The Wilson Center and the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery are pleased to announce “Foundations: An Alumni Invitational.” This unique exhibition features the work of the Zak Duff, Jacob Parker, Angela Rowe, and Nathan Verwey, all of whom are alumni of Cape Fear Community College. The show opens on February 5 and runs through February 28.

There will be an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 7; the closing reception will coincide with the Fourth Friday reception on Friday, February 28.

About Zak Duff

Born and raised in the museum-and-gallery-filled Washington, DC, area, Zak was exposed to the arts and sciences at an early age. He relocated to North Carolina and completed a Bachelors in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2010. Following that, Zak worked in multiple area galleries, before moving on to earn a Masters degree in Painting from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, in 2017.

Over the last decade, Zak has participated in four artist colonies, several solo exhibitions, and more than thirty group shows as a member of the Wilmington-based Thrive artist collective. He currently resides in Leland, where he both teaches and produces paintings and illustrations from his private studio.

About Jacob Parker

Jacob is a printmaker from North Carolina. Working primarily in relief and screen printing, he explores the intricacies involved in personal myth-making and self-identification, and the impact which it has on interpersonal relationships. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at East Carolina University in 2014, and then a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University, both in printmaking.

About Angela Rowe

Angela is a native of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. Although she grew up drawing and making objects, she took other career paths. Angela worked as an architectural historian, in arts administration, and managed high complexity global projects for IBM. She holds degrees in American Studies from Davidson College and Information Systems, Cameron School of Business, UNCW.

Since 2013, Angela has focused on making art. She began by taking classes at the Museum School at Cameron Art Museum, and in May 2018 Angela received an AFA in Visual Art from Cape Fear Community College. She has maintained a studio practice at ACME Art Studios since 2014.

About Nathan Verwey

Nathan, a lifelong creator originally from Wisconsin, moved to Wilmington more than a decade ago to pursue acting. While immersed in the creative environment of the Cape Fear region, he further explored his artistic side. Initial forays with an easel set gifted  to him by his father ignited a passion and led him to pursue two associate degrees at CFCC and a degree in studio art at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

No Boundaries International Art Colony 2019

The 2019 No Boundaries International Art Colony exhibition is open at the Wilma W. Daniel Gallery on the campus of Cape Fear Community College. The exhibition runs November 16, 2019 through January 10, 2020.

This unique exhibition brings together artists working locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. This year’s colony features the work of Hande Akalin (Turkey), Belgin Akin (Turkey), Todd Carignan (Wilmington NC), Nat Dickinson (Asheville NC), Jenn Dierdorf (Brooklyn NY), Saiko Kashiwada (Japan), Yvette Molina (Brooklyn NY), Iñego Navarro (Spain), Dorry Spikes (Wales UK), Barbara Anne Thomas (Raleigh NC), Pam Toll (Wilmington NC), Gayle Tustin (Wilmington NC),  

The Cape Fear Community College Department of Fine Arts is proud to present this exhibition of works created by our talented faculty. This exhibition features work by: Ben Billingsley, Geoff Calabrese, Rick Conn, Brandon Guthrie, Jennifer Mace, Kendall Martin, Marsha Mills, Victoria Page, Abby Spangel Perry, Deborah Quinn, Casey Scharling, Sharon Wozniak Spencer, and Nicole Wilkinson.

The exhibition runs through Nov. 8, 2019, so don’t miss it!

Pam Toll, Associate Professor of Art at UNC Wilmington, has opened a new exhibition, entitles “Landscape and Memory” at the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery at Cape Fear Community College.
Toll has been drawing and painting since childhood and this physical way of thinking has become a fundamental part of her work. In this exhibition, she pursues an energy around trees that comes from a lifetime spent among them. The exhibition runs from August 12 through October 4 and can be visited, free of charge, during gallery hours.
There will be an opening reception held on Friday, August 23, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery, located at 200 Hanover St.. There will be a closing reception for the exhibition on September 27, beginning at 6:00 p.m., also held at the Gallery.

Randy McNamara lives in Hampstead, North Carolina, where he maintains a studio and teaches painting at the Leland Cultural Arts Center. Previously, he lived in Los Angeles California, exhibiting his work at Gallery 825 and various other venues in the region.
He has an M.F.A. from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Kansas. While at KU, he discovered and named an isozyme of wild sunflowers and was also Outstanding Senior in Ceramics.
His background in biology has influenced his work primarily through the use of biomorphic forms and the notion that everything functions within an interconnected matrix of infinite elements in flux. A puzzle being assembled, disassembled and reassembled for eternity. His work employs acrylics and paper applied to canvas in a painterly manner with an interest in color, rich surfaces and the conundrum of the center.
The exhibition of McNamara’s work at the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery runs from June 24 through August 2, 2019, with receptions on both June 28 and July 26, at 6:00 p.m.
For more information about his work, visit the artist’s web site at

May 13 – June 14, 2019
Opening Reception on May 17 (6:00-7:30 p.m.)
Closing reception on May 24 (6:00-9:00 p.m.)
“I was a sculptor. I was a museum designer. I was a TV illustrator. I was a carpenter. I was a furniture designer. I was a product designer, a photographer, a painter,” Irwin said over the phone from his home in Beaufort. “It was like I was running up and down a smorgasbord going, ‘Oh, let me try some of this.’”
In Irwin’s summer exhibition, he pays homage to all of the artists and mentors who have influenced him throughout his life, leaving their mark on his work.
Nearly a decade ago, Irwin – not to be confused with the installation artist also named Robert Irwin – added another page to his lengthy resume: published author. Published in 2004, “40 Years” is Irwin’s autobiography, a no-holds-barred account of every aspect of his creative life, embellished with page after page of photographs of his dynamic paintings.

