Exhibition Honors Legacy Of Professor Paul Hartley

Inheritance exhibition

July 15 – August 18, 2017

Toe River Arts Council (TRAC)

Spruce Pine, N.C. – Inheritance is comprised of four artists that work independently, but thrive on inherent traits that unify and guide their art. Jill Eberle, Kiki Farish, Jane Wells Harrison and Jerry Jackson share one primary bond, Paul Hartley, painting professor at East Carolina University (1970-2008). “We speak a common language about composition because of Paul,” says Eberle. He was a masterful teacher who possessed clarity of insight, which he could impart with few words. Paul was a generous teacher, mentor, and friend. His works were characterized by abstractly painted backgrounds with realistically rendered objects appearing attached on the surface of the canvas. He routinely challenged himself and his students to disrupt the conventional, yet unify all the elements of their compositions. Ultimately, Inheritance is a curated show of belonging and includes a large scale painting by Paul Hartley, My Room is Turning.

Jill, Kiki, Jane and Jerry have various connections beyond ECU and currently live across North Carolina from Penland to New Bern. The past two Januarys, they reunited for several weeks in Winter Residency at Penland School of Crafts. The goal of each artist was to have uninterrupted time to create and to conduct frequent critiques. Each artist has a distinct body of work. The broad range of media and styles will engage the gallery visitors as they have the opportunity to explore common threads throughout the exhibition. The exhibition will include approximately 8-10 works by each artist and will be installed by Jerry Jackson. Text panels defining the work and artists will round out the exhibition.

Inheritance opens with a free reception on Saturday, July 15, 5-7 p.m. in TRAC, 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC, 28777, a nonprofit visual arts center. For more information on TRAC, please visit http://www.toeriverarts.org/.


Jill Eberle “Yellow Belly” 30″x24″ Charcoal and acrylic on aluminum

Jill Eberle, www.jilleberle.com   jilleberle13@gmail.com

Using traditional materials like oil paint and charcoal, Jill Eberle creates realistic works that explore personal narratives and human interactions. Having taught for over a decade at East Carolina University, she enjoys delving deeply into the process of figurative drawing, painting and anatomy. She balances sensitive rendering and subtle expressions with bolder graphic shapes or tightly woven compositions. Her models are often friends or actors, either rehearsing or asked to act out situations. Thus her work may have a staged appearance, a holdover from her initial training and work in set design and scene painting for theater. She has previously taught at Penland and for ECU’s study abroad program in near Florence Italy. Her work has been shown across the state at Elder Gallery (Charlotte), Greenhill Center (Greensboro), Greenville Museum of Art (Greenville), Imperial Center (Rocky Mount), Fine Art at Baxter’s (New Bern), and at Gallery Hall (Atlanta, GA). She maintains a studio in New Bern.

Kiki Farish, “Asherah” oil 30″x22.25″

Kiki Farish, kiki.farish@gmail.com www.kikifarish.com

Kiki Farish is known for her pencil paintings which are emotive, conjuring moments of clarity amid the ambiguity of grays. The youngest of four siblings, she draws on family—including, now, grandsons—as a source of inspiration. Farish has received the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship, artist residencies, at Jentel, WY; New York Mills Artist Residency, MN; and two Penland Winter Residencies, NC. Her work has been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Southeastern Contemporary Museum of Art (Winston-Salem), Artspace (Raleigh), and GreenHill (Greensboro). She received an MFA from East Carolina University (Greenville) in painting and drawing and serves as an adjunct professor at Meredith College (Raleigh). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Ackland Art Museum, the Raleigh and Rocky Mount Municipal Art Collections, and Fidelity Investments. She has a studio at Artspace in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Jane Harrison “Hybrid Map 7″ 22″x15”, collage, found objects, charcoal, oil and encaustic

 Jane Harrison, fofumstudio@gmail.com     www.janewellsharrison.com

Jane Wells Harrison is an artist working primarily with paint media, often encaustic. Collage is usually an element of her work; therefore her paintings can be characterized as shape and color based abstractions. For Jane, making art serves as an interface between the artist and the socio-political environment, and so underlying content is frequently prompted by current events – both personal and global. Jane has taught at East Carolina University, Pocosin Arts, and Penland School of Crafts. She maintains her studio practice in Happy Valley, near Lenoir, North Carolina. Her work has been shown many times in group and solo shows regionally and nationally.

Jerry Jackson, “Roof”, Sheetrock mud, graphite and paint on paper, 18×18

Jerry Jackson, jerryjackson@penland.org

Jerry Jackson is using sheetrock mud as a non-traditional foundation ground for paint, ink, mixed-media and tar. Traditionally know for assemblage work, this new direction occurred following a class at Penland School of Crafts. The new work began as an exploration of microscopic sections of existing assemblages. Working primarily in grid patters, the works are the result of layering and sanding. Jerry has taught at Penland School of Crafts and the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences. He received a BFA (ceramics) and MFA (ceramics and painting) from East Carolina University. Jerry is the Deputy Director of Penland School of Crafts and past Director at the Imperial Centre.