A marriage of opposites

Published 12:57 am Thursday, September 8, 2011

This painting by Williamston artist Dion Burroughs is emblematic of works to be shown in Washington beginning next week during an exhibit by the Beaufort County Arts Council. (Contributed Image)

Call it a marriage of opposites.

The Beaufort County Arts Council will exhibit works by three markedly different artists from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13 at the Washington Civic Center.

The show opens with a reception in the center’s gallery from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sept. 15.

Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

“It’s going to be a smorgasbord — three completely different artists,” said Joey Toler, executive director of the arts council.

Alexandra Bloch is a Washington-based painter with an academic background who grew up in New York, reads a news release from the arts council.

“Alexandra uses a clean and sparing style of painting to make realistic and natural images,” the release reads, adding her “primary inspiration is the human figure.”

Some of Bloch’s nudes will be on display during the show.

“Basically, the pieces that I’ll be showing will be largely figurative and then some still life pieces,” she said, soon adding, “I usually stay away from conveying a message with my paintings. I feel like they should be aesthetically pleasing.”

Another painter in this trio is Dion Burroughs, a Williamston resident who is 27 years old.

Burroughs began his art career at the age of 15.

“I started from cartoons and worked myself all the way up from high school on up,” he said.

His themes revolve mostly around African art and ancestry.

Asked what he’d like the public to take away from the exhibit, Burroughs replied, “Mostly my insight and the creativity of my work, the boldness of colors. Just the lines and shapes of it, and just being able to see it in a new African style.”

Also bringing insight to the affair is Erskine Spruill, a Washington County native who lives in Beaufort County, the arts council release shows.

“With very little formal instruction, Spruill can also be considered an outsider artist,” the release notes. “His work is primarily in acrylics, oils, watercolors, and pen and pencil.”

This will be the arts council’s last exhibit before the 47th Annual Fine Arts Show in October, Toler pointed out.

For more information on next week’s exhibit or other BCAC programs, call the arts council at 252-946-2504 or visit www.beaufortcountyartscouncil.org.