Exhibit culminates with Oct. 3 open house at Franklin Square Gallery

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Franklin Square Gallery in Southport is featuring its new exhibit “The Figure Exposed,” which culminates with an open house at the First Friday Gallery Walk from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 3.

Last spring, many local painters attended a workshop in experimental techniques in figure painting. They have been refining their paintings over the summer, and this show is the culmination of their work.

“Working with the human figure is one of the most challenging things to do, and doing it in a very free and innovative way is fun,” explains painter Ortrud Tyler of Tyler Studios.

“For me the interesting thing was applying water media in a different way, i.e., rolling pure color onto the paper with a roller.”

Nationally known instructor and artist Kate Worm of Hickory encouraged a loose, expressive style and free-form use of color.

Katrina Fairbank’s acrylic paintings reflect these new influences.

“We learned several different techniques for applying paint that I never thought of before, like using an eyedropper to draw with. I have been able to incorporate this and other techniques into my work with acrylics. It’s really expanded my work, and it’s fun.”

“We used any tool to get a unique look to our nudes,” said Wilmington artist Eunice Andrews, who came to Southport for these classes. “I really enjoyed Kate Worm’s workshop. We used large sheets of watercolor paper or any other paper that you might have on hand. We used a brayer, eyedropper, scraper, plus gouache and watercolors.”

These experimental paintings by 12 local artists are on exhibit on the mezzanine of Franklin Square Gallery through Oct. 4.

Franklin Square Gallery is in downtown Southport two blocks from the waterfront behind Franklin Square Park in a former historic schoolhouse. It is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 457-5450 or visit the Web site at www.franklinsquaregallery.org.