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Voices – Two artists who listen for inspiration

Notes from my Artist Studios of Fearrington Village preview tour…

Forrest Greenslade

sculptures and paintings from nature (professional voice)

[#2 on the ASFV studio tour map]

     Forrest – molecular biologist – that to me indicates he worked with the minuscule and the non-tactile. He would not have been able to hold the observed and organized objects – quite different from his sculpture and paintings, both of which “ …are highly stylized… built up with inches of thick acrylics and modeling paste to the point they nearly jump off the canvas…”

Oppossum - (c) Forrest Greenslade

Opossum – (c) Forrest Greenslade

Inasmuch as his professional world was, I imagine, flat and perhaps all that ‘jumped’ were the childhood memories of salamanders and such from under the rocks, Forrest’s “Organic Forrestry” artwork shouts a full exploration of natural subjects bringing textural “motion and emotion [to his art].”

I first knew of Forrest’s cement sculpture work during my own ‘sculpture-ation’ at Central Carolina Community College but it is his painting and drawing I viewed in his studio that kept my attention at our visit. He does impart texture in many of his works but some are also less-stylized, making me want to explore the fur of the groundhog or opossum, or the wet noses of the raccoon or his pup Stanley, even as they are neither furry nor wet.



Reynold Ed Maher

mixed media paintings (reflections from his inner voice)

[#4 on the ASFV studio tour map]

     As Leslie Palmer remarked of Reynold’s work, “…Each work is a flow of emotion- a play on the creative process…”. His works are flowing, formless energy without narrative, yet their color-filled dialog holds the viewer near in hopes of discovering their stories.

(c) Reynold Maher

RA the Sun God (c) Reynold Maher

    Reynold’s work reminded me that if you push for the just the right hues, they shimmer when placed next to each other. He shared with me a postcard of an ancient Egyptian artifact with a particular shade of blue – the Egyptian blue of calcium copper silicate. Reynold pairs this blue with shades of the complimentary and vibrant orange/golds and rust/browns which ask me to see the composition in a reciprocal manner to the shimmering of the colors — they need each other.

   Another complementary observation is that of Reynold and his wife Vietta who shared delicious cookies (and the recipe) with us — both such a treat to meet and spend time with!




Artist Studios of Fearrington Village Studio Tour 2015
Look for my next installment highlighting two more from the
Artists Studios of Fearrington Village preview tour: Vietta Maher and Horty Jacobs.

Art Exposure: Connecting three influential artists from the Triangle area

The path to here|today from high school art class and the seeds of a local art show begins…

1. Bob Rankin: Sanderson High School – ArtSpace –  ArtSplosure – International Festival – reconnection through my Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) Design student’s field trip to The Hudio (link is to a 5min. video tour!)-

Bob and my connection to the evolution of ArtSplosure:- The Position Statement on the link Artsplosure website states: “Artsplosure was conceived in 1978 by subcommittees of the newly formed City of Raleigh Arts Commission who were planning a citywide arts festival that would combine an “explosion” of art activity with people’s “exposure” to all types of art.”  I, however, believe that it began by a group of Art teachers in the Raleigh area who put together a student show at the old North Hills Mall. In fact, the very first one I participated in was called “the Spring Thing” and highlighted the artwork of the current seniors in Bob Rankin’s class. I remember Lycra body-sized pillow cases donned to walk the halls of Sanderson and the inflated super-snake made of taped-together garbage bags that wound its way through the halls as well. When it came time for the show, we all gathered at  the then-named Carrol Jr. High to climb into our individually decorated refrigerator boxes that spelled “SPRING THING” then we walked in single file (what else could we do?) to the old Cameron Brown building, and then crossed Six Forks Road to the mall where we had displayed our artwork for the show.

BobRankin1Bob moved on from High School teaching, although he has several demo videos on Jerry’s Artarama website,, and, and creates a yearly poster for Raleigh’s International Festival. He was one of the first artists I thought to bring my students to for a mini lecture on being a professional artist when I taught a couple of Design classes at Central Carolina Community College at the original Siler City Pottery Studio location. Thank you again for your time and generosity, Bob!

My current favorite piece is from his Representational works collection on his website, and is of a dynamic wave shape superimposed with rectangular landscape vignettes. Bob has a unique way of combining the organic and inorganic in his work that is pleasing as well as surprising.

2. Emma Skurnick – CCCC – ArtSplosure – FirstNightPlanetarium

EmmaSkurnick1Emma Skurnick was one of my design and marketing teacher at CCCC. She is a wonderful watercolor/colored pencil artist who is dedicated to whimsy and exploration. Emma also works as a professional illustrator of life sciences. I so appreciate the encouragement Emma gave me for my artwork, class work and the pointers she shared with me on teaching the Design classes at CCCC. Emma now holds classes at her studio in Pittsboro and recently created the backdrops to a new winter program at the Morehead Planetarium. She remains involved in production decoration for Paperhand Puppet Intervention which also appear at ArtSplosure in their –living tree– and the “Trigon” dragon parade for First Night Raleigh New Year’s Eve celebration.

My current favorite piece: The sketches Emma shared on FaceBook of her Planetarium backdrops for the Paperhand Puppet’s production of “The Longest Night”.


3. Marina Bosetti – CCCC- ArtSplosure – various shows –

MarinaBosetti1I connected with Marina Bosetti during my ‘sculpturation’ at CCCC as my externship mentor. Marina is a production ceramic tile artist who has been showing and selling her tile art throughout North Carolina for the past decade. She has been influential and inspirational in several art and business groups in Raleigh including the Carolina Designer Craftsmen, and Chix in Business to name a quick few. I marvel at the amount of work she puts into tile sinks, mirrors and fireplace surrounds for the Parade of Homes she has participated in!

Marina teaches classes in ceramics at her studio as well as NCSU Craft center. Thank you again, Marina, for lending me a corner of your studio when I was in my ‘clay-days’!

My current favorite piece: Although I love the birdhouses (especially the White Rose Bungalow), the five vertical panels on her ‘Design Gallery-Ornamentals’ page is a lovely balanced grouping of natural colors. This piece is currently hanging in the reception area at Vision Park Optometry.

Well, I’m off on my art trek with camera and sketchbook in hand!

If you are interested in embarking on your own art trek, I’d suggest picking a few artist names who’s work you like and then check out their websites. Current shows and event listings on their websites will provide you with new artists and artwork to check out and events to participate in. You may also, like I am, follow that new path to your next discovery!


Have you ever taken the opportunity to go on a self-guided tour of your city? What inspired you to do so -and did you see any great art you think I should write about? Make sure to comment and leave a link!