Kevin Rutan – Painter
Kevin Rutan has been a decorative artist for over 20 years. A graduate in faux woods and faux marbles from the prestigious Guegan Institute of France, he has introduced faux finishing to thousands of students. He has worked with top designers, historical groups and some of the finest homes in the United States. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, Southern Living and McCall’s. Kevin teaches at his studio, Fe Fi Faux, in Greensboro, North Carolina. His clientele includes the vice president of the United States, the governor of North Carolina, the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., and Hollywood director Chris Columbus among many others. His fine art commands attention as well and we are lucky to have his work on display at The Gallery at Southern Lights.
Leanne Pizio – Potter
Leanne Pizio is a potter and painter interested in creating art about life, animals, birds, kings and queens, fairy tales, and the like. Everything she makes is hand made personally and made in her home studio. All pottery is food safe unless stated otherwise.
Connie Logan – Painter
Connie Logan is an impressionist painter and instructor and paints landscapes, figure studies, portraits, still lifes, and plein aire studies with the heart of an impressionist. Her colors are rich and intense and her compositions are carefuly planned with texture, accomplished brushwork, and dramatic light and contrast. Although she enjoys much diversity of style the common theme is deeply intimate and spiritual, revealing peace, joy, beauty, and hope. Connie teaches impressionist painting classes, lectures, and juries shows and has exhibited her own work in over thirty galleries, restaurants, and museums regionally. She opens her own studio twice a year to the public. She is currently teaching over 60 adult students at her own studio.
Lawrence Feir -- Sculptor
“My artwork conveys the way I see the world. My sculpture process has evolved over the years and it is my hope to convey these forms to the viewer in a thought-provoking manner.
I think that art should be meaningful and stir emotion in the hearts and minds of the people of view it.
I believe that real inspiration comes from the creative process itself. The more I work, the more ideas I get. The best ones come in an instant, usually while I’m doing some of the most mundane of tasks. Some of my best ideas occurred to me as I was stepping into the shower or waiting at a stop light. I like to look for things which - when juxtaposed - create a new meaning that is more than just a sum of the two parts. It's always exciting to find this accidently happening without my interference of deliberate thought. I’ve never been able to just “buckle down and make some art”.
I hope that my work inspires other people, and maybe makes this world a little better place to live."
Frank Russell – Artmaker
Frank Russell continues to amaze his collectors with uncanny skill & intuitive genius as one of the the south’s most prolific and popular makers of found object art. His choices of found objects, cast-off, manufactured and recycled materials must be seen to be believed. Every sea creature imaginable is delightfully executed and “reborn to be wild.” Sharks, hammerheads, crabs, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, jellyfish, bill fish, sea turtles, rays, eels, sea horses as well as every other fish you can name ... permanently assembled from ironing boards, musical instruments, tin roofs, cooking utensils, bowling pins, fruitcake tins, bicycle and automobile parts, chandeliers, sports equipment, almost anything metal.
Most are life-sized and quite accurate as to detail, profile and posture.
Betty Trotter – Mixed Media
Betty Trotter is a collage artist who creates archival quality works on canvas using mixed media, found objects, and hand-made papers. Growing up in Albemarle NC and rural Stanly County, she was inspired since early childhood by nature’s beauty, especially the waters of Lake Tillery. As an elementary school teacher for over 15 years, Betty delighted in integrating art into every subject. She enriched student’s lives with art and art history, just as her mother and aunts did for her as a child.
Betty has made Greensboro NC her home for the last 25 years and has created fresh art in her downtown studio on South Elm Street. She also spends much of her time in Valle Crucis NC, being inspired by the mystic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the graceful waters of the Watauga River. Her collage process includes application of acrylic paint to tissue as well as ‘rusting’ tissue by using a vinegar oxidation technique. Found objects in Betty’s work range from old WW II letters to handcrafted transfers of every imaginable image.