The Stokes County Arts Council will host local artists Rebecca Dresser and Mike Davis in the Apple Gallery February 22 through March 21. An opening reception is planned for Friday, February 24, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and meet the artists. Melissa Ellison Dewey, flutist, will provide a program of music at the opening reception.
Dresser prefers using watercolors, acrylics and photography to capture her passion for nature and animals. She said, “Like a painting, the actual act of creating has many layers: inspiration, meditation, preparation, foundation of color, formation of design, reflection, expression, and permission to let the brushstrokes flow and the art become. It is as necessary to me as breathing.”
“Art, I believe, allows us to hear the call of the wild, to feel the rhythms of the world, to sense the beauty of the universe. Given the scenery and sounds I live with each day in Stokes County, my work tends to be nature-inspired, making use of the colors and sights of each passing month, whether I am working in watercolors or acrylics, or simply using my Canon camera.”
“I create art that expresses and shares light and life and joy in a world that can be hard and sorrowful and disheartening. For me, this is more important now than ever. I believe that each piece of art expresses its own spirit and soul which allows it to speak loudly or whisper quietly to the maker and the viewer. And if my art simply gives the viewer a moment of beauty, a chance to smile, a time to reflect, then I feel I have accomplished something important.”
Davis said his foundations as a woodworker came from working in the sign industry and developed further in the antique business where he repaired, refinished and made custom pieces for customers.
“But my love of wood working really bloomed through making heirloom quality toys for our children. I am self-taught with influences from many sources. A long standing member and recent board member of North Carolina Woodworkers and the first recipient of their Golden Mallet Award, I teach wood working skills to beginning hobbyists and volunteer for the NCWW Outreach Program.”
While working full time as a Jacquard weave designer, Davis finds time on weekends to explore wood turning on his lathe, and is beginning to build furniture.
“I work with local hardwoods crafting traditional joinery with mostly hand tools along with a few power tools. Occasionally I will use exotic woods for accents or where extreme durability is essential. I use organic flax seed oil for all my work that will contact food such as spoons, bowls, and cutting boards. Furniture gets a hand rubbed oil varnish mix for protection and to highlight the natural beauty of the wood.”
“For the last year most of my free time has been devoted to work for this exhibit. Some are similar to things I have made in the past and some are new challenges. I like learning new things and developing new skills while building on my experience.”
For additional information about this exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit www.stokesarts.org.