WILMINGTON — Three artists representing the visual media of painting, drawing, photography and triptych will present an exhibit of their work Friday, June 17 through July 17 in Wilmington College’s Harcum Art Gallery.
An opening reception in honor of the group will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, located in Boyd Cultural Arts Center. Normal gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by special appointment arranged by gallery curator Hal Shunk, professor of art.
The artists are Nate Michaux Wilkinson of Raleigh, N.C.; Marta Wilkinson (no relation to Nate), associate professor of English at Wilmington College; and Brian Snowden, assistant professor of business administration at WC’s Cincinnati Branch.
Nate Wilkinson is a 12-year-old abstract artist in the distinct style of triptychs, which feature frames with working “doors” containing paintings on both sides. He noted this medium was popular in European churches during the Renaissance.
“One of the things I like about the triptych is that, when it is closed, you feel a need to see the art that is hiding inside,” he said, noting he painted 35 panels that comprise the seven triptychs in the show. “I use colors, shapes and lines, mainly trying to make paintings that are bold, interesting and fun.”
He is the grandson of Wilmington College alumni Janet and William McDonald, sponsors of the McDonald Biennial Exhibition at Wilmington College.
Marta Wilkinson, who has a bachelor’s degree in art, returns to her “first love” — art — in presenting her series of works inspired by memories ranging from her international travels to interests in the performance art of dance and the human form as depicted by the Renaissance masters.
“My passion for art has always been consistent and led to my desire to travel, to learn about and understand not only art, but artists, cultures and other creative works — works that were always historically interrelated,” Wilkinson said, noting that she employs a variety of artistic techniques, which prevents her from “being stifled by stylistic limitations.”
Living with his family in France for a time as a child, Snowden was exposed from an early age to classical painting and sculpture, yet he found photography as the most satisfying medium for expressing creativity. He credits learning the darkroom technique required for black and white photography with providing him “insight into the importance of the image and the message.”
Snowden said that, as a photographer, he is challenged with considering the limitations of a format that is two-dimensional in a three-dimensional world.
“I always try to imagine what aspects are in the two-dimensional image that will provide a greater sense of depth and fullness in my final photograph,” he said.