New show at Blowing Rock Frameworks
It's a show that Tim Miller calls "stunning."
And as the owner of Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery, he would know.
An exhibition of paintings from Pat Pilkington and Beverly Ford Evans starts July 5 and runs through July 19, with an artists' reception Saturday, July 9.
"It's a two-woman show, and their styles are varying," Miller said, "which gives a nice blend and contrast. It's two different styles, but they really work well together."
Pilkington, of Boone, focuses on mountain landscapes and figurative work, the latter of which is done in oil and wax.
Evans, who lives near Nashville, Tenn., paints oil landscapes of the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, as well as still life.
"I'm looking forward to it," Pilkington said. "I do like sharing a show. It's great fun to do that with someone else and get to know them better. And it's fun and stimulating to have other artists with you, because you just bounce ideas off each other."
Pilkington has been painting for 13 years, having first started with pastels.
"I loved doing it, but I love oil paint - big juicy strokes of paint and the color," she said.
At the time, Miller was framing some of Pilkington's works, when he said her work was worthy of a gallery.
"I said, 'Don't be silly,' never thinking he'd be serious for that kind of thing," Pilkington said. "I told an artist friend about it, and she said, 'You what? Do you realize what we have to do to get into galleries?' I told her if he ever asks me again, I'd say 'yes.'"
A few months later, he did, and the rest is Frameworks history.
Pilkington's work at the show is mostly landscapes, though incredibly diverse.
"Some of these were started some time ago and have been sitting around the studio staring at me," she said. "When I feel like it, I pull one out and see what I can do with it. A lot of this comes from that, so the work is a bit diverse."
What she can guarantee are bold, thick brush strokes, along with palette knife work.
"They're all very diverse, very colorful, and it's been fun to do," she said.
Evans calls herself a representational artist, dealing mostly in landscapes, done mostly in plein air.
"It's representational, but kind of more in the impressionistic sense," she said. "I enjoy painting animals, too, doing a lot of pet portraiture and animals in my paintings, whether it be birds or sheep or cows."
Like Pilkington, Evans also prefers oils.
"To me, they're just so luscious and yummy," she said. "I love the texture of it, the open time of painting with it, I love the smell - I just love it all."
Evans has been painting since she was 2 years old, but didn't start full-time until about seven years ago.
"You just weren't encouraged way back when to be an artist as a career, so what can you do to be creative to fulfill that need and outlet?" she said. "So, I became an interior designer for many years."
But she couldn't shake the painting urge and took numerous workshops, which led to her quitting design and painting full time.
"I couldn't be happier," she said. "It's absolutely the dream of a lifetime. I just had this innate need to be creative, and God has just provided us with such gorgeousness surrounding us, everywhere.
And not that I would even pretend to think that I could recreate it, but just try to capture the essence and almost to pay homage to it, to be able to share what I have the privilege of seeing and how I see it with someone else who might not have that opportunity."
And the High Country will have that opportunity from July 5 through 19. The artists' reception takes place July 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery is located at 7539 Valley Blvd. in the Food Lion shopping center in Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-0041.