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"Figures of Nature" by Elizabeth Reynolds Sheats and Ella Friberg
Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Category: Events

The Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens welcomes local artists, Elizabeth Reynolds Sheats and Ella Friberg, for their show "Figures of Nature" with an opening reception on January 24 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Admission is free; the show will remain on exhibit through February 22.

About the Artists

 

Elizabeth Reynolds Sheats is a native of Wilmington and a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a focus in Painting from UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to receive a Masters of Fine Arts in Interior Design at George Washington University.
She’s also attended classes and workshops in a variety of media at Penland School of Crafts, The John C Campbell Folk School, Glen Echo Park's Red Barn Studio, and the Cameron Art Museum. Her style is strongly influenced by the coastal setting she lives in, which shows up in the colors, textures, and motifs of her art and interiors.  Working in both acrylic and watercolor media, she captures local scenes in a fun and vibrant way.
Due to the recent hurricanes and land development, Elizabeth has experienced an increased awareness and passion for local tree canopy preservation leading her to recently focus on painting canopies both locally and on Bald Head Island.  Her paintings are vibrant ways an artist preserves trees and memories of the enveloping shelter that they provide. Many of her canopies bring attention on the light at the end of the canopy, which is a metaphor for the shadows we endure in life with a radiant hope at the end of the journey.
Ella Friberg is a self-taught artist with a lifelong love of art, but only in the last few years has she pursued it professionally. She received a Master’s degree in Occupational therapy and worked in the field for over 10 years. After moving to Wilmington four years ago, she slowly began to rekindle her love of art by taking various online courses and a few classes through Cameron Art Museum. She likes to view her work as the duality of the left and right side of the brain. Her ink and watercolor work focuses on precise, linear, fine lines of architecture paintings just like the logical thinking of the left side of the brain. Whereas her abstract work in various mediums, including oil, cold wax, and acrylics, is intuitive, imaginative and raw like the right side of the brain.
Ella has previously shown her work at Flytrap Brewing, and you can spot a few of her murals around town. The work being presented for this show is titled “Figures of Nature”, due to its focus on the rawness and beauty of the human form, in an abstract manner. The desire to create this work stems from every woman’s up and down journey of learning to value their ever changing bodies throughout life.