EXPLORING CONTEMPORARY ART & CRAFT
Artist Gayleen Aiken has often been described as the, “Grandma Moses of Vermont.” Aiken’s work introduces us to Barre, Vermont, once dubbed the “Granite Capital of the World.” Colorful drawings and paintings capture Gayleen’s passionate love of the stone sheds that dotted the landscape of her hometown, while offering us unique perspective in viewing Rolesville’s very own stone sheds—located north and south of the museum—along this town’s Main Street.
REMARKABLE ROLES: AN ARTIST’S HISTORY
From September 10, 2018 through November 8, 2018, Gallery 2 features the artistry of Deborah McIntyre Young who self-describes as an “intuitive spiritual artist.” In a variety of media with rainbow color, this longtime Rolesville resident explores the female form, along with nature, farm scenes, and abstract design. We also feature her grandmother Vivian Young. At over 100 years of age, she is the most senior member of five generations living on the Young farm.
Please join us as we celebrate this remarkable art, part of our newest exhibit, “Remarkable Roles: A Woman’s History.”
Gallery 2 exhibits rotate in tandem with our adjacent Gallery 1 with offerings that feature antique art and craft. In this gallery you’ll find work by contemporary, and primarily local, artists and craftsmen. Discover the motivation, process and accomplishments of talented neighbors and friends in our county and state. Each contemporary exhibit has been chosen to run in tandem with the collection featured in Gallery 1. We welcome local artists who would like to collaboratively share work, vision and craftsmanship in any of these areas:
- Visual Arts
NATURE INSPIRATIONS IN COPPER in jewelry by Kevin Kirkendoll
Kevin Kirkendoll offers perspective on his work as a local jewelry artist. His copper works are inspired by nature and also by historical artifacts found in our area, as displayed in this museum’s Rolesville History Room. Featured works by Kirkendoll include Leaf-shaped Pendant inspired by a copper trinket settlers used for trade with Native Americans, Oak-leaf Collar Necklace, and a Friendship Ring artifact replica in copper wire. Many of Kevin’s creations are made from re-purposed boiler line copper collected during the museum’s recent renovation. Visitors have the unique and limited opportunity to purchase and bring home a personal piece of home history.
MARQUISE INSPIRATIONS in jewelry by Janice Eagle Roberts
Janice Eagle Roberts of Janice Originals Jewelry in Wake Forest is a local goldsmith focusing on original jewelry designs, along with repair, restoration and redesign. Janice has provided several sparkling examples of the marquise cut used in jewelry making including a brilliant ring setting and the Marquise shape used in a Larimar pendant. This exhibit offers both history lesson and love story, leading directly to the American Revolution!