Founded in 1962, Wilkes Art Gallery is a non-profit organization for promotion of the visual arts in our hometown of North Wilkesboro. Located in the historic building that once was the public library, and prior to that it was the town’s post office. It features warm wood floors and a brick exterior that carefully hold the rotating exhibits of visual arts within. Currently, Wilkes Art Gallery is featuring the work of South Carolina artist Alex Radin. Working primarily in oils and acrylics, he is an accomplished artist, an art instructor, and founded an arts organization called “Artist On Fire” as a force of change and artistic positivity through the creative arts.
Radin and his wife have 3 children, which are often the featured in his work. The current show at Wilkes Art Gallery, ”Proximity,” features large format oil paintings with beautiful, realistic children inserted into abstracted and even surreal elements. “In this series I wanted to capture those moments in life that arrest us, sweet moments that are seared into our minds forever. There have been very specific moments over the years that stand out for me. Many of them have happened when I have traveled to different places. Often when we are out of our normal, everyday element we are more aware of these moments; we are actually looking for them,” said Radin on his website about the series.
The blues and snow theme of the above painting certainly spoke to me this week, so I just had to explore the colors in a weekly color palette. We have had more record cold temperatures and snow at many of our customers along the Northeast which has made deliveries a challenge in some areas. However, like the child in this painting, we have to remind ourselves to stay focused and yet open to new experiences and beauty.
Wilkes Art Gallery is exhibiting Radin’s art through March 1st, 2014. Gallery hours are Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm. and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Admission is free.
I hope you all stay warm, dig out, and enjoy discovering the colors around you this weekend! Holly will be back next week with more “Getaway Color Ways.” Thanks for letting me sit in this week.