Friday, April 1, 2011

Organic Forrestry at the Joyful Jewel

Chatham County sculptor and painter Forrest Greenslade has joined the artists community at The Joyful Jewel in downtown Pittsboro. "This is a wonderful opportunity for me to display my nature inspired works along with a very talented group of artists and creators of fine crafts," Greenslade said. We are delighted to have Forrest in our community notes Mariah Wheeler, The Joyful Jewels proprietor and well known jewelery creator.

New visions inhabit the mind of Dr. Forrest Greenslade. His organic sculptures and paintings, derived from a life-long love of nature and mythology, have a new look and feel. Greenslade’s work is highly stylized yet clearly grounded in the natural world. His relief paintings are sculptural, built up with inches of thick acrylics and modeling paste to the point that they nearly jump off the canvas. His sculptures are enhanced with innovative coatings and patinas producing color, texture and an illusion of movement. His computer enhanced watercolors are soft and luminous. “I want people to experience motion and emotion in my art,” Greenslade asserts, “so my faces are seldom symmetrical and my figures just can’t stand still.” Greenslade’s use of materials is eclectic. “Because of my scientific training, I tend to be experimental in my choice of media,” he explains. “I use metal, concrete, clay, acrylics, wood, found-objects – whatever tells the best story.”

The Joyful Jewel lives up to its motto of "local art fresh from the heart." It is a Community of ~75 local artists who create with care and soul. :You'll find artisan jewelry, stained glass, silk & woolen scarves, pottery, paintings, basketry, spirit tools, woodwork, music, books and cards imbued with meaning," says Wheeler. "These treasures take time and require inspired processes as well as skill, she adds.

The Joyful Jewel
44-A Hillsboro St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 883-2775

Caption: Bluebirds and Cherry Blossoms, a watercolor by Forrest C. Greenslade, PhD