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.