Animal art subject of exhibition at the Exchange Street Gallery | Characteristics

The Artists League of the Sandhills presents an exhibition of works by members Brandon Sanderson and Daniel Conrad entitled “Species… From the Minds of Sanderson and Conrad”. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The show will feature paintings of animals and capture the exciting and different styles of the two artists.

“Because of their love for animals, artists donate 10% of their commissions to the Moore County Humane Society,” a spokesperson said.

The arts have been in Daniel Conrad’s family for generations, whether in music, photography or fine art. His fine arts training has been developed through formal education, mentoring and self-study. Conrad says his process is to create a composition and then visualize a story while adding elements to frame the story. Then, with the use of color, texture, light and brushstrokes, her story comes to life. Much of his work is figurative, however, some pieces have been anthropomorphic (give human qualities to non-human things). He works in oil on canvas, watercolor and colored pencil.

Entering his 20th year as a professor and 26th as an artist, Brandon Sanderson is an art professor, teaching printmaking and drawing at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. As far back as he can remember, Sanderson says his work is based on the interplay of mechanical and organic parts within himself and the world around him. Having artificial parts such as pins in a knee and reconstructed internal ears, he has found and still finds the tool, the android, the automaton to be a fitting symbol of our capacity for alienation, devastation and simultaneously of growth and creation. Recently, this work has grown to focus on his long-standing hearing disability and the effect it has on his life experiences.

Sanderson says, “It’s a situation of trying to find comfort in the discomfort, accept what I can’t change, change what I can and just get through it.”

The Sandhills League of Artists is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 to promote interest in the visual arts by providing arts education and a friendly environment in which to work, display and sell members’ work.

The gallery, The Exchange Street Gallery of Fine Art, is located in historic downtown Aberdeen at 129 Exchange Street, in the former Aberdeen Rockfish Railroad storage terminal.

“We have the largest selection of artwork in the Sandhills, with 34 studios and hundreds of paintings available to view,” a spokesperson said.

Visit the website at www.artistleague.org. The gallery’s regular opening hours are Monday to Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Contact the League at (910) 944-3979 or [email protected] for more information on membership, classes, workshops and monthly gallery exhibitions.


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