Threshholds: Landscape, Memory and Architecture

11/13/2009

Thresholds: Landscape, Memory and Architecture
Jeri Hillis and Deborah Warren

Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists

November 13 through January 31, 2010

 

Opening reception on Friday, November 13, 5 – 8 pm, in conjunction with downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night

Left to Blue Strand by Jeri HillisThresholds: Landscape, Memory and Architecture is presented in conjunction with the Arkansas Arts Council (AAC). This exhibit pairing two contemporary Arkansas artists, Jeri Hillis and Deborah Warren, both living in Hot Springs, was created with resources identified in the Arkansas Artist Registry, a program of AAC.

            Jeri Hillis’s oil paintings and mixed media collages express her fascination with time and memory. Skillfully executed large oil paintings depict architectural elements weathered by time. Her work questions the thresholds between what is real and what is imagined. Jeri Hillis, resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, since 2005, is a noted Caribbean artist. She lived and worked on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands from 1989-2003. Known for her large oil paintings and mixed media collages inspired by the old Danish Colonial architecture of the islands with stone archways, shuttered windows and weathered passageways, she has exhibited in museums and galleries in France, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands Antilles, Haiti, Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, St. Croix, New England, and Arkansas. Her work is held in numerous private collections.  In 2008, she was selected for the “Small Works on Paper Exhibition” for which she received a purchase award for the permanent collection of the Arkansas Arts Council.

Tree About to Dance by Deborah WarrenDeborah Warren’s toned gelatin silver prints and archival pigment prints focus on, she says, “the changing landscape in its most elemental forms, the myths and folklore associated with a sense of place, and the architecture designed to frame the landscape.” Deborah Warren began her career in Memphis, Tennessee, making documentary films about community issues and cultural traditions of Tennessee and the Mississippi Delta. Since 1989, she has worked as a fine art photographer in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her portfolios include landscapes and historic architecture of America, Italy, and Cuba.  She was selected as the 2007 Woman to Watch (Photography) by the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a program designed “to increase the visibility of, and critical response to, promising women artists who are deserving of national and international attention.”  Her work has won numerous awards.