News & Calendars

Day 7



Artist Caitlin Cary Exhibits Work in Fine Arts Center Gallery
Artist Caitlin Cary Exhibits Work in Fine Arts Center Gallery

A new art exhibition in the gallery of Pugh Lobby, located in the Fine Arts Center, showcases the recent work of Caitlin Cary, a Raleigh-based artist, musician and soon-to-be gallery owner.

Cary said the pieces, done in fiber and stitch, reflect a shift in her approach to exploring elements of architecture.

"The pieces installed at Ravenscroft are part of my most recent series of work titled 'Piers.' Heretofore, my work has been largely very representational, though of course abstracted simply via the medium. This new work is concerned a bit less with whether the viewer can immediately grasp the subject and plays much more with texture and pattern," she said. "These works are about the underpinnings of things — think of lying under the bridge, the building, the sculpture, to understand what holds it in place."

Lower School visual art teacher Amelia Karpowitz said she's fascinated by the way Cary "incorporates fabric in unique ways. She manages to 'paint' with fabric in ways that show movement, scale, perspective and connection with the places she depicts. I love the way she sees the world."

Cary first made her mark on the North Carolina music scene as a member of the American rock/alt-country band Whiskeytown and since has released three acclaimed solo albums in addition to other well-received musical collaborations. But her focus on visual art has intensified since 2015, when a six-month residency at Artspace led to a five-year stint as a studio artist there.

In addition to the exhibition at Ravenscroft, Cary has solo shows slated this year at The Cary Arts Center and Raleigh's Sertoma Arts Center. But being able to exhibit her work for students who share her passion for art, she said, provides a unique opportunity.

"I think art making is often modeled for kids — not enough for many, of course — but art as a career often is not. The students at Ravenscroft can see what it is to be a professional artist: to create and install a body of work," she said. "This is a wonderful chance for me to keep widening the circle of artmaking throughout the community, both by being seen and also (where possible) by interacting with interested students."

Cary's Ravenscroft exhibition runs through Feb. 26. Because current protocols prevent her from visiting campus, Cary is collaborating with Ravenscroft fine arts faculty and staff to produce a virtual gallery walk of her show.

Interested families will have other opportunities to enjoy Cary's work as well, with the opening of The Pocket Gallery next month. The space, located at 222 N. Bloodworth St. in Raleigh's historic Oakwood, will include a small gallery and working studio featuring art by Cary and her husband, Skillet Gilmore, as well as a curated selection of artwork and goods from local makers. Adhering to strict pandemic protocols, Cary said, the gallery will be "open by appointment and two-customer-max drop-ins beginning on March 1, with hours noon to six on Tuesday through Sunday."

Enjoy a time-lapse video of Cary's work on "Showboat." Learn more about Cary's work on her website.

Above: Artist Caitlin Cary; two of her "Piers" series, "Piers Damariscotta, 2020" and "Piers South Street, 2020," both fabric & stitch on birch panel.