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Charlotte Russell Contemporary's First Exhibit: Color Interactions

  • Dates: September 29, 2021 - November 4, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Venue: Charlotte Russell Contemporary Fine Art Gallery
  • Location: Midtown Raleigh
  • Address: 2012 A Fairview Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608
  • Times: 11am-4pm
  • Admission: Free


Charlotte Russell Contemporary Fine Art Gallery's inaugural exhibition, Color Interactions is a two-person exhibition featuring photo sculptures by Durham-based artist Mar Hester and abstract paintings by Raleigh-based artist Wiley Johnson. This exhibition focuses on color as the thread between two artists working in different mediums and dimensions.

Mar Hester’s photo sculptures challenge the traditional means of viewing photography while commenting on our ever-shifting environment. Her sculptures utilize digitally altered photographs, geometric shapes and repeating patterns to explore the complex world of human perception with a strong basis in nature. As the viewer moves around the work, the work hides and reveals more of itself creating a unique and individualized experience - which elevates the question of what one identifies as reality.

Wiley Johnson’s abstract paintings are infused with gestural brushstrokes in vibrant and bold colors that activate the canvas. An artist with autism, Johnson uses painting as a way to express emotion. Johnson’s work conveys emotion through the movement of intuitive brushstrokes and unexpected color combinations. Painting for him allows for a place to escape, a place to feel happy, and a way to connect with others.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11-4pm, by appointment, and always open online at charlotterussellcontemporary.com.