Eric Ton "Explorations" - November 4, 2016

Considering himself the first of the “Saturday Morning Cartoon Generation,” Eric’s earliest influences were pop, mod, cartoons, and the psychedelic art of the 1960s. His art is fun and exciting to the eyes, reminding viewers that making art is fun and challenging them to explore the world as they did when they were kids.

Eric has a diverse art background. His interest in art started with photography and he spent hours in the darkroom learning how to artistically manipulate his images. With the rise of computers, Eric began creating digital artwork, specializing in Fractal Art. Developed in the mid-1980s, Fractal Art is a form of algorithmic art created by representing mathematical calculations as still images, animations and media. Eric creates his fractal worlds in 3-D and, once all the color and lighting is applied, can take "virtual walks" through the landscapes. His artwork is a product of taking snapshots of

the wonders he finds while exploring those landscapes.

Eric is also a skilled fine artist and enjoys creating paintings of subjects from the natural world.

Big Bloomers - October 4, 2016

Entitled “Big Bloomers", the idea for the show began as a simple observation about large paintings of flowers. While cataloguing some of local artist Frank Pierce’s floral paintings, gallery manager Nancy Rawlinson remarked that no matter what style of painting he used to create his large flower paintings, they all had a great presence and a seemingly abstract feeling due simply to their size.

For “Big Bloomers”, artists from the Sandhills area were invited to participate and given minimum canvas sizes as well as a request to get up close and personal with the flowers of their choice. Participating artists included Carmela Casipe, Cam Cline, Daniel Conrad, Tiffany Evans, Carol Kaminski, Jan Leitschuh, Frank Pierce, Nancy Rawlinson, Donald A. Parks and Jill Trawick.

Blues Crawl - July 9, 2016

We had the pleasure of hosting the amazing Sammy Blue!!
Georgia native Sammy Blue has lived a life of relentless search for the true innovators of the blues, a life imbued with the passion to spread the good word about America's authentic, heartfelt music. His first teachers were the legendary Buddy Moss, Johnny Shines, and Curly Weaver. Sammy's odyssey took the young man to Chicago where he was nurtured by the very greatest artists of the Windy City, and where none other than Muddy Waters dubbed him "Crown Prince Of The Blues". His strongest influence is Taj Mahal, who befriended and mentored the blues-hungry acolyte. Raconteur, actor, historian, Sammy Blue continues the tradition of true blues master.

"Sammy Blue of Atlanta is one of the best kept secrets in roots music. I have been watching him develop over the last thirty years. He has an awesome delivery and presence. What is really very exciting is his writing and arranging style and the instruments that he brings together. It will keep you listening and coming back for more."~Taj Mahal 

The Vikings of Southern Pines - April 22, 2016

Chef  Warren Lewis and Artist Frank Pierce, both local entrepreneurs and avid photographers, traveled to the frosty landscape of Southern Iceland in early February 2016. Iceland in winter is extraordinary and different, providing a unique opportunity to capture stunning images of an otherworldly destination.

After a few days exploring the capital city of Reykjavik, Lewis and Pierce joined up with their guides for an intense five day visit of the areas surrounding Vik and Skogafoss, at the edge of the Vatnökull ice-cap. The men found themselves pelted by heavy sleet during a photo shoot on one day and forced inside due to a blizzard on another.

Filled with breathtaking landscapes of waterfalls, glaciers, the Northern Lights, ice caves, and black volcanic sand beaches peppered with enormous chunks of ice, Iceland has a temperate climate warmed by the Gulf Stream. Despite its location just south of the Arctic Circle, the average daily temperatures in February range between 28-37 degrees and the coastal areas remain ice-free in winter.  The men will attest, however, that the wind chills are another matter entirely.  l