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    Collective Voices

    01 Dec 2020 – 30 Jan 2021

    Drinking Gourd Gallery's exhibition, Collective Voices, is a gathering of works by five contemporary African-American artists. The works represent a variety of styles and thematic interests, with each piece telling a story from the artist's unique perspective. The exhibit features acrylics, watercolor, digital and limited edition prints from Darryl Matthews, Corliss R. Owen, Shelvy Ramsey, Carol Torian, and youth artist Jade. The exhibit is complemented by a series of conversations called "Say It Loud". Hear the artists discuss the type of art they create and what motivates them to make it. Learn about what influences the dimensions of their work and how they settle on titles. Carol Torian will also talk about current trends in the art world. And she will share her thoughts about why art produced by people of color, past and present, may be unknown or simply overlooked. Background Music: For You Template 01 by Headphones Vocal at freesound.org

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    Black Diamond | Darryl Matthews

    19 Jun 2021 – 25 Sep 2021

    Baseball has a rich, storied history. When the sport was initially organized in the 1860s, some African-Americans like Bud Fowler took their place on the diamond alongside their white counterparts. However, it would not be long before segregation, Jim Crow laws and "gentleman's agreements" between team owners put an end to this practice. Not to be deterred, African-Americans formed their own teams and began barnstorming across the country in search of competitors. Their games drew crowds and devoted fans, but the circuit was loosely organized. In 1906, the International League of Independent Base Ball Clubs formed in Philadelphia, but it folded after a year. Another attempt to form a league with Chicago teams was also not successful. But former Leland Giants' pitcher Andrew "Rube" Foster who owned the American Giants' believed a viable league could be formed for players of color, and he worked in earnest to convince his fellow owners of the soundness of his idea. The owners came together in 1920 at the YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri to establish the Negro National League (1920-31, 1933-48). The Negro National League launched with eight teams: Chicago American Giants, Chicago Giants, Cuban Stars, Dayton Marcos, Detroit Stars, Kansas City Monarchs, Indianapolis ABCs and the St. Louis Giants. This spurred the development of rival organizations, including the Negro Southern League (1920-51), Eastern Colored League (1923-28), East-West League (1932) and the Negro American League (1937-60). From 1924 through 1927, then later from 1942-1948, the NNL and ECL champions came together for a match up at the Negro Leagues World Series. In the 1930s, the Great Depression presented a challenge for the country and the Negro Leagues. The NNL rebounded in 1933 under the leadership of W.A. "Gus" Greenlee who was a numbers-game and tavern owner. During World War II, Negro Leagues baseball flourished and became a $2 million business. In addition to the eight teams that initially formed the NNL, other notable teams included the Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Cuban Giants, Asheville Royal Giants, Durham Black Sox, Raleigh Tigers, New York Cubans, Brown Dodgers,  Newark Eagles, Goshen Redwings, Philadelphia Giants, Charlotte Quick Steps, Memphis Red Sox, the Indianapolis Clowns, and many others. Black Diamond is a solo exhibition featuring works by artist Darryl Matthews who is the son of late Negro Leagues player Francis Oliver Matthews. The exhibition provides an intimate view of the Negro Leagues history through a collection of works featuring players such as Oscar Charleston, Satchel Paige, James Thomas “Cool Papa” Bell, Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, Francis Oliver Matthews, Jackie Robinson, and female players Toni Stone, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, and Connie Morgan. The memorabilia in the exhibition focuses primarily on Francis Oliver Matthews and captures the Negro Leagues as they were—through the games, players, and places. In December 2020, Major League Baseball (MLB) recognized the Negro Leagues as Major Leaguers. All 3,400 players from 1920 to 1948 were elevated to MLB status—100 years after the start of the Negro Leagues. The pronouncement is significant for a group of legends who broke new ground and paved the way for future generations. The Black Diamond exhibition celebrates these legends and all that they accomplished and symbolized.   Black Diamond was organized by Drinking Gourd Gallery and is curated by gallerist Carol Torian. Sources: The Society for American Baseball Research, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball, Encyclopedia Britannica, Library of Congress, National Public Radio, Satchel Paige Foundation, Buck Leonard Association for Sports and Human Enrichment, Josh Gibson Foundation, Jackie Robinson Foundation, Leon Day Foundation, and the Newark Public Library were the primary research sources for the biographical information presented in the artwork exhibition labels.

