Two new art exhibitions are coming to the Kirby for the month of November: The Sappony Tribe will be featured in the Kirby Gallery, and a body of work entitled “Fresh” by Beth Bale will be featured in the Upper Gallery.
Both exhibitions will have opening receptions from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, where refreshments will be served and visitors will have the chance to meet the artists on exhibit. Both shows will run through November, and can be viewed during open hours.
The Sappony are the only North Carolina tribe whose traditional homelands, the high plains of the Piedmont region, cross the border of another state. They settled the area straddling Person County, and Halifax County, Va. before state lines were drawn, and in fact, helped draw the boundary line in 1728 when Sappony Ned Bearskin led William Byrd’s surveying party through the region.
Sappony history is one of family bonds, hard work, moral values and loyalty. It is the history of a people whose lives changed with the changing of times – from hunters and farmers of pre-contact days to trading partners with the English during colonial times, and from tenant and land farmers throughout the 1800s and 1900s, to a contemporary Indian people in a diversified world today.
Bale works primarily with watercolors, and focuses her practice around her personal experiences with nature. Bale is a naturalist, who is passionate about nature and the environment, and seeks to convey the ephemeral qualities of nature through her work and process.
“I love the freedom I feel when painting with watercolor while watching the flow of colors onto white paper or clayboard. The way colors interact, merge and change into something new with watercolor fascinates me. The mental challenges of watercolor, and finding their solutions, keep me curious and searching. Some of these have almost spiritual qualities; teaching lessons of letting go, staying present, and working with life’s mistakes. I am forever grateful for eyes that get to see the glorious colors on my palette and for hands that can try to do them justice,” Bale said.
For more information, call 336-597-1709, or visit the website at www.kirbytheater.com. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.