Cork and Canvas
The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery will celebrate the tradition of "May flowers" with "Cork and Canvas," an exhibition that will run from May 20 to 23 at Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery.
The event will highlight area photographer Freda Wilkins, who captures the exquisite beauty of flowers in her art. A special artist's reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at the gallery, accompanied by a wine tasting that will feature samples from Spencer Mountain Vineyards in Cove Creek, which she owns with her husband, Lucien.
Wilkins' love for photography began when she was a young girl, as she watched her father develop his black-and-white photographs. She followed a more practical route in college and, after graduating, taught junior high school.
After her children went to school, however, she decided to pursue her dream and study photography. In 1979, she opened a small studio in Wilmington and began photographing brides, mothers with their new babies, high school seniors and families on the beach. She also developed a love for the landscapes of the beach and its delicate plant life.
"Today, my passion has turned to flowers and the art that lies within each unique and intricate piece," she said. "I am continually amazed that the camera can capture details that are many times overlooked by the naked eye."
Her work has been published in Cape Fear Adventure, Let There Be Light, Growing a Beautiful Garden, Creating a Beautiful Landscape and numerous tourist guides of southeastern North Carlina. Her images make up a large portion of the work in the B.W. Wells Wildflower Exhibit at North Carolina State University.
Others have recently been exhibited at Meredith College in Raleigh; the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science and the 2011 Azalea Festival Juried Art Show, both Wilmington; the Cummer Museum and shop in Jacksonville, Fla.; the Tatum Gallery in Banner Elk; and Boone Point in Boone. Her work also hangs in homes and offices across the country.
The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. The exhibition will be open during the gallery's regular business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
For more information, contact the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum at (828) 295-9099 or http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org. Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery is located at 7539 Valley Blvd. in the Food Lion shopping center. For more information, call (828) 295-0041.