Theatre Art Galleries is currently featuring four exhibitions on view until August 8, 2014. The Main Gallery features photographer David Spear who began his photography career by focusing closely on his nearest neighbors, a tobacco-farming family in his native Rockingham County, N.C. They became the subjects of his first book (The Neugents, Jargon Society, 1993).
Since then he has traveled much farther afield to pursue his work, mainly in places very different from the U.S. In each case he has immersed himself in the local and regional cultures and lifestyles by interacting with people in their homes, their places of business and other locations where they go about their daily routines. These individuals and their familiar environs have become the subject matter and raw material for most of his recent work.
Spear’s exhibition here at TAG brings together 21 color photographs he made for his new book Ten Days in Havana (Gnomon Press, 2013) and 15 black-and-white images he made during an extended residency in Mexico about ten years ago, while working on his second book Visible Spirits (Gnomon, 2006). A different selection of photographs from the latter book made up an eponymous exhibition at TAG about eight years ago.
David Spear, South of the American South, opened in TAG’s Main Gallery on May 20, 2014 and will be on view through August 8, 2014. It is the first in a series of exhibitions organized for TAG in 2014 and 2015 by writer and independent curator Tom Patterson of Winston-Salem. Spear will be present and available to sign copies of his new book at the show’s Opening Reception on Thursday, May 29th from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Alix Hitchcock (Gallery B) creates works of encaustic on panels, drawings, watercolors, or hand-pulled prints. Ambiguity of time, space, and form results from the dynamic interaction of abstract format with recognizable forms. “Her images are powerful and personal and very mysterious. They offer a view to her soul, an invitation to know Alix, and ourselves, if we dare to venture in.” -- Cappy Kuhn Dean, Master Lithographer, Winstone Press, Mocksville, NC. She recently retired from teaching drawing at Wake Forest University.
The Hallway Gallery is hosting an exhibit called “Opening Doors”, featuring the art of some of Guilford County’s most talented and dedicated art teachers. We welcome Christopher Allred from Southeast Guilford High School, Kate Hudson from Southern Guilford High School, Tara Kecki from Union Hill Elementary, Angela Morris from Dudley High School, Richard O’Hara from Penn Griffin School of the Arts, Ann Parks from Westchester Country Day School, Leah Raeford from Southern Guilford High School, and Lisa Woods from Weaver Academy.
The Kaleidoscope Youth Gallery features the Annual Triad Upper School Art Exhibition with works from 6 area high schools including Doris Henderson Newcomers School, Dudley High School, Southern Guilford High School, Thomasville High School, Weaver Academy, and Westchester Country Day School.
The Opening Reception for these exhibitions will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more information contact the TAG office at 336-887-2137 or visit www.tagart.org.