Craven Allen Gallery invites the public to the gallery at 1106 Broad St. for a painting demonstration with Beverly McIver, the Ebenshade Professor of the Practice in Studio Arts at Duke University.
McIver will share insight into her creative process as she paints a still life and answer questions from the audience. The demonstration begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, but come early because space is limited.
The demonstration coincides with McIver’s current exhibition at the gallery, “The Ties that Bind.” The show documents “ the beginning of a love story,” in which McIver seeks to capture and discover her father, Cardrew Davis, through paint.
The artist was shocked to learn the identity of her biological father at the age of 17, and it was only after her mother’s death in 2004 that she began to have a relationship with him. Davis is shown in many different contexts, but perhaps none more vulnerable than while sleeping, in a work called “Arrangement in Blue and Black No. 1.” Many images reference the passage of time: clocks, calendars, letters and childhood toys with McIver’s vibrant palette and luscious textures featured prominently.
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Also on view at the gallery is Duke University Advances Students: New Work. Tori Bilas, Rachel Gallegos, Alexandra Gordon, Sylvia Herbold, Nicole Payne and Michaela Walker all study painting with McIver. A passionate teacher and believer in arts education, McIver wanted to give these talented young women the opportunity to be seen in a broader context.
Both exhibitions continue through April 9.