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    HER

    01 Mar 2022 – 30 Apr 2022

    HER In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, Drinking Gourd Gallery presents the exhibition, HER on view from March 1 through March 31, 2022. This group exhibition places women and girls at the forefront, as subject matter and as artists. HER features the work of Corliss R. Owen, Brenda Harris, Carol Torian, Mayanthi Jayawardena, Shelvy Ramsey Torian, Kirsten Moore, and Jade. Collectively, these artists represent different generations and ethnic backgrounds, some are students, some are immigrants, some are parents, and all are balancing the joys and challenges of being an artist. Their artwork showcases a diversity of styles, themes, and techniques and provides for an exploration of powerful images of women and girls that are alternately witty, funny, resolute, and introspective. In 2020, we celebrated the centennial of the women’s suffrage movement. Yet, despite activism and advances in the professional, political, and social realm, women-identified artists have been engaged in a continual struggle to receive recognition of their work. HER highlights the crucial role of women in pushing creative boundaries and seeks to redress the systemic discrimination against women in the arts. The exhibition also strives to foster a more inclusive conversation about the contributions of female artists. Women have been creating art for thousands of years, but familial and financial constraints have prevented some women from engaging in a sustained study of the arts. Additionally, women artists have been denied access to art academies, museums, apprenticeships, and galleries, and faced subject matter and creative space restrictions. At a time in history where we are questioning institutions and their guiding principles, gender bias continues to be a major problem in the modern art world. Women, however, remain resilient, focused, and determined to pursue their creative paths. Through an outstanding presentation, HER features over 30 works in a range of mediums from paintings, prints, watercolors, and mixed media to collages, and drawings. The works break down boundaries with bold contours and rich colors, while focusing on themes such as love, hope, healing, beauty, individuality, race, social justice, and the passage of time from girlhood to womanhood. Included in the exhibition are representations of Ruby Bridges, Maya Angelou, Shirley Chisholm, Frida Kahlo, and many others. The HER virtual and in-person exhibition is made possible by Drinking Gourd Gallery. Major support for the in-person exhibition is provided by Rocky Mount Mills.

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    JADE: Earth Song

    23 Apr 2022 – 31 May 2022

    JADE: EARTH SONG April 23 - May 31, 2022 Drinking Gourd Gallery respectfully acknowledges that our artist collective is on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Skaruhreh/Tuscarora and Occaneechi and Sappony peoples. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present and future, and we are grateful that Indigenous communities remain at the forefront of movements to protect the Earth. Drinking Gourd Gallery is pleased to present JADE: Earth Song, a solo exhibition by North Carolina-based teen artist Jade on view from April 23 through May 31, 2022. For this new body of work, Jade expands our understanding of light, space and time while highlighting our decreasing landscape. Her subjects of trees, lakes, and birds remind us that uninterrupted harmony and balance is possible. The exhibition features acrylic and oil paintings. Jade’s experimentation with composition, color, line, texture, and shape creates topographies that manage to be realistic, yet ethereal. To view her work, is to make our way through dense underbrush and tangled brambles to reach pristine bodies of water where eagles keep watch. Here, we reflect and take sacred pause. Here, we can read the words of Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, Helene Johnson, and others, and attempt to make sense of our place in the world. We can ponder exploitation and oppression and transformation and resiliency, and consider our responsibility to protect the environment. Here, we can listen to the wind rustling the leaves. We can learn patience and be unhurried. We can breathe. Here, there is a natural flow, a peace that sparks imagination, and we feel renewed. The title of this exhibition is a nod to Langston Hughes’ poem “An Earth Song,” which celebrates the Earth and the coming of spring. Hughes was a poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. *Please note that the works in this exhibition have been enlarged to show detail. The actual size of each painting is included in the description. Visitor Information As a virtual space, Drinking Gourd Gallery is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Admission is free and open to the public. For gallery information, please call 919.627.4994 or visit the website at www.dggallerync.com to discover new art and enjoy past and current exhibitions. To purchase works shown in the JADE: Earth Song exhibition, please visit Drinking Gourd Gallery at www.dggallerync.com. Thank you for visiting.

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    Brenda Harris: Something Old, Something New

    25 Jun 2022 – 06 Aug 2022

    Drinking Gourd Gallery respectfully acknowledges that our artist collective is on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Skaruhreh/Tuscarora and Occaneechi and Sappony peoples. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present and future, and we are grateful that Indigenous communities remain at the forefront of movements to protect the Earth. Drinking Gourd Gallery is pleased to present Something Old, Something New, a solo exhibition by North Carolina-based artist Brenda Harris on view from June 25 through August 6, 2022. Brenda Harris: Something Old, Something New embraces experimentation and reuse. In celebration of summer, Harris presents works that reflect her love of nature. From compositions of flowers in bloom to a red bird in a tree to a whimsical llama and a barn, she shows us the beauty of the natural world. The layers, textures, colors, structure and rhythm found in Harris' work reminds us of our relationship and responsibility to the Earth. The installation features paintings created on reused papers and Masonite board and incorporates materials such as plaster. Brenda Harris has been interested in art since early childhood. She has always had a love for drawing and often competed with her older brother in art contests. Brenda originally began studying for an art degree in her first year of college but decided to change her major to biology. Brenda went on to earn a BS degree in Biology and a BHS degree from the Physician Assistant Program at Duke University. Though she is passionate about medicine, her love of art has remained constant. Brenda is inspired by nature and its bold and bright colors. She enjoys working in acrylic and watercolor. Brenda is known for her very expressive brushwork that captures objects, animals, people and places that we may take for granted or overlook. Her works come to life on canvas and fine art paper, but she also favors weathered Masonite board, irregularly shaped papers, reused paper, wood, fabric, and poster board. *Please note that some of the works in this exhibition have been enlarged to show detail. The actual size of each painting is included in the description. Visitor Information As a virtual space, Drinking Gourd Gallery is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Admission is free and open to the public. For gallery information, please call 919.627.4994 or visit the website at www.dggallerync.com to discover new art and enjoy past and current exhibitions. To purchase works shown in the Brenda Harris: Something Old, Something New exhibition, please visit Drinking Gourd Gallery at www.dggallerync.com

