Enjoy Art, Food, and Wine at Wilmington Opening Reception

Kirah Van Sickle “Guard Stand #2”. Source: Mary Bradley, WHQR.
Kirah Van Sickle “Guard Stand #2”. Source: Mary Bradley, WHQR.

WHQR Announces New Show Opening at the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR

Released by Mary Bradley, WHQR Gallery Coordinator & Development Director

There is no reality, there is only perception. Artists Candy Pegram and Kirah Van Sickle team up to showcase the different ways we experience and observe the world around us. WHQR Public Radio is excited to announce the “Insider/Outsider” opening reception at the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR.

The opening reception is Friday, August 26, 2016, 6-9pm. Guests are invited to meet the artists, WHQR staff, and on-air personalities, while enjoying great food and wine.

WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery is located at 254 N Front Street, in Wilmington NC.

A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR, a small, nonprofit radio station offering listeners “unique performances, solid programming, and a community spirit.”

Note that there is an additional reception scheduled for September 23, 2016, and the show will be on display until October 14, 2016.

About Insider/Outsider: Art Two Ways Show

Candy and Kirah are friends and fellow artists inspired by similar subjects and themes, yet with distinct voices and painting styles. “Insider/Outsider: Art Two Ways” is a fun and unique juxtaposition of Candy’s folk art style with Kirah’s more contemporary, academic approach. There is a creative contrast between the whimsical, retro, graphic storytelling with the multi-layer, mixed media process. Their subjects are everyday objects as still lives and landscapes of familiar scenes.  Each pairing represents their interpretation of the same subject and inspiration, may it be a photo, quote, story passage, a variety of creative triggers.  With 30+ paintings and a unique combination of voices, “Insider/Outsider: Art Two Ways” presents a creative twist on the more traditional art exhibition.

Candy Pegram: A native North Carolinian of many generations, Candy’s roots and inspiration run deep in the South.  Discarded wood and unwanted paint are the main ingredients in her colorful scenes of people, objects, and critters in her unmistakable style of southern folk art. Currently, Candy’s working studio is a part of the Independent Art Company at Wabi Sabi Warehouse in Wilmington, NC.

Kirah Van Sickle: Kirah Van Sickle is an award-winning artist and adventurer at heart. Her early years set a foundation for travel, exploration and visual storytelling. Kirah’s diverse career includes commercial design and illustration, art direction, fine art and art education. Kirah’s paintings and mixed media works are deeply personal expressions of her memories and dreams, a combination of both traditional and contemporary processes. She lives on the Cape Fear Coast of North Carolina, is a staff instructor at the Cameron Art Museum and Cape Fear Community College.

Candy Pegram “Lifeguard on Duty”. Source: Mary Bradley, WHQR.
Candy Pegram “Lifeguard on Duty”. Source: Mary Bradley, WHQR.
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