An Artful Evening: The Shain Gallery

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This Friday evening after a busy work day, we headed to the Shain Gallery on Selwyn.  All of the artists where there for the event, and the place was literally packed.

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Karen Hollingsworth was the main reason we went. Her lifelike pictures look more like photographs than paintings. You can’t even see any brush strokes on her black backgrounds… she’s that good. Also, since there were so many interesting details, I decided to take close ups as well.

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You have to love the pears in this next one… titled ‘Ripening. When you look at any of her pictures with the open windows and drapes blowing, you can close your eyes and almost feel the soft breeze caressing your face.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to spend all day just look out a window at that view?

Watermelon anyone?
Watermelon anyone?
This is my paper bag.
This is my paper bag, go find your own.
These paper bags were so lifelike, you wanted to pick one up.
These paper bags were so lifelike, you wanted to pick one up.

We took a little break (from the ever growing crowd) and stepped into Reid’s Market for the makings of a ‘picnic’ dinner at a nearby fountain.

I took pics of a few things while I was there…

Spinach, Arugula, Salmon, Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Egg, Goat Cheese, (Artichokes, I do not like) and poppyseed vinaigrette.
Spinach, Arugula, Salmon, Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Egg, Goat Cheese, (Artichokes, I do not like) and poppyseed vinaigrette.
Seriously spicy ginger ale.
Seriously spicy ginger ale.
The fountain...
The fountain…

After our little dinner, it was time to head back to the gallery for a few final snaps. The pictures below (with the exception of the magnolia) are by artist Kelley Brugh. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and continued to study at Lorenzo de Medici School in Florence, Italy.

Here are  two pictures we wished had been at the gallery.

Rubberneck (I love giraffes)
Rubberneck (I love giraffes)
Pachyderm Holiday
Pachyderm Holiday

A little video showing more of Karen’s work…

~theavidpen

1 Comment

  • Reply Melinda Nye September 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Those paintings are absolutely amazing. I can’t believe they are paintings and not photographs. I’d definitely hang the pear one in my house! 🙂

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