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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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African Ceramics: Contemporary Vitality From Ancient Veins


African Ceramics: Contemporary Vitality From Ancient Veins
On March 13th Dr. Elizabeth Perrill, Consulting Curator for African Art at the NCMA, will be presenting a 45-minute lecture on African ceramics at Johnston Community College (JCC). Dr. Perrill’s research specialization in Zulu pottery has dovetailed perfectly with the focus on African ceramics spearheaded by William Gregory at JCC, and the NCMA is proud to facilitate this visiting lecture.
Drawing inspiration from the NCMA permanent exhibition, Dr. Perrill will begin her lecture with a comparison of one of the most ancient works in the African collection, the Nok culture terracotta dating from 600 B.C.E. to 600 C.E., with the contemporary ceramic work of Magdalene Odundo. These two artworks, both currently on display in the NCMA African gallery, are both hand-built, earthenware ceramics. Catering to the ceramic arts studio specialization of the JCC audience, Dr. Perrill will discuss the differences between the techniques used by each artist and then expand from this jumping off point into a broader survey of the various types of ceramic techniques and training that are currently thriving in her own country of specialization, South Africa. Dr. Perrill will conclude by introducing the work of several contemporary African ceramists.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.


Fine Arts Building
Room B108
11:00 a.m.
Johnston Community College
Smithfield, NC
Contact: Bill Gregory, 919-209-2032 or



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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

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Visiting Artist for the Day: Bill Fick

Join us September 17, 2013 in the JCC Fine Art Department, Room B113 anytime from 10am to 4pm to visit with Durham printmaker and author Bill Fick! He will be sharing his printmaking techniques while taking questions from students and the community! This is a Pop In event so there will be no time specific lecture or demonstration scheduled!

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Kirah Van Sickle in the Frank Creech Art Gallery

Kirah Van Sickle

Journey to a Distant Dream
New Work by Kirah Van Sickle

Frank Creech Art Gallery
March 11 — April 9, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013
Reception and Artwork Exhibit
in the Frank Creech Art Gallery
5:30 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Artist Remarks at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2013
Artist Workshop
Preregistration Required with JCC Box office

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Spotlight on JCC Fine Art Student

Happy Thursday!

The Frank Creech Art Gallery would like to introduce you to Sam Walter. Sam is currently a JCC Middle College student and JCC Fine Art student who has started working towards his senior project. The great news is that Sam has focused his attention on raising funds for the JCC Fine Art department and the Frank Creech Art Gallery. Sam came to us with this idea and sincerity to give back. Sam’s idea is to have a weekly raffle for artwork that he has gathered from students and local talent. These tickets are $1.00 a piece and the drawing will be each Friday from January until late April. Sam is using social media and word of mouth to get the message out to the community! We are very humbled by his commitment and willingness to make a difference!

If you would like to purchase a ticket, you can contact us here or feel free to stop by the art department and see Mr. Gregory. You can find Sam’s raffle page on Facebook at Sam’s JCC Benefit Raffle.

Our current raffle artwork is a silkscreened poster by Dantanamo Designs. Paul is a past JCC student who is currently printing handmade work for the music industry.

We hope you can support Sam and his efforts!

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The Frank Creech Art Gallery, Main Campus of Johnston Community College

Exhibition Dates: Novmeber 7 – December 9

Gallery Hours: 10am – 4pm M-TH

Contact Info: 919-209-2032 or