“Tracing Shadows,” featuring paintings, drawings and mixed-media works will be on display beginning Thursday, Sept. 7, and will run through Thursday, Oct. 5. An opening reception and lecture, will be held Thursday, Sept. 7. The reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.
“Tracing Shadows” presents a graceful impression of the inspirational and enchanting gardens of historic Tarboro, North Carolina – such as the Blount-Bridgers Historic Garden and Calvary Episcopal’s Victorian garden graveyard. “I have concentrated on the plantings, following the seasonal growth, and researching if these specific plantings were the ‘emblem of remembrance.’
‘Tracing Shadows,’ as an exhibition focus, allows me to share recent research related to botanical illustration. “I ask the viewers to ‘step inside’ and observe how these pieces set a mood. The exhibition, in an attempt to convey Victorian aesthetics, presents botanical plates and studies designed on hand-printed papers, vintage linens and hand-dyed silks; artistic techniques range through watercolor, mono-printing, collage, book arts, encaustic and stitched fabrics to construct an environment of nostalgia. Many of the plates include Victorian poetry from sources such as ‘The Flower Vase’ by Sarah C. Edgarton, published in 1850. Delicate neutral and pearl grays mix with deep tones of red and greens to impart cultured calmness.”