Barnes Corner Gallery keeps the 'Sparkle and Light' going

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The weather was frightful for the First Friday March Open House, so if you missed the delightful “Sparkle and Light” exhibition at Barnes Corner Gallery, it and will again be featured this month at the First Friday Open House, April 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The presentation highlights watercolor artists Russell Yerkes and Ryan Fox, who bring light and life to their work through ground-breaking styles, garnering them both international awards and acclaim.

Adding sparkle to the evening will be Asheville glass artist Deb Williams whose work in the natural forms of nature has garnered her the nickname ‘The Glass Leaf Lady.”

New works by resident artists Pegi Barnes Sharp, Oona Lewis, Alison Hesmer and Dwight Mitchel will also be featured.

Goldsboro artist Russel Yerkes creates large watercolor paintings with what he describes as an ‘in-your-face’ perspective. Inspired by underwater scenes viewed through the limited vantage of a snorkeling mask, his highly imaginative work is vibrant with saturated colors and intricate textures and patterns. He focuses on individual parts that, after many layers of color, become like puzzle pieces fitting together in a dramatic, non-traditional piece of art.

While his subjects may be inspired by the photographic documentation of his world-wide treks, the paintings and inventive pouring methods of Raleigh’s Ryan Fox push artistic boundaries. Formerly a professional photographer, Fox uses these images merely as reference points, allowing his imagination and color choices to create the memory of a unique moment in time.

Deb Williams combines her artistic vision and love of nature with the highly technical intricacies of fused glass. The process begins by combining a variety of colored glass chunks, all with compatible coefficients of expansion, into specialized molds. The artist must employ sensitively timed firings so that the piece fuses to the desired degree without melting into a puddle. Then a painstakingly slow, step-down cooling process is followed so that the piece doesn’t shatter. Affectionately called the “Glass Leaf Lady”, Williams brings her unique vision and sparkle to an ancient art.

The public is invited to attend the “Sparkle & Light” First Friday April Open House and to meet the resident artists. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call Pegi Sharp at 291-8878 or Oona Lewis at 236-1055. Barnes Corner Gallery, 200 Tarboro St W., in historic downtown Wilson.