Combining the work of three western North Carolina artists comes Iron and Carbon: 3 + Steel, the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center’s last Welborn Gallery exhibit of 2013.
This show will bring together the work of Paige Davis, a sculptor and metal-smith, Eleanor Annand, a steel painter, and Andrew Hayes, a metal sculptor. Each artist bringing a unique and creative approach to metal and art.
Paige Davis, a former student of Penland School of Crafts and Maryland Institute of Art, has been a full-time studio artist since 1979. She refers to herself as an artist and metal-smith, however, she is best known for her sculptural ironwork and precious metal jewelry. She lives and works just outside of Burnsville.
“Referring to my work, steel lends itself perfectly to this mixing; it’s ancient in origin, has enduring strength and possesses the character to become fluid and elegant,” Davis said. “I love the process, the challenge of getting metal to be what I visualize with the use of very basic tools.”
Eleanor Annand works out of her studio space in Asheville, where she uses her steel paintings to communicate her deepest thoughts and emotions as fearlessly as possible.
“People have used mark making as a means to express visual ideas for thousands of years,” Annand said. “Stick to sand, pen to paper we pass on our history. The uniqueness of one person’s mark to the next, the expressive qualities of a line and the development of visual history are at the root of my work. I create paintings on steel that tell the story of my line.”
Andrew Hayes is an Arizona native who studied sculpture at Northern Arizona University. He was strongly influenced by his desert landscape surroundings and began his work in fabricated steel. He worked in the industrial welding trade for several years before receiving an invitation to the EMMA collaboration which led to his Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts.
“It has been over four years since I have made work that has ties to the landscape,” Hayes said. “These sculptures not only call on the terrain of my history but also reference forms I am drawn to in forged and machined steel.”
Iron and Carbon: 3 + Steel will run from Nov. 8 through Dec. 28 in the Welborn Gallery at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The gallery is closed on Sundays.
A reception Nov. 8 at 5:30 pm is open to the public.