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The Places in Between, landscape paintings by Anthony Ulinski on display at the Nature Art Gallery, Friday, April 5–28
RALEIGH — The Nature Art Gallery at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will feature selected paintings by Anthony Ulinski from his most recent body of work titled The Places in Between. The title refers to the subjects of the paintings — towns, farms and lands of eastern North Carolina that Ulinski frequently traveled through going to and from his home in Raleigh and on the coast. The gallery will feature nine of the works from the series, several of which are showing here for the first time. The show will open with a reception First Friday, April 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will continue through April 28.
Ulinski spent several months driving around eastern North Carolina photographing the seemingly simple pastoral, urban and natural landscapes of the coastal plain region that often seem unremarkable and go unnoticed. From those photographs he ultimately created 20 compositions that he began exhibiting last fall in Rocky Mount. From there, they moved to Washington, North Carolina, and after exhibiting here in April, will head to Wilson in June and finally back to Raleigh in September.
A self-taught artist, Ulinski, begins each painting with a charcoal sketch, then layers paint combined with cold wax with a palette knife. Sometimes as many as a dozen layers create a surface of visual depth and texture. The end result is a work of art that that can be contemplative in mood or filled with tension, compelling the viewer to appreciate the simple yet familiar scenes that characterize eastern North Carolina.
Ulinski has worked out of the same studio in Raleigh, Dovetail Woodworks, for more than 30 years — the first 15 as a woodworker and now as a painter. His woodwork has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Fair and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Fair. He began his second career in 2001 with a solo show of paintings. He has had at least one solo show each year since and has participated in numerous group shows — more than 60 in all. Ulinski has been awarded several grants and fellowships and teaches workshops and lectures in both painting and woodwork regularly at universities, craft schools and art centers.
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 919.707.9854.
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 919.707.9800.
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, John Skvarla., Secretary.