature a new body of work just for FRANK Gallery. She is an award winning, nationally exhibition and internationally collected artist who has been exhibiting her work for nearly three decades throughout the US, including solo and group shows in North Carolina, New York, and California. Armacost’s work is inspired by nature and her surroundings, and is rooted in expressing feelings that can’t be put into words. Rarely does she begin with a fixed idea, but allows her brush to have a dialogue with the piece to bring it to life. Her final pieces range in size and are each incredibly stunning, highly textural abstract paintings.
Natural Lines exhibition will showcase Oleson’s handcrafted, functional furniture. Oleson has a rich family tradition of woodworking, one that he found to be an outlet for his own creative expression. His woodwork is contemporary and highly influenced by some of the biggest names in the medium, including Michael Fortune and George Nakashima. Oleson describes his work as function meets natural forms, and he handpicks each piece of wood for the project, focusing on its inherent colors and patterns to create a one of a kind piece that speaks to the wood itself. His work ranges from wall mounted mirrors, to tables, cabinets and more.
Jameson’s polychrome oil paintings reflect musings on natural and cosmic processes. His paintings for this exhibition offer a glimpse through the gold shimmer on the surface of a pond. He invites the viewer to plunge beneath the water and into a meditation on the nature of small and great things. Stillman, from her studio in Durham, crafts jewelry in 22 karat gold, Argentium silver, and fine gemstones. She is highly skilled in the ancient technique of granulation, a delicate and complex process which makes for jewelry that is far more intricate than it might appear at first glance. The widely collected duo, Henneke and Gholson, share a long-time love of ceramics, and opened their studio Bulldog Pottery, named for their two beloved canines, in 2000 in Seagrove, NC. Inspired by natural aesthetics, particularly the flora and fauna around Seagrove, the pair create ceramics that are textured, sophisticated, and dynamic with the use of different glazes, designs, and ways of manipulating their clay. Together, these artists showcase the dazzle and radiance of natural forms, and wow the viewer with the complexities of their surfaces.
Jameson, Stillman, Henneke, and Gholson will be hosting an Artist’s Talk about their work and processes on August 18, from 6-8PM at the gallery. Talk will begin at approx. 6:30PM.
Join us to celebrate a brand new show at FRANK!
All That Glitters
August 7 - September 4, 2016
The shimmering texture and golden hues of the diverse work by artists in All That Glitters pairs perfectly with the summer heat! All That Glitters spotlights the artists Gordon Jameson, Sheila Stillman, and the duo Samantha Henneke and Bruce Gholson of Bulldog Pottery, and features artwork which employs luminous surfaces and striking intricacies that are much more than meet the eye.
African American Quilt Circle
August 9 – September 4, 2016
For the month of August, the Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Gallery will feature the work of local artists in the African American Quilt Circle (AAQC) in Durham, NC. The quilts made by the AAQC feature traditional block-quilting, original designs, and fiber art, quilted by hand as well as by machine. The AAQC is committed to preserving the tradition of quilting in the black community and takes seriously its dedication to community education and outreach.
AAQC members will be present to discuss their work and the quilting traditions that inspire them.
Mark your calendar and plan to join us on a special evening to hear their stories and learn more about their work. July 21, 6:00PM we will be hosting our Summer guests for a talk and Q&A.
Painters Janet Cooling, Drew Deane, Laura Hughes, mixed media artist Jenny Eggleston, fiber artist Mary Kircher, and photographer Jim Lee will be presenting small bodies of work in this very special exhibition. This group represents a wide range of styles and media, each bringing to FRANK a fresh voice and new point of view.
Saturday, July 16
• Session one: 11am - 12pm
• Session two: 1pm - 2pm
• Session three: 3p - 4pm
Up to 15 Participants per session
Registration is required.
Super G Print Lab, Durham's Pied Piper of printmaking, will be conducting three hands-on screen printing demonstrations for children ages 6 - 14. Younger children are welcome to observe.
The Super G Print Lab staff will give a brief presentation about the technical and historical aspects of the medium and show how a screen print is made from start to finish. Attendees will have an opportunity to pull a print and take it home - FREE!
All sessions will take place at
FRANK Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Please contact Gallery Manager, Torey Mishoe at 919-636-4135 or email@example.com to register your child.
This event is sponsored by Speedball Art Products company with support from FRANK Gallery and the Town of Chapel Hill.