the southend gallery crawl is on tonight from 6-8 pm with three solo exhibitions opening for page davis, rick beck and charles walker. all three carolina artists will be here tonight to celebrate their work. the gallery is a rainbow of color from rick beck's bold cast glass sculptures to the vibrant canvases by page davis with their washes of paint flowing down the surface. combining the work of artists who embrace color and use tones to evoke emotions has a powerful effect on the viewer. you only have to step inside the gallery to feel the energy radiating off the work.
series of paintings by charles walker
charles walker received his ba in art from wake forest university and his mfa in studio arts at university of georgia. this new body of work was strongly influenced by the music of the beach boys. "my work is primarily interested in some of the more intangible aspects of the human experience - mood, tone, and the atmospheric nature of how we as humans perceive the world. i don't look to art to tell a story, to take up issues - whether social or political. all i look to art to do is to simply exist and in so existing to express something in the simplest and most direct manner possible. in my case, through a simple application and repetition of line, color, and texture i try to find the mainline into the human soul shaded by my personal perception. as hard as I try to remove my biases and input i still find myself lingering around in the corners of my work."
rick beck is a studio artist based in spruce pine, north carolina. he began working in glass at hastings college in nebraska, where he received his ba. he received an mfa from southern illinois university. in 1994, rick was awarded a visual arts fellowship by the north carolina arts council, followed by a national endowment for the arts regional visual arts fellowship from the southern arts federation in 1995. beck is part of the studio glass movement. he has taught at the prestigious pilchuck glass school, assisting artists curtiss brock and jan mares. he has taught at the penland school of craft since 1988. rick beck is known for his large-scale cast glass sculpture depicting industrial, everyday objects and the human figure.
page davis was born in atlanta and now resides in spartanburg, south carolina. she recently received her ma from the savannah college of art and design. page is a full time artist working in her downtown studio. her abstract paintings were exhibited in a group exhibition entitled siblings at the spartanburg museum of art.
works on paper by page davis
all available work by page davis, rick beck and charles walker can be viewed on our site under their individual artist's tabs. the artists will be at the gallery during the gallery crawl tonight from 6-8 pm. please call the gallery if you have any further questions.