Tales from the Road by Cory Willingham will appear in the Welborn Gallery through May 28.
Willingham grew up in Houston Texas, but has lived all through the southeast. After residence in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana, Willingham now calls New Orleans her home.
Willingham's painting, drawings and prints are narratives recalling her experiences on the road as well as the people she met along her travels.
Willingham is a self-proclaimed "weather geek," with many of her recent paintings being large-scale landscapes with expansive and dramatic skies.
Acrylics, oils and charcoal are used by the artist to paint surfaces large enough to capture the various weather patterns that fascinate her. The surfaces of some of her paintings are embedded with spackle, sand, twigs, pine straw, dirt and small creatures of nature to symbolize a reference to the land in which she "feels she is connected" to.
Art Glass by Nick van der Does will open in the Welborn Gallery on April 1 and will run through May 28. The opening reception will also be held from 5-7 p. m. on Friday, April 1.
van der Does, born in Paris, was inspired by the ancient process of glass-blowing and adapts the old techniques with different ones in his pursuit of something unique.
After growing up in Ottawa, Canada and Washington, D. C., van der Does received a BFA degree in glass from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla.
While pursuing a degree in international business, van der Does discovered the world of glass blowing when he chose the course as an elective. Just a few weeks into his degree program he changed his major and has been learning and creating the glass works of art ever since.
van de Does has studied under several of the great glass artist across the county and is now an instructor at The New Orleans Creative Glass Institute.
van der Does says that he "is drawn to the glass because it can do things that no other media can and that the glass behaves like a living entity during the blowing process."
Other YACA sponsored events include "Arts on Main" which will begin on Friday, April 15.
The Yadkin Arts Council and the Downtown Business Association will begin hosting the events on Friday, April 15 and continue on the third Friday of every month through October 21 in front of the cultural arts center.
Main Street will close beginning at 6:05 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. from Van Buren to Jackson Street while local businesses will remain open and entertainment will be provided for the community to enjoy.
"Our galleries will be open for viewing as well as our artists studios," Stephen Lyons, Co-director of YACA said. "We're hoping to have a farmer's market where residents can buy local produce fresh from the Yadkin gardens.
"The whole idea behind our Arts on Main events is to support our local businesses in the area such as the tasting rooms, cafe, florist, antique shops, the library and any other of the local businesses that remain open through the event," he said. "We want to bring people downtown for shopping and entertainment. Local artist will be in our YARD area and admission for Arts on Main is free. A small fee will be required for wine tasting with the money slated for the Downtown Business Association to help promote our area.
"We expect to have a minimum of three with the possibility of five wineries present from the Shallowford Wine Trail for each event," he said. "We will also entertain the participation of vendors who would not be in competition with our local businesses to participate in the event."
Third Branch Cafe will be open on Main Street with live music. Other local eateries are within walking distance for those who wish to dine downtown while enjoying the event.
Arts on Main will run from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Movies at the Park will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. at the Yadkinville park.