Circles of Influence: Art Walk and Demonstration

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Barbara Hardy and Bob Ray are inspired by found objects, patterns and designs discovered in nature. They have created a diverse body of work entitled Circles of Influence which will be exhibited in the Main Gallery of the Turchin Center.

About the presenters

Bob Ray

Bob Ray, born just east of Kansas City, Missouri, works in a variety of media, from drawings, paintings, collage, and sculpture to correspondence and performance works. Ray is a 2015 recipient of the North Carolina Arts Fellowship. His aesthetic borrows heavily from the Dada and Fluxus movements, with a strong combination of word, gesture, and image. Since 1990, he has been very active in international correspondence art activities and projects in Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Japan, United States, Bolivia, Spain, Hungary, Switzerland, and Latvia.

The artist writes: “A sense of something a little extra is the way I constructed an idea of life and then a life through art. I had an early body for music which evolved into performance, poetry, theater and eventually the desire to make marks in which I discovered a world can be described in the consecutive making of marks. With over forty years of practice, study, exhibiting, projects, exchanges it continues it being the fuse of creativity that engenders consciousness which is a life.”

Barbara Hardy

Barbara Hardy was born in Washington, North Carolina. She writes: “Art is, and has always been an important and crucial part of my life. At an early age I drew, painted and made things. At nine years old, I knew and called myself an artist... Art fed me then and continues to feed me. I began this journey formally at Appalachian State University in art education, with many media interests. Later, I studied painting and metal at Eastern Carolina University. I was a young single mom no longer married with a child and running a small business. My education continued with workshops and summer craft schools. Early on, I exhibited in many different venues and taught occasionally through many North Carolina Art Council programs. In the last 25 years or so, I have shown at Emerge Gallery, Brevard College, Imperial Arts Center, various galleries on Ocracoke Island, Asheville and in private collections. Occasionally, I showed with my husband, Bob Ray, as well as in group and one person shows. After experimenting in many areas, I now concentrate in painting, sculpture and metal design.”

After attending college Barbara Hardy taught briefly in public schools, art enrichment programs and, later, was working with art teaching kids and adults through local arts councils, community colleges and volunteer programs. The focus was to bring art out to local rural communities and villages that might not have art opportunities. Many of these areas were small rural communities without much publicity exposure.

This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

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