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Works by Melissa Walker, Emily Lees | May 7-28

The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County is pleased to feature the works of Melissa Walker and Emily Lee beginning on ‘First Friday’— May 7, 2010. Their work will be on display for the month of May in the United Arts lobby, 110 S. Blount Street in downtown Raleigh.

Melissa Walker finds the intuitive experimentation and discovery involved in creating abstract art very challenging. She relishes interaction of colors and shapes on a surface, the tension between lights and darks, and the blended edge versus the hard line. Working with acrylic and collage allows her work quickly and keeps her artwork fresh and loose.

“With each painting I try to push the boundaries of my knowledge and skill. I look forward to the process of creating paintings filled with energetic layers of varied textures and patterns and rich color. I hope that the viewer will find my paintings as rewarding to look at as I do in painting them,” remarks Melissa.

For more information about the artist, go to www.melissawalkerartist.com.

Emily Lee’s raku and stoneware pottery is hand built from slabs. Her work features bottles and flat forms that offer an interplay between two and three dimensions.

“I interpret Asian forms in red and yellow raku glazes, and my stoneware reflects the same influences in a more muted palette. Alternately, the rectangles and geometric line which sometimes appear in my work are evocative of Piet Mondrian’s paintings. Working with clay is a meditation and a joy. I hope that people who view my work will likewise derive pleasure from my art,” says Lee.

Since 1990, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has served as the umbrella fundraising organization for the arts in Wake County. To accomplish this mission, we raise money from businesses, individuals, foundations and government. Funds are distributed back to the community through grants to artists and arts organizations, the Artists in the Schools Program, Community Arts Reach and Creative Explorations teacher training.

For more information about the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County please visit www.unitedarts.org

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