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Hillsborough Gallery Artists Show Us What They See In Their “Mind's Eye”

In its September Featured Artist Exhibit, In the Mind’s Eye, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts showcases the work of fused glass artist Susan Hope, painter Jude Lobe and photographer Eric Saunders.

Fused glass artist Susan Hope’s mind’s eye sees a wonderful comparison between listening to beautiful music and observing the beauty found in painting with glass. She writes, “In music, a single note does not make a symphony. For us to hear music, the composer must first arrange the notes one by one, placing and spacing and allowing them to interact with one another. So it is with the interaction of colors and their relationships to each other. This show, In the Mind’s Eye, is a review of past color work in glass as well as venturing into a new realm of color mixing to produce glass 'paintings' that reflect in three dimensions the excitement of color in flux. Just as in musical harmony, color harmony brings joy and emotional response to the heart and sings a lovely song.”

In explaining the inspiration behind her work for In the Mind’s Eye, painter Jude Lobe says "Recently on a trip to the big sky country in and near Santa Fe, New Mexico, I had an explosion of new sun-drenched images imprinted in my mind. In this show, a majority of the artworks represent a visual adventure in expressing the glory and exuberance of these images I now see in my mind's eye. Some pieces are representations of the natural environment;
some are more abstract. Both, however, exude the emotion of the moment and reference our strong connections to the earth."

Photographer Eric Saunders ponders what the phrase “the mind’s eye” really means. He writes, “In thinking about the title of our show, In the Mind’s Eye,I found myself asking many questions: “Why do I make photographs? What do I see when I make photographs? What do I think I see when I make photographs? What do viewers of my photographs see? What do they think they see? What do I want them to see? I realized these very questions imply that, depending on the context, the term “mind’s eye” can mean many different things.

He goes on, “For me, each image I make is an attempt to create an abstract visual adventure for the viewer – an adventure like reading a story or listening to a piece of music. In order to do this effectively I look past the literal (i.e. a cloud, a sky, a house, a barn, a rock, a ripple in a stream, a placard, a beach, a section of rusty metal fence) and see abstract orderly patterns of light, color, line, texture, and form. Depending on the angle of view and the cropping and editing of the image, these patterns will move the viewer into the image and hold the viewer’s attention for a period of time. Perhaps thy will stimulate the viewer’s imagination in a meaningful way. This is the eye in my mind.”

In The Mind’s Eye goes up on September 21st and runs through October 25th, with an opening reception during Hillsborough’s Last Friday art walk on Friday, September 25th from 6-9pm.

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts (HGA) is owned and operated by 22 local artists and represents these established artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and fine craft. HGA’s offerings include acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles, jewelry, glass, metals, encaustic, enamel, and wood. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Phone: (919) 732-5001. The gallery is open 10am-6pm Monday - Thursday, 10am – 8pm Friday & Saturday and noon – 4pm on Sunday. More information can be found on the HGA website: www.HillsboroughGallery.com