REGIONAL ARTISTRY: A Unified Vision

Exhibition Dates: February 6 – April 9, 2020

About the Exhibition

The David McCune International Art Gallery is pleased to present an invitational exhibition, “Regional Artistry: A Unified Vision,” a dynamic and eclectic fusion of works by local and regional artists.

The exhibition will open Feb. 6 with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. on opening night, the artists will be available for a gallery talk. The show will run through April 9.

Ranging from paintings and drawings, to pottery and sculpture, the featured artists’ works are as varied as they themselves are as individuals – and yet they share a unified vision in elevating the arts culture in Fayetteville while calling attention to the McCune International Art Gallery, a local gem with exhibits of international import and a caliber of visitor experiences that is on par with some of the world’s best art galleries.

This exhibit features the works of 14 local and regional artists, including seven who are not only visual artists, but who also serve as members of the Gallery’s Advisory Board. These include Stephanie Bostock, Manisha Devasthali, Guy Jencks, Sandi McFarlane, Beth Williams Pryor, Muriel Roux, and Skylor Swann.

The exhibit is free and open to the public; however, there is a suggested donation of $10 per visitor. All works exhibited are for sale, with proceeds to benefit the McCune Gallery in support of operational funding for future exhibits. Upcoming premier gallery exhibits include etchings by “Rembrandt: The Sign and the Light” (Fall 2020) and “Salvador Dali’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’” (Fall 2021).

Get to Know the Artists

Stephane Bostock

Stephanie Bostock

McCune Gallery Advisory Board

Bostock, who lives in Fayetteville, N.C., received her degree from Purdue University’s School of Design. She currently works as a full-time artist and designer, devoting most of her time to painting.

Her work has been featured in Borealis Magazine, a unique international collection of imagery, fashion photography, and art.  She also has been exhibited in North Carolina and is collected throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Bostock is an “eclectic painter” who works with mixed
media, mostly in abstract impressionist form, using several mediums and techniques.

Judy Crane

Judy Crane

Crane, who resides in Raleigh, N.C., graduated from the University of California. Originally a watercolorist, she has worked with soft pastels but settled into working with oil paints for the last 20 years.

Her early paintings were soft and more timid compared to her more current and much bolder works using vibrant oils. Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections, including SAS Institute, IBM, Cisco Systems, Duke Hospital, UNC Hospital, Rex Hospital, Duke Energy, the State of North Carolina, and Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.

Manisha Devasthali

Manisha Devasthali 

McCune Gallery Advisory Board

Devasthali resides in Fayetteville, N.C., where she works as a defense attorney in the Cumberland County Public Defender’s Office. She earned a B.A. in international studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, and earned a master’s degree from North Carolina State University.
 
Devasthali creates pottery and oil paintings as a hobby.  She is currently enrolled in an oil painting class with Kim Cowger at Fayetteville Technical Community College and a pottery class with Greg Hathaway at his studio in downtown Fayetteville.
Guy Jencks

Guy Jencks

McCune Gallery Advisory Board

Jencks lives in Fayetteville, N.C. and is a retired Air Force veteran with 22 years of service. He was able to apply the science he used in the military in his art form: ceramics. He holds degrees in psychology, human resources, and electronics technology, but has no formal degree in ceramics.

He has a studio space in downtown Fayetteville inside Cape Fear Studios. “I love the unlimited possibilities for artistic poetry in that I have the ability to create art from the basic elements of earth, water, fire, and air,” he said.
Sandra McFarlane

Sandra McFarlane

McCune Gallery Advisory Board
 
McFarlane now lives in Fayetteville, N.C. after moving from a small village outside of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1983. She did not pursue art until her children were in college. She has taken classes at the Fayetteville Museum of Art, and with Tom Moore and Lyn Padrick.
 
McFarlane works in many mediums, including graphite, colored pencil, pastel, oil, oil pastel, watercolor, and silver point. She is the owner of Olde Town Art Gallery, where she exhibits local artists and potters.
 
Phil Morgan

Phil Morgan

Morgan, a Seagrove, N.C. potter, was drafted into the U.S. military in 1968. After returning from service, earning a business degree, and working for a few years, he decided to learn a new trade: pottery. One of his early creations was chosen to be purchased by the N.C. Historical Museum.

In 1986, the State of North Carolina named him a Master Potter. His work has been in the Smithsonian Institution since the mid-1980s. Morgan still hand-mixes his porcelain clay and ages it for three years. After seeing a piece of rare crystalline glazed porcelain in a museum, Morgan adopted the method of glazing his pottery in crystalline. 

