Jan Chenoweth has been actively involved in making and exhibiting art since the 1970s. Formative years in Florida provided a rich stimulus for the sense of color and texture that continue to be a vital part of her art. Informative material, mostly fragments come from both human made and nature made sources gleaned from travels and daily exploration. After graduate school she taught three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, painting, drawing, and color theory at the college level. Her work is in numerous public and private collections.
Jan says: “My work is primarily non-objective and at times abstract. It is a response to fragments that catch my vision and imagination. Using those fragments I explore tactile qualities of surfaces and rich, juicy colors. I feel the interpretation of art by the viewer should not be muddied by the limited intent of the artist. Every pair of eyes brings new wisdom and depth to the interpretation.”
Roger Halligan has been creating sculpture professionally since the mid seventies. After graduating with an MFA with honors in Studio Arts from the University of Georgia in 1977 he moved to North Carolina where he was an exhibit designer for the North Carolina Zoological Park for 15 years. He left the zoo in 1992 to devote his time to his fine art and sculptural hardscape work in the private sector. His art is in many public and private collections. He is also a founding member and past president of the Tri State Sculptors Educational Association.
Roger says: “My sculpture is strongly influenced by the megalithic stone constructions found in Ireland, France and the British Isles. Standing huge stones upright were some of the first permanent, site specific alterations of the landscape. The erection of the stone not only activated the space it occupied but became symbolic as well, reaching beyond its place, time and materials. I call my new series of sculptures "Land Buoy’s” which reflect the visual stimuli of my new downtown life including a variety cautionary symbols that have crept into my psyche and altered my work. Railroad crossings, river buoys, even the industrial caution stripes on a set of stairs outside my studio are all non-verbal warnings that are a larger part of my daily existence. My art is about altering a place and making it extraordinary. The interaction of sculpture and space not only activates the real, sensual and physical environment but also invites the viewer to experience personal associations.”