Cape Fear Community College is proud to present the 2019 Student Art Show, featuring some of our talented students and their incredible works of art.
The exhibition runs through May 3, and there will be a reception and awards ceremony on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 p.m.
Please join us to celebrate the fantastic work that our students have created!

LOCAL: art + ideas presents
Kelly Sheppard Murray’s Curiosities Series (2016-2019)
The largest showing to date of the more than 400 sculptures from this body of work. This is the Raleigh based artist’s first major solo exhibition.
Murray’s Curiosities Series is the cumulative output of the artist’s plan to produce one sculpture a day
for a year (December 2016-2017), in order to recast the temporal, practical, and material limitations of
her daily life into conditions of creative resolution and production. As the total number of sculptures
increased, the artist named each a Curiosity (with a sequential number), underlining the act of collecting
idiosyncratic and unusual objects. After completing 365 pieces (the artist tags each with its number),
Murray continued with the sculptures and, without the constraints of time, also expanded them to a
larger scale.
The array of colors, shapes, forms, and patterns present in the Curiosities echoes the daily theme and
variation of the actual making of each piece. Human interaction with nature remains an important
element in Murray’s work, and the sculptures balance biomorphic forms with industrial colors and
materials. At the start of the series, the artist used materials at hand: pieces of wood, bark, string, wire,
metal mesh, and encaustic. She eventually relied mostly on the wire and mesh, sometimes adding small
pedestals. The modest scale is consistent throughout the series, as Murray made each Curiosity by hand
and within a daily time period. Colors are nothing short of pronounced: bright, bold, booming. Even
when rendered in black or white, the sculptures have a resounding presence or, when they appear
monochromatic, layers of other colors peek through.
The Curiosities Series sustains no installation rules, and this fluidity is a nuanced counterpart to the
creative guidelines of the project. One may encounter the sculptures individually or in groups, and on
the wall, the floor or a pedestal. They may congregate by color, shape or scale, and in extended lines
or scattered groupings. To celebrate the ability for multiple stagings, the artist and curator (Beth
Handler Riebe) will reinstall the sculptures midway through the exhibit.
Murray shares the making of the Curiosities Series on Instagram, posting a picture of each sculpture
on the day of its completion. These posts act as a visual diary of and a dialogue about her process, with
the cumulative visual grid of Instagram merging into a record of the artist’s demarcation of each day
as a creative cell.
KELLY SHEPPARD MURRAY creates sculptures, paintings, and drawings that combine natural
and biomorphic forms, geometric shapes, and repetitive patterns. She is the recipient of the
International Encaustic Artists Emerging Artist Grant (2018); the Artspace (Raleigh) Emerging Artist
Residency (2016); and the Artist Project Grant, United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County (2012 and
2000). Recent solo exhibitions include: Second Nature at Holder Goods, Raleigh (2018) and a show at
Wake Technical Community College (2016). Recent group exhibitions from 2018 include: The Price
is Right, Tinney Concept, Nashville (Online); Dogwood Arts Regional Arts Exhibition, Knoxville; and
Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s NC Artists Exhibition. She is a native North Carolinian, with a BFA and
an MFA in sculpture from UNCG and ECU, respectively. Murray is Associate Professor of Studio Art
at Wake Technical Community College and maintains a studio at Artspace
LOCAL: art + ideas is a think tank based in Wilmington, NC, that supports art and ideas
flourishing beyond larger metropolitan areas and cultural networks. Beth Handler Riebe founded
LOCAL in 2013. Riebe worked in the NYC art world for twenty years, with curatorial stints at the
Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Yale University Art Gallery. She
served as an art consultant to Donald B. Marron (one of ARTnews’ top 200 collectors). She is a former
Trustee at the Cameron Art Museum and occasionally teaches art history at UNCW. Riebe received a
BA from Oberlin College, and an MA and a PhD from Yale University, with all degrees in art history.

The Wilma Daniels Gallery is excited to announce a new exhibit featuring the work of Joan Farrenkopf. Joan is a local NC artist who creates large scale installation. Joan will be featuring her next installation within the courtyard of the Wilson Center, the Wilma Daniels Gallery will present a projected showcase of her amazing work. In the artist’s own words, the basis of her art making is experiential, involving direct intimacy with the natural world through the senses, prior to intellectual conscious thought. It uses elements of wind, water, color and time with interaction and playfulness.

We would like to welcome our next featured artist, Janette Hopper with her exhibit Natural Milieu: An Altered Point View, Recent Works and New Genre Collaborations. The show depicts the artist’s deep love of the sea and forest using different mediums from oil paintings, multimedia prints, Projections, sound and installation. Natural Milieu will be up from May 15th through June 23rd. We will be having an Opening Reception May 26 and a closing Reception on June 23rd from both 6-9pm. There will also be a panel discussion titled Perspectives on Overpopulation on Wednesday June 14th from 4-6pm so please come down to Cape Fear to explore the connections we have with nature.
Janette K Hopper’s artwork in the “Natural Milieu” of the Wilma Daniels Gallery at Cape Fear Community College is unique and multifaceted.  This deeply layered and varied show expresses her love of the sea and forest.  Projections, oil paintings, multimedia prints, sounds, a collaborative panel discussion and 3-D installations both interactive and contemplative will fill the gallery with imagery and sound. The artist comments about the works: “Combining varied methods and media makes a deeply layered and unpredictable art which challenges both the artist and all of us to wrestle with, confront and try to solve difficult problems in our world by raising consciousness and inspiring change.  Joining forces with collaborators with the idea that we are stronger together rather than alone to address these urgent needs of nature; we invite you to join us and work locally.”

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