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Janette K. Hopper’s Echoes and Essences to debut at NCMNS Nature Art Gallery, Sept. 7
(Raleigh)—The Nature Art Gallery at the North Museum of Natural Sciences welcomes Janette K. Hopper, who will be exhibiting her body of work, Echoes and Essences beginning Friday, September 7 and ending Sunday, September 30. A reception to celebrate the opening of this show will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on opening night, First Friday, September 7.
Hopper creates unique mixed media prints using sumi ink brushwork and washes, pen and ink drawings, watercolor, coffee stains, and the printmaking techniques of linocut, colographs, wood grain printing, chine colle and monoprinting. Imbued with beauty and tranquility, the exploration and experimentation in Echoes and Essences are very important to her creative process and allow her to push the boundaries of the mediums.
It is a meditative process that mimics the contemplative wealth nature provides as inspiration; specifically the beaches, mountains and black-water swamps of North Carolina. Hopper's fascination with this subject matter came about as a result of artist residencies she completed with the National Park Service and Bald Head Island. "The long leaf pines, turkey oaks, arrow plants, pitcher plants, starfish, crabs and birds have enchanted me and inspired my art,” Hopper says. “I have learned how significant fire is to the land, water to the swamps, marshes and the interrelation of all these elements to the conservation of North Carolina's abundant and beautiful nature. It is my journey as an artist to observe nature and share what I see through the materials and techniques of art."
Hopper is a retired art professor and former chair of the art department at UNC Pembroke. She earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Oregon and her work has been shown and collected extensively in museums, colleges and universities, as well as in private galleries both nationally and internationally. A Fulbright scholar, her landscape paintings and prints were included in a juried Fulbright retrospective exhibition in Washington, D.C. Other selected exhibits include Frye Art Museum and Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, WA, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Cameron Art Museum, UNC-Wilmington, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans and venues in Canada, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Italy and Denmark. Hopper works in her studio in Wilmington.
The Nature Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Museum Store, Main building. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; and open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays. All exhibited art is for sale. For more information about the Nature Art Gallery, call 919.733.7450, ext. 369.
First Friday is a free, family-friendly, social event held the first Friday of each month at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Visitors can enjoy exhibits, shopping, food and spirits until 9pm. The Natural Horror Picture Show (a vintage, sci-fi flick of 'B' movie caliber) begins at 7 p.m. Arrive early for live music and a film short from the A/V Geek archives. For information, call 919-733-7350, ext. 379.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St.) and its new wing, the Nature Research Center (121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.- Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the web at www.naturalsciences.org . The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman., Secretary.