Upcoming Summer Exhibits at Theatre Art Galleries: May 31 – August 3, 2018
Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) of High Point, NC announces the opening of a new summer exhibition. The show will open on Thursday, May 31st and run through August 3, 2018. An Opening Reception will be held the evening of Thursday, May 31st from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at TAG. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.
Opening Reception on May 31st from 5:30-7:30 pm
HEATH SLANE: Images Along the Continuum will be featured in the Main Gallery. High Point native Heath Slane’s love of photography began through a course of study as a high school student at The Madeira School in Washington, DC. She continued to follow her passion at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, where she lived for almost 10 years. Focusing on capturing life in the city through streetscapes, her work was sold in a SOHO gallery. Initially working with 35mm, she eventually switched to medium format. In 1992 she moved to Los Angeles where she lived for 24 years and exhibited her work in an exhibit at the Zipper Gallery.
While in NYC, Heath made annual pilgrimages to New Mexico, where she connected with its unique landscape and through her lens captured the world of Georgia O’Keefe. But it was while she was in LA that Heath, along with her sister Landon, turned her focus to jewelry, founding Slane & Slane, a highly successful line of jewelry which was often inspired by architectural elements. Her love of photography and jewelry merged as she also exhibited and sold her work in their stores in New York and LA.
When travelling back to New York, Heath began to capture various unique moldings and building details though her photography to use as inspiration for jewelry design. This use of shapes and textures was an “easy marriage” and found expression in a distinctive look for the jewelry that was immediately recognizable as Slane & Slane. Her time spent in factories where the jewelry was produced was reminiscent of her childhood days where she spent time in her father’s hosiery mill. This resonated with Heath and led to a series of industrial photographs from the factories. In addition to images from NYC and New Mexico, the exhibit will feature photography from Africa, whose landscapes shared many similarities with the American Southwest. Also featured will be images from New Orleans and her mother’s childhood farm in Pleasant Garden. Heath now resides in Charleston, SC.
“Anonymous Ancestors”, an installation will be featured in the Upstairs Gallery. To stand within Columbia, SC artist Susan Lentz’s installation, Anonymous Ancestors, is to become immersed in the myriad of family stories handed down through generations. Each snapshot is a frozen moment on life’s timeline. Letters and words clipped from vintage print material allow one’s mind to wander, envisioning forgotten friends, past holidays, ancient occasions, former cars and hilarious fashion trends. Yet, all the images are anonymous. The photos come from yard sales, auctions and thrift stores. Who are these people? Who really knows? They are distant aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, siblings and in-laws. They are society’s family tree, our collective wall of ancestors.
“Lowering the Tracks” will be featured in the Hallway Gallery. Before 1939, traveling across High Point meant waiting for stopped trains. Tracks crossing the major north and south roads divided the city in half as frequent trains loaded and unloaded. In the late 1930s, the city seized the opportunity provided by the federal New Deal funding to lower the track bed 35 feet below street grade. Costing nearly $1.5 million and taking over 10 years to complete, the massive project changed the downtown landscape and impacted High Point’s development. This exhibit is in collaboration with the High Point Museum.
The Annual Middle School Art Exhibition will be featured in the Kaleidoscope Gallery with art work by many of the students from our area middle schools.
Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more information contact the TAG office at 336-887-2137 or visit www.tagart.org.