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Sporting Artist Gordon Allen

Gordon Allen for JCC TV Gordon Allen grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. His early introduction to bird hunting on MD`s Eastern Shore and trout fishing in the Adirondack Mountains and the resulting love of the love outdoors is reflected in his etchings and oil paintings. Allen began his art career at age twenty when he illustrated his first book, Mostly Tailfeathers, by outdoor writer, Gene Hill. In the next dozen years he went on to illustrate more than twenty books for New York publishers, most of them in the sporting genre. As payment for interior illustration of books was usually minimal, he was able to make ends meet by selling many of the original drawings to collectors. For many years, Gordon has divided his time between etching and painting.  The subject matter for etchings tends to stay withing the realm of the “sporting world”, and he is one of the finest etchers of the sporting scene in America today. Allen is now establishing a similar quality reputation as a plein air painter of landscapes, and his subject matter ranges widely, reflecting his diverse interests and philosophy of what he finds true and beautiful. He also occasionally illustrates books that interest him. Some of his most loved subjects are Maryland’s Eastern shore and the salmon rivers of Atlantic Canada where he has spent many summers. He resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, two dogs and a filthy cat. Gordon Allen is dedicated to conservation efforts providing work to raise funds for organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Ruffed Grouse Society, and The Atlantic Salmon Foundation.

Opening date: April 20, 2015, Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Emily Wallace, Illustrator and Author

HOT-DOG-GRAVYOpening date: March 16, 2015
Emily Wallace is a freelance writer and illustrator with a master’s in pimento cheese. She serves as deputy editor of Southern Cultures, is a chief contributor to the Indy Week, and has written and illustrated work for other publications including The Washington Post, The Oxford American, and GOOD. Wallace has served as a judge for the Book Awards committee of the James Beard Foundation.
Monday – Thursday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free to public

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Martha Thorn

August 18 – September 9, 2014
Martha Thorn is an artist based in Raleigh, NC. She got her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design from Western Carolina University. She began painting in 2007, marrying her background in design with a process driven approach to painting.
Her work has been exhibited at GreenHill, The Carrack Modern and other venues throughout the Southeast.

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Frank Creech Art Gallery Lecture: Jane Lillian Vance – The Africa Series


Although my own travel to Africa began in Kenya in 1987, The Africa Series began in 2010 when I first saw photographs taken by Gil Harrington during her work in medical clinics set up under shade-trees in the deep bush of rural Zambia. The stories from The teamwork of Orphan Medical Network International, OMNI, moved me deeply, and I was catalyzed to document those endeavors to service. I saw strong, deserving, beautiful people who happened to be born where there is poor infrastructure, scant food, little choice, and forgotten hope, and the real differences that education, nutrition, shelter, and medicine can make.  But my work in The Africa Series is not about some foreign poverty. I hope in your presence before these paintings you feel the ancient web of humanity vibrate because you are part of the story. We are all pulled by our ancestors, whose whispers we call genes. We know the old stories of drought and rain, vast distance and exhausted arrival.  We all try to sleep at home and wake up to comfort. We seek intimacy, and we know, in our gut, the adrenalin sickness when we are near danger or in-authenticity.  I depend on statues and masks and microbes and animals as much as on human faces to tell these stories.  You will understand this old language, and you will know that the end of the story is not defeat. 

Jane Lillian Vance
Blacksburg, Virginia
Lecture and Reception: February 6, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room B108, Main Campus of JCC
For further information please contact Bill Gregory at 919-209-2032