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Art Exhibits — "Chasing Light" and "Animals in the Hood"

Nature is highlighted in two shows opening at Craven Allen Gallery: Chasing Light, paintings by David Davenport, and Animals in the Hood, mixed media sculptures of recycled materials by Bryant Holsenbeck. The shows open at Craven Allen Gallery on Saturday, July 17th, with a reception from 5 to 7 pm, and continue through September 4th.

With his BFA in hand, David Davenport left his rural hometown of Bear Creek, NC for work in advertising, culminating as an art director in New York. Eventually the pull of fine art proved too strong; he went back to school for a Master of Fine Arts degree, and returned to North Carolina where he has made his career painting the world he knows best.

Davenport makes sketches and paints in the field, often returning to the same subject many times throughout the seasons and in all weathers. He returns to the studio to refine his vision in oils or acrylic, combining abstraction with realism and a strong sense of color. Canvases range from the intimate to the expansive. He maintains a studio in Durham, and his work is in corporate and private collections throughout the state. The show marks his debut at Craven Allen.

Bryant Holsenbeck is an environmental artist who makes large-scale installations and small-scale sculptures that document the waste stream of our society and highlight the importance of the natural world. She has shown her work and taught throughout the United States and Australia. Her artwork, and her book, “The Last Straw” about her year attempting to live without single-use plastic, are the focus of a documentary on NCPBS.

Whether she is making elegant, herons sculpted of wire and found paper, or colorful fuzzy rabbits and robins out of fabric scraps, her work has a vibrancy and life which belies the castoff nature of the materials. “I make the animals I see around me. They inspire me and give me hope. They are beautiful. They are survivors of our own human neglect and greed. I feel such gratitude for them.” This is her third show at Craven Allen Gallery.

Craven Allen Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.