Community of artists inspires new works

Artists Stano Buban (l) and Sergej Andreevski (r), both from Macedonia, high five in excitement. 
Photo by Brianna Elliott

What: No Boundaries International Art Colony's 2012 exhibition. Featuring work by Sergej Andreevski, Shawn Best, Shannon Rayle Bourne, Stanislav Buban, Michelle Connolly, Bonnie England, Stephanie Hagens, Chad Harrell, Evalyn Boyd Hines, Fritzi Huber, Courtney Johnson, Eva Mayer, G.Scott Queen, Colleen Ringrose, Pam Toll, Gayle Tustin and Glenn Ziemke

Chad Harrell was in a bit of a slump. Ever since the young artist graduated from the art program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May, he hadn't found much time to make art.

"I just haven't done anything since my senior show," Harrell said in his relaxed, monotone way of talking. (When a photographer tried to get him to pose for a picture, he claimed to be physically incapable of smiling.)

"I've probably just done two paintings and drawings every once in a while," he said, "nothing too serious."

But on Nov. 2, Harrell had the opportunity to take off work and stay at the No Boundaries International Art Colony on Bald Head Island. Every other year, No Boundaries brings international, national, regional and local artists to Bald Head for two weeks of sharing communal meals, soaking up nature and creating art, uninterrupted. (Every other year, it's a local/regional colony.) The fruits of the artists' labors from this year's colony will be displayed at Acme Art Studios on Saturday.

For Harrell, being around the artists in the colony changed everything.

"In the last five days I've done two paintings and lots and lots of drawings," Harrell said. "It's just a good experience."



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