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    Corliss R. Owen: Plain Folk

    29 Aug 2022 – 15 Oct 2022

    CORLISS R. OWEN: PLAIN FOLK August 29 – October 15, 2022 Drinking Gourd Gallery respectfully acknowledges that our artist collective is on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Skaruhreh/Tuscarora and Occaneechi and Sappony peoples. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present and future, and we are grateful that Indigenous communities remain at the forefront of movements to protect the Earth. Drinking Gourd Gallery is pleased to present Corliss R. Owen: Plain Folk, a solo exhibition. Folk artist Corliss R. Owen is a visual storyteller. She creates compelling art that is steeped in tradition and conveys a sense of community. Her vivid, vibrantly colored paintings are reminiscent of heirloom quilts and beautifully capture the joys of everyday life. There is balance and harmony in Corliss’ work. A lyricism that brings to mind melodious jazz, foot stompin’ blues, old-time gospel and favorite ballads. The Corliss R. Owen: Plain Folk exhibition presents more than 20 of the artist’s paintings that work to broaden historical and cultural understandings. What is folk art? There is no one definition of folk art. Broadly speaking, folk art celebrates cultural and spiritual life in communities. It encompasses art forms such as paintings, basketry, jewelry, metalwork, pottery, textiles, carvings, sculpture and much more. The work may be both utilitarian and decorative and does not always follow customary rules of perspective and proportion. About the Artist Corliss R. Owen considers herself to be a visionary folk artist, and she has been painting for more than 60 years. Corliss enjoys experimenting with different mediums and subjects in her artwork. She is a prolific artist whose body of work includes everything from crafting art for school classrooms to creating unique pieces using acrylic paints. Corliss is a North Carolina native and her work can be found in private collections in the United States. Visitor Information As a virtual space, Drinking Gourd Gallery is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Admission is free and open to the public. For gallery information, please call 919.627.4994 or visit the website at www.dggallerync.com to discover new art and enjoy past and current exhibitions. To purchase works shown in the Corliss R. Owen: Plain Folk exhibition, please visit Drinking Gourd Gallery at www.dggallerync.com

    latest works

    • Corliss R. Owen

      Uncle Joe (Fishing), 2009
      16 x 20 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      USD 650
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Uncle Joe (Moonshine), 2011
      20 x 16 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      USD 650
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Uncle Joe (Watermelon), 2009
      16 x 20 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      USD 650
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Uncle Joe (Farm), 2009
      16 x 20 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      USD 600
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Family, 2009
      16 x 20 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      USD 675
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Uncle Joe IV
      16 x 20 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      USD 650
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Jam Session, 2013
      20 x 16 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      USD 695
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Follow the Drinking Gourd, 2021
      16 x 20 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Canvas
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Porch Angel Red Dress
      Acrylic on wood
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Porch Angel Orange Dress
      Acrylic on wood
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Porch Angel Green Dress
      Acrylic on wood
    • Corliss R. Owen

      Porch Angel Purple Dress
      Acrylic on wood
    • Brenda Harris Something Old, Something New Sign
      105 x 45 inch (h x w)
    • Brenda Harris

      Forest of Trees
      Watercolor On Paper
      USD 75
    • Brenda Harris

      Lamb of God
      11 x 8.5 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on reused paper
      USD 75
    • Brenda Harris

      Blue Dog
      Acrylic on plastic sheeting
      USD 75
    • Brenda Harris

      Big Sunflower
      Acrylic on reused paper and cardboard
      USD 125
    • Brenda Harris

      Robin
      10 x 8 inch (h x w)
      Watercolor on paper
      USD 50
    • Brenda Harris

      Camel
      Acrylic and watercolor on reused paper
      USD 50
    • Brenda Harris

      Silly Ostrich
      Acrylic on reused paper
      USD 85