 
Ben Owen III

Ben Owen III

Owen, from Seagrove, N.C., remembers the sage advice of his grandfather when he is creating his art: “Keep it simple, son. Keep it simple.” Owen grew up in a family of artists, but became the first university-educated clay artist in the family with a degree in ceramics from East Carolina University.

Some of his work appears in traditional “Owen” shapes, but in a new, grand scale with newer colors and finishes. His current work carries echoes of deep history from Asian cultures which have been studied by his family for years.

He has appeared in several publications, including the New York Times and Southern Living Travel. He has held ceramic department workshops at MIT and Harvard, and has traveled to China, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan exhibiting his work.

Beth Williams Pryor

Beth Williams Pryor

McCune Gallery Advisory Board

Pryor, a resident of Fayetteville, N.C., spent 20 years working full-time in an entirely different profession and later raised a family. She has always sought opportunities to hone her artistic skills.

In 2015, Pryor formally launched her own art business, BWPryor Fine Art, LLC. Since that time, she has enjoyed creating, exhibiting, and selling her works to private and commercial/institutional clients.

She is known for her oversized abstract works on canvas, employing acrylic paint with a variety of media and techniques to impart an almost sculptural quality to her paintings.

Jessica Roux

Jessica Roux

Jessica Roux is a Nashville-based freelance illustrator and plant and animal enthusiast. She loves being surrounded by an abundance of nature. Her clients include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pottermore, The New Yorker, and Penguin Random.

Exploring the outdoors and documenting the natural world through a mystical lens is key to her work. She hopes to capture the magic of the world around us to encourage others to value and protect nature.

Using subdued colors and rhythmic shapes, she renders flora, fauna, and other things with intricate detail reminiscent of old-world beauty.

Muriel Roux

Muriel Roux

McCune Gallery Advisory Board

Muriel Roux lives in Fayetteville, N.C. and has been an avid potter for many years who loves experimenting with various clay forms, glazing techniques, and most recently, carved designs.  Her inspirations come from the natural world, especially trees, mountains, changing skies, and beckoning trails.

“These works represent my ceramic journey.  My colors, shapes, and designs are constantly evolving as I continue to experiment with form, texture and color,” she said. “I hope you enjoy viewing the path I’ve chosen.”

 

Jeremy Sams

Jeremy Sams

Sams, from Archdale, N.C., is an award-winning representational artist. His personal inspirations come mostly from the play of light and atmosphere and their effects on objects and landscapes.

Sams’ favorite area for subject matter are the rolling hills and mountains of North Carolina along with its waterways and special array of trees and meadows. It is not uncommon to see Sams with his outdoor easel set up on the side of the road or on a river bank somewhere with a brush in hand. Sams is currently a member of the North Carolina Plein Air Painters.

Susan Scoggins

Susan Scoggins

Scoggins, who lives in Raleigh, N.C., left her job with American Airlines 12 years ago to care for her late husband. With no prior instruction and with inspiration from her travels, she was able to begin painting for clients in the U.S. and Europe. She has painted in Southern France, Hungary, and Africa. Scoggins has recently returned from an artist-in-residence position at the Borgo San Pietro in Palazzetto, Italy.

Scoggins paints mostly from impressions of personal experiences, using loose, energetic strokes and bold color.

Donna Slade

Donna Slade

Slade, who lives in Wake Forest, N.C., is a nationally recognized fine-art professional. Slade’s work is considered contemporary realism. She takes a straightforward approach to representational art with a desire to capture and portray the “real” and not the “ideal.” Her primary medium is colored pencil, but she works with other media.

Slade has been published in several magazines, including the International Artist Magazine and the Colored Pencil Society of America Signature Showcase. She is a past owner of a fine art gallery in eastern North Carolina. “Through the power of art, I hope to initiate dialogue with the viewer that will become a voice for human rights to help bring about change,” she said of her selection from “The Faces of Colombia – The Invisible Communities.”

Skylor Swann

Skylor Swann

McCune Gallery Advisory Board

Swann, of Fayetteville, N.C., discovered clay at an early age. Aside from a long career in the culinary arts, he attended Southern Utah University to attain a degree in ceramics in 2003. Swann earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from Montana State University and an M.F.A. in ceramics and glass from the University of Miami in Florida. He is a full-time faculty member at Fayetteville State University.


“Our physical world informs my work. Alchemy and physical science play a big part in my creative process, yet it is metaphysics that fuels it,” he said. “I enjoy working in ceramics because it involves a change in material states through manipulation of its physical properties. My imagery is a surreal interpretation of nature, somewhat representational with elements of geometric abstraction and asymmetry. It explores the garden as a meditative space; a manicured rendition of nature reduced in scale facilitating our ability to comprehend its vastness.”

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